Euro Softens as Markets Await ECB, Dollar in Weak Recovery

Market overviews

Dollar recovers mildly in general as recent selloff is losing some momentum. The recovery is also accompanied by mild retreat in Euro as well as some weakness in Gold. Though, the strength of Dollar’s recovery is far from being strong enough to warrant short term bottoming yet. As for today, Swiss Franc and Yen are also among the stronger ones with Dollar. Australian Dollar and Sterling are the weaker ones for now. Markets would now be looking at today’s ECB meeting, as well ass tomorrow’s US non-farm payrolls for more guidance.

Technically, EUR/CHF is now pressing 1.0811 key resistance, which could determine which medium bearishness would be retained or broken. EUR/GBP recovered after breaching 0.8880 minor support but looks vulnerable. Break of 0.8880 again will indicate completion of recent rebound. EUR/CAD’s recovery faced some resistance from 4 hour 55 EMA. Rejection from there could bring another decline that sends EUR/CAD through 1.5054 support. We’ll probably know which way Euro is heading towards very soon.

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In Asia, currently, Nikkei is up 0.07%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.11%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.21%. Singapore Strait Times is down -0.02%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0190 at 0.033. Overnight, DOW rose 2.05%. S&P 500 rose 1.36%. NASDAQ rose 0.78%. 10-year yield rose 0.081 to 0.761.

EUR/CHF pressing key resistance, ECB to expand PEPP

ECB monetary policy decision is a major focus for today. After recent rhetorics from the central bank’s officials, markets are generally expecting an expansion of the Pandemic Emergency Asset Purchase (PEPP) to be announced today. Additional, ECB should release new macroeconomic projections that reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Christine Lagarde has already indicated that the “mild scenario” of coronavirus impact is already “out of data”. The development is “it’s very likely that we are somewhere between the medium and severe scenarios”. Thus, GDP projection might be revised down to -8% to -12% for 2020. Inflation forecasts should also be sharply downgraded.

Suggested reading: ECB Preview – Lagarde to Expand PEPP and Sharply Downgrade GDP and Inflation Forecasts.

Euro is somewhat turning softer today as markets prepare for ECB decisions. The rebound in the recent weeks against Dollar, Yen, Swiss Franc, and ti a lesser extend Sterling, has been impressive. The case of a massive bullish reversal in Euro is building up. Yet, we’d prefer to see, at least some more decisive signals from EUR/CHF to confirm.

EUR/CHF is now pressing important resistance cluster between 1.0811 support turned resistance and 55 week EMA (now at 1.0826). Sustained break of this resistance zone should confirm medium term bottoming at 1.0503. Rise from there should at least be correcting the down trend form 1.2004 to 1.0503, with chance of trend reversal. In this case, further rally would be seen to 1.1059 cluster resistance (38.2% retracement of 1.2004 to 1.0503 at 1.1076). However, rejection by the current resistance zone will retain medium term bearishness for another low below 1.0503 down the road.

Gold breaks 1700 again as corrective fall resumes

Gold dropped to as low as 1689.36 yesterday and the break of 1693.64 support confirmed resumption of corrective fall from 1765.25. Deeper decline is now expected to 100% projection of 1765.25 to 1693.54 from 1745.14 at 1673.53 next.

Also, we’re holding on to the view that such decline is correcting whole rise from 1451.16 to 1765.25. 55 day EMA (now at 1685.97) is now a focus. Sustained break there will affirm our view and target 38.2% retracement of 1451.16 to 1765.25 at 1645.26 next. In any case, risk will stay on the downside as long as 1746.14 resistance holds, in case of recovery.

Australia retail sales dropped -17.7 in Apr, trade surplus shrank to AUD 8.8B

Australia retail sales dropped -17.7% mom, more than double of March’s pre-lockdown surge of 8.5% mom. “COVID-19 continued to affect retail trade in April with many retail businesses closing their physical stores during April due to restrictions relating to social distancing” said Ben James, Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys. “There were record falls in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-35.4%), and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-53.6%), as well as a large fall in department stores (-14.9%).”

In April, in seasonally adjusted terms, exports of goods and services dropped -11% mom to AUD 37.5B. Imports of goods and services dropped -10% mom to AUD 28.7B. Trade surplus narrowed by -16% mom to AUD 8.8B.

BoC stood pat and turned more positive

Overnight, BoC kept interest rate unchanged at “effective lower bound” of 0.25% as widely expected. The members have turned more optimistic about the economic developments. The judged that impacts of the pandemic on global growth have “peaked” and Canada has avoided the most severe economic scenario. GDP is expected to have contracted 10-20% in 2Q20, following a -2.1% decline in the first quarter. This is better than previous forecast of a 15-30% decline. GDP is expected to resume growth in the third quarter.

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On the data front

Swiss will release CPI in European session. UK will release construction PMI. Eurozone will release retail sales. Later in the day, US will release jobless claims, trade balance, non-farm productivity. Canada will also release trade balance.

EUR/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.1180; (P) 1.1219; (R1) 1.1271; More…

Intraday bias in EUR/USD is turned neutral with 4 hour MACD crossed below signal line. Further rise will remain mildly in favor as long as 1.1115 support holds. Break of 1.1257 will target a test on 1.1496 key resistance next. Firm break there will carry larger bullish implications. On the downside, through, break of 1.1115 minor support will revive the case that price actions from 1.0635 are merely a corrective pattern. Intraday bias will be turned back to the downside for 1.1008 support.

In the bigger picture, as long as 1.1496 resistance holds, whole down trend from 1.2555 (2018 high) should still be in progress. Next target is 1.0339 (2017 low). However, sustained break of 1.1496 will argue that such down trend has completed. Rise from 1.0635 could then be seen as the third leg of the pattern from 1.0339. In this case, outlook will be turned bullish for retesting 1.2555.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
1:00 NZD ANZ Commodity Price May -0.10% -1.10%
1:30 AUD Retail Sales M/M Apr -17.70% -17.90% -17.90%
1:30 AUD Trade Balance (AUD) Apr 8.80B 7.50B 10.60B 10.45B
6:30 CHF CPI M/M May -0.10% -0.40%
6:30 CHF CPI Y/Y May -1.40% -1.10%
8:30 GBP Construction PMI May 30 8.2
9:00 EUR Eurozone Retail Sales M/M Apr -15.00% -11.20%
11:45 EUR ECB Interest Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00%
12:30 EUR ECB Press Conference
12:30 USD Trade Balance (USD) Apr -41.5B -44.4B
12:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims (May 29) 2123K
12:30 USD Nonfarm Productivity Q1 -2.50% -2.50%
12:30 USD Unit Labor Costs Q1 4.80% 4.80%
12:30 CAD International Merchandise Trade (CAD) Apr -1.4B
14:30 USD Natural Gas Storage 109B