Euro Softens ahead of ECB, US CPI also Featured

Market overviews

Euro softens broadly today as markets await ECB policy decision. Traders appear to be position for a dovish, or at least cautious, ECB press conference. Nevertheless, Sterling and Dollar are also soft, indicating that the markets are not one sided yet. Meanwhile, commodity currencies are trading mildly firmer today, together with Yen. That also suggest that risk sentiment remain indecisive. That’s also reflected in sluggish trading in stock markets. Nevertheless, US consumer inflation data could bring some life back to the markets.

Technically, despite breach of 0.8929 support overnight, USD/CHF quickly recovered. There is no clear follow through selling in the greenback yet. We’d stay focused on the developments in the greenback, with focus on 1.2265 resistance in EUR/USD, 1.4248 resistance in GBP/USD and 0.7772 resistance in AUD/USD. On the other hand, break of 1881.37 support in Gold will suggest completion of recovery from 1855.30. That could be a prelude to a stronger rebound in Dollar.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.32%. Hong Kong HSI is up 0.41%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.85%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.40%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0158 to 0.055. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.44%. S&P 500 dropped -0.18%. NASDAQ dropped -0.09%. 10-year yield dropped -0.039 to 1.489, back below 1.5 handle.

ECB previews and a look at EUR/CHF and EUR/GBP

Main focus for today’s ECB monetary policy decision in on the outlook of the PEPP purchases after June. The central bank significantly stepped up the pace of purchases in Q2, partly in response to the surge in sovereign yields earlier this year. The move has kept yield stable and helped improvement in the economy. Outlook also brightened with accelerated vaccination. Yet, policy makers will more likely play safe than not and maintain the current pace of purchases first, while emphasizing the flexibility of the program.

Here are some suggested previews:

In terms of market reactions, we’d pay close attention to two European crosses, EUR/CHF and EUR/GBP. EUR/CHF dropped further ahead of the meeting and is now trading slightly below a key cluster support zone at 1.0915 (38.2% retracement 1.0505 to 1.1149 at 1.0903). Deeper selloff would also push EUR/CHF through the medium term channel support, which could bring downside acceleration. That would, at least, indicate that fall from 1.1149 is a deeper correction to whole up trend from 1.0505. Deeper fall could then be seen to 1.0737 support zone (61.8% retracement at 1.0751).

On the other hand, outlook in EUR/GBP is slightly more bullish as the price actions from 0.8718 are rather corrective. It argues that rebound fro 0.8470 is not over yet. But some committed buying is needed to push EUR/GBP through 55 day EMA firmly first. Break of 0.8670 would indeed argue that such rise is ready to resume through 0.8718. If that happens, EUR/CHF could also be given a lift back above mentioned 1.0903/15 key support zone. We’ll see which way it plays out.

Japan PPI jumped to 4.9% yoy in May, highest since 2008

Japan PPI accelerated to 4.9% yoy in May, up sharply from April’s 3.8% yoy, above expectation of 4.5% yoy. That’s also the largest annual rise since September 2008. Oil and coal prices jumped 53.5% yoy. Nonferrous meals were up 41.6% yoy. Wood and lumber prices were also up 9.7% yoy.

Shigeru Shimizu, head of the BoJ’s price statistics division, said, “rising commodities prices reflecting the global economic recovery is pushing up wholesale prices for a broad range of goods.”

“The data shows companies are starting to pass on rising costs, though the gain in wholesale prices is driven more by external factors rather than domestic demand,” he said.

Chinese and US commerce officials exchanged views on issues and concerns

According to a statement by the Chinese Commerce Ministry, Commerce Minister Wang Wentao spoke with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on phone today, and agreed to promote healthy trade and cooperations.

The statement said, they “agreed to promote the healthy development of pragmatic cooperation in trade and investment”. Both sides “exchanged views frankly and pragmatically on relevant issues and mutual concerns,”

That’s the third exchanges between US and Chinese top officials in recent weeks, after Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.


UK RICS house price balance rose to 83 in May, up from76. Australia consumer inflation expectations jumped to 4.4% in June, up from 3.5%.

Looking ahead, France industrial output and Italy industrial output will be released in European session. US will release jobless claims and CPI later in the day.

USD/CAD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2075; (P) 1.2096; (R1) 1.2135; More…

USD/CAD is staying in tight range above 1.2005 and intraday bias remains neutral at this point. We’d continue to stay cautious on strong support from 1.2048/61 to bring reversal. On the upside, break of 1.2201 resistance will indicate short term bottoming and turn bias to the upside for stronger rebound. However, sustained break of 1.2048/61 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). We’d look for strong support from 1.2061 (2017 low) and 50% retracement of 0.9406 to 1.4689 at 1.2048 to bring rebound. Nevertheless, sustained break of 1.2363 support turned 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

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:01 GBP RICS Housing Price Balance May 83% 76% 75% 76%
23:50 JPY PPI Y/Y May 4.90% 4.50% 3.60% 3.80%
01:00 AUD Consumer Inflation Expectations Jun 4.40% 3.50%
06:45 EUR France Industrial Output M/M Apr 0.50% 0.80%
08:00 EUR Italy Industrial Output M/M Apr 0.30% -0.10%
11:45 EUR ECB Interest Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00%
12:30 EUR ECB Press Conference
12:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims (Jun 4) 368K 385K
12:30 USD CPI M/M May 0.40% 0.80%
12:30 USD CPI Y/Y May 4.60% 4.20%
12:30 USD CPI Core M/M May 0.40% 0.90%
12:30 USD CPI Core Y/Y May 3.40% 3.00%
14:30 USD Natural Gas Storage 99B 98B