December 11, 2018
| Pulse of the Market
· The Greenback strengthened versus a basket of currencies yesterday that includes the Euro
· Sentix research group said its investor sentiment index for the euro zone slid to -0.3 from 8.8
· British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal
· Japan’s current account surplus dropped sharply to JPY 1.21 trillion, down from 1.33 trillion
|The U.S Dollar was higher yesterday, as the pound tumbled amid reports that UK Prime Minister is cancelling a vote on Tuesday on the Brexit draft proposal. The pound slid to its weakest level in nearly 1-1/2 years against the dollar on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, rekindling doubts about U.K.’s departure from the European Union in March. The greenback enjoyed a mild recovery following its steepest weekly drop versus a basket of currencies in three months last week, as traders reduced their expectations that the Federal Reserve might pause its interest rate hikes sooner than previously thought. On Sunday Chinese officials summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing to protest the arrest of the chief financial officer of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada. U.S officials are investigating her role in the company’s operations in Iran. The arrest of Meng has added to tensions between the two biggest economic countries in the world. U.S President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on Dec. 1 to a 90-day truce on trade tariffs. Still, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday there is a “hard deadline”, noting U.S.-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful end by March 1. The euro hit a three-month peak versus the pound at 90.47 pence. It was last up 0.77 percent at 90.22 pence. The Japanese yen was down in yesterday’s trading session. On the release front, Japan’s current account surplus dropped sharply to JPY 1.21 trillion, down from 1.33 trillion. This missed the estimate of JPY 1.29 trillion. Japanese Final GDP declined 0.6%, missing the estimate of 0.5%. In the U.S, JOLTS Job Openings improved to 7.08 million, but was well short of the estimate of 7.22 million. Today, Japan releases manufacturing data, while the U.S releases Producer Price Index reports. The new trading week started with dismal Japanese data, as Final GDP in the third quarter declined 0.6%.|
|00:30||Australia NAB Business Confidence (NOV)||Medium||4|
|00:30||Australia House Price Index (YoY) (3Q)||Low||-2.0%||-0.6%|
|06:00||Japan Machine Tool Orders (YoY) (NOV)||Medium||-0.7%|
|09:30||U.K Claimant Count Rate (NOV)||Medium||2.7%|
|09:30||U.K Jobless Claims Change (NOV)||Medium||20.2k|
|09:30||U.K Average Weekly Earnings (3M/YoY) (OCT)||Medium||3.0%||3.0%|
|09:30||U.K Employment Change 3M/3M (OCT)||Medium||25k||23k|
|10:00||German ZEW Survey Current Situation (DEC)||Medium||55||58.2|
|10:00||German ZEW Survey Expectations (DEC)||High||-25||-24.1|
|10:00||Euro-Zone ZEW Survey (Economic Sentiment) (DEC)||High||-22|
|11:00||U.S NFIB Small Business Optimism (NOV)||Low||107||107.4|
|13:30||U.S PPI Final Demand (YoY) (NOV)||Low||2.5%||2.9%|
|19:15||RBNZ’s Orr at Parliament Committee on Annual Report||High|
|23:50||Japan Machine Orders (YoY) (OCT)||Medium||5.0%||-7.0%|
The single currency fell as investor morale in the euro zone slumped to a four-year low in December as fears about trade conflicts, Italy’s budget row with the European Union and Brexit led to a collapse in sentiment, a survey showed. Sentix research group said its investor sentiment index for the euro zone slid to -0.3 from 8.8 in November. Overall, the EUR/USD traded with a low of 1.1349 and a high of 1.1441 before closing the day around 1.1354 in the New York session.
The Japanese Yen was down yesterday. On the release front, Japan’s current account surplus dropped sharply to JPY 1.21 trillion, down from 1.33 trillion. This missed the estimate of JPY 1.29 trillion. Japanese Final GDP declined 0.6%, missing the estimate of 0.5%. In the U.S, JOLTS Job Openings improved to 7.08 million. Overall, the USD/JPY traded with a low of 112.22 and a high of 113.34 before closing the day around 113.31 in the U.S session.
The British Pound slid to its weakest level in nearly 1-1/2 years against the Dollar yesterday as British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, rekindling doubts about U.K’s departure from the European Union in March. The greenback enjoyed a mild recovery following its steepest weekly drop. Overall, the GBP/USD traded with a low of 1.2504 and a high of 1.2757 before closing the day at 1.2560 in the New York session.
The Canadian Dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart yesterday as oil prices declined and the spread between Canada’s two- and five-year yields turned negative for the first time since September 2007. The five-year yield fell 0.6 basis points below the two-year yield. U.S crude prices were down 2.3 per cent at $51.4 a barrel. Overall, USD/CAD traded with a low of 1.3290 and a high of 1.3414 before closing the day at 1.3395 in the New York session.
The Australian Dollar continues to slide, falling to the lowest level in a month yesterday. A combination of heightened risk aversion and soft economic data from Australia, the United States and China has taken its toll on the Aussie dollar so far in December. Chinese CPI and PPI also undershot market expectations. Overall, AUD/USD traded with a low of 0.7176 and a high of 0.7224 before closing the day at 0.7185 in the New York session.
EUR/JPY is trading below 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is giving a bearish tone and MACD is issuing a bullish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 47 and lies below the neutral zone. In general, the pair has gained 0.15%.
Currently, GBP/JPY is trading below 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is issuing a bearish tone and MACD is also indicating a bearish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 34 reading and lies below the neutral zone. On the whole, the pair has lost 0.81%.
Currently, the cross is trading above 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is giving a bearish tone and MACD is indicating a bullish stance. The Relative Strength Index is above 44 reading and lies below the neutral region. In general, the pair has gained 0.45%.
This cross is currently trading above 14, 50 and below 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is indicating a bullish tone and MACD is also issuing a bullish signal. The Relative Strength Index is above 70 and lies above the neutral region. On the whole, the pair has gained 1.00%.
This cross is trading below 14, 50 and 100 days moving average. Fast stochastic is issuing a bearish stance and MACD is also indicating a bearish tone. The Relative Strength Index is above 24 and lies below the neutral region. In general, the pair has lost 1.32%.
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