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Dollar Rises on Risk Aversion and Yields, Euro Rebound Faltered

Overall markets are relatively mixed. Euro’s rebound attempt yesterday was rather disappointing, but it’s nonetheless still the best performer for the week. Dollar staged a strong rebound overnight, with help from hawkish Fed and rising yield, but there is no clear follow through buying yet. Commodity currencies were generally hammered by risk off sentiment. Yen is staying in consolidation, which would extend for a while longer.

Technically, despite breaching 1.0922 minor resistance, EUR/USD lacked follow through buying and dipped back into middle of a near term range. EUR/GBP’s is also capped below 0.8379 minor resistance so far. Thus, there is no confirmation of Euro’s underlying strength yet. The levels will continued to be watched.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is down -1.78%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.49%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.07%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.10%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.0057 at 0.249. Overnight, DOW dropped -1.05%. S&P 500 dropped -1.48%. NASDAQ dropped -2.07%. 10-year yield rose 0.077 to 2.917.

Fed Powell: 50bps on the table for May FOMC meeting

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in an IMF discussion that with inflation running three times the 2% target, “it is appropriate to be moving a little more quickly.” He added that “fifty basis points will be on the table for the May meeting.”

“We have had an expectation that inflation would peak around this time and come down over the course of the rest of the year and then further,” Powell said. “These expectations have been disappointed in the past…We are not going to count on help from supply side healing. We are going to be raising rates.”

BoE Bailey: We’re walking a very tight line between inflation and recession

BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said yesterday that the UK is “walking a very tight line between tackling inflation and the output effects of the real income shock, and the risk that that could create a recession and pushes too far down in terms of inflation.”

“We are now in a period of unprecedentedly large shocks,” he said, referring to both the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

BoC Macklem prepared to be as forceful as needed

BoC Governor Tiff Macklem said he’s “not going to rule anything out”,. when he was asked whether he could considering hiking more than 50bps at next meeting. He added, “we’re prepared to be as forceful as needed and I’m really going to let those words speak for themselves.”

“If we start to see demand pressures internally moderate and we start to see those international price pressures abating, you should see those quarter-over-quarter inflation rates start to come down,” Macklem said.

Japan CPI core accelerated to 0.8% yoy in Mar

Japan all item CPI rose fro 0.9% to 1.2% in March, below expectation of 1.3% yoy. CPI core (ex-food) rose form 0.6% yoy to 0.8% yoy, matched expectations. CPI core-core (ex-food and energy) improved from -1.0% yoy to -0.7% yoy, better than expectation of -1.1% yoy.

The core CPI rate was the fastest in over 2 years. Energy prices jumped 20.8% yoy, largest gain since 1981, with kerosene up 30.6% and gasoline up 19.4%.

Japan PMI manufacturing dropped to 53.4 in Apr, services rose to 50.5

Japan PMI Manufacturing dropped from 54.1 to 53.4 in April, above expectation of 53.3. PMI Services rose from 49.4 to 50.5, signalling the first expansion since last December. PMI Composite rose from 50.3 to 50.9.

Usamah Bhatti, Economist at S&P Global, said: “The latest Flash PMI data showed that Japanese private sector activity improved at a sharper rate at the start of the second quarter of 2022. Services companies recorded an expansion in activity for the first time since last December, while manufacturers saw output levels rise for the second successive month.

“April data signalled the sharpest expansion in four months, though the pace of growth was only marginal. Moreover, growth in incoming business in the private sector stagnated amid increased headwinds.

Australia PMI manufacturing rose to 57.9, services rose to 56.6

Australia PMI Manufacturing rose from 57.7 to 57.9 in April, a 5-month high. PMI Services rose from 55.6 to 56.6. PMI Composite rose from 55.1 to 56.2.

Jingyi Pan, Economics Associate Director at S&P Global said: “The expansion of the Australian economy continued in April, according to the S&P Global Flash Australia Composite PMI, buoyed by the easing of COVID-19 disruptions. Foreign demand played a part as well with new export business rising for the first time since December 2021.

“Price pressures persisted, however, for private sector firms that faced higher costs across raw material to wages. Input costs rose at the fastest pace since data collection began in May 2016, reflecting the impact from both the Ukraine war and lockdowns in China.

“Higher employment levels in April remained a bright spot to highlight, though the lack of suitable candidates have contributed to a slowdown of hiring activity. Meanwhile, despite better output growth, business confidence eased in April which is a worrying trend.”

Looking ahead

UK retail sales and PMIs, Eurozone PMIs will be the main feature in European session. Later in the day, Canada will release retail sales, IPPI and RMPI. US will release PMIs.

EUR/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.0792; (P) 1.0864 (R1) 1.0904; More

EUR/USD quickly retreated after breaching 1.0922 resistance and intraday bias remains neutral at this point. On the upside, firm break of 1.0922 should confirm short term bottoming at 1.0756. Intraday bias will be back on the upside for 1.1184 structural resistance next. On the downside, though, break of 1.0756 will resume larger down trend. Next target is 100% projection of 1.1494 to 1.0805 from 1.1184 at 1.0495.

In the bigger picture, the decline from 1.2348 (2021 high) is expected to continue as long as 1.1494 resistance holds. Firm break of 1.0635 (2020 low) will raise the chance of long term down trend resumption and target a retest on 1.0339 (2017 low) next. Nevertheless, break of 1.1494 will maintain medium term neutral outlook, and extending term range trading first.

Economic Indicators Update

GMTCcyEventsActualForecastPreviousRevised
23:00AUDManufacturing PMI Apr P57.957.7
23:00AUDServices PMI Apr P56.655.6
23:01GBPGfK Consumer Confidence Apr-38-33-31
23:30JPYNational CPI Core Y/Y Mar0.80%0.80%0.60%
00:30JPYManufacturing PMI Apr P53.453.354.1
06:00GBPRetail Sales M/M Mar-0.30%-0.30%
06:00GBPRetail Sales Y/Y Mar2.80%7.00%
06:00GBPRetail Sales ex-Fuel Y/Y Mar0.60%4.60%
06:00GBPRetail Sales ex-Fuel M/M Mar-0.50%-0.70%
07:15EURFrance Manufacturing PMI Apr P56.454.7
07:15EURFrance Services PMI Apr P53.757.4
07:30EURGermany Manufacturing PMI Apr P54.456.9
07:30EURGermany Services PMI Apr P55.556.1
08:00EUREurozone Manufacturing PMI Apr P54.556.5
08:00EUREurozone Services PMI Apr P5555.6
08:00EURCurrent Account (EUR) Feb22.8B22.6B
08:30GBPManufacturing PMI Apr P54.955.2
08:30GBPServices PMI Apr P60.362.6
12:30CADIndustrial Product Price M/M Mar2.00%3.10%
12:30CADRaw Material Price Index Mar7.10%6.00%
12:30CADRetail Sales M/M Feb-0.50%3.20%
12:30CADRetail Sales ex Autos M/M Feb0.20%2.50%
13:45USDManufacturing PMI Apr P58.358.8
13:45USDServices PMI Apr P58.158
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