December 06, 2018
Pulse of the Market
· Resurgent fears over the U.S-China trade war sapped demand for riskier assets
· The Pound remained on the back foot as debate on the government’s Brexit plan continued
· The Canadian dollar weakened to one-and-a-half-year low against its U.S counterpart
· Australia’s Q/Q growth fell to 0.3% while domestic demand came in weak
|The Dollar was little changed against a currency basket yesterday as resurgent fears over the U.S-China trade war sapped demand for riskier assets, while the pound remained on the back foot as a parliamentary debate on the government’s Brexit plan continued. Wall Street slumped on Tuesday after a series of tweets by U.S President Donald Trump dented investor confidence that a full resolution to the U.S.-China trade conflict will be reached during a 90-day trade truce. Trump threatened to impose higher tariffs on China soon unless they make concessions, exacerbating fears over the outlook for global growth. Worries about U.S bond markets signaling an impending recession also weighed on market sentiment. The U.S dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was at 96.93. Trading volumes were low, with U.S markets closed for a national day of mourning for President George H. W. Bush. Major currencies retraced some of Tuesday’s action today, as investors processed President Donald Trump’s latest comments on China trade. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar dropped to a six-month low versus its U.S rival, following a Bank of Canada policy update. While it was expected for the BOC to keep its benchmark interest rates unchanged — with the overnight rate at 1.75% — the central bank’s comments on an anticipated loss of economic momentum in the fourth quarter, as well as weaker oil prices threw the Canadian dollar also referred to colloquially as the loonie, into a tailspin. Reduced business investment on the back of trade tensions over the summer, impacted the outlook for the last three months of the year, the BOC said. U.S-China trade relations remained front and center today after tweets by President Donald Trump on Tuesday caused some turbulence. The Australian dollar fell significantly, after recent ABS figures revealed Australia’s Gross Domestic Product slowed in September, missing expectations.|
|00:30||Australia Trade Balance (OCT)||Medium||A$3000m||A$3017m|
|07:00||German Factory Orders n.s.a. (YoY) (OCT)||Medium||-3.1%||-2.2%|
|12:30||U.S Challenger Job Cuts (YoY) (NOV)||Low||153.6%|
|13:15||U.S ADP Employment Change (NOV)||Medium||195k||227k|
|13:30||U.S Trade Balance (OCT)||Medium||-$55.0b||-$54.0b|
|13:30||U.S Initial Jobless Claims (DEC 1)||Medium||225k||234k|
|13:30||U.S Continuing Claims (NOV 24)||Medium||1695k||1710k|
|15:00||Canada Ivey Purchasing Managers Index s.a. (NOV)||Low||61.8|
|15:00||U.S ISM Non-Manufacturing/Services Composite (NOV)||High||59||60.3|
|15:00||U.S Factory Orders (OCT)||Medium||-2.0%||0.7%|
|15:00||U.S Durable Goods Orders (OCT)||Medium||-2.4%||-4.4%|
|16:00||DOE U.S. Crude Oil Inventories (NOV 30)||Medium||3577k|
|23:30||Japan Overall Household Spending (YoY) (OCT)||Medium||1.1%||-1.6%|
|23:45||U.S Powell Gives Brief Welcome Remarks at Housing Conference||High|
The single currency ended the day almost unchanged after falling earlier in the session. The EU commission presented its plan to reduce the dollar’s overwhelming dominance of the global economy and to strengthen the role of the euro, particularly for energy transactions. European capitals are increasingly frustrated with the global dominance of the dollar. Overall, the EUR/USD traded with a low of 1.1309 and a high of 1.1359 before closing the day around 1.1343 in the New York session.
The Japanese Yen lost ground yesterday. There were no data indicators in Japan or the U.S. Today, the focus will be on employment data will be in focus, with the release of ADP nonfarm payrolls and unemployment claims. We’ll also get a look at ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Japan will release household spending and average cash earnings. Overall, the USD/JPY traded with a low of 112.96 and a high of 113.22 before closing the day around 113.17 in the U.S session.
The British Pound rose against the Dollar and the euro yesterday as traders priced in an increased chance of the UK staying in the EU following a disastrous day for the prime minister. An unprecedented string of three defeats for the government and a key decision on Brexit from Europe’s top court sent sterling up. Overall, the GBP/USD traded with a low of 1.2670 and a high of 1.2796 before closing the day at 1.2731 in the New York session.
The Canadian Dollar weakened to one-and-a-half-year low against its U.S counterpart yesterday as investors slashed expectations for further interest rate hikes from the Bank of Canada after a dovish interest rate announcement from the central bank. The Bank of Canada kept its benchmark interest rate on hold at 1.75 per cent. Overall, USD/CAD traded with a low of 1.3250 and a high of 1.3397 before closing the day at 1.3352 in the New York session.
The Australian Dollar fell significantly, after recent ABS figures revealed Australia’s Gross Domestic Product slowed in September, missing expectations. Q/Q growth fell to 0.3%, and was expected to come in at 0.6%, while domestic demand came in weak. The Australian dollar against the greenback crashed upon the news. Overall, AUD/USD traded with a low of 0.7258 and a high of 0.7354 before closing the day at 0.7273 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 0.38%.
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 43 reading and lies below the neutral zone. On the whole, the pair has gained 0.51%.
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 52 reading and lies above the neutral region. In general, the pair has lost 0.58%.
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 56 and lies above the neutral region. On the whole, the pair has lost 0.10%.
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 40 and lies below the neutral region. In general, the pair has gained 0.16%.
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