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Dollar’s Rally Ends with a Bang, Look Out Below

The US dollar reversed higher on May 3 and trended higher.  It peaked on May 30, but it was not clear until the poor US jobs report sent the greenback reeling on June 3.  The fact that May 3-May 30 move is over is the most important technical consideration for the dollar's outlook.  It is interesting to recall that the dollar had bottomed a fortnight before the FOMC minutes and Fed comments had encouraged the market to re-price a summer hike. The dollar now has peaked prior to investors...

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Greenback Mostly Softer Ahead of ECB and ADP

The US dollar remains under pressure.  It is off for the third day against the yen and slipped below JPY109 for the first time in a little more than two weeks.  The Nikkei struggled to cope with the foreign exchange developments, lost 2.3%, the most in a month, after gapping lower.  At JPY108.50, the dollar would have given back 50% of its rally off the May 3 low near JPY105.50.   Below there, the JPY107.80 is the 61.8% retracement.   The euro is north of $1.12 after having briefly...

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Sterling Slips and Aussie Pops as Investors Await Fresh Insight into Fed Trajectory

The US dollar is broadly mixed.  The main narrative of increased prospects for a Fed hike in June or July has been pushed off center stage as the market reacts to local developments as investors await from US economic data.  Ostensibly the data will determine whether the Fed raises rates in June or July.  On the other hand, despite the Fed's data dependency, we argue that the determining factor is the Fed's risk assessment.  In particular, we accept at face-value the official...

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Greenback Recovers as Rate Support is Enhanced

The US dollar is rising against all the major currencies today.  The Australian dollar is retracing a sufficient part of its recent gains to suggest that the current phase of the US dollar's recovery is not over. Given that the Aussie topped out a week before the other major currencies, it is reasonable that it begins recovering first.  Its recent resilience was noted, but that has evaporated today, but a 0.8% drop by early European activity.   We had noted the divergence between what...

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The Meaning of Sterling and Aussie’s Advance Today

The US dollar is mostly weaker today.  It appears to be consolidating the gains scored since the reversal on May 3. Sterling and the Australian dollar are leading the way early in Europe.   The Australian dollar's gains appear more intuitively clear.  The minutes from the recent RBA meeting indicated that it was a closer decision.  This means that a follow-up rate cut next month is unlikely, which is what we have argued.  While short-term participants may be surprised today, the...

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Brief Look at the Start of the New Week’s Activity

The most notable thing is not what has happened, but what has not happened.  The market has not responded to the soft Chinese data over the weekend.  Chinese equities began softer but recovered fully and the Shanghai Composite closed on its highs.  The MSCI Asia Pacific Index is snapping a two-day losing streak with a 0.5% gain. The Australian dollar is often perceived be influenced by developments in China.  China's disappointing industrial output figures (6.0% from 6.8% in March and...

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Dollar Performance Turns More Nuanced

The US dollar is firm, near the best levels of the week against the euro, yen, and sterling. However, against the dollar-bloc and several actively traded emerging market currencies, including the Turkish lira and South African rand, the greenback has given back some of yesterday's gains.   Oil is snapping a four-day decline.  News that US output fell by 113k barrels a day last week, the biggest drop in eight months, coupled with a Canadian wildfire that is threatening as much as one...

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Two Issues Loom Large Today: Soft Australia CPI and FOMC

The foreign exchange market is largely quiet as the market awaits fresh trading incentives and the FOMC statement later in the North American session.  The main exception to the consolidative tone is the Australian dollar, which is posting its largest loss (~1.7%) in a couple of months.   The short-term market was caught the wrong-footed when Australia reported an unexpected decline in Q1 CPI.  The 0.2% decline contrasts to expectations for an increase of the same magnitude.  The...

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Markets Build on Yesterday’s Dramatic Recovery

Global capital markets staged an impressive recovery after the initial reaction to the failure to freeze oil output sent reverberations through the oil markets, commodities, and Asian equities. The sharp reversal begun in Europe and extended in North America has been sustained. Oil prices remain firm. Perhaps the realization that the labor dispute in Kuwait has reduced output by as much as 60% (to 1.1mln barrels a day) helped underpin prices. The fall in output may be of greater...

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Greenback Steadies Against Majors, but Firmer vs EM After MAS Surprise

After initially extending its recent recovery gains against the major currencies, the US dollar began consolidating in the European morning.  An unexpected shift by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, replacing a modest and gradual currency appreciation with a more neutral stance, coupled with softer oil prices and weaker European equities, appears to have weighed on emerging market currencies. Asian equities extended their rally, with the Nikkei gaining 3.25% and the Shanghai...

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