Dollar is trying to extend this week’s recovery in Asian session, as focus turns to non-farm payrolls reports. Whether Fed would start tapering asset purchases by the end of the year, or earlier, would very much depend on the job data in Q3. Elsewhere, Aussie is trading a touch softer after dovish comments from RBA governor. Swiss Franc and Yen also turned softer as US stocks made new record high overnight.
Technically, to judge Dollar’s underlying strength, we’d prefer to see firm break of 110.58 resistance in USD/JPY, 0.9116 resistance in USD/CHF, and to a lesser extent 1.2605 resistance in USD/CAD (which could be affected by Canadian job data too). Additionally, we’d also prefer to see break of 1789.42 support in gold to indicate completion of rebound from 1750.49, to double confirm Dollar buying.
In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.33%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.01%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.48%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.14%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.006 at 0.019. Overnight, DOW rose 0.78%. S&P 500 rose 0.60%. NASDAQ rose 0.78%. 10-year yield rose 0.033 to 1.217.
RBA Lowe: Fiscal support more appropriate response to temporary and localized hit to income
RBA Governor Philip Lowe said in a testimony that he didn’t rule out a recession due to restrictions, but still expecting a return to strong growth next year. “Any additional bond purchases would have their maximum effect at that time and only a very small effect right now when the extra support is needed most,” he added. For now, fiscal policy is “the more appropriate instrument for providing support in response to a temporary and localized hit to income.”
Regarding inflation, Lowe said much of this discussion has come out of the US, which was in a “substantially different position to the one we’re in.” In Australia, “the fact that wages growth is likely to remain below 3 per cent for the next couple of years means it’s very difficult for me to see us having an inflation problem.”
In the Statement on Monetary Policy, RBA downgraded 2021 year-average GDP growth forecast from 5.25% to 4.75%, but upgraded 2022 from 4% to 5%. GDP growth would then slow to 2.75% in 2023. Inflation is projected to be at 2.25% in December 2021 (upgraded from 1.75%), 1.75% in December 2022 (up from 1.50%), and then 2.25% in 2023 year-end. Unemployment rate is projected to be at 5% by 2021 year end, then gradually fall to 4% by 2023 year-end.
Australia AiG services dropped to 51.7, but employment holding up
Australia AiG Performance of Services dropped sharply by -6.1 pts to 51.7 in July. That’s the largest monthly decline since April 2020. Looking at some details, sales dropped -12.9 to 53.2. Employment dropped -3.2 to 51.0. New orders rose 0.1 to 56.7. Supplier deliveries dropped -9.6 to 45.3. Input prices rose 8.7 to 74.1. Selling prices rose 13.2 to 66.7. Average wages rose 2.0 to 68.0.
Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “The substantial easing in the performance of the Australian services sector in July was mainly driven by the COVID-19 outbreaks and associated restrictions…. There were some encouraging signs with employment and sales holding up and new orders coming in at a faster pace than in June. This provides some grounds to expect the services sector could bounce back quickly if restrictions were able to be lifted. However, with COVID-19 infections and restricted areas on the rise in the early days of August, the chances of an early rebound appear to be fading.”
Fed Waller: Could pull back on accommodation sooner than others think
Fed Governor Christopher Waller said yesterday that his outlook is very much that the economy is “going to recovery”. And, “we will be able to pull back on accommodative monetary policy potentially sooner than others think.”
He repeated his “high hopes” for July and August job numbers, and expected the labor market to recover 85% of pandemic job loss by September. Fed could