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Dollar Paring Gains after CPI Release, Commodity Currencies Jump with Stock Futures

Dollar drops notably in early US session after consumer inflation data. Headline CPI was steady while core CPI slowed a little. At least, inflation hasn’t been worsening from Fed’s “transitory rhetoric”. US stock futures also jump, probably on reduced concerns over monetary tightening. New Zealand and Australian Dollars are currently the strongest, followed by Swiss Franc.

Technically, as discussed in prior reports, Dollar’s prior rally were mainly against Euro, Swiss Franc and Yen. Indeed, GBP/USD, AUD/USD and USD/CAD are all holding in familiar range. Focus will now turns to 1.3982 resistance, 0.7443 resistance and 1.2421 support, respectively, as Dollar is turning soft. Additionally, we’ll keep an eye on 81.64 resistance in AUD/JPY. Break will resume the rebound from 79.82, and signal a comeback in the Aussie.

In Europe, at the time of writing, FTSE is up 0.46%. DAX is down -0.02%. CAC is up 0.26%. Germany 10-year yield is down -0.0063 at -0.460. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei rose 0.65%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.20%. China Shanghai SSE rose 0.08%. Singapore Strait Times dropped -0.85%. Japan 10-year JGB yield rose 0.0171 to 0.042.

US CPI unchanged at 5.4% yoy in Jul, CPI core slowed to 4.3% yoy

US CPI rose 0.5% mom in July, matched expectations. Over the last 12 months, CPI rose 5.4% yoy, unchanged from June’s reading, above expectation of 5.3% yoy.

Core CPI, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3% mom, below expectation of 0.4% mom. Over the past 12 months, CPI core slowed to 4.3% yoy, down from 4.5% yoy, matched expectation.

Fed Barkin: We’ll get there to taper in the next few months

Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin said “we’re closing in” and he’s “very support of tapering and moving back toward a normal environment”. However, it’s credible to think “we will get there in the next few months” and he didn’t want to commit to a timetable yet.

“I would like to be at a normal level of participation in the asset markets and a normal level of rates,” Barkin said. But “I also think that as a committee, when you put out forward guidance you think about it carefully and then do your best to live to that.”

“On the employment side you have a hypothesis that you are going to bring a lot more back in. On inflation you have a hypothesis that these things are transitory,” he said. “I need to test both of these.”

Australia Westpac consumer sentiment dropped -4.4%, still reasonably confident

Australia Westpac-MI consumer sentiment dropped -4.4% to 104.1 in August, down from July’s 108.8. It’s now at the lowest point in a year, but was well above the pandemic trough, and even above the levels over the twelve months prior to the pandemic.

Westpac said: “The virus situation locally is clearly troubling, but consumers appear reasonably confident that it will come back under contro