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S&P, NASDAQ Up as Apple Soars. Risk Trends Eyed - Asia Market Wrap

S&P, NASDAQ Up as Apple Soars. Risk Trends Eyed - Asia Market Wrap

Daniel Dubrovsky, Contributing Senior Strategist
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US Session Developments – Apple Surpasses $1 Trillion Market Cap, Sentiment Improves

A deterioration in sentiment during the Asian and European sessions sent the Nikkei 225 and the Euro Stoxx 50 lower. Then, market-wide mood significantly turned around as Wall Street trading got underway. Apple Inc. became the first US company so surpass a $1 trillion market cap as shares rose more than 2.5%. This was in the aftermath of Tuesday’s upbeat earnings report.

The rise in Apple and information technology helped boost the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite 0.49% and 1.24% respectively. However, sentiment-linked currencies like the Australian and New Zealand Dollarswere unable to capitalize on gains. This was largely thanks to a stronger US Dollar that basked in the glory of a less hawkish Bank of England rate announcement that led to British Pound weakness.

Despite the recovery in risk appetite, the Japanese Yen remained stronger thanks gains during Thursday’s Asia/Pacific trading session. Meanwhile sentiment-linked crude oil prices rallied which helped lift the Canadian Dollar to a certain extent. The latter tends to follow the commodity at times due to its impact on Canadian revenue. Gold prices, the anti-fiat unit, fell amidst greenback gains.

Asia/Pacific benchmark indexes could echo gains from Wall Street and weaken the anti-risk Japanese Yen. At the flipside of the majors FX spectrum, AUD and NZD could yet rise. While sentiment could improve in the near-term, the threat of a trade war still overshadows equities. On Thursday, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it was ready to retaliate after the most recent US tariff threat from Donald Trump.

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Retail trader data shows 64.0% of AUD/USD traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 1.78 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since Jun 05 when AUD/USD traded near 0.75456; price has moved 1.9% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 4.3% higher than yesterday and 0.1% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 13.0% lower than yesterday and 15.0% lower from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests AUD/USD prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger AUD/USD-bearish contrarian trading bias.

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--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for

To contact Daniel, use the comments section below or @ddubrovskyFX on Twitter

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