Today is a quiet day in terms of macroeconomic data but this hasn’t stopped the markets from moving. At the time of writing this, the USD running higher and the commodity currencies are taking some beating. Solid PPI release (0.7%, 0.6% expected) from the US supported the dollar as the data showed producer prices increasing in August. This lifted yields (and the USD) as it indicated that a higher inflation rate could persist for a while. The source for the inflation is the supply chains remaining tight as the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t giving up. The better than expected reading has made the traders bet that tomorrow’s CPI reading could also be USD bullish and that the Fed would therefore taper sooner. By reading further you agree with our disclaimer at the end of this report and acknowledge that we do not provide investment advice.
And, we have a big week ahead. The US, Canada and UK inflation numbers are due on Tuesday and Wednesday and there’s a speech by the RBA Governor Lowe on Tuesday morning too. These events could bring about some nice swings we can take advantage of. Later on, in the week, on Thursday, the NZD GDP and AUD employment data releases and the US retail sales figures are other potential sources of great trading opportunities. Make sure to add them to your calendar to get an alert before each event. You might also want to make sure your account has a big enough balance to trade the events.
This week should be interesting with plenty of trading opportunities as we will have several key macroeconomic data releases with the highlight being the US CPI data on Tuesday. USD (+0.33) is gaining as risk aversion is making the major competitors weak. AUD (-0.45%) and EUR (-0.43%) are the weakest currencies. We have multiple factors muddying the waters this week: Fed taper, economic growth expectations (or concerns), coronavirus ( even countries with fairly good vaccine cover in Asia have seen growth in coronavirus cases). The benchmark US 10 yr. Treasuries yielded 1.35% at the end of the trading day on Friday. Previous close: 1.30%.
Our commodities watchlist is quite divided in terms of performance when measured from the London open on Friday. Platinum and silver have been weak which is in line with economic growth concerns and the commodity currencies being weak but at the same time USOIL rallies indicating that the concerns aren’t shared by all the traders. Gold has been trading sideways for three days now and looks like to be building energy for the next volatility explosion.
The S&P 500 (-0.77%), the DJIA (-0.78%) and the Nasdaq (-0.87%) lost quite a bit of ground on Friday. Selling was broad-based with all the S&P 500 sectors closing down. The losses were led by the utilities (-1.40%) and real estate (-1.26%) sectors. Technology (-0.99%) and healthcare (-0.92%) sectors suffered also quite badly. Interestingly the basic materials (-0.02%) and the energy (-0.04%) sectors held their ground relatively well. The biggest winners on our watchlist were UPS, GM, FCX, BKR and NVDA while AAL, ISRG, LVS, FISV and AAPL were the biggest losers.
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There are no big risk events scheduled for today. For details on other important macroeconomic releases, see the TIOmarkets economic calendar here.
Solid PPI release from the US supported the dollar as the data showed producer prices increasing in August. This lifted yields (and the USD) as it indicated that a higher inflation rate could persist for a while. The source for the inflation is the supply chains remaining tight as the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t giving up. The better than expected reading has made the traders bet that tomorrow’s CPI reading could also be USD bullish which has resulted in EURUSD weakness. As a result, EURUSD created a bearish shooting star candle on Friday and today’s price action has mostly taken place below Friday’s low. The SMA(20) and the channel high have been giving some support but with the broad-based dollar rally going on we could see further weakness in EURUSD going into the US CPI release tomorrow. The key support and resistance levels in EURUSD are 1.1663, 1.1851 and 1.1909.
GBPUSD has a relatively high correlation with EURUSD and therefore it’s not a surprise that the daily charts look somewhat similar now. Both cable and EURUSD now have a bearish shooting star candle from Friday. We will have the UK CPI numbers on Wednesday so this is definitely another market to keep an eye on and trade when suitable trade setups occur. The key price levels in this market are 1.3602, 1.3679, 1.3726 and 1.3790.
S&P 500 traded to a support level (4465.85) we identified on Friday and has been hovering around it today. The next support level below this is a confluence zone at (4412 – 4430) where the 23.6% retracement level and the channel low coincide. The latest high at 4550.50 is the ATH and thus a resistance level. If the US CPI number comes in at elevated levels the market could stay weak with traders betting that the Fed would start tapering quicker than earlier expected. However, the market is still in an uptrend before the rising trendline at 4412 is decisively broken.
Macro Drivers for the USD
As the most followed, invested and traded markets for risky assets are priced in the USD it is helpful to understand what macroeconomic factors impact the other side of the equation, the USD. Whether we are trading EURUSD, XAUUSD or US equity CFDs the factors impacting the dollar, the nominator in the equation, have a significant role in the formation of all medium to long-term price action. The following table summarises the most important fundamentals.
|The FED||Fed Chair Powell said on Friday (August 27th) in Jackson Hole Symposium that tapering could begin in 2021 but also voiced concerns about the spread of delta variant.|
|Stimulus||The US lawmakers have authorised approximately five trillion dollars of economic stimulus since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, US lawmakers have agreed to a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending plan. The Fed officials consider ending the asset purchases in the middle of 2022.|
|Yields||Apart from the recent pickup (that started in August 2021), the Treasury yields have been moving lower since March 2021. All in all, the yields and interest rates are extremely low on both nominal and real basis.|
|Employment||After two highly positive employment reports (+938K and +943K) the August number (+235K) was a big disappointment but in fact at a level that used to be the norm in the years before the pandemic. This number could delay the Fed taper but isn’t likely to reverse their decision to taper.|
|Inflation||The month on month Core CPI (excluding food and energy) for July came in at 0.3% (0.4% expected) which indicated a big drop in the rate of inflation from the month before (0.9%). The Fed has earlier taken a view that inflation is transitory and will be therefore likely to fade away. Even though one data point doesn’t make a trend it seems that the Fed has been correct in their inflation projections. The lumber futures for instance are once again trading at October 2020 levels and down over 70% from their May highs.|
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The Next Main Risk Events
- AUD – RBA Gov Lowe Speaks
- USD – US CPI m/m
- USD – US Core CPI m/m
- CNY – China Retail Sales y/y
- GBP – UK CPI y/y
- CAD – Canada CPI m/m
- USD – Empire State Manufacturing Index
- USD – Industrial Production m/m
- USOIL – Crude Oil Inventories
For more information and details see the TIOmarkets economic calendar here.
Market News & Facts
- US senator Manchin not voting for the $3.5 trillion package
- SNB: Negative rates are still needed to keep the CHF low
- China released some of its strategic oil reserves
- US weekly claims 310K (344K expected)
- ECB leaves the rates untouched but tapers a bit
- BOC left rates and QE unchanged
- US JOLTS job openings 10.934M (10.03M expected)
- Fed’s Williams: appropriate to start taper in 2021
- No chance expected from BOC today
- Japan GDP for Q2 +0.5% (+0.3% prelim.)
- Federal Reserve Beige Book to be released today
- RBA kept rates at 0.10% and cut but extended QE
- Australian consumer confidence 100 (101.8 prior)
- German factory orders +3.4% (-1.0% expected)
- Saudi Arabia cuts oil prices for Asia
- New Zealand ANZ Commodity Price index -1.6% (-1.4% prior)
- Mercedes: chip shortage to stay in 2022
- China Services PMI 46.7 (52.6 expected)
- Gazprom to switch all settlements from USD to CNY
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