- USD/MXN opens NY 20.6625, rises to 20.74 after ADP emp
- MXN bid o/n, Matching flows light in Asia pick up in Europe
- Mex bus conf 9AM & Markit Mfg PMI 10.30AM; slew of US data 9.45/10AM
- USD/MXN sup 20.6595 Wed low (triple bottom), 20.5523 daily cloud top
- Res 20.7538 hrly cloud base, 20.7937 daily pivot, 20.8450 Wed high
- Fed at 2PM, no chg exp’d, waiting for fiscal clarity
- ADP data show U.S. private sector added 246k jobs in January
- Blows past forecast for 165k, giving Fed something to think about
- December was revised marginally lower to 151k from 153k
- Trump policy uncertainty may have overshadowed data somewhat recently
- But this is a big number and jobs always important to Fed; NFP looms
- USD/JPY +0.05%, GBP/USD -0.5%, EUR/USD +0.1%
- DXY +0.03%, DAX +0.1%, Brent -0.03%, Gold +0.3%
- Trump dooms dollar to worst January since 2008 – Rtrs
- UK Dec Mortgage approvals 67.898k vs prev 67.461k rvsd. 69k f/c
- UK Dec Mortgage lending 3.798bln vs prev 3.141bln rvsd. 3.3bln exp
- UK Dec BOE Consumer credit 1.039bln vs prev 1.929bln rvsd. 1.7bln f/c
- Uk Dec M4 Money supply growth -0.5% m/m vs prev 0.4%
- Foreign investors sold net GBP 2.97 bln gilts in Dec
- DE Dec Retail sales -1.1% y/y vs rvsd +3.5% prev
- EZ Jan Inflation, flash 1.8% y/y vs prev 1.1%
- ECB’s Villeroy says concerns about rising inflation are “exaggerated” – Rtrs
- EZ Q4 GDP flash prelim 0.5% q/q, 1.8% y/y vs prev 0.4%/1.8% rvsd. 0.5%/1.7% f/c
- EZ Dec Unemployment rate 9.6% vs prev 9.7% rvsd. 9.8% f/c
Looking Ahead – Economic Data (GMT)
- 13:30 Employment Cost Index (Q4) mkt +0.6% q/q AR, prev +0.6% q/q AR
- 13:30 — Wages and Salaries (Q4) prev +0.5% q/q AR
- 13:30 — Benefits (Q4) prev +0.7% q/q A)
- 13:55 Redbook Same-Store Sales Index (weekly) prev +0.3% y/y
- 14:00 S&P/ Case-Shiller / CoreLogic House Price Index (Nov) mkt +5.1% y/y, prev +5.1% y/y
- 14:45 Chicago PMI (Jan) mkt 55.0, prev 54.6
- 15:00 Consumer Confidence Index (Jan) mkt 113.0, prev 113.7
- 15:00 Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (Q4)
- 15:30 Dallas Fed Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey (Jan) prev 19.4
- 15:30 Dallas Fed Texas Services Revenues Index (Jan) prev 20.6
Events US Events Calendar
- Looking Ahead – Events, Other Releases (GMT)
- 11:45 FedTrade operation 30-year year Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac (max $1.625 bn)
- 13:00 FOMC begins two-day meeting (see Fed Outlook )
- EUR/USD sees a little flurry of activity around data releases
- Sharp rises for Spanish & French inflation due energy
- EZ reflects same. Headline 1.8% yy in Jan, core unch @ 0.9%
- ECB’s Villeroy says inflation concerns are exaggerated
- Month-end EUR/GBP buying buoys EUR/USD for a time
- Europe 1.0685-10725. 1.0685-1.712 Asia. Month-end buying tipped
- USD/JPY risk for a test 112.50 barriers, Jan 112.52 low an also an hourly pivot
- BOJ left policy unchanged as expected, but lifted growth forecasts
- Lifting of growth forecasts pushed spot to 113.24. Talk buyers ahead of 113.00
- Recovery has reached 113.96
- EUR/JPY range has been 121.31-122.02
- GBP/JPY long black candlestick line on Monday weighs
- USD/CHF loss consolidation theme. 0.9966 the European AM high
- 0.9938 was an early Asian low, just ahead of yday’s base
- Risk remains for deeper retreat. Mon 0.9934 lowest low since Nov 14
- EUR/CHF lifted away from 1.0637 low, recovery limited to 1.0663
- Bias stays with the bears. June 24 1.0623 Brext low next historical support
- GBP/USD tripped stops sub-1.2478 en route to Ldn am low 2 pips shy of 1.2410
- 1.2410 = 38.2% of 1.1983-1.2674. 1.2478-1.2516 was early Ldn range
- 1.2478 break influenced by news foreign investors were net sellers of gilts in Dec
- First monthly net sale of gilts by foreign investors since July
- Month-end buying flagged as factor in EUR/GBP rise from 0.8559-0.8635 during Ldn am
- 0.8635 = 1wk high. 0.8578 was Monday’s high, after prior month-end demand talk
- USD/CAD met fresh headwind at 1.3124 after firming from 1.3091 (Asia low)
- 1.3124 was also rally high from Monday’s 1.3076 low
- Canada Nov GDP data due 8.30am ET, +0.3% f/c vs -0.3% in Oct
- 1.3100/05 option expiries for NY cut, $587mn strikes
- Poloz speaks in Edmonton at 5.20pm ET, press conference 6.40pm+ ET
- AUD/USD is relatively calm as month-end looms: 0.7543-0.7572 = Tuesday range-to-date
- Buyers are tipped ahead of 0.7500, with offers touted pre-0.76
- AUD/NZD revisited 1.0365 (Monday’s low) in Asia. 1.0382 = interim high
- Quarter-yard 1.0400 option expiry for NY cut
- NZD/USD eased to a European am low of 0.7272 after threatening 0.73 in Asia
- Above-figure resistance 0.7314 (last week’s 2mth high)
- NZ Q4 jobs data due 4.45pm ET. RBNZ seen on hold next week
- Event risk keeps a bid under gamma along with mild risk aversion
- EUR/USD vols ease from Mon’s highs as spot recovers 1.0700
- Several large EUR flows noted. French election risk up again this week
- USD/JPY risk reversals better bid JPY calls – 1mth .65 vs .25 last week
- 112.50 barriers intact, but some have expired, remainder likely covered
- GBP gamma performs after latest GBP slide. AUD vols languish with spot
Maybe a 2% print on headline EZ inflation next month
Headline inflation for the Eurozone came in at a higher than expected 1.8% for January. It is likely that February will see a print of 2.0% as energy prices are higher and not falling to the same extent as last year. The energy price component was +8.1% in the Jan 2017 release today compared to energy prices that were -5.4% in Jan 2016. With February 2016 seeing energy prices -8.1% we should see a print close 2% next month. Unprocessed food prices were 3.3% higher compared to 1.4% in Jan 2016. In terms of the impact of the data to ECB policy outlook with the core rate staying stuck at 0.9% you should expect the ECB to maintain that current policy accommodation is still appropriate.
- USD/MXN opens NY 20.6845 rises a tad to 20.73, o/n range 20.6610-20.8465
- Expansive Trump noise drowns out fiscal agenda, USD/equities lower
- Recent MXN rise lowers Mex inflation f/c, OIS mkt prices 25bp hike Feb 9
- USD/MXN supt 20.7017 lwr 21-h Bolli, 20.6610/6545 Tues/Mon low area
- Cloud top 20.5390; Res 20.7812 21HMA, 20.8799 55DMA, 20.9215 50DMA
- MXN ST volatility dips a tad, remains elevated
9:00AM: President Trump Holds breakfast and listening session with small business leaders; and at
4:00PM: Meets with staff from the National Economic Council.
on visitors from seven Muslim countries, the White House pulled back on part of it, saying it wouldn’t
apply to people holding green cards;
about the health of the broader economy will help determine whether U.S. stock markets can sustain
recent gains that pushed them into record territory”; FT: Trump announced the chairman of the joint
chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence won’t automatically attend meetings of senior
national security officials, but that chief strategist Steve Bannon would;
Dow hitting 20,000 was no fluke—today’s stock prices are well supported by solid prospects for corporate
earnings and economic growth, and there’s no reason the DJIA can’t reach 30,000 if President
Trump avoids a trade war; Tech Trader says because of MSFT’s cash horde and earnings power, it’s a
better pick for investors than INTC; Features are positive on ANTM, MGA, SYNT; Indonesia should
remain largely sheltered from turmoil stemming from Trump administration protectionism.
The long term ascending channel is still alive for the USD but, as our call last Monday warned, corrections do exist. Remember last one in November was almost a joke (thanks Donald).
The expected brake of 21.20 area took the peso to 2/3 correction area of former December/January rally (that is 20.80-20.90).
Peso momentum is still strong but watch chart support around here for the USD. It is extremely oversold and Mr Trump is still around.
Not sure if the USD is a buy here, but in any case risk reward looks tempting.
- There are several important reports that will give investors more insight into how the economies have begun the New Year
- Although the Lunar New Year holiday runs through the week, China will report the manufacturing and the non-manufacturing PMI, and Caixin will report its manufacturing PMI
- EM FX was mixed last week and that continues into this week, though some markets remain closed today
Against the backdrop of the secular bear market in the Euro, we have been approaching this month’s recovery attempt as a corrective selling opportunity. As recently discussed however, the intermediate-term trend remains clearly up with a failure below our short-term risk parameter defined by 19-Jan’s 1.0589 corrective low required to break this uptrend and reinforce our longer-term bearish count.
From a very short-term perspective however, yesterday’s micro failure below Wed’s 1.0711 corrective low defines Tue’s 1.0775 high as one of developing importance and a very tight but objective risk parameter from which any non-bullish decisions like long-covers and cautious bearish punts can now be based and managed. This micro failure stems from the mid-1.07-handle that, for longer-term reasons we’ll discuss below, is expected to cap this month’s intermediate-term corrective recovery and re-expose the secular bear trend. While admittedly early and without more concrete evidence of a turn lower, we believe this development presents a pure risk/reward selling opportunity where the risk to 1.0775 is negligible relative to an expected outcome that could produce losses to new secular lows below 03-Jan’s 1.034 low.
While this month’s recovery is not unimpressive, the weekly log scale chart below shows the market still below and absolute ton of price action from the past two years that is expected to weigh on it as new resistance. From this longer-term perspective there is no question that this month’s recovery should first be approached as a correction ahead of the secular bear’s resumption to new lows below 1.0340.
In terms of trying to objectively speculate on where this suspected (4th-Wave) correction should peter out then, the daily close-only chart above shows 05-Dec’s 1.0764 corrective high and the neighboring (1.0756) 38.2% retrace of Aug-Dec’s (suspected 3rd-Wave) decline from 1.1354 to 1.0386 as an “area of interest” to cap/resist the recovery attempt. Thus far and as a result of yesterday’s admitted micro mo failure, Mon’s 1.0765 high stands as the top to this recovery, exactly in the area of our suspected resistance. If there’s an acute time and place for this corrective recovery to end, we believe it is here and now.
These issues considered, a bearish policy and exposure remain advised for long-term players with a close above 1.0765 required to defer or threaten this call enough to warrant a move to the sidelines. Indeed, market sentiment is historically bearish enough to warn of a MAJOR base/reversal environment under the right longer-term momentum-failure circumstances. We believe a major low and reversal in the Euro will take place sometime in 2017, but the market has yet to provide even the short-term proof of such. Shorter-term traders with tighter risk profile who have been advised to step aside from bearish exposure due to the intermediate-term corrective recovery are advised to re-establish bearish exposure at-the-market (1.0680) with a recovery above 1.0775 required to negate this call and warrant its cover. Subsequent weakness below 1.0589 will confirm this call and expose further and possibly steep losses thereafter.
The technical construct and expectations for the USD Index are identical, only inverted, to those detailed above in the Euro with yesterday’s bullish divergence in micro momentum above 100.43 defining yesterday’s 99.79 low as one of developing importance and a more reliable low and risk parameter from which non-bearish decisions like short-covers and cautious bullish punts can be objectively based and managed.
Subsequent strength above 19-Jan’s 101.73 corrective high and short-term risk parameter remains required to break this month’s intermediate-term slide and reinforce our long-term bullish suspicions that the decline from 03-Jan’s 103.82 high is a (4th-Wave) correction within the secular bull to at least one more round of highs above 103.82. The weekly chart below shows this month’s pullback to a HUGE area of former resistance around the 100.00-area that is advised to first be approached as a key new support candidate expected to hold ahead of a resumption of the secular uptrend. A break below 08-Dec’s 99.43 larger-degree corrective low and key risk parameter remains minimally required to threaten our bullish count and expose a peak/reversal environment that could be absolutely major in scope, including the END of the secular bull from Mar 20008’s 70.70 low. We will expound on what we believe will be a major top too the secular bull in the USD Index sometime this year in future blogs.