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Dollar Continues to Recover after Durable Goods Orders, Markets Mixed

Dollar continues to pare back some of this week’s losses in early US session, after slightly better than expected durable goods orders. But strength of recovery is so far relatively weak. Markets are also generally in mixed mode. Euro has litter reaction to worst than expected Germany business climate data, too. Overall, traders are turning cautious, awaiting Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s inspiration from his Jackson Hole speech.

Technically, Gold’s development is worth a note. Apparently, it lacks follow through buying to sustain above 1800 handle. Yet, retreat is held comfortably above 1774.14 support so far. We’d continue to monitor the next move. Sustained trading above 1800/32 resistance zone will suggest larger reversal, which could be accompanied by another round of selloff in Dollar. On the other hand, break of 1774.14 will indicate completion of rebound from 1682.60 and Dollar could rebound in tandem.

In Europe, at the time of writing, FTSE is up 0.34%. DAX is down -0.13%. CAC is up 0.24%. Germany 10-year yield is up 0.0337 at -0.440. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei closed down -0.03%. Hong Kong HSI dropped -0.13%. China Shanghai SSE rose 0.74%. Singapore Strait Times dropped -0.0%. Japan 10-year JGB yield rose 0.0007 to 0.021.

US durable goods orders dropped -0.1% in Jul, ex-transport orders rose 0.7% mom

US durable goods orders dropped -0.1% mom to USD 257.2B in July, better than expectation of -0.2% mom. Ex-transport orders rose 0.7% mom, above expectation of 0.5% mom. Ex-defense orders dropped -1.2% mom. Transportation equipment, dropped -2.2% to USD 75.3B.

ECB Lane: There could be counterbalances in H2

ECB Chief Economist Philip lane said in an interview, Q2 GDP came in “well ahead of out June projections”, reflecting an “earlier opening up”, “strength of the world economy” and “progress in vaccinations”. It’s “still early days” regarding H2, and there could be “counterbalance” like bottlenecks, moderation in world economy, and the Delta variant. Overall, he said, “we’re broadly not too far away from what we expected in June for the full year.”

The Delta variant is now “part of the mix in the US and global economies”, while Europe “may not be among the regions hardest-hit thanks to high vaccination rates and prior lockdown measures. Also, the infrastructure and system for vaccination has “eliminated uncertainty about Europe’s ability to carry out vaccinations.”

On PEPP, Lane said “we’ll have to assess at the September meeting the appropriate calibration for the final quarter of the year”. He emphasized that “single philosophy” of maintaining favorable financing conditions regarding PEPP. “If favourable financing conditions require more purchases, we’ll conduct more purchases,” he said.

Germany Ifo business climate dropped to 99.4 in Aug, supply bottlenecks and rising inflections

Germany Ifo Business Climates dropped from 100.8 to 99.4 in August, below expectation of 100.4. Current Assessment index rose from 100.4 to 101.4, above expectation of 100.8. However, Expectations index dropped from 101.2 to 97.5, below expectation of 100.0.

Looking at some more details, manufacturing dropped from 27.4 to 24.1. Services dropped from 19.8 to 17.7. Trade dropped from 15.8 to 9.0. Construction rose from 6.0 to 7.8.

Ifo said: “This decline was due mainly to significantly less optimism in companies’ expectations. Concerns are growing in the hospitality and tourism sectors in particular. By contrast, companies assessed their current situation as somewhat better than in the previous month. Supply bottlenecks for intermediate products in manufacturing and worries about rising infection numbers are putting a strain on the economy.”

BoJ Nakamura warned of delayed spending, Japan expands state of emergency

BoJ board member Toyoaki Nakamura warned in a speech today that the economy is still in a “severe state” and outlook was “highly uncertain” with risks skewed to the downside. He added, “the resurgence in infections may have somewhat delayed the timing for when pent-up demand materializes.”

But he’s hopeful that economic activity would strengthen strongly as pandemic impact subsides. Inflation is li