Dollar Suffers Biggest Drop in 11 Months, AUDUSD Rebounds Before RBA

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  • Dollar Suffers Biggest Tumble in 11 Months, Where was Risk Aversion?
  • Japanese Yen, Nikkei 225 and Capital Spending Defy Abe
  • Australian Dollar: Will the RBA Curb Aussies Best Rally in Nearly a Year?
  • Euro Balance of Growth and Austerity Tipping Once Again
  • British Pound: BoE Reports Borrowing Recedes, Rescue Effort Ineffective
  • Canadian Dollar: USDCAD Drops Back Below 1.0300 Before Trade Data
  • Gold’s Impressive Rally Comes on Low Volume, Dollar Weakness

Dollar Suffers Biggest Tumble in 11 Months, Where was Risk Aversion?

The dollar dropped against all of its liquid counterparts to open this week and the Dow Jones FXCM Dollar Index (ticker = USDollar) suffered its sharpest single-day decline since June 29, 2012. While a late-day advance for US equities offered a pro-risk theme to shore up the fundamental reasoning for the benchmark currency’s slump – the move speaks to the market’s other major theme: speculation on stimulus and the ‘taper’. Through May, the dollar charged higher against the current of speculative appetite reflected in the standard-bearer S&P 500’s climb. The stock market’s source of strength has been the latent momentum behind the stimulus build up by the Fed over the past few years – which is running more and more on familiarity rather than fresh help. From the currency, the early speculation that the open-ended stimulus regime would take its first step back from constant escalation in the coming months or weeks drew the skeptics fearing the moderation of stimulus and its risk impact.

Between the positive performance for the S&P 500 and the US dollar – along with the assumptions for stimulus and risk trends that both carry – one side of this unbalanced equation was bound to give. Though it held out as long as it could, it was the greenback that cracked first. As dubious as the outlook for growth, income, earnings and yield are; the market is still positioning for higher yields (in other words ‘chasing yield’). Monday, the gap was forced close by a specific piece of event risk: the ISM manufacturing report for May. The 49.0 reading was the lowest in nearly four years and reflects a contraction for the same sector that led the US economy to its recovery back in 2009-2010. That could have been interpreted as a ‘risk negative’ outcome, but the restrained equity and futures showed investors weren’t going to be shaken from their trades on the read. On the other hand, the dollar was quick to react to the data with a selloff that began immediately after the data.

A distinct sign of what is most important to the market psyche now, despite the reserved reaction from equities to the factory activity report; the USDollar put in for an immediate tumble after the print. A reading that points to sputtering US growth supports the call for patience the majority of the FOMC officials called for when they said they wanted to see consistent strength in forthcoming data. It was unlikely that the QE3 taper would be announced in June before the data, but now it is likely viewed as a certainty. The dollar can ease back further should the trade report, NFPs or Fed speeches further squash such speculation. However, don’t forget that general risk aversion can also drive the dollar higher

Japanese Yen, Nikkei 225 and Capital Spending Defy Abe

There was little support from the markets and economic docket to support the efficacy of the Japanese government’s and central bank’s influence over the economy and financial system. Monday, the yen advanced a fourth consecutive day, the Nikkei 225 dropped another 3.7 percent and first quarter capital spending dropped another 3.9 percent through the first quarter. All of this contradicts the efforts policy officials are putting forward. Yet, we shouldn’t take this as the definitive assessment of whether ‘Abenomics’ will be successful or not. Particularly for the markets, moderation after the preceding run up is reasonable. Meanwhile, the BoJ reported the monetary base posted its second fastest pace (31.6 percent) in four decades – hitting an unprecedented ¥159 trillion. If the yen drops it won’t be due to the BoJ’s lack of trying.

Australian Dollar: Will the RBA Curb Aussies Best Rally in Nearly a Year?

The AUDUSD posted an impressive 2.1 percent rally Monday – the biggest daily advance since November 30, 2011. Part of this strength was owed to the US dollar’s own weakness, but a market-wide advance for the Aussie currency shows that there was a more complex fundamental backdrop. A slow climb since the early Asia session shows some reaction to the better-than-expected print for Chinese manufacturing activity on Saturday. Add to that the Australian manufacturing jump and first quarter corporate profit figures, and there was enough of a groundswell for a fundamental rebound. This morning, we have seen the current account deficit shrink further than expected (A$8.5 billion), yet that comes alongside news that foreign holdings of Aussie government debt hit a 3Q 2010 low – evidence of the diversification discussed previously. Coming up, the market is pricing in a modest 15 percent probability of an RBA 25bp rate cut. A hold would likely allow Aussie continuation.

Euro Balance of Growth and Austerity Tipping Once AgainThe Euro dropped against most of its counterparts – with the notable exception of EURUSD advance. The docket held the second round reports for Euro-area manufacturing activity, but the improvements hardly negated recession fears. Far more interesting were headlines like Fitch’s downgrade of Cyprus (they upgraded Greece two weeks ago) and news that German Chancellor Merkel was backing away from an open-ended growth support for Europe. We will learn more when the Finance Minister speaks at his CDU election platform discussion.

British Pound: BoE Reports Borrowing Recedes, Rescue Effort Ineffective

Are financial and economic conditions in the UK improving enough to negate Bank of England intervention? According to the central bank, financial firms in the region borrowed £300 million less from the Funds for Lending Scheme (FLS) through the first quarter. However, this is hardly evidence of improved financing and rather reflects shrinking demand. The BoE rate decision is due Thursday.

Canadian Dollar: USDCAD Drops Back Below 1.0300 Before Trade Data

While the Canadian dollar suffered at the hands of its higher-yielding counterparts and was a mixed bag elsewhere, USDCAD’s slump back below 1.3000 certain improves the loonie’s bearing in the FX market. A confidence in stimulus for risk and US economic support is a Canadian dollar positive. Coming up, we will see if the region’s trade report can generate some domestic strength.

Gold’s Impressive Rally Comes on Low Volume, Dollar Weakness

It was another impressive showing for gold through the week’s open. A 1.7 percent rally for the precious metal has the dollar to thank for much of the performance. A retreat in tapering expectations means the appetite for an alternative to the traditional reserve currency (the dollar) is fortified – if for a little more time. That said, an inability to overtake $1,425 and the lack of volume behind the jump should keep bulls on their toes.

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ECONOMIC DATA

GMT

Currency

Release

Survey

Previous

Comments

23:50

JPY

Monetary Base (YoY) (MAY)

23.1%

23:50

JPY

Monetary Base End of Period (MAY)

155.3T

EUR

Italian Budget Balance (euros) (MAY)

-11.0B

1:30

AUD

Current Account Balance (Australian Dollar) (1Q)

-9000M

-14678M

1:30

AUD

Australia Net Exports of GDP (1Q)

0.8%

0.6%

1:30

JPY

Labor Cash Earnings (YoY) (APR)

-0.6%

4:30

AUD

Reserve Bank of Australia Interest Rate Decision

2.75%

2.75%

8:30

GBP

Purchasing Manager Index Construction (MAY)

49.8

49.4

9:00

EUR

Euro-Zone Producer Price Index (MoM) (APR)

-0.2%

-0.2%

9:00

EUR

Euro-Zone Producer Price Index (YoY) (APR)

0.2%

0.7%

12:30

CAD

Intern’l Merchandise Trade (Canadian dollar) (APR)

-0.35B

0.02B

12:30

USD

Trade Balance (APR)

-$41.0B

-$38.8B

13:45

USD

ISM New York (MAY)

58.3

14:00

USD

IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism (JUN)

50.0

45.1

22:45

NZD

Value of All Buildings s.a. (1Q)

1.8%

23:01

GBP

BRC Shop Price Index (YoY) (MAY)

0.4%

23:30

AUD

AiG Performance of Service Index (MAY)

44.1

GMT

Currency

Upcoming Events & Speeches

0:25

CAD

BoC Deputy Governor Lane Speaks

9:30

GBP

UK Sells £1.6 Bln in Index Linked 11-Year Bonds

14:30

USD

Senate Hearing on Fiscal and Economic Effects of Austerity

17:00

EUR

German Fin Min Schaeuble Discusses CDU Election Platform

17:30

USD

Fed's Esther George Speaks on U.S. Economy

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS

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CLASSIC SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE

EMERGING MARKETS 18:00 GMT

SCANDIES CURRENCIES 18:00 GMT

Currency

USD/MXN

USD/TRY

USD/ZAR

USD/HKD

USD/SGD

Currency

USD/SEK

USD/DKK

USD/NOK

Resist 2

15.0000

2.0000

10.7000

7.8165

1.3650

Resist 2

7.5800

5.8950

6.1150

Resist 1

12.9000

1.9000

9.8365

7.8075

1.3250

Resist 1

6.8155

5.8300

5.9365

Spot

12.7542

1.8844

9.8247

7.7625

1.2526

Spot

6.5428

5.7041

5.8079

Support 1

12.0000

1.6500

9.3700

7.7490

1.2000

Support 1

6.0800

5.6075

5.7400

Support 2

11.5200

1.5725

8.9500

7.7450

1.1800

Support 2

5.8085

5.4440

5.5000

INTRA-DAY PROBABILITY BANDS 18:00 GMT

Currency

EUR/USD

GBP/USD

USD/JPY

USD/CHF

USD/CAD

AUD/USD

NZD/USD

EUR/JPY

GBP/JPY

Resist. 3

1.3188

1.5451

101.16

0.9592

1.0367

0.9863

0.8192

132.25

154.83

Resist. 2

1.3158

1.5419

100.82

0.9564

1.0346

0.9835

0.8167

131.79

154.34

Resist. 1

1.3129

1.5386

100.47

0.9536

1.0325

0.9807

0.8141

131.33

153.85

Spot

1.3069

1.5320

99.79

0.9480

1.0284

0.9751

0.8089

130.41

152.88

Support 1

1.3009

1.5254

99.11

0.9424

1.0243

0.9695

0.8037

129.49

151.90

Support 2

1.2980

1.5221

98.76

0.9396

1.0222

0.9667

0.8011

129.03

151.41

Support 3

1.2950

1.5189

98.42

0.9368

1.0201

0.9639

0.7986

128.57

150.92

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