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Risk-on Sentiment Back, Dollar Decline Continues

Markets are generally in risk-on mode in Asian session today, with rallies in major indexes, oil prices and cryptos. Dollar is extending recent correction and would likely continue further. Yen and Swiss Franc are the next weakest. On the other hand, Australian Dollar is leading New Zealand and Canadian Dollar higher. Euro and Sterling are mixed for now. Overall, it’s a picture of positive market sentiments.

Technically, 31407 resistance in bitcoin would be a focus in the early part of the week. Firm break there will firstly resume the rebound from 25083 towards 55 day EMA (now at 34358). More importantly, that would be an early sign of larger trend reversal and open up the prospect of further rally to 38.2% retracement of 68986 to 25083 at 41853. If that happens, it would be a strong sign of return of strong risk appetite, which would be unfavorable to Dollar.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 2.30%. Hong Kong HSI is up 2.05%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.58%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.23%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0018 at 0.232.

RBNZ Conway: Probably some more 50 points hikes coming

RBNZ chief economist Paul Conway said today that 50bps rate hikes are the way forward, and he’s confident of soft landing as the labor market is strong.

“75 wasn’t seriously on the table because we are pretty convinced that we can get to where we need to get with 50-point increments,” he said. Also, the central bank was “signaling there’s probably some more 50 points coming over the next little while.”

On the economy, Conway said “it’s difficult to engineer a soft landing — typically a significant reduction in inflation is accompanied by negative economic growth — but there’s reasons to believe New Zealand is well placed to pull it off this time around.”

“The labor market is strong and that’s the underlying reason why the New Zealand economy is well placed to weather the storm,” he added.

BoJ Kuroda: Yen’s rapid weakening not because of monetary policy

BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told the parliament today, “I don’t think the BoJ’s monetary policy was the factor behind a rapid yen weakening. The recent yen weakening may have been driven by an abnormal situation where oil prices topped $130 per barrel.”

He also said that the rapid depreciation of Yen was “undesirable”. But the situation was improving with Dollar easing back to around 127 Yen.

Meanwhile, Kuroda also repeated the pledge to maintain powerful monetary easing to help the economy from recovering.

BoC rate hike, US ISMs and NFP

BoC is widely expected to raise interest rate by another 50bps to 1.50% this week. Governor Tiff Macklem had recently noted that interest rates may need to go above the neutral range, estimated to be between 2% and 3%. Thus BoC should indicate that more tightening is still on the way. But Macklem would probably wait at least until July’s monetary policy report before talking about how high rates would top.

In terms of central bank activities, Fed will also publish Beige Book anecdote report. On the data front, US ISMs and non-farm payrolls will be the biggest events of the week. Others include Eurozone CPI flash, Canada GDP, Swiss GDP, China PMIs. Here are some highlights for the week:

  • Monday: Germany import prices, CPI flash; Swiss KOF economic barometer; Canada current account.
  • Tuesday: New Zealand building permit, ANZ business confidence; Japan unemployment rate, retail sales, industrial production, consumer confidence, housing starts; Australia building permits, current account; China PMIs; Swiss trade balance, retail sales; France GDP, consumer spending; Swiss GDP; Germany unemployment; UK M4 money supply, mortgage approvals; Eurozone CPI flash; Canada GDP, US house price index, Chicago PMI, consumer confidence.
  • Wednesday: Australia AiG manufacturing, GDP; Japan capital spending, PMI manufacturing; China Caixin PMI manufacturing; Germany retail sales; Swiss PMI manufacturing; Eurozone PMI manufacturing final, unemployment rate; UK PMI manufacturing final; Canada PMI manufacturing, BoC rate decision; US ISM manufacturing, Fed’s Beige Book report.
  • Thursday: New Zealand overseas trade index; Australia retail sales, trade balance; Japan monetary base; Eurozone PPI; US Challenger job cuts, ADP employment, jobless claims, non-farm productivity, factory orders; Canada building permits.
  • Friday: Australia AiG construction; German Trade balance; France industrial production; Eurozone PMI services final, retail sales; Canada labor productivity; US non-farm payrolls, ISM PMI services.

AUD/USD Daily Report

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.7112; (P) 0.7139; (R1) 0.7189; More…

Intraday bias in AUD/USD remains on the upside, as rise from is extending. Next target is 0.7265 resistance. Firm break there will raise the chance of larger trend reversal and target 0.7760 structural resistance next. On the downside, break of 0.7034 minor support will turn bias back to the downside for retesting 0.6828 low instead.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 0.8006 are seen as a corrective pattern to rise from 0.5506 (2020 low). Deeper fall could be seen to 50% retracement of 0.5506 to 0.8006 at 0.6756. This coincides with 100% projection of 0.8006 to 0.7105 from 0.7660 at 0.6760. Strong support is expected from 0.6756/60 cluster to contain downside to complete the correction. Meanwhile, firm break of 0.7660 resistance will confirm that such corrective pattern has completed, and larger up trend is ready to resume.

Economic Indicators Update

GMTCcyEventsActualForecastPreviousRevised
06:00EURGermany Import Price Index M/M Apr2.00%5.70%
07:00CHFKOF Leading Indicator May102.3101.7
09:00EUREurozone Economic Sentiment Indicator May104.9105
09:00EUREurozone Industrial Confidence May7.57.9
09:00EUREurozone Services Sentiment May14.313.5
09:00EUREurozone Consumer Confidence May F-21.1-21.1
12:00EURGermany CPI M/M May P0.50%0.80%
12:00EURGermany CPI Y/Y May P7.60%7.40%
12:30CADCurrent Account (CAD) Q1-0.2B-0.8B
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