Dollar Losing Downside Momentum, Sellers Turn to Yen and Franc

Market overviews

Dollar recovers broadly today, as the near term decline lost momentum. Selling focus is turned to Yen and Swiss Franc instead. Traders are now awaiting key economic indicators from the US, while would start with ADP employment and ISM manufacturing today, to be completed with non-farm payrolls and ISM non-manufacturing on Friday. These data have the potential to trigger some wild volatility, given that Fed’s timing for tapering would be heavily dependent on them, in particular the job market performance.

Technically, the loss of downside momentum in Dollar is reflected in Gold too, which stalled ahead of 1832.47 resistance. Bullish bias is maintained as it stands in tight range above 1800 handle, as well as 4 hour 55 EMA. We’d continue to use gold to double confirm the movement in the greenback in ahead. Break of 1832.47 resistance should indicate underlying selling in Dollar. However, break of 1779.91 support will indicate completion of rebound from 1682.60, and suggest that Dollar is striking a comeback elsewhere.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 1.13%. Hong Kong HSI is up 0.47%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.44%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.99%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0084 at 0.035. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.11%. S&P 500 dropped -0.13%. NASDAQ dropped -0.04%. 10-year yield rose 0.019 to 1.304.

ECB de Guindos: Better economic performance to be reflected in new projections

ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos told a Spanish newspaper, “the economy is performing better in 2021 than we expected, and this will be reflected in the projections that will be published in the coming days.”

“If inflation and the economy recover, then there will logically be a gradual normalization of monetary policy, and of fiscal policy too,” he added.

Australia GDP grew 0.7% qoq in Q2 better than expectation

Australia GDP grew 0.7% qoq in Q2, above expectation of 0.5% qoq. Over 2020-21, the economy grew 1.4%. Head of National Accounts at the ABS, Michael Smedes said: “Domestic demand drove growth of 0.7 per cent this quarter which saw continued growth across household spending, private investment and public sector expenditure. Lockdowns had minimal impact on domestic demand, with fewer lockdown days and the prolonged stay at home orders in NSW only commencing later in the quarter”.

Australia AiG manufacturing dropped sharply to 51.6 on lockdowns

Australia AiG Performance of Manufacturing dropped sharply from 60.8 to 51.6 in August. Looking at some more details, production dropped from -11.6 pts to 50.2. Employment dropped -9.4 to 51.4. New orders dropped -5.4 to 57.1. Supplier deliveries dropped -18.3 to 41.3. Exports dropped -8.5 to 45.1.

Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said: “August saw a steep retreat from the healthy expansion in manufacturing performance that has characterised most of this year. Lockdowns across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria were the major detractor from performance with ongoing strength outside of these states sufficiently strong to maintain the national performance in positive territory (although by a slim margin).

BoJ Wakatabe: Economic recovery is expected to become clear with vaccination progress

BoJ Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe said in a speech, the Japan economy has remained in a “severe state”. But the bank judged that “pick-up trend in the economy as a whole has been maintained, supported by positive developments in the corporate sector on the back of a firm recovery in overseas economies”.

“Positive developments are likely to spread from the corporate sector to the household sector as the impact of COVID-19 wanes gradually, mainly due to progress with vaccinations,” he added. “The economic recovery is expected to become clear.”

The key to realizing the positive outlook is “whether a virtuous cycle operates firmly”. That is, “whether an increase in domestic and overseas demand expands household income and corporate profits, and in turn leads to a further rise in spending”.

Japan PMI manufacturing finalized at 52.7 in Aug, sustained expansion

Japan PMI Manufacturing was finalized at 52.7 in August, just slightly down from July’s 53.0. Markit said output and new orders increased and slower rates. Export orders declined for the first time in seven months. Lead times lengthened to greatest extent in a decade amid ongoing disruption.

Usamah Bhatti, Economist at IHS Markit, said: “Latest PMI data pointed to a sustained expansion in the Japanese manufacturing sector midway through the third quarter…. A sharp rise COVID-19 cases in South East Asia was among the key factors listed by Japanese manufacturers for the easing in demand, both domestically and externally… Concurrently, severe supply chain disruption partly caused by pandemic restrictions and raw material shortages remained a dampener on production and orders.”

China Caixin PMI manufacturing dropped to 49.2, Covid-19 resurgence a severe challenge

China Caixin PMI Manufacturing dropped to 49.2 in August, down from 50.3, below expectation of 50.2. That’s the first contraction reading since April 2020. Caixin said output and new orders both declined modestly. Supply chain delays worsened amid uptick on COVID-19 cases. Companies trimmed purchasing activity and stagging levels.

Wang Zhe, Senior Economist at Caixin Insight Group said: “The latest Covid-19 resurgence has posed a severe challenge to the economic normalization that began in the second quarter of last year… Official economic indicators for July were worse than the market expected, indicating mounting downward pressure on economic growth. Authorities need to take a holistic view and balance containing Covid-19, stabilizing the job market, and maintaining stability in supply and prices.”

Looking ahead

Swiss PMI manufacturing, Eurozone PMI manufacturing final and UK PMI manufacturing final will be released in European session. Later in the day, US will release ADP employment, ISM manufacturing and construction spending.

EUR/JPY Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 129.61; (P) 129.89; (R1) 130.19; More….

Intraday bias in EUR/JPY remains on the upside for the moment. Rebound from 127.91 short term bottom is in progress for 130.54 resistance. Sustained break there will argue that whole correction from 134.11 has completed and turn near term outlook bullish. Nevertheless, on the downside, below 129.14 minor support will turn bias back to the downside for retesting 127.91 low instead.

In the bigger picture, rise from 114.42 is seen as a medium term rising leg inside a long term sideway pattern. As long as 127.07 resistance turned support holds, further rise is still expected to retest 137.49 (2018 high). However, firm break of 127.07 will argue that the medium term trend has reversed, deeper fall would be seen to 61.8% retracement of 114.42 to 134.11 at 121.94.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
22:30 AUD AiG Performance of Manufacturing Index Aug 51.6 60.8
23:01 GBP BRC Shop Price Index Y/Y Jul -0.80% -1.20%
23:50 JPY Capital Spending Q2 5.30% 3.90% -7.80%
00:30 JPY Manufacturing PMI Aug F 52.7 52.4 52.4
01:30 AUD GDP Q/Q Q2 0.70% 0.50% 1.80% 1.90%
01:45 CNY Caixin Manufacturing PMI Aug 49.2 50.2 50.3
06:00 GBP Nationwide Housing Prices M/M Aug 0.10% -0.50%
06:00 EUR Germany Retail Sales M/M Jul -0.90% 4.20%
07:30 CHF SVME PMI Aug 67.5 71.1
07:45 EUR Italy Manufacturing PMI Aug 60 60.3
07:50 EUR France Manufacturing PMI Aug F 57.3 57.3
07:55 EUR Germany Manufacturing PMI Aug F 62.7 62.7
08:00 EUR Italy Unemployment Jul F 10.40% 9.70%
08:00 EUR Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Aug F 61.5 61.5
08:30 GBP Manufacturing PMI Aug 60.1 60.1
09:00 EUR Eurozone Unemployment Rate Jul 7.60% 7.70%
12:15 USD ADP Employment Change Aug 650K 330K
13:30 CAD Manufacturing PMI Aug 56.4 56.2
13:45 USD Manufacturing PMI Aug F 61.2 61.2
14:00 USD ISM Manufacturing PMI Aug 58.6 59.5
14:00 USD ISM Manufacturing Prices Paid Aug 84.2 85.7
14:00 USD ISM Manufacturing Employment Index Aug 51.4 52.9
14:00 USD Construction Spending M/M Jul 0.20% 0.10%
14:30 USD Crude Oil Inventories -2.5M -3.0M