USD: Non-Farm Friday and 3 more events

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Can the US do it again? Last month’s Non-Farm Employment Change (Friday 6th 1.30pm GMT) went up by over 30% – increasing by 312K from the 239K rise in February. What makes this more impressive is that analysts saw a drop in the employment rise. This month they see an increase of 190k on the cards, which will make a solid run of 6 months of employment growth.

Forecasts also indicate growth in the Average Hourly Earnings (Friday 6th 1,30pm GMT) from 0.1% to 0.3%, which will be welcome news for US citizens struggling with high living costs and debts. The ISM Manufacturing PMI (Monday 2nd 3pm GMT) and ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (Wednesday 4th 3pm GMT) are both looking healthy with scores safely above the 50 line between positive and negative outlooks – 60.1 and 59.2 respectively. Even if they waver, they’re unlikely to move far.

Overall, there is a positive outlook for the US economy when looking at this week’s data. But don’t forget the looming trade war sparked by Trump’s steel tariffs. Keep an eye on his Twitter feed and watch for responses from the EU, China, India and other major trading partners.

CAD: GDP blue moon monthly

Carzy like cat

Canada’s GDP suffered a decline in growth from 0.4% to 0.1% at the start of March. With its second data release in a month giving it a blue moon quality, does anyone expect things to get better? Nope – well, maybe one or two pundits. But CAD may just go a little crazy. Check out the action on Thursday 29th March at 1.30pm GMT.

Canada hasn’t had the best month. Trump openly admitted to making up stats in a meeting with Trudeau while Crude Oil has given the Loonie a good ride. Talk at the moment suggests a rate hike could be on the cards next week; inflation hit a 3-year high and Trump’s new deadline for NAFTA puts both Mexico and Canada under threat of steel tariffs.

The dollar jumped half a cent as the week closed on Friday 24th and markets are likely to be choppy as local markets open on Monday 27th.

 

USD: wobbling confidence?

Just your average American Joe

A lot has changed since last month’s CB Consumer Confidence on Tuesday 27th at 3pm GMT. Not least Trump’s steel tariff that threatens to start a global trade war with traditional trade partners like Europe etc. So has this potential trade disaster affected consumer confidence?

Forecasts suggest the American public feel just great with the index rising from 130.8 to 131.2. To be fair, asking 5,000 average Joes with limited access to expert data or even international news what they think will happen to employment rates, business conditions and the overall economic outlook isn’t necessarily the best way to judge what will really happen. But traders love it so it will affect the markets.

Also big on the USD markets this week is Final GDP, out Wednesday 28th at 1.30pm GMT. Dropping towards target by 0.1% to 3.2% in December, forecasts are for another drop to 2.7%, though this is a rise of 0.2% from the actual Preliminary GDP results a few weeks ago. Smack in the middle of the healthy range, this data is likely to boost the dollar.

Finally, Crude Oil Inventories on Wednesday 28th at 3.30pm GMT should be interesting. Last week saw the first drop in a while by -2.6M barrels and oil saw the biggest gains in 8 weeks. OPEC discussions about ending their agreement to cut production indicate they could actually keep that going until 2020, though seeing the US make the most gains from their reductions must be galling.

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: rate rise time?

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This is it. Never mind the threat of global war with Russia kicking off in Europe, markets sense a rate rise of 0.25% from the FOMC (Wednesday 21st 6pm GMT) and everyone has an opinion about it.

Expect massive volatility as things go wild during the Press Conference (Wednesday 21st 6.30pm GMT) as Jerome Powell faces the press. No matter what he does, raise rates or leave them be, the stock, currency and commodities markets want to know why.

Trump is slapping trade tariffs on countries like parking tickets, threatening trade wars with every continent that could knock the domestic economy for six. China is the latest in the firing line and we can’t see that ending well.

It’s got to be said that GDP is coming in close to Trump’s 3% target and his Twitter feed shows his usual modesty around that. Of course, stock market gains and recent improvements in small business confidence are largely powered by his much-touted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashing business rates from 35% to 21%, rather than actual growth, but some argue his policies are actually leading to massive debt. The sums don’t add up, depending on who you’re asking.

So, long story short, Powell is in a very hot seat and needs to steer the Reserve Bank’s fiscal policy to help calm the economic waters. Plan your in and out points and enjoy the USD ride this week.

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4 Bank Rates to Rock the Week

If you like the roller coaster ride when banks make interest rate decisions, you’ve got a good week ahead with 4 major rates being set.

First to go is the Reserve Bank of Australia announcing its new Cash Rate (Tuesday 6th March 3.30am GMT). The Rate Statement, out at the same time, could have a few hidden gems but the 1.50% rate looks likely to stay the same.
The Bank of Canada releases its new Overnight Rate next (Wednesday 7th 3pm GMT). With the recent rise in January, not many expect any change so the accompanying Rate Statement will be where it’s at. Listen out for news on NAFTA – news about the trade agreement is having a noticeable effect on CAD at the moment.

Contending with the fallout from the Italian elections as populist parties gained strength, all EUR trading eyes switched to the ECB this week. The European Central Bank’s Minimum Bid Rate (Thursday 8th 12.45pm GMT) has stood at 0.00% since March 2016. A majority of opinion holds that it won’t change this month either. The Eurozone economy was looking strong at the start of the year but experienced some bumps in the PMIs last month. This month Trump’s tariff threats add little positive to the mix so keeping things stable is high on the agenda.

Japan closes the week for bank rates when the Bank of Japan shares its latest Policy Rate (Friday 9th March time to be confirmed). Held at -0.1% since September 2016 there have been murmurs about a change of position. The Policy Statement and Press Conference should be good for positions into the weekend.

AUD: 7 essential data traders need to know

It’s a busy week for AUD traders with a plethora of data to digest. Here are the 7 essential data traders need to manage if they’re serious about their Aussie dollar action.

The biggest news of the week is the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Cash Rate and Rate Statement (Tuesday 6th 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.

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 difficult path to navigate.

Not as significant as the Cash Rate, the Australian Current Account is actually the first major AUD event of the week (Tuesday 6th 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.

Retail Sales (Tuesday 6th 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.

RBA Governor Lowe will address the issue of the Changing Nature of Investment in Sydney, Australia (9.35pm GMT Wednesday 7th March). Coming so soon after the new Cash Rate traders will be looking for indications of what Lowe plans to do next.

GDP (Wednesday 7th 12.30am GMT) had 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.

The Aussie Trade Balance is the final major data of the AUD week (Thursday 8th 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.

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

USD: vital job figures (but not for farmers) and other key data

Are you excited? We’re excited. What a trading week we’ve got this week for USD and the cream of the crop is Non-Farm Employment Change (Friday 9th March 1.30pm GMT).

Recent months have seen employment levels go against predictions more times than Trump’s tweets have upset world leaders, so buckle up for a fun market ride this week. Standing at 200k pundits expect a rise to 204k. The domestic economy is the biggest influence on the dollar so finding out whether John Doe has a job matters.

Also big on the dollar calendar this week is ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (Monday 3pm GMT) with a healthy 59.9 predicted to drop to 58.9. That’s still way above the 50 threshold between positive and negative outlooks.

And don’t forget your midweek oil news with Crude Oil Inventories (Wednesday 7th 3.30pm GMT). OPEC may be mostly sticking to its agreement to make cuts to shore up oil prices, but the US is having none of it. Last week saw an increase of 3.0M when analysts only forecast 2.4M and previous weeks have been in the black since mid-January apart from one minor blip two weeks back.

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

    • Tue Mar 06
      • 18:15:00 GMT GBP MPC Member Haldane Speaks
      • 21:35:00 GMT AUD RBA Gov Lowe Speaks
    • Wed Mar 07
      • 00:30:00 GMT AUD GDP q/q
      • 13:15:00 GMT USD ADP Non-Farm Employment Change
      • 15:30:00 GMT USD Crude Oil Inventories
      • 15:00:00 GMT CAD BOC Rate Statement
      • 15:00:00 GMT CAD Overnight Rate
    • Thu Mar 08
      • 00:30:00 GMT AUD Trade Balance
      • 12:45:00 GMT EUR Minimum Bid Rate
      • 13:30:00 GMT EUR ECB Press Conference
      • 16:00:00 GMT CAD BOC Gov Poloz Speaks
      • 20:35:00 GMT CAD Gov Council Member Lane Sp
    • Fri Mar 09
      • 03:50:00 GMT JPY Monetary Policy Statement
      • 03:50:00 GMT JPY BOJ Policy Rate
      • 06:30:00 GMT JPY BOJ Press Conference
      • 09:30:00 GMT GBP Manufacturing Production m/m
      • 13:30:00 GMT USD Non-Farm Employment Change
      • 13:30:00 GMT USD Average Hourly Earnings m/m
      • 13:30:00 GMT USD Unemployment Rate

Some Markets to Watch…

BTCUSD: Bitcoin is pressured down as the market struggles to find fresh bullish catalysts to push it higher. We are currently trading within last week’s range. The key levels to watch are 12000 and 9000 as we go into the week.


USDJPY: We are still trading below a key zone and there is some clear trading space to 101. For now, this looks bullish on daily closes above 108 and bearish below 106. 101 remains a key area of interest for the bears.


Crude: Still in the range for now. Certainly a deeper correction is within reason. Right now the lines in the sand to watch are $61 and $64.


GBPUSD: The chart below says it all. We are trading at a key level here as you can see.

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4 Bank Rates to Rock the Week

Rates that rock

If you like to trade interest rate decisions, you’ve got a good week ahead with 4 major rates being set.

The Reserve Bank of Australia announces its new Cash Rate on Tuesday 6th March at 3.30am. The Rate Statement, out at the same time, could have a few hidden gems but the 1.50% rate looks likely to stay the same.

The Bank of Canada releases its Overnight Rate on Wednesday 7th at 3pm GMT. With the recent rise in January, few predict further change so the accompanying Rate Statement will be the focus of attention. Listen out for news on NAFTA, which is having a strong effect on CAD at the moment.

Contending with the fallout from the Italian elections as populist parties gained strength, all EUR trading eyes switch to the ECB this week. The Minimum Bid Rate is announced by the European Central Bank on Thursday 8th at 12.45pm. Standing at 0.00% since March 2016, a majority of opinion holds that this won’t change. The Eurozone economy was looking strong though there were some bumps in the PMIs last month. This month Trump’s tariff threats add little positive to the mix.

Japan closes the week for bank rates when the Bank of Japan shares its latest Policy Rate some time in the early hours of Friday 9th March. -0.1% since September 2016 there have been murmurs about a change of position. The following Policy Statement and Press Conference should be good for positions into the weekend.

USD: markets holding their breath till Fed Chair Powell testifies

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New Fed Chair Jerome Powell is in the hot seat and gearing up for his first major speech to the US government this week. He is due to deliver his first testimony to Congress on Tuesday 27th at 1.30pm GMT. Markets across the world are subdued as they wait to hear what the new economic head of the free world has to say.

Jerome Powell, former investment banker and Trump’s preferred choice, will read a prepared statement and then take questions from the House Financial Services Committee. It’s the second part that could cause most turbulence as any unexpected answers will have the power to affect markets and currencies across the globe. Scoop, the New Zealand news site, reports NZD meeting a barrier at 73c at the start of the week while they wait for this speech. Other currencies are also likely to be affected.

Powell speaks again on Thursday 1st March at 3pm GMT when he testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. If you are a fast reader, it could be a good idea to grab a copy from the Fed’s website when it becomes available as soon as he starts speaking. You could make a sharp move if you spot something.

Just like his session with the House Committee on Tuesday, Powell will take questions after he finishes reading. Both sessions are in response to the Semi-annual Monetary Policy Report, which was released last Friday. So far, markets seem reassured that he plans to follow the line set by his predecessor, Yellen.

Other key events affecting the dollar this week include Core Durable Goods (Tuesday 1.30pm GMT), CB Consumer Confidence (Tuesday 3pm), Preliminary GDP (Wednesday 28th 1.30pm GMT), Crude Oil Inventories (Wednesday 3.30pm GMT) and ISM Manufacturing PMI (Thursday 1st 3pm GMT).

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

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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.