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USD/JPY Presses 109.1 Support as Yen Rally Continues, Strong UK and Canada CPI

Rally in Yen and Swiss Franc dominated trading for most of the day, and it stays firm in early US session. Nevertheless, as sentiment of US traders are not too pessimistic, buying in both slows a little bit. On the other hand, Australia, New Zealand and US Dollars are taking turns to be the worst perform. Sterling is somewhat support by strong consumer inflation reading. But Canada CPI is doing little to help the Loonie.

Technically, USD/JPY is now defending 109.10 support. Break there will likely resume whole pattern from 111.65 through 108.71 low. If that happens, we’ll see if it’s accompanied by a break of 1.1850 minor resistance in EUR/USD to signal Dollar weakness. Or it accompanied by steeper fall in EUR/JPY towards 127.91 to indicate upside acceleration in Yen.

In Europe, at the time of writing, FTSE is flat. DAX is down -0.10%. CAC is down -0.64%. German 10-year yield is up 0.012 at -0.326. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei dropped -0.52%. Hong Kong HSI dropped -1.84%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -0.17%. Singapore Strait Times dropped -0.71%. Japan 10-year JGB yield closed flat at 0.036.

Canada CPI jumped to 4.1% yoy in Aug, highest since 2003

Canada CPI accelerated further from 3.7% yoy to 4.1% yoy in August, above expectation of 3.9% yoy. That’s also the fastest pace since March 2003. Statistics Canada said the increase mainly stems from an accumulation of recent price pressures and from lower price levels in 2020.

Looking at some more details, CPI common rose from 1.7% yoy to 1.8% yoy, above expectation of 1.7% yoy. CPI median was unchanged at 2.6% yoy, matched expectations. CPI trimmed rose from 3.1% yoy to 3.3% yoy, above expectation of 3.1% yoy.

Eurozone industrial production rose 1.5% mom in Jul, EU up 1.4% mom

Eurozone industrial production rose 1.5% mom in July, above expectation of 0.5% mom. For the month, production of non-durable consumer goods rose by 3.5%, capital goods by 2.7%, durable consumer goods by 0.6% and intermediate goods by 0.4%, while production of energy fell by 0.6%.

EU industrial production rose 1.4% mom. Among Member States for which data are available, the highest monthly increases were registered in Ireland (+7.8%), Belgium (+5.0%) and Portugal (+3.5%). The largest decreases were observed in Lithuania (-2.0%), Slovenia (-1.8%) and Croatia (-1.6%).

Ifo: Germany inflation to hit 3% this year, fall back to 2-2.5% next

Ifo said inflation in Germany could hit as high as 3% this year. That could be explained by “accelerated increase in prices over the course of 2021” in apparent in energy, food, and some service industries.

Inflation is expected to slow to 2.0-2.5% next year. But Head of Forecasts Timo Wollmershäuser said: “At the beginning of 2022, the special factors that have been driving inflation will peter out: it will be a year since the reduction in VAT was reversed and energy prices reached their pre-crisis levels,”

Separately, ECB Governing Council member Pablo Hernandez de Cos said, “ECB is monitoring the inflation performance closely but we are not seeing any second-round impacts.”

UK CPI surged from 2% to 3.2% yoy in Aug, largest monthly leap on record

UK CPI surged to 3.2% yoy in August, up from 2.0% yoy, above expectation of 2.9% yoy. That sharp 1.2% jump in CPI was the highest leap recorded, but ONS said “this is likely to be a temporary change. CPI core rose to 3.1% yoy, up from 1.8% yoy, above expectation of 2.9% yoy. RPI also rose to 4.8% yoy, up from 3.8% yoy, above expectation of 4.6% yoy.

Also released, PPI input came in at 0.4% mom, 11.0% yoy, versus expectation of 0.2% mom, 10.3% yoy. PPI output was at 0.7% mom, 5.9% yoy, versus expectation of 0.4% mom, 5.4% yoy. PPI core output was at 1.0% mom, 5.4% yoy.

China retail sales grew only 2.8% yoy in Aug, way below expectation

China retail sales growth slowed sharply to 2.8% yoy in August , down from July’s 8.5% yoy, well below expectation of 7.1% yoy. China industrial production growth slowed further to 5.3% yoy, below expectation of 5.8% yoy. Fixed asset investment rose 8.9% ytd yoy, below expectation of 9.1%.

In a released, the National Bureau of Statistics said, “generally speaking, in August, the national economy maintained the trend of recovery. However, we must be aware that the international environment is still complicated and severe. At home, it has been felt that the sporadic outbreak of COVID-19 and natural disasters such as floods had caused impact on the economy, and the foundation for the economic recovery still needs to be consolidated”.

Australia Westpac consumer sentiment rose to 106.2, strong resilient despite lockdown

Australia Westpac-MI consumer sentiment rose 2.0% to 106.2 in September. Th