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Asian Stocks in Deep Selloff, But Yen and Dollar Remain Weak

While US stocks hit another record high overnight, the path reversed with the three major indexes closing lower, with particular heavy selling in NASDAQ. Bearish sentiment continues in Asia session today, with Nikkei and Hong Kong HSI in deep red. Reactions in currency markets are mild, however, with commodity currencies just in shallow retreat. Yen is also not gaining much from risk aversion. Almost all major pairs and crosses are trading inside yesterday’s range so far.

Technically, Sterling will remain a focus for today. EUR/GBP’s breach of 0.8587 support suggests that deeper fall is under way to retest 0.8470 low. GBP/USD is also on track to retest 1.4240 high and break will resume larger up trend. We’d pay special attention to GBP/CHF, which is pressing 1.2733 resistance now. Sustained break there will indication completion of the correction from 1.3070. Stronger rally would then be seen back to retest this high. Such development could spillover to more strength in the Pound elsewhere.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is down -2.94%. Hong Kong HSI is down -2.15%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.27%. Singapore Strait Times is down -0.71%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.0049 at 0.080. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.10%. S&P 500 dropped -1.04%. NASDAQ dropped -2.55%. 10-year yield rose 0.025 to 1.602.

BoJ members emphasized the importance of vaccination pace

In the Summary of Opinions of BoJ’s April 26-27 meeting, board members noted that risks to economic activity are “skewed to the downside” due to the impact of COVID-19, including the “current spread of variants” and “recent reinstatement of state of emergency”. Also uncertainties remain high, such as “progress with vaccinations”.

One member warned, “if vaccinations do not proceed smoothly in Japan in contrast to the progress abroad, it is concerning that the country might be left behind even in terms of economic growth.”

One member also noted, “in order to bring Japan’s economy back onto a growth path early, it is important to have an acceleration in the pace of vaccinations while mitigating deterioration in consumer sentiment and volatile movements in financial markets.”

Another member also said, “reflecting differences in progress with vaccinations and policy responses, varied and uneven developments have been seen across regions and industries, which can be characterized as K-shaped recovery”. The member added, “there is some possibility that the recovery will stall and policy responses will be terminated prematurely. There also are political and geopolitical risks to a certain extent.

Also from Japan, overall household spending surged 6.2% yoy in March, well above expectation of 1.4% yoy.

Fed Daly: Not yet time to start thinking about relaxing accommodations

San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly said yesterday that with a job report like Friday’s NFP and the volatility, then, “we’re on a good path but we’re a long way from home”. “And when you’re a long way from home” she added, “it’s not yet time to start thinking about, thinking about, talking about relaxing the accommodations we’ve given.”

She also noted that “bottlenecks” like shipping costs and lumber shortages would “cause inflation to pop in the next several months”. Inflation might rise above 2% level, but that’s going to be transitory in my judgment,” Daly said.

Fed Evans looking for continued strong job growth for rest of the year

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told CNBC yesterday that “hopefully it is a one month kind of thing associated with restarting the economy,” referring to the huge NFP data miss last week. He added, “I am looking for continued strong employment growth the rest of the year”.

“Fed will have to watch carefully how wages impact inflation over time,” he said. “Inflation rates of 2.5% don’t bother me if they are leading the US to average 2% over time.”

He also noted, it’s “going to take quite some time for Fed to see enough data to shift policy.”

ECB Schnabel: German inflation may well exceed 3% this year

ECB Executive Board member Isabel Schnabel said that German inflation “may well exceed 3%” this year. Be she emphasized that “our monetary policy strategy is medium-term and that means that we look through all these short-term fluctuations”.

Separately, chief economist Philip Lane said yesterday that at June meeting, “we can increase or decrease our purchases depending on what is necessary to keep financing conditions favorable.”

Elsewhere

China CPI rose to 0.9% yoy in April, up fro m0.4% yoy, below expectation of 1.0% yoy. PPI rose to 6.8% yoy in April, up from 4.4% yoy, above expectation of 6.6% yoy.

Italy industrial output, Germany ZEW economic sentiment will be released in European session. US will release NFIB business optimism later in the day.

USD/CAD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2077; (P) 1.2106; (R1) 1.2134; More…

USD/CAD’s decline is still in progress and intraday bias stays on the downside for 1.2061 long term cluster support. We’d be cautious on strong support from there to bring reversal. On the upside, break of 1.2265 support turned resistance will turn bias back to the upside for stronger rebound. However, sustained break of 1.2061 will carry larger bearish implications. Next near term target will be 161.8% projection of 1.2880 to 1.2363 from 1.2653 at 1.1816.

In the bigger picture, fall from 1.4667 is seen as the third leg of the corrective pattern from 1.4689 (2016 high). Further decline should be seen back to 1.2061 (2017 low). We’d look for strong support from there to bring rebound. Nevertheless, sustained break of 1.2653 resistance is needed to be the first sign of medium term bottoming. Otherwise, outlook will remain bearish in case of strong rebound. Also, sustained break of 1.2061 will pave the way to 61.8% retracement of 0.9406 to 1.4689 at 1.1424.

Economic Indicators Update

GMTCcyEventsActualForecastPreviousRevised
23:01GBPBRC Like-For-Like Retail Sales Y/Y Apr39.60%9.30%20.30%
23:30JPYOverall Household Spending Y/Y Mar6.20%1.40%-6.60%
23:50JPYBoJ Summary of Opinions
01:30CNYPPI Y/Y Apr6.80%6.60%4.40%
01:30CNYCPI Y/Y Apr0.90%1.00%0.40%
08:00EURItaly Industrial Output M/M Mar0.40%0.20%
09:00EURGermany ZEW Economic Sentiment May7170.7
09:00EURGermany ZEW Current Situation May-42.6-48.8
09:00EUREurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment May71.266.3
10:00USDNFIB Business Optimism Index Apr98.2
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