CAD: CPI & Retail Sales Friday

CAD just about staying afloat

CAD sank to its lowest level against the dollar since June 2017 at the end of last week (76.41cents) signalling troubling times for the north American currency.

Clashes over oil stockpiles between OPEC and the States have ricocheted  sending the Looney (CADs alter ego) into a spiral. Deeply dependent on their oil reserves, Wednesday’s Crude Oil Inventories at 2.30pm GMT, could change its fortunes again.

But oil isn’t the half of it. Unhappy grumblings about the NAFTA in Canadian economic circles and the potential looming trade war with their southern neighbour weren’t helped by Trump’s glibly delivered false news data in his meeting with Trudeau. Admitting he made up details about a trade deficit, Trump seems to have no qualms about upsetting the States’ friends around the world.

A speech by Reserve Bank of Canada’s Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins could have a few tidbits to entice traders to make a call on how to close the week at 6.45pm GMT on 22nd. But CAD investors will be watching two key figures apart from Trudeau and Trump this Friday.

Rocky CPI figures (23rd 12.30pm GMT) will be watched hoping for another gain after the surprisingly large 0.7% against the 0.4% predicted last month. Core Retail Sales, Friday 23rd March at 12.30pm GMT, are more volatile heading down to -1.8% against 0.1 gain predicted last month. This month it could go either way but another negative would sting Looney bulls badly.

 

USD: CPI, PPI & Retail Sales get real

American first

Trump can talk the talk for his cohort of loyal fans, but facts and figures can be made to suit anyone; I mean, they speak for themselves. All eyes are on the health of the US economy as key data for producers, consumers and shopping comes in.

The US’s Consumer Price Index, based on figures for February, are set to fall if analysts are correct. Predictions are that last month’s surprise 0.5% growth will drop back to 0.2% on Tuesday 13th at 12.30pm GMT. Core CPI, out at the same time, looks a little steadier but pundits still feel a drop is on the cards – 0.3% to 0.2%.

Trumps’ America First rhetoric got real as he slammed import duties on steel last week threatening to cause a trade war with Europe and other international trade partners. That won’t affect the Producer’s Price Index (Wednesday 14th March 12.30pm GMT), which is based on last month’s data. Forecasts indicate a fall in price growth from 0.4% to 0.1%. Next month should be very interesting here.

Retail Sales, Wednesday 14th March at 12.30pm GMT, looks like it will be the biggest USD news this week. The shock drop from 0.0% to -0.3% shook markets, who will be keen to know if this month’s turnaround prediction to 0.3% is true.

AUD: 7 essential data traders need to know

Aussie action

It’s a busy week for AUD traders. Here are the 7 essential data you need to play if you’re serious about your Aussie dollar action.

  1.  (and 2.)  The biggest news of the week will be the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Cash Rate and Rate Statement on Tuesday 6th at 12.30am GMT. The 1.50% rate has stood for 19 consecutive months and few people expect RBA Governor Lowe to break that status quo. Futures markets don’t see any rise this year, not even a teeny little 0.25% one. That makes things interesting when the general economy appears to be doing well but data suggests the Aussie consumer is heavily debt-laden.
  2. The Rate Statement, out just after the Cash Rate, will have traders analysing every word for clues to the direction of future rate changes. RBA’s Governor, Rob Lowe, has a tricky path to navigate.
  3. RBA Governor Lowe speaks about the Changing Nature of Investment in Sydney, Australia at 9.35pm GMT on Wednesday 7th March. Coming so soon after the new Cash Rate traders will be looking for indications of what Lowe plans to do next.
  4. GDP, Wednesday 7th at 12.30am GMT, has expectations of growth downgraded to 0.5% from 0.6%. That would be the second shrinkage in a row and way off the 1.1% seen a year ago.
  5. The Aussie Trade Balance is big news on Thursday 8th at 12.30am GMT. Forecasts suggest a swing from -1.36B to 0.22B in the black. With a weak AUDUSD pairing this could change a few minds to a positive outlook for the Australian dollar.
  6. Not as significant as the Cash Rate, the Australian Current Account is actually the first major AUD event of the week on Tuesday 6th at 12.30am GMT. It should set the tone for traders. With the deficit set to grow from -9.1B to -12.3B, it doesn’t look like a cause for celebration.
  7. Retail Sales, also on Tuesday 6th at 12.30am GMT, adds more curious detail to the complex Australian picture with predictions of a swing to growth from -0.5% to 0.4%. Closely correlated to the domestic economy this is either a positive sign of a a strengthening economy or another nail in the debt coffin of the average citizen.

Plenty of events this week should give Tiql’s AUD traders lots of action and could see widely differing opinions of the currency emerge.

Top Tiql Tips: 19th to 25th February

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We’re giving you this free guide to the markets and dates to watch to help you to earn more with TIQL this week. Economic news and announcements cause financial markets to move a lot, and may provide some opportunities to trade.

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GBP: kicks off early and peaks midweek

Traders are keen to know what will happen with the Bank of England’s interest rates. Mark Carney, Bank of England Chairman, offers an exciting chance to kick the week off with some volatility on the pound when he talks about leadership and values in London (Monday 19th 6.45pm GMT).

Wages have been stagnating so Carney will be hoping for good news from the Average Earnings Index (Wednesday 21st 9.30am). Rising below inflation at 2.5% for the last few months, they haven’t helped paint a positive picture of the wider domestic economy.

The mid-week hump peaks with the big red flag, Inflation Report Hearings (2.15pm GMT Wednesday 21st February). Carney and his Monetary Policy Committee testify at the Treasury with comments expected about the currency markets. Lasting a few hours this can almost guarantee turbulence.

Sterling’s last big gasp of the week is the quarterly Second Estimate GDP (Thursday at 9.30am GMT). Rising more than expected to 0.5% analysts expect that to stabilise with no change forecast.

USD: Yellen’s last stand at the FOMC

Yellen is out. Powell is in. It’s regime change time. But is that boat getting rocked one last time by the ex-most powerful woman in the US economy?

Get the tissues ready to hear her final remarks in the FOMC Meeting Minutes for January (Wednesday 21st February 7.00pm GMT). We don’t expect her to hold back. Everyone and his donkey want to know where the Fed’s interest rate is going next and when. The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Minutes give all the juicy details and we want them hot off the press.

Incoming Chair, Jerome Powell, has stressed continuity. He caused a few chuckles with remarks that the Fed works for the “good of all Americans” recently. Some applaud his apparently strong free markets stance but the question remains whether organisations and markets will actually be allowed to fail should things go wrong. Check out Powell’s upcoming speeches to see where the future lies.

CAD & NZD: retail sales

New Zealand’s Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd 9.45pm GMT) are forecast to uptick with 1.4% growth. Core Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd 9.45pm GMT) are also expected to be stronger at 0.7% growth.

If pundits are correct, this makes the domestic economy look better than some would have hoped. Though every trader knows forecasts can be wrong. Last week’s US Core Retail Sales stagnated at 0.0% rather than the healthier 0.5% growth expected while there was a wince-inducing contraction of -0.2% in the wider Retail Sales. Now there’s an economy that’s suddenly not looking as bright as expected.

Canada’s Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd February 1.30pm GMT) boosted their economy last month by coming in at twice the forecast with 1.6% growth against the 0.8% predicted. They are cautiously optimistic about wider economic growth and this could be a strengthening economy.
Where Canada is concerned, always remember to track Crude Oil Inventories (Thursday 22nd February 4pm GMT) for its impact on the Loonie. Currently back in the positive after months of reductions, are we seeing a new trend in oil production?

EUR: no weekend off

The European Parliamentary Elections are on Sunday 25th. Expect EUR related markets to pay attention and watch out for possible corrections when markets open on Monday if there are any political upsets.

Here are the main news events to look out for this week:

 

  • Mon Feb 19
    18:45:00 GMT GBP BOE Gov Carney Speaks
  • Tue Feb 20
    00:30:00 GMT AUD Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
  • Wed Feb 21
    09:30:00 GMT GBP Average Earnings Index 3m/y
    14:15:00 GMT GBP Inflation Report Hearings
    19:00:00 GMT USD FOMC Meeting Minutes
  • Thu Feb 22
    16:00:00 GMT USD Crude Oil Inventories
    09:30:00 GMT GBP Second Estimate GDP q/q
    12:30:00 GMT EUR ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
    13:30:00 GMT CAD Core Retail Sales m/m
    21:45:00 GMT NZD Retail Sales q/q
  • Fri Feb 23
    13:30:00 GMT CAD CPI m/m
  • Sun Feb 25
    09:15:00 GMT EUR Parliamentary Election

Some Markets to Watch…

USDJPY: The Yen broke through significant support and has been trading in a narrow range within last week’s range. The dollar hit a 3-year low against the Yen last week despite surging U.S. Treasury yields and a rebound in global equity markets. The move may have been fueled by inflation concerns in the U.S. as well as worries about the huge U.S. current and budget deficits.

 

Bitcoin: BTCUSD is trading above the key $10000 round number. Key levels to watch this week are 12000 (completion of equidistant swing into previous supply/demand) and the 10,000 level.

 

Crude Oil: The chart we looked at last week is still in play. We have a potential ABCD pattern which could complete near the halfway back and previous chart structure at $54.

 


GBPUSD: The bulls still have the ball on cable. We found buyers at 1.38 last week and all eyes are on the 1.40 level to see if we can push higher. 1.45 could be a good target for the bulls to cover.

Whichever way you think these markets are going to go, you can trade these and other markets from as little as 1 cent with TIQL.

 

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CAD & NZD: retail sales

Let’s go shopping

New Zealand’s Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd 9.45pm GMT) are forecast to uptick with 1.4% growth. Core Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd 9.45pm GMT) are also expected to be stronger at 0.7% growth.

If pundits are correct, this makes the domestic economy look better than some would have hoped. Though every trader knows forecasts can be wrong as last week’s US Core Retail Sales showed when they stagnated at 0.0% rather than the healthier 0.5% growth expected as well as the wince-inducing contraction of -0.2% in their wider Retail Sales. Now there’s an economy that’s suddenly not looking as bright as expected.

Canada’s Core Retail Sales (Thursday 22nd February 1.30pm GMT) boosted the economy last month by coming in at twice the forecast with 1.6% growth against the 0.8% predicted. They are cautiously optimistic about wider economic growth and this could be a strengthening economy.

Where Canada is concerned, always remember to track Crude Oil Inventories (Thursday 22nd February 4pm GMT) for its impact on the Loonie. Currently back in the positive after months of reductions, are we seeing a new trend in oil production?

Top Tiql Tips (with love): 12th to 16th February

​​​​​Your free guide to the markets this Valentine’s Week!

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To help you to earn more with TIQL, because we think you’re great, we’re sending you this free guide to the markets and dates to watch this week. Economic news and announcements cause financial markets to move a lot, and may provide some opportunities to trade.

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USD: key events this week
This week there are loads of of major events for USD traders to play this week.

Firstly, CPI and Core CPI as well as Retail Sales and Core Retail Sales (14th February 1.30pm GMT). If they are strong, most pundits expect markets to rise. Crude Oil Inventories (Wednesday 14th 3.30pm GMT) is less directly related to the consumer market, but it also impacts USD. The Producer Price Index (Thursday 15th 1.30pm GMT) shrank by -0.1% last month. This will reflect data gathered before the crashes and temporary government shutdown at the end of last week so traders may not place too much weight on it. Then Building Permits (Friday 16th 1.30pm GMT) will be USD traders last planned big play before the week ends.

But, remember, we always have Trump’s tweets and speeches to add some turbulence to the week, and some much needed laughs. Last week’s midweek shock crashes led to an old irate tweet about the markets coming back to bite Trump. Back in 2015, he thought the sitting US president should be fired into the sun in a cannon if Wall Street dropped by more than 1,000 points in a day. Then it happened twice in one week on his watch. He went uncharacteristically quiet with no tweets for what must be a record amount of time on the Trump-feed. We’re guessing that means he won’t be heading into the sun any time soon. But with two massive crashes in a row, shouldn’t that be two canon rides then? Or would twice mean a ride there and one back? Is that why he’s still president? Has Trump been to the sun?

The big question traders want to know this week is when the Dow and S&P 500 will turn around or if there is further to fall. They also want to know why the fall happened when the US economy looks reasonably strong at the moment. Everyone and their dog has a theory but we may never know. Jittery traders who don’t trust a good thing seems to cover it. Even Trump got it right about that.

AUD: brace for impact
The Australian dollar has a tendency to be buffeted by other markets. The Wall Street double dipper led to a 6-week low against the dollar and volatility could well remain across this week.

AUD traders also face additional impact of the Bank of England’s interest rate news (over 1% drop against sterling), but AUD could regain some strength with Employment Change news and the Unemployment Rate (Thursday 15th February 12.30am GMT).

The highlight of the week will be Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Rob Lowe speaking to the House of Representatives Economics Committee (Thursday 15th 10.30pm GMT). Their questions could shed light on the Bank’s latest view of the economy and future plans for interest rates.

GBP: an economy under pressure
Last week’s reveal of a potential interest rate rise from Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, and the news that it could be larger than previously thought will probably worry large parts of the country’s debt-laden population, though markets reacted positively.

Analysts wanted someone, anyone, to do something to keep a lid on inflation so they took the rate rise news well. Although others are confused. The upwards pressure doesn’t seem to be coming from the domestic market making it difficult to see how Carney’s measures are going to do anything other than fan the flames for a debt-laden cash-strapped underpaid workforce.

The Consumer Price Index (Tuesday 13th February 9.30am GMT) fell to 3.0% last month from a high of 3.1% in December. If it drops further, the arguments for a rate rise get thinner. Retail Sales (9.30am GMT Friday 16th) will help a lot of traders decide how far and fast they think the Governor is going to jump. The next chance for rates to change will be on 22nd March though many have put their money on May’s Rate Statement for the next hike.

Here are the main news events to look out for this week:

  • Tue Feb 13
    09:30:00 GMT GBP CPI y/y
  • Wed Feb 14
    02:00:00 GMT NZD Inflation Expectations q/q
    13:30:00 GMT USD Retail Sales m/m
    13:30:00 GMT USD CPI m/m
    13:30:00 GMT USD Core Retail Sales m/m
    13:30:00 GMT USD Core CPI m/m
    15:30:00 GMT USD Crude Oil Inventories
  • Thu Feb 15
    00:30:00 GMT AUD Unemployment Rate
    00:30:00 GMT AUD Employment Change
    13:30:00 GMT USD PPI m/m
    21:30:00 GMT NZD Business NZ Manufacturing Index
    22:30:00 GMT AUD RBA Gov Lowe Speaks
  • Fri Feb 16
    13:30:00 GMT USD Building Permits
    09:30:00 GMT GBP Retail Sales m/m

Some Markets to Watch…

USDJPY: The Yen is trading at a key support zone at 107 – 108 after making a low of 108.03 on Friday. The US government fiscal balance is due to be reported later on Monday with no other important data due. The near term levels to watch are 108 and 109.

GBPUSD: Cable seems poised to continue its bull run. The UK has a slew of economic data on the docket for Tuesday this week, most notably being CPI data for January at 09:30 GMT. A positive uptick here will only further cement the BoE on a path towards interest rates, with some market forecasts already calling for a May rate increase. The chart below shows the levels to watch as we go into the trading week.

BTCUSD: Bitcoin levels rose this past week. Bitcoin recovered more than 48% from the multi-month lows touched at $5,896.00 last week. The long-awaited break above $8,500 failed to produce meaningful recovery as the selling interest around $9,000 resistance pushed it back.

Crude Oil: Oil prices have gained some ground today after the drop last week. The chart below shows some of the levels to watch going into the trading week. The key zone to watch is near $55, which is near the half way back and has previous supply and demand nearby. We also have the equidistant swing completing into $53: should we see a deeper correction this might be an interesting level to watch.

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USD: key events this week

This week, there are lots of red flag events for USD traders to cogitate on and plan their moves for the week. First up are CPI and Core CPI, Retail Sales and Core Retail Sales on Valentine’s Day at 1.30pm GMT. If they show love for the US economy, most analysts expect markets to rise. Also on Wednesday 14th at 3.30pm GMT is Crude Oil Inventories. Less directly related to the domestic market, this impacts USD in a number of ways. On Thursday 15th at 1.30pm GMT the Producer Price Index, which contracted by -0.1% last month, will reflect data gathered before the crashes and temporary government shutdown at the end of last week. Then Building Permits, Friday 16th at 1.30pm GMT, will be USD traders last planned big play before the week ends.

But, of course, there’s always Trump’s tweets and speeches to add some unnecessary turbulence to the week, and much needed laughs.


Last week’s midweek shock crash sent Wall Street tumbling more than 1000 points twice in one week and an old irate tweet about the markets came back to bite Trump hard.

He went uncharacteristically quiet with no tweets for what must be a record amount of time on the Trump-feed. We’re guessing that means he won’t be heading into the sun any time soon. But with two massive crashes in a row, shouldn’t that be two canon rides then? Or would twice mean a ride there and one back? Is that why he’s still president? Has Trump been to the sun?

More importantly, this week traders want to know when the Dow and S&P 500 will turn around or if there is further to fall. They also want to know why the fall happened when the US economy looks reasonably strong at the moment. Everyone and their dog has a theory but we may never know. Jittery traders who don’t trust a good thing seems to cover it. Even Trump got it right about that.

 

GBP: an economy under pressure

When a cat is like the British economy

Last week’s pending interest rate rise reveal from Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, and the shocker that it could be bigger than previously thought will probably send shivers through large parts of the country’s debt-laden population. though markets reacted positively.

Analysts were looking for someone to keep a lid on inflation and took the news well. Although some are confused as the upwards pressure doesn’t seem to be coming from the domestic market making it difficult to see how Carney’s measures are going to do anything other than fan the flames with a debt-laden cash-strapped underpaid workforce.

The Consumer Price Index, out on Tuesday 13th February at 9.30am GMT, dipped to 3.0% last month from a high of 3.1% in December. If it falls further, the arguments for a rate rise get thinner. Retail Sales, out at 9.30am GMT on Friday 16th, will help a lot of traders decide how far and fast they think the Governor is going to jump. The next chance for rates to change will be on 22nd March though many have put their money on May for the next hike.

AUD: looking up or down?

Looking up or down

The antipodean currency is often buffeted by changes in USD, CNY and other major trading partners making it a fun one to trade. This week offers some homegrown events that could get the markets excited.

There is a chance the Current Account will improve by nearly 1 billion USD on Tuesday 5th 12.30am GMT, which would start the week well. Retail Sales, out at the same time, are also forecast to improve (0.0% to 0.3% growth), while the big news is the Rate Statement, released at 3.30am GMT Tuesday 5th. In October, this was kept at a record low of 1.5% and there are mixed views on what will happen this week though most suspect it will stay the same. The argument is that low rates are stimulating the economy.

Later in the week, GDP is forecast to drop by 0.1% to 0.7% on Wednesday 6th at 12.30am GMT and the Trade Balance looks set to shrink by around 0.3 billion or so on Thursday 7th at 12.30am GMT. With mutterings about a recession or even depression in pundit circles, there is talk of a banking bubble built on a property bubble on a mining bubble on a commodities bubble all fuelled by a Chinese bubble. Is the Aussie economy about to go pop?

2 Retail Sales events to trade

Ah – shopping

The U.S.A. and the U.K. both release their monthly Retail Sales figures this week. As a key indicator of the health of the economy, how much the public spends at the shops is essential knowledge for currency traders and stock markets alike.

The US delivers two key data: Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales at 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday 15th. The main difference is that the Core figures exclude automobile sales, which can be volatile. US shoppers have been anything but reliable in the last year so last month’s 1% growth for Core isn’t any guarantee this month will also be positive, though forecasts are for 0.2%. As shoppers start thinking about Christmas, that is maybe to be expected and a drop would be extra worrying.

Britain’s shopping figures have suffered a similarly volatile pattern over the last year and a negative figure certainly won’t held GBP. The recent interest rate hike won’t have had a chance to impact domestic sales so any decline can’t be blamed on that. Analysts are positive seeing an upturn from -0.8% to 0.2% on Thursday 16th at 9.30am GMT, but will the markets see that as strength or wonder about growing personal debt?