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20.05.2022
19:41
USD/JPY Price Analysis: Record minimal losses but clings around 127.70s on falling US T-bond yields USDJPY
  • The USD/JPY loses for the second straight week, 1.10%.
  • The greenback remained strong in the session, boosted by a dampened market mood, as US equities reached fresh 52-week lows.
  • USD/JPY Price Forecast: Range-bound lacking a catalyst that can rock the boat.

The USD/JPY continues sliding for the third straight day, though the downtrend capped at April’s 27 daily low at 126.94, keeping the major’s uptrend intact amidst a downbeat market mood on the last trading day of the week, as the Wall Street close looms. At 127.82, the USD/JPY records minimal gains of 0.04%.

US equities are plunging between 1.51% and 2.49%. The Dow Jones and the Nasdaq reached a 52-week low, despite efforts from the People Bank of China (PBoC) to stimulate the Chinese economy when it cut rates in the 5-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) by 0.15%. Although the decision was cheered by investors in the Asian and European sessions, it was ignored in the New York session, as options expiring tied to equities and ETFs increased volatility.

In the meantime, the US Dollar Index, a measurement of the greenback’s value against its peers, recovers some 0.23% in the day and sits at 103.102. Contrarily, US Treasury yields, led by the 10-year benchmark note, is down from a 3% high in the week to 2.774%, a headwind for the USD/JPY due to its tight positive correlation.

USD/JPY Price Forecast: Technical outlook

USD/JPY’s price action pushed the exchange rate towards the Bollinger’s band bottom line, at around 127.12, where some USD/JPY buyers lifted the price towards current price levels. It is worth noting that the USD/JPY shifted from upward biased to neutral due to the major staying trading in the 127.00-129.78 range, unable to trade beyond those boundaries, amid a lack of a fresh impetus that could rock the pair towards new weekly/yearly lows/highs, respectively.

Upwards, the USD/JPY first resistance would be 128.00. A breach of the latter would expose essential resistance levels. Firstly, May’s 18 daily high at 129.53, followed by the 130.00 mark, and the YTD high at 131.34. On the flip side, the USD/JPY’s first support would be May 19 daily low at 127.02. Break below would expose April’s 27 swing low at 126.94, followed by the 50-DMA at 125.66.

Key  Technical Levels

 

18:40
USD/CHF Price Analysis: Stops the bleeding at 0.9700 and jumps towards 0.9750 on broad US dollar strength USDCHF
  • The Swiss franc gained more than 2.50% vs. the greenback.
  • A dampened market mood and a strong US dollar capped the USD/CHF nosedive in the week.
  • USD/CHF Price Forecast: Although the major held a massive loss in the week, it remains upward biased unless USD/CHF bears push the pair below the 0.9700 mark.

The USD/CHF is trimming some of its losses, bouncing off the weekly lows at around 0.9700 and pushing to reclaim 0.9750, amidst a dismal sentiment portrayed by US equities recording losses. Also, broad US dollar strength is a tailwind for the pair, despite hefty losses in the 10-year US Treasury yield, which fell from 3% to 2.785%, near weekly lows. At 0.9762, the USD/CHF is gaining 0.35% and eyes to pierce the 20-DMA at around 0.9827.

From a technical perspective, the USD/CHF tumbled in total 250-pips after reaching parity on May 12. USD/CHF traders would need to be aware that Friday’s uptick spurred a reaction in the Relative Strength Index (RSI), which plunged from overbought levels to the 50-midline, and as of writing, it is aiming up at 51.28.

USD/CHF Price Forecast: Technical outlook

That said, the USD/CHF remains upward biased, as the daily moving averages (DMAs) are still below the spot price. The USD/CHF first resistance would be the figure at 0.9800. A breach of the latter would expose the 20-DMA at 0.9827, followed by March 23, 2020, a daily high at 0.9901, and then the parity.

On the flip side, the USD/CHF first support would be 0.9700. Break below would expose the 0.9600 mark, closely followed by the 50-DMA at 0.9545.

Key Technical Levels

 

18:02
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD conquers the 200-DMA but remains weak at around $1840s
  • Gold prepares to finish the week on a higher note, up some 1.76%.
  • Risk-aversion fails to boost Gold prospects, and also a buoyant greenback is weighing on XAU/USD prices.
  • Gold Price Forecast (XAU/USD): Failure at the 20-DMA leaves the precious metal vulnerable to further selling pressure.

Gold spot (XAU/USD) is almost flat on the day, in a choppy trading session on Friday, as market players’ sentiment shifted negatively, as reflected by US equities tumbling between 0.67% and 1.76%, while the greenback recovers some ground, after falling from YTD highs at around 105.00. At $1843.03, XAU/USD is set to finish the week with decent gains, snapping four straight weeks of losses.

Sentiment remains negative due to the option expiring

Early in the North American session, a buoyant market mood courtesy of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) 15-bps rate cut to its 5-year LPR was cheered by investors as Asian and European equities finished with gains. Nevertheless, in the mid-New York session, the mood turned sour. Analysts attribute the shift to options expiring on equities and ETFs, which triggered high volatility, and sent the Dow Jones Industrial and the Nasdaq to fresh 52-week lows.

Gold remains to trade in familiar ranges amidst the lack of a catalyst. Fed policymakers throughout the week have emphasized the need to bring inflation down, and the majority of them telegraphed its stance about hiking rates by 50-bps at least in the June and July meetings. Others like Philadelphia Fed’s Patrick Harker added that he is less worried about a deep recession and is not forecasting it. Meanwhile, Minnesota Fed’s Neil Kashkari said he sees evidence of a long-term high inflation regime and expressed that the central bank needs to be more aggressive.

In the week ahead, the US economic docket will feature S&P Global PMIs, the release of the last Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes, Jobless Claims, and the Fed’s favorite gauge for inflation, the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) for April.

Gold Price Forecast (XAU/USD): Technical outlook

Although it is above the 200-DMA, which lies at $1838.61, Friday’s Gold price action is still vulnerable to further selling pressure. XAU/USD’s bulls, to ease the downward pressure, need to reclaim the 20-DMA at $1858.41, a level that would leave Gold comfortably trading in the $1838-58 range, before finding a fresh impetus to continue its climb towards the 100-DMA at $1885.75.

Nevertheless, until the above scenario plays out, Gold’s path of least resistance is neutral-downwards. XAU/USD’s first support would be the 200-DMA at $1838.62. Break below would expose the two-year-old upslope trendline around $1820-30, followed by the bottom band of the Bollinger’s band indicator at $1798.05, immediately followed by the YTD low at $1780.18.

 

17:13
United States Baker Hughes US Oil Rig Count rose from previous 563 to 576
16:30
AUD/USD battles at the 20-DMA at around 0.7030s on risk-aversion AUDUSD
  • Despite falling on Friday, the AUD/USD is up in the week by 1.34%.
  • Sentiment fluctuated negatively in the last hour, dragging the AUD/USD lower.
  • AUD/USD Price Forecast: A daily close below the 20-DMA could pave the way towards the YTD low below 0.6850.

The Aussie dollar is struggling at the 20-day moving average (DMA) and is losing the battle as the AUD/USD looks forward to resuming the prevailing downtrend, as the 50-DMA crosses below the 100-DMA, further confirming the bias. At 0.7030, the AUD/USD reflects the greenback’s strength as sentiment turned sour.

Sentiment fluctuated negatively in the last hour, dragging the AUD/USD lower

Earlier in the day, Wall Street opened higher, influenced by the positive mood carried on from the Asian and European sessions. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) rate cut to the 5-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) from 4.60% to 4.45% was cheered by investors, a signal that Chinese authorities would keep supporting the economy, despite zero-tolerance Covid-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, the mood shifted in the last hour.

During the week, the Australian dollar benefitted from positive employment data, despite that the Wage Price Index (WPI) rose lower than estimations. However, the Full-time employment crushed expectations, and the Unemployment Rate down ticked, lifting the AUD/USD above 0.7070s, weekly highs.

On Friday, the story is different, as risk-aversion, which kicked in since Thursday’s though was ignored by FX market players, is taking a toll on the AUD/USD, sending the major tumbling below the 20-DMA and threatening to open the door for a move towards 0.7000.

On the US front, an absent economic docket, which witnessed earlier in the week a parade of Fed speakers, is not doing much for the greenback, which is strengthening in the session as reflected by the US Dollar Index up 0.26%, back above the 103.000 mark.

AUD/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

The AUD/USD is still downward biased, despite Thursday’s rally, which lifted the pair from below 0.7000s towards weekly highs. A Friday’s daily close below the 20-DMA at 0.7039 would expose the major to selling pressure.

Therefore, the major’s path of least resistance continues downwards. The AUD/USD first support would be 0.7000. Break below would expose the 0.6900 mark, followed by the bottom band of the Bollinger band’s indicator at 0.6850 and then the YTD low at 0.6828.

 

16:06
RBNZ: A 50 bps rate hike next week, and more coming next – Wells Fargo

Next week the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will have its monetary policy meeting. According to analysts at Wells Fargo, high inflation and a hawkish central bank outlook sets the stage for another 50 bps hike in May to 2.00%. They expect the rate to end the year at 3.00%. 

Key Quotes: 

“The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will hold its May monetary policy meeting next week against a backdrop of elevated inflation.”
“The RBNZ surprised markets with a 50 bps rate hike in April. The central bank expects CPI to peak around 7% in the first half of this year, although it believes the risk of persistent and high inflation expectations have increased. Notably, the RBNZ has asserted that the "path of least regret" is moving to a neutral policy rate sooner, which should reduce the risks of rising inflation expectations and provide more policy flexibility amid an uncertain global economic environment.”
“High inflation and a hawkish RBNZ sets the stage for another 50 bps hike in May, which would bring the Official Cash Rate to 2.00%. We then expect additional 25 bps rate hikes in July, August, October, and November, which would bring the OCR to 3.00% at the end of 2022.”
 

16:00
GBP/USD holds onto weekly gains, near 1.2500 GBPUSD
  • Dollar ends a positive weekly streak across the board, even as risk aversion prevails.
  • Pound offers signs of life, rebounds more than 200 pips.
  • GBP/USD could correct further, considering magnitude of recent slide.

The GBP/USD is moving sideways on Friday, consolidating slightly below 1.2500. The pair remained steady even as stocks in Wall Street turned negative. Risk aversion is offering no boost to the dollar.

The pound is rising versus the US dollar for the first time in five weeks as it recovers from the lowest level in almost two years and following a 900 pips slide. The main trend is still bearish for GBP/USD. The pair moved off YTD lows giving signs of an interim bottom. The recovery appears to have room to go, particularly is financial tensions across global markets ease.

Technical outlook

The GBP/USD pair tested the 1.2540 resistance, where the Fibonacci 23.6% retracement of the downtrend that started in late March is located, before going into a consolidation phase on Friday, noted Dwani Mehta, analysts at FXStreet. “On a bullish note, the pair managed to close above the 21 DMA for the first time since March 22 and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator on the daily chart rose to 50.”

According to Mehta, in case 1.2450 holds as support in the near term, GBP/USD could test 1.2540 and eye 1.2630 as its next bullish target. “A daily close above the latter could attract buyers and open the door for additional gains toward 1.2750 (Fibonacci 38.2% retracement).”

Technical levels

 

15:24
EUR/USD is marching lower from 1.0600 and braces to 1.0550s on a risk-on mood EURUSD
  • The EUR/USD records gains in the week of some 1.30%.
  • The US Dollar is trimming Thursday’s losses and remains buoyant on Friday amidst a positive sentiment.
  • ECB Governing Council members continued expressing the need to tackle inflation.
  • EUR/USD Price Forecast: Threatening to break below the 20-DMA, and once cleared, a move towards 1.0500 is on the cards.

The shared currency retreats from weekly highs though remain above the 20-day moving average (DMA), lying at 1.0531, amidst an upbeat sentiment session courtesy of additional stimulus by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), which cut rates in the 5-year LPR from 4.6% to 4.45%, as concerns of a global recession grow amongst financial analysts. At the time of writing, the EUR/USD is trading at 1.0552.

Buoyant US dollar weighs on the EUR, despite ECB's hawkish pivot

The greenback is recovering some ground on Friday and caught a bid as US equities rallied. US Treasury yields are under pressure, though the 10-year clings to the 2.80% threshold, while the 10-year German bund hovers near the 1% threshold, a level last reached in June 2015.

The Eurozone economic docket featured the German Producer Price Index (PPI) for April, which came hotter than expected. The monthly reading rose by 2.8%, higher than 1.4% foreseen, while annually based expanded by 33.5%, higher than 31.5% estimated. The data does not alter the hawkish pivot by some ECB board members, which expressed that the central bank needs to get above 0%.

The EUR/USD got a lift in the week on the back of further ECB hawkish expressions by the Governing Council (GC) members. On Friday, the ECB GC member Ignazio Visco commented that the ECB can move out of negative rate territory, and a June hike is “certainly” out of the question. Later in the day, he added that he foresees a moderate recession if Rusian gas is shut off.

In the meantime, the Bundesbank President and ECB board member Nagel said that rate hikes could follow in short succession and noted that negative rates are a thing of the past. Of late, ECB’s Francois Villeroy commented that the ECB’s priority in the short time is fighting inflation and will deliver.

EUR/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

Friday’s price action leaves the EUR/USD exposed to selling pressure if EUR bears achieve a break below the 20-DMA. Further reinforcing the aforementioned is the RSI, which shifted from pointing upwards, and is aiming downwards at 46.10 in negative territory as the week is about to end.

That said, the path of least resistance for the major is downwards. The EUR/USD first support would be the 20-DMA at 1.0531. Break below would expose the February 2017 lows at around 1.0494, followed by the bottom of the Bollinger bands at 1.0381 and the YTD low at 1.0353.

Key Technical Levels

 

15:19
USD/MXN drops to monthly lows under 19.90
  • Mexican peso holds onto weekly gains versus the US dollar.
  • Emerging market currencies resist the wave of risk aversion well.
  • USD/MXN heads for the third weekly decline in a row.

The USD/MXN dropped further on Friday and bottomed at 19.84, the lowest level in a month. It then trimmed losses and climbed toward 19.90 as Wall Street turned negative.

Emerging market currencies resisted the wave of risk aversion so far but the negative tone across financial markets remains a great risk. More tensions could hit not only emerging markets' assets but also their currencies.

Wall Street indices opened positive on Friday and then changed their course. The Dow Jones is falling by 0.71% and the S&P 500 drops by 0.63%. The move pushed USD/MXN back to the 19.90 area.

 A daily close below should keep the negative momentum intact, with scope for a test of the next support at 19.80. The next level to watch is seen at the April low at 19.72.

If the US dollar manages to recover above 19.90 it would alleviate the bearish bias. The next critical resistance stands at 20.05. If USD/MXN rises above the 20-day Simple Moving Simple at 20.20, it would negate the bearish short-term outlook.

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14:55
USD/CAD rebounds after printing fresh two-week lows sub-1.2800, still on course for weekly decline USDCAD
  • USD/CAD is back to trading flat in the 1.2830 area after hitting more than two-week lows earlier in the session.
  • The pair is on course to end the week lower by about 0.5% amid USD weakness and hot Canadian CPI.

USD/CAD hit its lowest level in more than two weeks on Friday in the 1.2770s, though was unable to muster a sustained break below earlier weekly lows in the 1.2780 area or even the 1.2800 level. At current levels close to 1.2830, the pair is trading broadly flat on the day and is on course to drop about 0.5% on the week, which would be the biggest weekly drop since March, with the pair now trading about 2.0% below last week’s multi-month highs in the upper-1.3000s.

An improvement in global risk appetite on the last day of the week after China’s PBoC eased financial conditions in the country with a surprise cut to its benchmark 5-year interest rate (called the Loan Prime Rate) helped keep the pair trading with a negative bias. But the pair has also been weighed this week by a combination of a weakening US dollar and strong Canadian economic data.

Regarding the former, despite Fed policymakers sounding hawkish throughout the week, the buck seems to be suffering from profit-taking, with some also citing weak Philly Fed manufacturing data on Thursday as sparking fears about the state of the US economy. Meanwhile, the YoY rate of Consumer Price Inflation in Canada was revealed on Wednesday to have unexpectedly risen to fresh multi-decade highs at 6.8%, pumping expectations for further rapid tightening from the BoC and boosting the loonie at the time.

Next week, Canadian April Retail Sales data on Thursday will be closely scrutinized as an update as to the state of health of the Canadian consumer, but the main drivers of the USD/CAD pair will likely continue to come from risk appetite, commodity prices and US economic events. May flash US PMIs will be released on Tuesday, the minutes of the last Fed meeting will be out on Wednesday, and the second estimate of US Q1 GDP growth will be out on Thursday followed by the April Core PCE inflation report on Friday.

 

14:28
NZD/USD consolidates around 0.6400 level, set to snap seven week losing streak as RBNZ meeting looms NZDUSD
  • Having failed to break above its 21DMA at 0.6413, NZD/USD has since fallen back to consolidate around 0.6400.
  • The pair is on course for its first positive week in seven as traders prepared for next week’s RBNZ meeting.

Though risk assets broadly look set to end the week on a stronger footing, most have pulled back from earlier session highs since the open of US trade, with the kiwi no exception. NZD/USD was able to rally above the 0.6400 level earlier in the day, but ran into resistance at its 21-Day Moving Average at 0.6413 and has since dropped back to trade near 0.6400. That still leaves the pair trading with gains of about 0.3% on the day and around 1.75% on the week. That would mark NZD/USD’s first positive week in seven.

The main driver of this week’s gains has been a broad weakening of the US dollar, which seems to have been positioning more than fundamental related, given US economic data was mixed (April Retail Sales was strong but May Philly Fed Manufacturing survey was weak) and Fed commentary was hawkish. But the kiwi has also derived some support from domestic themes.

A spike in QoQ Producer Price Inflation rates, as revealed by data released on Thursday, has bolstered expectations for the RBNZ to hike interest rates by 50 bps next Wednesday. Meanwhile, Q1 Retail Sales data out on Tuesday ought to point to a robust New Zealand economy. This combo could keep the kiwi support next week, but broader risk appetite will also remain key.

Global equity markets were choppy this week, buffeted on the one hand by concerns about Fed tightening and weakening global growth, but then also lifted by constructive China updates (more monetary/fiscal stimulus and hopes for lockdown easing). If stocks continue to drop next week this could offer the buck some safe-haven support, while it may also benefit from any hawkish vibes from the Fed minutes out on Wednesday.

 

14:05
Eurozone Consumer Confidence rises to -21.1 in May from -22.0 in April

Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index rose from -22.0 in April to -21.1 in May, according to the latest data release from the European Commission. That was slightly better than the small expected rise to -21.5, but still left the index close to multi-year lows, as EU consumers struggle amid surging energy-driven inflation, a slowing economy and uncertainty with war raging close to its borders in Ukraine.  

Despite economic weakness, ECB policymakers continue to signal intentions to start lifting interest rates in July, with inflation still running at multi-decade highs in the Eurozone. A consensus at the bank seems to have built that it is time to end the negative interest rate experiment.  

14:01
European Monetary Union Consumer Confidence registered at -21.1 above expectations (-21.5) in May
13:48
USD/CHF recovers further from monthly low, steadily climbs back closer to mid-0.9700s USDCHF
  • USD/CHF stage modest recovery from a fresh monthly low touched earlier this Friday.
  • The risk-on impulse undermined the safe-haven CHF and acted as a tailwind to the pair.
  • Rebounding US bond yields helped revive the USD demand and remained supportive.
  • Recession fears held back bulls from placing aggressive bets and might cap the upside.

The USD/CHF pair traded with a mild positive bias through the early North American session and was last seen hovering near the daily peak, around the 0.9740-0.9745 region.

Having shown some resilience below the 0.9700 mark, the USD/CHF pair staged modest bounce from a fresh monthly low touched earlier this Friday amid the risk-on impulse. The market sentiment got a boost after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut its five-year loan prime rate by 15 basis points to counter an economic slowdown. This was evident from the strong recovery in the equity markets, which undermined the safe-haven Swiss franc and acted as a tailwind for the major.

On the other hand, the US dollar drew some support from rebounding US Treasury bond yields and the prospects for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed. This was seen as another factor that contributed to the USD/CHF pair's intraday recovery of over 50 pips. That said, concerns about softening global economic growth kept a lid on the optimism and held back bulls from placing aggressive bets amid absent relevant market-moving economic release from the US.

The markets remain worried that a more aggressive move by major central banks to constrain inflation could pose challenges to global economic growth. Apart from this, the Russia-Ukraine war and extended COVID-19 lockdowns in China have been fueling recession fears. This might continue to drive some haven flows, making it prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying before confirming that the USD/CHF pair has formed a near-term bottom and positioning for any further gains.

Technical levels to watch

 

13:45
BoJ's Kuroda: BoJ will patiently continue with powerful monetary easing

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday explained at the G7 that the BoJ will patiently continue with powerful monetary easing, reported Reuters. Kuroda continued that he doesn't see inflation pressure rising in Japan more than what we projected in the April quarterly report. There has been absolutely no change to the BoJ's view that it's appropriate to maintain the current policies of yield curve control and negative interest rates.    

Japanese Finance Minister Shun'ichi Suzuki reaffirmed his commitment to the G7 on currency markets, including the stance that excess volatility and disorderly forex moves are undesirable. Suzuki earlier explained recent forex moves to the G7, saying that Japan will respond appropriately to forex moves based on the G7 agreement.

13:32
US Dollar Index: Buyers keep targeting 103.00
  • DXY hovers around the 103.00 neighbourhood on Friday.
  • US yields keep the range bound theme intact so far.
  • US equities reverse part of recent losses after PBoC’s rate cut.

The US Dollar Index (DXY), which tracks the greenback vs. a bundle of its main rival currencies, alternates gains with losses around the 103.00 zone on Friday.

US Dollar Index within a tight range amidst risk-on trade

Following Thursday’s deep decline, the index keeps the familiar range around the 103.00 region in an uneventful session at the end of the week.

The risk appetite, however, seems to be leaning towards the riskier assets, as noted after a positive start of the US stock markets, all following the earlier rate cut by the PBoC. Indeed, the Chinese central bank pumped extra stimulus into the markets after it reduced the 5y Loan Prime Rate by 15 bps to 4.45%.

Nothing scheduled in the US docket on Friday should leave investors assessing the weekly slew of Fed-speakers – all favouring 50 bps rate hike at the June meeting – along with rising concerns over the probability of a global economic slowdown as well as a “hard landing” of the US economy in response to the Fed’s tighter stance.

What to look for around USD

The dollar attempts a mild rebound to the 103.00 neighbourhood following the multi-session drop recorded on Thursday. In the meantime, and supporting the buck, appears investors’ expectations of a tighter rate path by the Federal Reserve and its correlation to yields, the current elevated inflation narrative and the solid health of the labour market. On the negatives for the greenback turn up the incipient speculation of a “hard landing” of the US economy as a result of the Fed’s more aggressive normalization.

Eminent issues on the back boiler: Speculation of a “hard landing” of the US economy. Escalating geopolitical effervescence vs. Russia and China. Fed’s more aggressive rate path this year and 2023. US-China trade conflict. Future of Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

US Dollar Index relevant levels

Now, the index is gaining 0.12% at 102.99 and the breakout of 105.00 (2022 high May 13) would open the door to 105.63 (high December 11 2002) and finally 106.00 (round level). On the other hand, the next support lines up at 102.65 (weekly low May 19) followed by 102.35 (low May 5) and then 99.81 (weekly low April 21).

 

 

13:19
Gold Price Analysis: XAUUSD faces a high bar to maintain the recovery – TDS

Weaker economic data has provided a much-needed jolt to the yellow metal. Nevertheless, strategists at TD Securities still expect gold to struggle to post further gains.

The path of least resistance for gold is still lower

“Yesterday's economic data disappointments have seen the yellow metal hold north of levels that could see CTA funds' recently acquired net-short positions end up being short-lived.” 

“The bounce in prices has brought an end to ETF outflows, ending the streak at ten straight days. But, with downside momentum and the prevailing negative sentiment across precious metals more firmly entrenched, gold may face a high bar to maintain this recovery.” 

“Fed Chair Powell signalled a willingness to sacrifice some economic growth in an effort to tame inflation, suggesting the path of least resistance for gold is still lower.”

 

13:19
ECB's Visco: We could face a moderate recession, which could get worse depending on circumstances

European Central Bank (ECB) governing council member Ignazio Visco said on Friday that the Eurozone might be facing a moderate recession, which could get worse depending on the circumstances, reported Reuters. Europe is still in a negative supply shock, Visco noted. 

Earlier in the day, Bank of France governor and fellow ECB governing council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Friday that the ECB's short-term priority is fighting and mastering inflation, reported Reuters. The ECB will deliver in its fight against inflation, he continued. 

13:16
USD/TRY set to reach the 19 handle by end-Q2 – TDS

USD/TRY climbed about 4% last week, breaking above the 15 handle for the first time since December. Economists at TD Securities expect the pair to hit the 19 level by the end of the quarter.

Risks align for further upside moves in USD/TRY

“Risks seem to be aligning for further upside moves in USD/TRY.”

“We continue to forecast 19.00 by end-Q2, suggesting hikes may be approaching.”

 

13:15
Gold Price Analysis: XAU/USD holds above 200DMA, but unable to break above $1850 resistance just yet
  • Gold is trading in the $1840s, above its 200DMA but still below resistance in the $1850 area.
  • A break above $1850 could signal a breakout from the bearish trend XAU/USD has been stuck in since mid-April.
  • Focus next week will be on Fed minutes and US Q1 GDP and April Core PCE inflation data.

After managing to break back above its 200-Day Moving Average on Thursday as the US dollar and US yields waned, spot gold (XAU/USD) prices have failed to push above resistance at the $1850 mark. At present, the precious metal is trading flat on the day just above $1840, with buying ahead of the 200DMA at $1837 offering support for the time being.

Gold has been surprisingly resilient this week despite multiple Fed policymakers, including Fed Chair Jerome Powell, emphasizing the central bank’s focus on inflation fighting above all else and signaling the intention to continue with aggressive rate hikes. In recent weeks/months, hawkish Fed vibes have been a positive for the buck, which last week hit multi-decade highs, and have lifted US yields, which earlier this month hit multi-year highs.

But that has not been the case this week, with both yields and the buck moving lower (with weakness in the US dollar particularly surprising given this week’s torrid conditions in the global equity space). Technicians think that if XAU/USD can muster a break above the 200DMA and the $1850 level, this would snap a bearish trend that has been weighing on gold since mid-April when it nearly hit $2,000.

Friday looks likely to be a quiet session amid slow newsflow and no major US data releases of Fed speakers scheduled. That means such a break may have to wait until next week. But then again, with focus returning to the theme of Fed tightening next week (Fed minutes are released on Wednesday), maybe the recent moves lower in USD and US yields will prove short-lived.

Some have highlighted next week’s US GDP and inflation data as more important. The first estimate of Q1 GDP growth showed a surprise contraction in US output and traders will be looking for any revisions from the second estimate. Meanwhile, traders will be eyeing the April Core PCE Inflation report for any fresh signs that inflation may have peaked. Weak data could be supportive of gold if it 1) lessens the pressure on the Fed to be so aggressive or 2) weighs on risk appetite/the US dollar.

 

13:14
India Bank Loan Growth above forecasts (11.2%) in May 2: Actual (11.9%)
13:13
India FX Reserves, USD down to $593.28B in May 13 from previous $595.95B
13:01
UK PM Johnson: In the months ahead, will use fiscal firepower on cost of living

UK PM Boris Johnson on Friday said that in the months ahead, the UK is going to have to use its fiscal firepower to mitigate the cost-of-living squeeze, reported Reuters. "In the months ahead we are going to have to do what we did before, we're going to use our fiscal firepower that we built up, that we have, to help," said Johnson during a speech in Wales. "We're going to put our arms around the British people again as we did during COVID," he added. 

Data this week showed the headline rate of Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) hit a new multi-decade high at 9.0% YoY. The Bank of England expects the annual headline CPI rate to hit 10% by the end of the year. 

12:58
GBP/USD Price Analysis: Upside remains capped near 1.2500 mark, 38.2% Fibo. level GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD edged higher on the last day of the week, though the uptick lacked bullish conviction.
  • The recent range-bound price action points to indecision over the next leg of a directional move.
  • Bulls need to conquer the 1.2500 mark before positioning for an extension of the recent recovery.

The GBP/USD pair attracted some dip-buying on Friday, albeit struggled to capitalize on the move and remained below the 1.2500 psychological mark through the early North American session.

Better-than-expected UK macro data turned out to be a key factor that provided modest lift to the British pound, though stagflation fears and Brexit woes acted as a headwind. Apart from this, a goodish pickup in the US dollar demand kept a lid on any meaningful upside for the GBP/USD pair.

Looking at the broader picture, spot prices have been oscillating in a broader trading range held over the past four trading sessions. This points to indecision over the next leg of a directional move for the GBP/USD pair and warrants caution amid mixed technical indicators on hourly/daily charts.

Oscillators on hourly charts are holding in the positive territory but are yet to confirm a bullish bias on the daily chart. Moreover, the GBP/USD pair, so far, has struggled to find acceptance above the 1.2500 mark, which coincides with the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of the 1.3090-1.2156 fall.

This makes it prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying beyond the aforementioned barrier before placing aggressive bullish bets. The GBP/USD pair might then climb to the 1.2570-1.2575 region en-route the 1.2600 round figure and the 50% Fibo. level, around the 1.2630-1.2635 zone.

On the flip side, the daily swing low, around the 1.2440-1.2435 area, should now protect the immediate downside ahead of the 1.2400 mark. This is followed by support near the 1.2380-1.2375 region, or the 23.6% Fibo. level, which if broken will shift the bias back in favour of bearish traders.

The next relevant support is pegged near the lower boundary of a multi-day-old trading range, around the 1.2330 region. A convincing break through the latter would make the GBP/USD pair vulnerable to weakening further below the 1.2300 handle, towards testing the 1.2270-1.2260 support zone.

GBP/USD 4-hour chart

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Key levels to watch

 

12:40
ECB's Nagel: Negative interest rates are a thing of the past

Bundesbank head and European Central Bank (ECB) governing council member Joachim Nagel said on Friday that negative interest rates are a thing of the past, reported Reuters. In response to a question about whether the ECB might entertain a 50 bps rate hike in July, Nagel said that it is important to raise rates, with the rest to be discussed by the governing council. 

Separately, Bank of France governor and fellow ECB governing council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Friday that the ECB's short-term priority is fighting and mastering inflation, reported Reuters. The ECB will deliver in its fight against inflation, he continued. 

12:37
ECB's Villeroy: Our short-term priority is fighting and mastering inflation

Bank of France governor and European Central Bank (ECB) governing council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Friday that the ECB's short-term priority is fighting and mastering inflation, reported Reuters. The ECB will deliver in its fight against inflation, he continued. 

Separately, Bundesbank head and fellow ECB governing council member Joachim Nagel said on Friday that negative interest rates are a thing of the past, reported Reuters. In response to a question about whether the ECB might entertain a 50 bps rate hike in July, Nagel said that it is important to raise rates, with the rest to be discussed by the governing council. 

12:35
WTI stabilises close to $110, set to end the week flat and at the middle of recent ranges
  • WTI is stable in the $110 area, a little lower on the day, though close to flat on the week.
  • WTI is trading in the middle of its $105-$115ish weekly range as traders continue to mull various themes.

Oil prices are a little lower on Friday, though remain comfortably within recent ranges and aren’t really trading with much conviction. Front-month WTI futures were last trading near the $110 per barrel mark, down just under $2.0 on the day, though still trading nearly $5.0 higher versus Thursday’s lows around $105. WTI looks likely to close out the week nearly bang on flat, having failed to test late-March highs in the $116s in the first part of the week before coming under pressure amid a sharp deterioration in global equity market sentiment on Wednesday.

A lack of major new crude oil-relevant fundamental developments this week means it's not too surprising to see WTI at the middle of this week’s $105-115ish ranges. Firstly, there hasn’t been much to update on regarding the proposed EU ban on Russian oil imports. The proposal still hasn’t secured the unanimous agreement amongst EU member nations needed to go into force, with Hungary still holding out, though analysts expect an agreement could be reached at an EU council summit at the end of this month.

This lack of progress combined with this week’s downturn in global equities as investors fret about aggressive central bank (Fed) tightening amid sky-high inflation despite slowing global growth kept WTI from surpassing the mid-$110s. But further evidence of OPEC+ output struggles (as smaller nations continue to underproduce relative to their output target and Russian output drops), easing China lockdowns and the continued lack of any progress towards oil export sanction relief on Iran or Venezuela plus a weaker US dollar helped WTI find plenty of buyers as it dipped back into the mid-$100s.

Meanwhile, data this week showed that despite recent fuel (and general) price inflation, US consumer spending is holding up. April Retail Sales data out on Tuesday was better than expected, while weekly US inventory data out on Wednesday showed a further decline in crude oil stocks and US refiners running at full capacity. Moreover, data from the Federal Highway Administration on Friday showed that vehicle miles in the US continue to rise, indicative of there not being substantial demand destruction just yet.

 

12:28
EUR/USD: Above 1.0642 can mark a near-term base with resistance seen at 1.0758/94 – Credit Suisse EURUSD

EUR/USD has reinforced its defense of key support from the 1.0341 low of 2017. With daily MACD holding having turned higher, analysts at Credit Suisse remain of the view a near-term base is forming, with a break above 1.0642 needed to confirm.

1.0465/60 needs to hold to maintain an immediate upside bias

“With daily MACD momentum holding a bullish divergence and having turned higher, we remain of the view a near-term base is forming.” 

“Near-term resistance is seen at the accelerated downtrend at 1.0608 ahead of the 23.6% retracement of the fall from February and May high at 1.0620/42. Above here is needed to confirm a near-term base has been completed to provide the platform for a deeper recovery to the 38.2% retracement, 55-day average and mid-April lows at 1.0758/94. We expect a much tougher barrier here if tested.” 

“Support is seen at 1.0508 initially, with 1.0465/60 now needing to hold to maintain an immediate upside bias. A break can clear the way for a retest of 1.0350/41.”

 

12:19
USD/JPY struggles to gain any meaningful traction despite risk-on, stuck around 128.00 USDJPY
  • USD/JPY attracted buying on Friday and recovered further from the monthly low touched on Thursday.
  • The risk-on impulse undermined the safe-haven JPY and extended support amid modest USD strength.
  • Recession fears held back bulls from placing aggressive bets and kept a lid on any meaningful gains.

The USD/JPY pair held on to its modest intraday gains and was seen trading near the daily peak, just above the 128.00 mark heading into the North American session.

A combination of supporting factors assisted the USD/JPY pair to attract some buying near the 127.50 region on Friday and build on the overnight bounce from the 127.00 mark, or the monthly low. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut its five-year loan prime rate by 15 basis points to counter an economic slowdown and boosted investors' confidence. This was evident from a solid recovery in the equity markets and undermined the safe-haven Japanese yen. This, along with a goodish pickup in the US dollar demand, acted as a tailwind for the major.

Against the backdrop of expectations for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed, the risk-on flow led to modest recovery in the US Treasury bond yields and extended support to the buck. Apart from this, a big divergence in the monetary policy stance adopted by the US central bank and the Bank of Japan offered additional support to the USD/JPY pair. It is worth mentioning that the Bank of Japan has vowed to keep its existing ultra-loose policy settings and promised to conduct unlimited bond purchase operations to defend its near-zero target for 10-year yields.

The fundamental backdrop seems tilted in favour of bullish traders, though the gloomy global economic outlook kept a lid on any meaningful upside for the USD/JPY pair, at least for now. Investors remain concerned that a more aggressive move by major central banks to constrain inflation would pose challenges to the global economy. Adding to this, extended COVID-19 lockdowns in China and the Russia-Ukraine war have been fueling recession fears. This makes it prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying before confirming that the recent corrective slide has run its course.

In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the US bond yields will continue to play a key role in influencing the USD price dynamics. Apart from this, traders will further take cues from the broader market risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/JPY pair.

Technical levels to watch

 

12:09
German Finance Minister: Germany rejects further EU “next generation” funds, euro depreciation is a risk

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner on Friday said that Germany rejects further EU "next-generation" funds, reported Reuters. Germany takes inflation very seriously, Lindner continued, adding that the EU must end expansive fiscal policy. Euro depreciation is a risk, he added. 

Lindner noted that discussion regarding central banks at the G7 were very open, whilst also respecting their independence and that Germany welcomes the prospect of interest rate rises. "We must bring inflation back towards 2.0% quickly," Lindner said, emphasising the G7's determination to stop inflation. 

Seperately, Bundesbank head and ECB governing council member Joachim Nagel said that more rate hikes could follow in quick succession and that most companies plan price increases. ECB policymakers have in recent weeks been priming markets for an end to QE in by the end of Q2 and a start to rate hikes in July. 

11:39
AUD/USD probing 21DMA in mid-0.70s as rising equities/commodities & PBoC rate cut lift Aussie AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD has bounced from an earlier test of 0.7000 and is probing its 21DMA around 0.7050.
  • The Aussie is getting tailwinds from global equity and commodity markets plus yuan strength after a surprise PBoC rate cut.
  • AUD remains vulnerable if risk appetite sours/USD turns higher again, with Fed minutes and key US data out next week.

A rebound in global equity combined with rising industrial metal prices in wake of the latest move by China’s PBoC to lower its 5-year Loan Prime Rate, which should boost the country’s struggling property sector and, incidentally, has put the yuan on course for its best week this year, is benefitting the Australian dollar on Friday.

AUD/USD found decent support earlier in the session when it dipped back towards the psychologically important 0.7000 level and is now back to consolidating close to its 21-Day Moving Average in the 0.7050 area, up about 0.15% on the day. The 21DMA has been a key level of resistance in recent weeks and a break above it could set the stage for a push above 0.7100 and even on to the next key area of resistance in the upper 0.7200s (the 50 and 200DMAs plus this month’s high).

If sentiment about the Chinese economy continues to improve next week, a bullish break higher is certainly a possibility (be that from bets on more PBoC easing, lockdown easing or both). But a push higher in AUD/USD would likely also rely on continued US dollar weakness, as has been seen over the past few days.

While the DXY has pulled back over 2.0% from last week’s highs above 105.00 and is in the upper 102.00s, dips have consistently been good buying opportunities in recent weeks amid the Fed’s hawkish shift and ongoing evidence of high inflation and a tight labour market. This has not only supported the buck but also hurt risk appetite, dampening sentiment towards the risk-sensitive Aussie.

While AUD/USD is trading more than 3.0% above earlier monthly lows in the low-0.6800s, the pair is still down around 8.0% versus its early April highs. Fed tightening will remain in focus next week with more Fed policymakers speaking and the release of the minutes of the Fed’s meeting earlier this month (where they lifted rates by 50 bps and signaled more 50 bps moves likely ahead) on Wednesday.

US data in the form of the second estimate of Q1 GDP growth (recall the first estimate showed a surprise contraction in output) on Thursday and April Core PCE inflation figures on Friday will also be in focus. The data might underpin recent fears about stagflation that could further dampen risk appetite and weigh on the risk-sensitive Aussie.

 

11:12
EUR/USD Price Analysis: Further upside still targets 1.0641 EURUSD
  • EUR/USD falters once again just ahead of 1.0600.
  • Extra recovery should target the monthly top at 1.0641.

EUR/USD alternates gains with losses in the area below the 1.0600 yardstick on Friday.

Considering the pair’s ongoing price action, the continuation of the rebound appears likely in the very near term at least. That said, the next up barrier emerges at the May high at 1.0641 (May 5) ahead of the interim hurdle at the 55-day SMA, today at 1.0792.

Below the 3-month line near 1.0860, the pair is expected to remain under pressure and vulnerable to extra losses.

EUR/USD daily charts

 

11:00
US Dollar Index Price Analysis: A decline to 102.30 remains in store
  • DXY remains under pressure below the 103.00 mark.
  • Further downside could see the 102.30 region revisited.

DXY keeps the bearish note so far unchanged in the sub-103.00 region at the end of the week.

The index remains under scrutiny and therefore extra losses should not be ruled out for the time being. Against that, a probable retracement to the May low at 102.35 (May 5 low) remains on the cards in the not-so-distant future.

Looking at the broader picture, the current bullish stance in the index remains supported by the 3-month line around 100.30, while the longer-term outlook for the dollar is seen constructive while above the 200-day SMA at 96.54.

DXY daily chart

 

10:48
EUR/JPY Price Analysis: Immediately to the upside comes 136.70 EURJPY
  • EUR/JPY adds to Thursday’s uptick and retests 135.80.
  • Extra recovery should target the weekly high at 136.70.

EUR/JPY picks up further upside traction and revisits the 135.80 region at the end of the week.

The continuation of the ongoing bounce should initially target the weekly high at 136.69 (May 17). Further gains from here are expected to put the May high at 138.31 (May 9) back on the radar ahead of the 2022 peak at 140.00 (April 21).

In the meantime, while above the 200-day SMA at 131.16, the outlook for the cross is expected to remain constructive.

EUR/JPY daily chart

 

10:29
Finland's Gasum: Russian gas flow to Finland to be halted on May 21 at 0400 GMT

Finnish state-owned gas wholesaler Gasum announced in a statement on Friday that Russian gas flow to Finland will be halted on May 21 at 0400 GMT, as reported by Reuters.

"On the afternoon of Friday, May 20, Gazprom export informed Gasum that natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract will be cut," the statement read. 

The company said during the upcoming summer season, it will supply natural gas to its customers from other sources through the BalticConnector pipeline.

Market reaction

Thie headline doesn't seem to be having a significant impact on the shared currency's performance against its rivals. As of writing, the EUR/USD pair was up 0.1% on the day at 1.0595.

10:26
Silver Price Analysis: XAG/USD reclaims $22.00, intraday set-up favours bullish traders
  • Silver gained positive traction for the second straight day and climbed to a near two-week high.
  • Acceptance above the 23.6% Fibo. level supports prospects for an extension of the bullish move.
  • Mixed technical indicators on hourly/daily charts warrant caution before placing aggressive bets.

Silver built on the overnight strong intraday rally of over 3% and gained some follow-through traction for the second successive day on Friday. The momentum pushed the white metal to a nearly two-week high, beyond the $22.00 round-figure mark during the first half of the European session.

From a technical perspective, sustained move and acceptance above the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the $28.22-$20.46 fall could be seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders. Oscillators on hourly charts have been gaining traction and add credence to the constructive outlook.

That said, technical indicators on the daily chart - though have been recovering from the negative territory - are yet to confirm a bullish bias. This makes it prudent to wait for a subsequent strength beyond the 100-period SMA on the 4-hour chart before positioning for any further gains.

The XAG/USD might then surpass an intermediate hurdle near the $22.30 area and accelerate the momentum towards testing the next relevant hurdle near the $22.65 zone. The latter coincides with the 38.2% Fibo. level, which if cleared would suggest that spot prices have bottomed out.

On the flip side, the 23.6% Fibo. level resistance breakpoint, around the $21.80 region, now seems to protect the immediate downside. Any further pullback is more likely to find decent support near the $21.25-$21.20 area, which should act as a strong near-term base for the XAG/USD.

A convincing break below would negate prospects for any further positive move and prompt aggressive technical selling. The XAG/USD would then turn vulnerable to weaken further below the $21.00 round-figure mark and aim to challenge the YTD low, around the $20.45 area touched last week.

Silver 4-hour chart

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Key levels to watch

 

09:51
USD/CAD weakens further below 1.2800 mark, drops to fresh two-week low USDCAD
  • USD/CAD prolonged its recent bearish trend and dropped to a fresh two-week low on Friday.
  • The tight supply outlook acted as a tailwind for crude oil prices, which underpinned the loonie.
  • Subdued USD price action did little to impress bullish traders or lend any support to the pair.

The USD/CAD pair added to the previous day's losses and witnessed some follow-through selling for the second successive day on Friday. This also marked the fifth day of a negative move in the previous six and dragged spot prices to a fresh two-week low, around the 1.2780-1.2775 region during the first half of the European session.

Despite concerns that weakening global economic growth could curb a recovery in fuel demand, a tight supply outlook acted as a tailwind for crude oil prices. Apart from this, strong domestic consumer inflation figures released on Wednesday underpinned the commodity-linked loonie and exerted some downward pressure on the USD/CAD pair.

On the other hand, the US dollar languished near its lowest level since May 5 and was pressured by the recent sharp pullback in the US Treasury bond yields. Apart from this, the risk-on impulse in the markets was seen as another factor that weighed on the safe-haven greenback and contributed to offered toe surrounding the USD/CAD pair.

with the latest leg down, spot prices now seem to have found acceptance below the 1.2800 round-figure mark. This could be seen as a fresh trigger for bearish traders and supports prospects for additional losses. That said, expectations for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed might act as a tailwind for the buck and the USD/CAD pair.

There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release on Friday, either from the US or Canada. Hence, the USD remains at the mercy of the US bond yields and the broader market risk sentiment. Apart from this, traders will take cues from oil price dynamics to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/CAD pair.

Technical levels to watch

 

09:22
GBP/USD sticks to modest gains below 1.2500 mark, upside potential seems limited GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD gained some positive traction on Friday, albeit lacked bullish conviction.
  • Upbeat UK Retail Sales data turned out to be a key factor that extended support.
  • Stagflation fears, Brexit woes and modest USD strength capped any further gains.

The GBP/USD pair traded with a mild positive bias through the first half of the European session and was last seen hovering around the 1.2475-1.2480 region, up 0.15% for the day.

Following the previous day's modest pullback from a two-week high, the GBP/USD pair attracted some buying on Friday and was supported by better-than-expected UK macro data. The UK Office for National Statistics reported that Retail Sales unexpectedly rose by 1.4% in April as against consensus estimates pointing to a drop of 0.2%.

Adding to this, the Bank of England (BoE) Chief Economist Huw Pill said that they still have some way to go in policy tightening as MPC sees an upside skew in the risks around the inflation. That said, a combination of factors held back bulls from placing aggressive bets and kept a lid on any further gains for the GBP/USD pair.

Against the backdrop of a surprise economic contraction in March, the UK inflation data released on Wednesday fueled stagflation fears. Moreover, rising wages threaten to exacerbate inflationary pressures and hurt consumer spending. This, along with the BoE's gloomy economic outlook and Brexit jitters, should act as a headwind for sterling.

On the other hand, the recent US dollar pullback from a two-decade high, for now, seems to have stalled amid expectations for a more aggressive policy tightening by the Fed. This further contributed to keeping a lid on any meaningful upside for the GBP/USD pair. That said, the risk-on impulse undermined the safe-haven USD and extended support to spot prices.

There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release on Friday, either from the UK or the US. That said, the US bond yields and the broader market risk sentiment might influence the USD price dynamics. This, in turn, should provide some impetus to the GBP/USD pair and allow traders to grab short-term opportunities on the last day of the week.

Technical levels to watch

 

09:17
South Korea: BoK expected to raise rates to 2.00% this year – UOB

In opinion of Economist at UOB Group Lee Sue Ann, the Bank of Korea (BoK) could lift the policy rate to 2.00% by end of 2022.

Key Quotes

“Given our expectation that the headline inflation will stay above 4% through 2Q22-3Q22, we have raised our average full-year 2022 forecast to 3.9% from 3.3% previously (2021: 2.5%).”

“We now see a further 50bps rate hike by the BOK this year, with 25bps each in May/Jul and Aug/Oct. This will bring the benchmark rate to 2.00% by end-2022.”

09:10
EUR/USD: Bulls look for a second chance to surpass 1.0600 EURUSD
  • EUR/USD falters just ahead of the 1.0600 mark on Friday.
  • German 10y Bund yields approach the 1.00% mark.
  • Flash EMU Consumer Confidence next on tap later in the session.

EUR/USD regains some composure and retargets the 1.0600 region following an earlier drop to the mid-1.0500s at the end of the week.

EUR/USD remains focused on 1.0641

EUR/USD comes under some mild selling pressure following Thursday’s sharp rebound. The abrupt move higher was triggered exclusively by another bout of dollar weakness, although a close above the key 1.0600 mark still remains elusive for EUR-bulls.

In the meantime, German 10y Bund yields look to regain the psychological 1.00% mark following two consecutive sessions with losses, while US yields so far trade with marginal gains along the curve.

In the euro docket, the only release of note will be the flash Consumer Confidence gauged by the European Commission for the month of May (-22.0 prev.). There are no scheduled publications or events across the pond on Friday.

What to look for around EUR

The weekly recovery in EUR/USD has so far met strong resistance around 1.0600. Despite the pair removed some downside pressure, the broader outlook for the single currency remains entrenched in the negative territory for the time being. As usual, price action in spot should reflect dollar dynamics, geopolitical concerns and the Fed-ECB divergence. Occasional pockets of strength in the single currency, in the meantime, should appear reinforced by firmer speculation the ECB could raise rates at some point in the summer, while higher German yields, elevated inflation and a decent pace of the economic recovery in the region are also supportive of an improvement in the mood around the euro.

Key events in the euro area this week: EMU Flash Consumer Confidence (Friday).

Eminent issues on the back boiler: Speculation of the start of the hiking cycle by the ECB as soon as this summer. Asymmetric economic recovery post-pandemic in the euro area. Impact of the war in Ukraine on the region’s growth prospects.

EUR/USD levels to watch

So far, spot is losing 0.04% at 1.0577 and a breach of 1.0348 (2022 low May 13) would target 1.0340 (2017 low January 3 2017) en route to 1.0300 (round level). On the upside, the initial hurdle aligns at 1.0607 (weekly high May 19) seconded by 1.0641 (weekly high May 5) and finally 1.0936 (weekly high April 21).

 

09:00
Belgium Consumer Confidence Index: -13 (May) vs -14
08:57
Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD to end the week up again for the first time in four weeks – Commerzbank

Gold Price recovered significantly yesterday. Weaker US dollar lends buoyancy to the yellow metal, which is set to end the week up again for the first time in four weeks, economists at Commerzbank report.

Robust recovery of gold

“The upswing is continuing, meaning that gold may end the week up again for the first time in four weeks.”

“The fact that the US dollar has been noticeably weaker since yesterday is lending tailwind.”

“What is more, a countermovement was overdue following the pronounced phase of weakness since the end of April. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) for example had been trading close to oversold territory for around a week before the price began climbing yesterday.”

 

08:53
EUR/USD to enjoy additional gains toward 1.0660 if buyers reclaim 1.06 EURUSD

EUR/USD has climbed to a fresh two-week high. As FXStreet’s Eren Sengezer notes, the technical outlook suggests that additional gains could be witnessed in case 1.06 is confirmed as support.

Next bullish target aligns at 1.0660

“On the upside, 1.06 aligns as first resistance. If that level is confirmed as support, the pair could target 1.0640 (static level) and 1.0660 (200-period SMA) afterwards.”

“On the flip side, 1.0550 (former resistance, static level) could be seen as first support. With a four-hour close below that level, buyers could start booking their profits and cause the pair to retreat toward 1.0520 (ascending trend line, 50-period SMA) and 1.05 (psychological level).”

 

08:27
NZD/USD bulls await sustained move beyond 0.6400 mark amid risk-on impulse NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD edged higher for the second straight session and inched back closer to a two-week high.
  • A positive risk tone benefitted the perceived riskier kiwi and remained supportive of the uptick.
  • Modest USD strength, recession fears held back bulls from placing fresh bets and capped gains.

The NZD/USD pair maintained its bid tone through the early European session and was last seen trading near the daily high, around the 0.6400 round-figure mark.

The pair gained traction for the second successive day on Friday - also marking the fifth day of a positive move in the previous six - and inched back closer to a two-week high touched overnight. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut its five-year loan prime rate by 15 basis points to counter an economic slowdown and boosted investors' confidence. This was evident from a solid recovery in the equity markets, which, in turn, was seen as a key factor that benefitted the perceived riskier kiwi.

That said, recession fears might keep a lid on any optimistic moves in the markets. Investors seem worried that a more aggressive move by major central banks to constrain inflation, the Russia-Ukraine war and extended COVID-19 lockdowns in China would hurt the global economic growth. Apart from this, modest US dollar strength failed to assist the NZD/USD pair to capitalize on the intraday uptick beyond the 0.6400 mark. This warrants caution for aggressive traders and before placing fresh bullish bets.

The markets seem convinced that the Fed would need to take more drastic action to bring inflation under control. The bets were reinforced by Fed Chair Jerome Powell's remarks at a Wall Street Journal event, saying that he will back interest rate increases until prices start falling back toward a healthy level. This, along with an uptick in the US Treasury bond yields, extended some support to the greenback, which, in turn, should cap the NZD/USD pair amid absent relevant economic data from the US.

Technical levels to watch

 

08:25
ECB's Visco: June hike is certainly out of question

European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Ignazio Visco told Bloomberg TV on Friday that a rate hike in June was out of the question but added that July could be the time to start raising rates, as reported by Reuters.

Visco further noted that they could move out of the negative rate territory.

Market reaction

EUR/USD continues to consolidate its weekly gains during the European trading hours. The pair was last seen trading at 1.0565, where it was down 0.2% on a daily basis.

07:51
Greece Current Account (YoY) down to €-2.33B in March from previous €-2.123B
07:46
FX option expiries for May 20 NY cut

FX option expiries for May 20 NY cut at 10:00 Eastern Time, via DTCC, can be found below.

- EUR/USD: EUR amounts        

  • 1.03450-50 506m
  • 1.0395 510m
  • 1.0415 1.1b
  • 1.0475 715m
  • 1.0500-10 660m
  • 1.0540-50 814m
  • 1.0575 670m
  • 1.0600 430m
  • 1.0625 219m

- GBP/USD: GBP amounts        

  • 1.2300 313m
  • 1.2355 305m
  • 1.2405 360m
  • 1.2490-00 270m
  • 1.2650 295m

- EUR/GBP: EUR amounts                     

  • 0.8400 200m
  • 0.8430 300m

- AUD/USD: AUD amounts  

  • 0.7050 545m

- USD/CAD: USD amounts       

  • 1.2730 2.63b
  • 1.2775 450m
  • 1.2800 510m
  • 1.2850-55 610m
  • 1.3000 1.08b
07:38
BOE's Pill: We still have some way to go in tightening

Bank of England (BOE) Chief Economist Huw Pill said on Friday that they still have some way to go in policy tightening, as reported by Reuters.

Additional takeaways

"Supported by the independence accorded to the MPC, we are able to take the sometimes tough decisions to bring inflation back to 2%."

"Tightening still has further to run."

"Inflation forecast to rise into double digits."

"MPC has not yet taken a decision about whether to commence gilt sales."

"If market dysfunction were to take hold, asset sales could, if necessary, be paused."

"Asset sales have the potential to tighten monetary and financial conditions; I would expect them to do so."

"Impact of gilt sales will be – indeed, already may be – ‘priced into’ financial prices, notably gilt yields."

"MPC sees an upside skew in the risks around the inflation baseline in the latter part of the forecast period."

"MPC needs to ensure that domestic price-setting does not achieve a self-sustaining, expectationally-driven momentum."

Market reaction

GBP/USD stays in the positive territory and trades within a touching distance of 1.2500 after these comments.

07:37
Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD climbs to one-week high, lacks follow-through beyond $1,850
  • Gold climbed to a one-week high on Friday amid a softer tone surrounding the USD.
  • Recession fears further underpinned the safe-haven metal and remained supportive.
  • A goodish recovery in the equity markets, Fed rate hike bets capped any further gains.

Gold built on the overnight strong move back above the very important 200-day SMA and gained some follow-through traction on the last day of the week. The XAUUSD maintained its bid tone through the early European session and was last seen trading near the $1,850 region, or over a one-week high.

The US dollar languished near a two-week low touched the previous day amid the recent sharp pullback in the US Treasury bond yields. This, in turn, was seen as a key factor that extended some support to the dollar-denominated gold. Apart from this, concerns about softening global economic growth acted as a tailwind for the safe-haven XAUUSD and assisted spot prices to recover further from the multi-month low touched earlier this week.

The markets remain worried that a more aggressive move by major central banks to constrain inflation could pose challenges to global economic growth. Apart from this, the Russia-Ukraine war and extended COVID-19 lockdowns in China have been fueling recession fears. That said, a combination of factors might hold back traders from placing aggressive bullish bets around gold and keep a lid on any meaningful upside, at least for now.

The global risk sentiment recovered a bit after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut its five-year loan prime rate by 15 basis points to counter an economic slowdown. Apart from this, expectations that the Fed would stick to its monetary policy tightening path over the next few months to bring inflation under control should cap gains for the non-yielding yellow metal. Nevertheless, gold remains on track to snap a four-week losing streak.

In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the US bond yields will continue to play a key role in influencing the USD price dynamics. Apart from this, traders will take cues from the broader market risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around gold.

Technical levels to watch

 

07:25
ECB’s Muller, Kazaks suggest July rate hike is on the table

European Central Bank (ECB) policymaker Madis Muller said Friday that the focus needs to be on fighting high inflation.

Earlier on, his colleague Martins Kazaks said he “hopes that first rate hike will take place in July.”

Market reaction

EUR/USD is holding the lower ground, having failed to recapture 1.0600, as the US dollar sustains the renewed upside.

The spot was last seen trading at 1.0568, down 0.17% on the day.

07:10
Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD continues to struggle, technical posture not favourable – DBS Bank

Gold has had a 6.9% drop in May so far. XAU/USD now trades under a prior triangle breakout and is testing the 200-day moving average (DMA) at $1,838, indicating that the technical posture is not favourable, Benjamin Wong, Strategist at DBS Bank reports.

Inability to stage a bounce

“Posting declines under 200-DMA $1,838 forces a relook that this corrective decline of the broader mid-term ranges. Negativity is reinforced as gold prices stay under the Ichimoku cloud amidst the persistence of a negative moving average convergence divergence (MACD) signal.”

“Gold’s negative performance of late is drawing momentum from both the unabated rise in US 10 years real yields and a plunge in gold exchange-traded funds holdings. US real yields is the one to watch out for, as gold being a noninterest-bearing asset thrives only in negative rates environment.”

“Intermediate resistance points at $1,836 and an interim channel resistance at $1,842 as first levels to break to restore flagging confidence. 100-DMA at $1,885 is equally robust.”

“A sustained break lower contours into the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of $1,160-$2,075 at $1,726 as the first visible target.”

 

07:00
Turkey Consumer Confidence: 67.6 (May) vs 67.3
07:00
AUD/USD recovers modest intraday losses, flirts with daily high around mid-0.7000s AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD reversed an early slide to the 0.7000 mark and climbed back closer to the daily high.
  • A goodish recovery in the equity markets undermined the safe-haven USD and extended support.
  • Recession fears should keep a lid on any optimistic move in the markets and cap gains for the pair.

The AUD/USD pair recovered its early lost ground and was last seen trading near the higher end of its daily range, just below mid-0.7000s during the early European session.

The pair attracted some dip-buying near the 0.7000 psychological mark on Friday and has now moved well within the striking distance of a two-week high touched the previous day. The global risk sentiment recovered a bit after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) cut its five-year loan prime rate by 15 basis points to counter an economic slowdown. This, in turn, failed to assist the safe-haven US dollar to capitalize on its modest intraday gains and extended some support to the China-proxy aussie.

The Australian dollar was further underpinned by the Reserve Bank of Australia's hawkish signal that a bigger interest rate hike is still possible in June amid the upside risks to inflation. The market expectations were reinforced by domestic employment data released on Thursday, which showed that the jobless rate fell to the lowest level in almost 50 years. That said, the gloomy global economic outlook should keep a lid on any optimistic move in the markets and the growth-sensitive AUD/USD pair.

The markets remain worried that a more aggressive move by major central banks to constrain inflation could pose challenges to global economic growth. Apart from this, the Russia-Ukraine war and extended COVID-19 lockdowns in China have been fueling recession fears. This makes it prudent to wait for strong follow-through buying before traders start positioning for an extension of the AUD/USD pair's recent bounce from the YTD low, around the 0.6830-0.6825 region touched last week.

In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the broader market risk sentiment will continue to play a key role in influencing the USD price dynamics. This, in turn, should provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair and allow traders to grab short-term opportunities on the last day of the week.

Technical levels to watch

 

07:00
USD/CNY: Unlikely to head straight back to 6.50 despite lower Chinese rates – ING

Some support measures for the Chinese economy and some stability in the Chinese renminbi have helped usher in a period of consolidation in FX markets. Nonetheless, economists at ING believe that USD/CNY is unlikely to move back lower towards the 6.50 area.

PBoC lowered the 5-year LPR

“The overnight 15bp cut in the 5-year Loan Prime Rate – aimed at supporting the property sector – has instilled a little more confidence in Chinese assets markets.” 

“We cannot see USD/CNY heading straight back to 6.50. Instead, a 6.65-6.80 trading range may be developing after the recent CNY devaluation.”

 

06:58
USD/JPY traces sluggish yields at monthly low under 128.00 USDJPY
  • USD/JPY struggles for clear directions after the two-day downtrend refreshed monthly low.
  • Bearish bias takes clues from the recently softer USD, multi-month high Japan inflation data.
  • Chatters over monetary policy divergence and China act as additional catalysts for fresh impetus.

USD/JPY dribbles between gains and losses around 127.80, mostly unchanged on a day, as European traders brace for Friday’s task. The yen pair’s latest inaction could be linked to the mixed concerns in the market and a lack of major catalysts. Even so, the quote eyes the second consecutive weekly loss amid a softer US dollar and fears of inflation, as well as growth.

That said, Japan’s National Consumer Price Index (CPI) for April rose to the highest levels since 2014, to 2.5% YoY versus 1.5% expected and 1.2% prior. On the same line were the numbers for National CPI ex Food, Energy that reversed the -0.7% prior and crossed the -0.9% forecast to 0.8% YoY.

On a different page, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura recently followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signal for tighter monetary policy and urged Asian policymakers to be cautious. “IMF’s Okamura said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

It’s worth noting that the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) rate cut and softer covid numbers from the dragon nation, not to forget Shanghai’s gradual unlock, seems to underpin cautious optimism in Asia.

While the mildly positive sentiment favors stocks futures and the Asia-Pacific stocks, softer yields exert additional downside pressure on the US Dollar Index (DXY) and weigh on the USD/JPY prices.

Looking forward, a lack of major data/events keeps the USD/JPY pair at the mercy of risk catalysts. However, the monetary policy divergence between the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the US Federal Reserve (Fed) could keep the buyers hopeful.

Technical analysis

A three-week-old ascending trend line defends USD/JPY buyers around 127.80. Also acting as a downside filter is the late April swing low near 126.95. Meanwhile, recovery moves need to cross a two-week-old descending trend line, close to 129.00, to retake control.

 

06:56
US Dollar Index: Some consolidation is in order – ING

The dollar is now about 2% off its highs seen late last week. Economists at ING consider this a pause not a reversal in the dollar's bull trend.

Dollar rally pauses for breath

“The emerging market environment still looks challenged given that the stronger dollar is effectively exporting tighter Fed policy around the world.”

“DXY could correct a little lower to 102.30, but we see this as bull market consolidation, rather than top-building activity.”

“Not until the Fed pours cold water on tightening expectations should the dollar build a top.”

 

06:51
EUR/USD could reach the 1.0650/70 area over the coming days – ING EURUSD

EUR/USD stays in a consolidation phase slightly below 1.06 early Friday. Economists at ING expect the world’s most popular currency pair to advance towards the 1.0650/70 area in the next few days.

EUR/USD seen getting close to parity in 3Q22

“The market now prices a 31/32bp ECB rate hike at the 21 July ECB meeting – pricing which has plenty of scope to bounce between +25bp and +50bp over the next two months. This could drag EUR/USD back to the 1.0650/70 area over the coming days – helped by brief periods of calm in the external environment – but we would see this as a bear market bounce.” 

“Our core EUR/USD view for 2H22 is one of heightened volatility and probably EUR/USD getting close to parity in 3Q22 when expectations of the Fed tightening cycle could be at their zenith.”

 

06:47
GBP/USD to struggle to breach the 1.2500/2550 area – ING GBPUSD

The UK Retail Sales came in at 1.4% MoM in April, an upside surprise. GBP/USD closes in on 1.2500 on the upbeat data. However, economists at ING believe that cable is unlikely to see further gains.

April retail sales provide a reprieve

UK retail sales have come in a little better than expected and break/suspend the narrative that the cost of living squeeze is large enough to derail the Bank of England tightening cycle. We would not get carried away with the sterling recovery, however. 

“Sterling is showing a high correlation with risk assets – trading as a growth currency – and the outlook for risk assets will remain challenging for the next three to six months probably.”

“Cable may struggle to breach the 1.2500/2550 area and 1.20 levels are very possible over the coming months.”

“New-found hawkishness at the ECB means that EUR/GBP may struggle to sustain a move below 0.8450 before returning to 0.8600.”

06:42
USD/IDR set to challenge the 14,900 level – TDS

USD/IDR rose sharply by 2.7% over a span of 4 weeks. The pair could revisit 14,900 near-term on USD strength, economists at TD Securities report.

BI to intervene more actively to cap a further rise beyond 15,000

“Given the hawkish Fed rhetoric and softer risk sentiment, which may prop up the USD further, USD/IDR may test 14,900 – the high in September 2020. However, we think a peak in the USD is likely to come some time this quarter.”

“USD/IDR rarely stays above the 15,000 level for a prolonged period based on a 10-year horizon window, and we anticipate BI to intervene more actively to cap a further rise in USD/IDR beyond 15,000.”

 

06:35
NZD/USD: Technical outlook improves after breaking six-week downtrend channel – ANZ NZDUSD

NZD/USD is back up around 0.64. Markets remain very volatile but having broken out its six-week downtrend channel, the kiwi has improved its technical picture, economists at ANZ Bank report.

Markets debate odds of a hard landing in New Zealand

“Market sentiment is extremely fragile and convoluted at the moment – while there is an acknowledgment that rate hikes are needed, that has naturally stoked fears of a hard landing/slower growth, and bond markets are wavering, as is the USD, which has broadly tracked bond yields.” 

“Next week’s MPS will be key for the NZD as markets debate odds of a hard landing here too. There’s a lot priced in locally, and if some of that is priced out, it’ll lower interest rates, but it’ll also lessen the perceived odds of a hard landing, so it’s complicated.” 

“Technically, the NZD has broken out of its six-week downtrend channel; that’s positive.”

 

06:31
USD/ZAR: Rand is likely to increasingly struggle – Commerzbank

The South African central bank (SARB) raised its key rate by 50bp to 4.75% on Thursday. The rand was able to benefit from yesterday’s decision even though a larger rate step had been largely anticipated. However, economists at Commerzbank expect ZAR to struggle to post further gains.

SARB intensifies its approach

“The decision was not unanimous nor was it tight: only one of the five council members favoured a smaller rate step.”

“The hawkish statement is likely to have strengthened the market’s expectation that the SARB is very decisive in its fight against inflation despite weak growth.”

“In the current environment and with the prospect of a global rise in interest rates the rand is likely to increasingly struggle. We expect it to trend weaker medium-term, even though confidence of ZAR investors in the SARB’s stability-orientated approach is likely to remain an important support for the rand.”

06:30
Switzerland Industrial Production (YoY) increased to 7.9% in 1Q from previous 7.3%
06:28
GBP/JPY Price Analysis: Bulls approach 160.00 on upbeat UK Retail Sales
  • GBP/JPY refreshes intraday high after better-than-forecast UK data.
  • UK Retail Sales rose past forecasts, prior on MoM, improved on YoY during April.
  • 200-EMA tests buyers, sellers need to smash weekly support line to retake control.

GBP/JPY remains on the front foot for the second consecutive day, taking the bids near 159.80 after the UK avoids data disappointment during early Friday in Europe.

That said, the UK’s Retail Sales rose past -0.2% MoM expected to 1.4%, versus upwardly revised -1.2% prior. The Retail Sales ex-Fuel also rejected the downbeat bias by rising with 1.4% MoM growth compared to -0.2% expected and -0.9% previous readouts (revised).

Also read: UK Retail Sales rebound 1.4% MoM in April vs. -0.2% expected

Following the data, GBP/JPY refreshed intraday high but is yet to cross the 200-EMA, around 159.65 by the press time. Also challenging the upside momentum is a two-day-old rising trend line near 160.10.

Should the pair buyers manage to stay firmer past 160.10, the weekly high around 161.85 will be on their radars.

Meanwhile, pullback moves remain less important until breaking the weekly support line, near 158.55 at the latest.

Following that, 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of May 12-17 moves, near 158.00, will act as the last defense for the GBP/JPY buyers.

GBP/JPY: Hourly chart

Trend: Further upside expected

 

06:21
Forex Today: Dollar stays on the back foot heading into the weekend

Here is what you need to know on Friday, May 20:

The US Dollar Index registered its largest one-day drop since early March, losing more than 1% on a daily basis on Thursday. The steep decline witnessed in the US Treasury bond yields made it difficult for the greenback to find demand despite risk aversion. Markets stay relatively quiet early Friday but US stock index futures trade decisively higher, pointing to an improving market mood ahead of the weekend. The European Commission will release the Consumer Confidence data for May later in the session.

The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield dropped to its lowest level in nearly a month at 2.77% on Thursday before staging a rebound. The S&P 500 Index is down more than 3% this week and remains on track to close the seventh straight week in negative territory. Investors grow increasingly concerned about the US economy going into recession with the US Federal Reserve staying on a tightening path even if consumer activity continues to weaken. 

EUR/USD took advantage of the selling pressure surrounding the dollar and climbed to its highest level in two weeks above 1.0600. The pair stays in a consolidation phase slightly below 1.0600 early Friday. Germany's Destatis reported that the Producer Price Index (PPI) jumped to 33.5% on a yearly basis in April, compared to the market expectation of 31.5%.

GBP/USD extended its weekly rebound following Wednesday's uninspiring performance. As of writing, the pair was posting small daily gains and trading within a touching distance of 1.2500. The data published by the UK's Office for National Statistics showed earlier in the day that Retail Sales in April rose by 1.4%, surpassing analysts' estimate for a decrease of 0.2%. 

USD/JPY stays below 128.00 in the European morning after having edged lower during the Asian trading hours. Japan's Statistics Bureau announced on Friday that the National Consumer Price Index climbed to 2.5% on a yearly basis in April, beating the market forecast of 1.5% by a wide margin.

Gold gained more than 1% on Thursday and closed the day above the critical 200-day SMA. XAU/USD clings to small daily gains early Friday and trades slightly below $1,850. The 10-year US yield is holding in positive territory, limiting the pair's upside for the time being.

Bitcoin rose 5% on Friday and seems to have steadied above the key $30,000 level on Friday. Ethereum is moving sideways in a tight range a tad above $2,000 following Thursday's rebound.

06:15
New Zealand: RBNZ could hike by 50 bps later this month – UOB

The RBNZ could raise the policy rate by 50 bps at next week’s meeting, commented Lee Sue Ann, Economist at UOB Group.

Key Quotes

“We had pencilled in another rate hike of 50bps only in Aug. But following the latest 1Q22 CPI data and RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr’s comments, we think that it is now likely that the RBNZ will hike by another 50bps at the May meeting, which will include a Monetary Policy Statement (MPS).”

“However, we will only be finalizing our OCR forecasts following the 1Q employment data on 4 May, which will also play a key role in determining the size of future OCR hikes by the RBNZ.”

06:12
EUR/GBP plummets below 0.8500 on UK Retail Sales, Eurozone Consumer Confidence eyed EURGBP
  • EUR/GBP renews intraday low on strong UK Retail Sales for April.
  • UK Retail Sales grew past -0.2% MoM forecasts to 1.4% the last month.
  • US dollar weakness, mildly positive sentiment underpin bullish bias.
  • Preliminary Consumer Confidence for May, Brexit news can entertain intraday traders.

EUR/GBP takes offers to refresh intraday low around 0.8480 after the UK’s Retail Sales for April surprised markets with strong details during early Friday. Even so, the pair sellers remain cautious as broad US dollar weakness favors strong Euro ahead of the preliminary readings of April month’s Consumer Confidence for the Eurozone.

That said, the UK’s Retail Sales rose past -0.2% MoM expected to 1.4%, versus upwardly revised -1.2% prior. The Retail Sales ex-Fuel also rejected the downbeat bias by rising with 1.4% MoM growth compared to -0.2% expected and -0.9% previous readouts (revised).

Also read: UK Retail Sales rebound 1.4% MoM in April vs. -0.2% expected

It’s worth noting that the lack of major disappointment from the UK data contributing heavily to the British GDP keeps EUR/GBP sellers hopeful.

However, the US dollar weakness and the recent chatters surrounding the European Central Bank’s (ECB) July rate hike probe the pair’s further downside. On the same line could be the latest Brexit jitters as the UK refrains from stepping back after announcing readiness to change Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) whereas the European Union (EU) braces for punitive measures if Britain alters NIP.

That said, the market’s cautious optimism could be witnessed through softer US Treasury yield and upbeat stock futures, which in turn weigh on the US dollar.

Looking forward, EUR/GBP traders should wait for the Consumer Confidence figures, expected at -21.5 versus -22.2 prior, for fresh impulse.

Technical analysis

The previous support line from mid-April and the 10-DMA, respectively around 0.8500 and 0.8510 respectively, limit the short-term upside of the EUR/GBP prices. Alternatively, the 21-DMA level of 0.8445 restricts further downside of the cross-currency pair.

 

06:10
GBP/USD oversteps 1.2480 on a lower-than-expected plunge in UK Retail Sales at -4.9% GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD has climbed to near 1.2490 as the UK Retail Sales have landed at -4.9%.
  • The annual UK Retail Sales ex. oil have been recorded at -6.1%.
  • The DXY has surrendered its entire Asian session gains amid a rebound in the risk-on impulse.

The GBP/USD pair has witnessed some significant bids as the UK’S Office for National Statistics has reported the annualized Retail Sales at -4.9%. The UK’s agency was expected to report the annual UK Retail Sales at -7.2%, explosively lower than the prior positive release of 0.9%.

Also, the annual Retail Sales that don’t include fossil fuels have landed at -6.1%, less negative than the estimates of -8.45 and the previous release of -0.6%. This has raised the odds of chances of a recession in London. The UK administration is already facing the heat of mounting inflationary pressures.

On Wednesday, the annual UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) landed at 9%. The figure was a little lower than the expectation of 9.1% however, a figure of 9% is itself a mess for a country whose households must be going through soaring inflation-adjusted paychecks. Rising food and commodity prices are impacting the real income of the households. There is no denying the fact that the Bank of England (BOE) will resort to announcing a 50 basis point (bps) interest rate hike to fix the inflation mess.

On the dollar front, the US dollar index (DXY) has surrendered its entire intraday gains and has turned negative. The asset is expected to display further losses after slipping below Thursday’s low at 102.66. The DXY is facing an extreme sell-off as a risk-on impulse has rebounded sharply and the safe-haven assets are losing their appeal.

 

06:01
Germany Producer Price Index (YoY) registered at 33.5% above expectations (31.5%) in April
06:01
UK Retail Sales rebound 1.4% MoM in April vs. -0.2% expected
  • The UK Retail Sales came in at 1.4% MoM in April, an upside surprise.
  • Core Retail Sales for the UK rose by 1.4% MoM in April.
  • The cable closes in on 1.2500 on the upbeat UK data.

The UK retail sales arrived at 1.4% over the month in April vs. -0.2% expected and -1.2% previous. The core retail sales, stripping the auto motor fuel sales, stood at 1.4% MoM vs. -0.2% expected and -0.9% previous.          

On an annualized basis, the UK retail sales slumped 4.9% in April versus -7.2% expected and 1.3% prior while the core retail sales decreased by 6.1% in the reported month versus -8.4% expectations and -0.2% previous.

Main points (via ONS)

Food store sales volumes rose by 2.8% in April 2022, mostly because of higher spending on alcohol and tobacco in supermarkets; supermarket food sales were broadly unchanged.

Non-store retailing sales volumes, which are predominantly sales from online-only retailers, rose by 3.7% in April 2022 led by stronger clothing sales.

Automotive fuel sales volumes rose by 1.4% in April 2022 following a fall of 4.2% in March when record increases in petrol prices impacted sales.

Non-food stores sales volumes fell by 0.6% in April 2022 because of falls in other non-food stores (negative 3.3%) and household goods stores (negative 0.5%) such as furniture stores.

FX implications

GBP/USD edges a few pips higher on the UK Retail Sales upside surprise. The spot was last seen trading at 1.2485, up 0.19% on the day.

06:01
Denmark Consumer Confidence dipped from previous -20.9 to -22.4 in May
06:00
United Kingdom Retail Sales ex-Fuel (YoY) came in at -6.1%, above expectations (-8.4%) in April
06:00
United Kingdom Retail Sales (YoY) above expectations (-7.2%) in April: Actual (-4.9%)
06:00
United Kingdom Retail Sales ex-Fuel (MoM) came in at 1.4%, above forecasts (-0.2%) in April
06:00
Germany Producer Price Index (MoM) above forecasts (1.4%) in April: Actual (2.8%)
06:00
United Kingdom Retail Sales (MoM) came in at 1.4%, above forecasts (-0.2%) in April
05:59
Investors should seek refuge in cash for a while – Natixis

Central banks will really have to combat inflation. In all likelihood, this will lead interest rates to rise by much more than currently expected. Investors should then invest in cash, at least until interest rates have stabilised, in the view of economists at Natixis.

Combating inflation will require higher interest rates than expected

“In a situation of sharply rising real interest rates, this points towards investors shunning risk-free bonds, listed equities, cryptocurrencies, real assets and risky bonds.”

“In a configuration where central banks really want to combat inflation, investors may therefore seek refuge in cash, despite the inflation, pending a stabilisation of interest rates.”

 

05:58
Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD bullish interest reinforced above 200-DMA at $1,838

Gold Price is headed for the first weekly gain in five weeks this Friday. Bulls have recaptured the critical 200-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at $1,838, more gains likely? FXStreet’s Dhwani Mehta reports.

End-of-the week flows likely in play

“With another data-scarce US calendar this Friday, all eyes will remain on the market’s risk perception and the price action surrounding the yields and the dollar for tracking gold moves. The end-of-the-week flows could also come into play, triggering wild swings in the price of the bright metal.”

“Should the 200-DMA, now support, at $1,838 cave in once again, then Wednesday's high at $1,825 will emerge as the next cushion for gold buyers. Further south, the $1,810-$1,808 demand area will then come into play, below which the trendline resistance now support at $1,798 will be probed.”

“Five-day highs of $1,849 will be retested on buying resurgence, reopening the upside towards the bearish 21-DMA at $1,862.”

“All in all, XAUUSD is likely to keep its choppy trend intact around the 200-DMA heading into the weekly closing.”

 

05:55
USD/CHF Price Analysis: Bears keep reins at monthly low, approach 0.9660 support USDCHF
  • USD/CHF prints six-day downtrend, takes offers around monthly bottom.
  • Bearish MACD, downbeat RSI hints at further declines.
  • 21-DMA guards immediate upside, sellers eye seven-week-old support line.

USD/CHF remains on the back foot for the sixth consecutive day as sellers attack the 0.9700 threshold heading into Friday’s European session.

In doing so, the Swiss currency (CHF) pair justifies the 21-DMA breakdown by holding lower ground near the monthly low flashed on Thursday.

Given the bearish MACD signals and the RSI (14) pullback from overbought territory, the USD/CHF has a further downside to track, which in turn highlights an ascending support line from March 31, around 0.9660 by the press time.

Should the USD/CHF prices drop below 0.9660, the 50-DMA near 0.9550 can challenge the bears, if not then the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of March-March upside, close to 0.9525, will act as the last defense for the bulls.

Meanwhile, recovery moves remain elusive below the 21-DMA level surrounding 0.9815.

Following that, the 0.9990 and the latest peak surrounding 1.0065 will gain the market’s attention.

USD/CHF: Daily chart

Trend: Further weakness expected

 

05:43
Natural Gas Futures: Downside appears contained

According to advanced figures from CME Group for natural gas futures markets, open interest shrank for the second session in a row on Thursday, this time by around 4.6K contracts. On the other hand, volume rose for the second straight day, now by more than 49K contracts.

Natural Gas faces extra gains above $8.50

Prices of natural gas reverse part of the recent uptrend on Thursday amidst shrinking open interest, which should leave further losses somewhat limited for the time being. The resumption of the upside could see gains accelerated on a break above the $8.50 mark per MMBtu.

05:36
Crude Oil Futures: Correction lower on the table

CME Group’s flash data for crude oil futures markets noted traders trimmed their open interest positions by around 8.3K contracts on Thursday, clinching the third consecutive daily drop. Volume followed suit and dropped by around 11.6K contracts after three daily pullbacks in a row.

WTI could still test $116.60

Prices of the WTI reversed two straight declines on Thursday. The move, however, was fuelled by short covering as showed by diminishing open interest and volume. Against that, a corrective downside should not be ruled out in the very near term, while the March 24 high at $116.60 still caps the upside.

05:28
US Dollar Index gives signs of life near 103.00
  • DXY looks to regain the 103.00 mark and beyond.
  • US yields trade in a mixed performance on Friday.
  • No US data releases scheduled at the end of the week.

The greenback, when measured by the US Dollar Index (DXY), trades with marginal gains in the vicinity of the 103.00 mark at the end of the week.

US Dollar Index looks to risk trends

Following Thursday’s deep pullback to 2-week lows in the sub-103.00 region, the index now looks to regain some ground lost amidst the mixed note in the US cash markets and the absence of a clear direction in the broad risk appetite trends.

Indeed, yields in the short end of the US curve are marginally up vs. the still inconclusive price action in the belly and the long end, all within the generalized side-lined theme in place since the beginning of May.

In the meantime, investors remain vigilant on the possibility of a “hard landing” of the US economy amidst elevated inflation and the Fed’s more aggressive tightening of its monetary conditions.

On the latter, and according to CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, the probability of a 50 bps rate hike at the June 13 meeting is at 93% and 85% when it comes to the July 27 event.

The absence of data releases in the US calendar on Friday should leave all the attention to the progress of the broad risk appetite trends.

What to look for around USD

The dollar attempts a mild rebound to the 103.00 neighbourhood following the multi-session drop recorded on Thursday. In the meantime, and supporting the buck, appears investors’ expectations of a tighter rate path by the Federal Reserve and its correlation to yields, the current elevated inflation narrative and the solid health of the labour market. On the negatives for the greenback turn up the incipient speculation of a “hard landing” of the US economy as a result of the Fed’s more aggressive normalization.

Eminent issues on the back boiler: Speculation of a “hard landing” of the US economy. Escalating geopolitical effervescence vs. Russia and China. Fed’s more aggressive rate path this year and 2023. US-China trade conflict. Future of Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

US Dollar Index relevant levels

Now, the index is gaining 0.04% at 102.91 and the breakout of 105.00 (2022 high May 13) would open the door to 105.63 (high December 11 2002) and finally 106.00 (round level). On the other hand, the next support lines up at 102.65 (weekly low May 19) followed by 102.35 (low May 5) and then 99.81 (weekly low April 21).

05:28
Copper eyes to snap six-week downtrend on China-linked demand
  • Copper braces for first weekly gain in seven on LME, eyes to snap four-week downtrend on COMEX.
  • PBOC cuts five-year LPR, China marks further reduction in covid numbers.
  • Market sentiment turns out mixed despite softer yields, firmer stock futures.

Copper futures on COMEX remain on the front foot at around $4.288, up for the second consecutive day heading into Friday’s European session. In doing so, the metal prices print the first weekly gain in five.

It’s worth noting that the benchmark three-month contract on the London Metal Exchange (LME) drops 0.4% at $9,377.50 a tonne, as of 02:03 GMT, after rising 2% in the previous session. Even so, the contract is up 2.4% so far this week, per Reuters. With this, the LME Copper snaps a six-week downtrend.

The industrial metal’s recent strength could be linked to the positive developments surrounding China, the world’s biggest industrial player. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) lowered the five-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) by 15 basis points (bps) to 4.45% but kept the one-year LPR unchanged at 3.70% in its latest moves. The PBOC left 1-year Medium-Term Lending Facility (MLF) interest rate unchanged at 2.85% earlier in the week.

On the other hand, China reports a sustained fall in the covid numbers and the virus-led deaths while justifying the recently eased activity restrictions in Shanghai, as well as in Mainland. “China reports 193 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland on May 19 vs 212 a day earlier,” said Reuters. The news also mentioned no new coronavirus deaths on May 19 versus 1 a day earlier.

Even so, Citibank Sees LME Copper falling to $8,500 per tonne on a 0-3 month view per Reuters.

The bank might have traced the recent headlines from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Reuters polls suggesting further fears for Asia.  IMF Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signal for tighter monetary policy ahead. IMF’s Okamura said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

“The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession,” said the latest Reuters poll of economists.

Looking forward, copper prices may take clues from China, as well as risk catalysts amid a light calendar.

05:12
EUR/GBP oscillates below 0.8500 ahead of UK Retail Sales and Eurozone Consumer Confidence EURGBP
  • EUR/GBP is consolidating in a tight range ahead of major economic events.
  • Mounting inflationary pressure in the UK has renewed recession fears.
  • The ECB is expected to elevate its rate cycle first time after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EUR/GBP pair is oscillating in a narrow range of 0.8482-0.8490 in the Asian session as investors are awaiting the release of the Retail Sales in the pound area and Consumer Confidence in the eurozone. On a broader note, the cross is displaying volatility contraction as the asset is juggling in a 0.8448-.8495 range from Tuesday.

The pound bulls are not expected to perform well against the shared currency amid expectations of underperformance from the UK Retail Sales. The annual UK Retail Sales are expected to fall to -7.2% from the prior positive print of 0.9%. While the annual Retail Sales excluding fossil fuels is expected to land at -8.4% against the former figure of -0.6%.  An intense plunge in the Retail Sales may result in an extreme sell-off in sterling. Meanwhile, rising inflationary pressures in the pound zone are also hurting sterling. The UK’s annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) landed at 9% on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the shared currency bulls are performing better against the pound on rising odds of a rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB). The higher annual eurozone Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) at 7.4% is compelling ECB policymakers to paddle up interest rates. In today’s session, the investor’s focus will remain on the Consumer Confidence, which is seen improved to 21.5 from the previous print of 22.

 

 

05:10
Gold Futures: Extra gains lack strength

Considering preliminary readings from CME Group for gold futures markets, open interest extended the downtrend and shrank by around 2.4K contracts on Thursday. Volume, instead, rose for the second session in a row, this time by around 25.5K contracts.

Gold capped by $1850

Thursday’s strong gains in gold prices was on the back of shrinking open interest, hinting at the idea that further rebound appears not favoured in the very near term at least. That said, the $1850 area per ounce troy emerges as the initial hurdle for the time being.

05:06
USD/CAD leans bearish towards 1.2800 on downbeat options market signals USDCAD

USD/CAD plummets to 1.2810 while bracing for the first weekly loss in five heading into Friday’s European session.

In doing so, the Loonie pair justifies the bearish bias in the options market, reflected via the risk reversal (RR) data derived from the spread of calls and put options.

It’s worth noting that the one-month RR for the USD/CAD snaps a four-day uptrend to -0.162, the lowest since mid-April, on weekly basis. The daily RR also drop for the first time in three days, to -0.087 at the latest.

The bearish bias of the USD/CAD prices could be linked to the pullback in the US dollar and recently firmer oil prices.

Read: USD/CAD Price Analysis: Mildly offered between 100 and 200 EMAs

05:00
Indonesia: BI seen on hold next week – UOB

Economist at UOB Group Lee Sue Ann suggests the Bank Indonesia will keep the policy rate unchanged at its meeting next week.

Key Quotes

24-hour view: “BI is of the view that inflation will stay within its target range of 2%-4% in 2022, in line with stability of the IDR, as well as policy response taken by BI and the government.”

“Our revised 2022 inflation forecast (average basis) is currently at 3.3%. We continue to maintain our view for BI to keep its benchmark rate unchanged in 1H22. Nevertheless, we are of the view that BI will start to hike its benchmark interest rates in the latter half of 2022.”

04:50
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD upside appears compelling beyond $1,834 – Confluence Detector
  • Gold keeps the upside break of $1,834 key hurdle around weekly top.
  • Stock futures rise, yields drop amid sluggish markets, mixed clues.
  • The path of least resistance appears up but the USD rebound can test the bulls.

Gold Price remains sidelined around one-week high after crossing the short-term crucial hurdles the previous day. That said, the metal approaches another key resistance, around $1,848, as bulls cheer the previous breakout of the 200-DMA and monthly resistance line, not to forget Fibonacci 38.2% one-week.

Softer US data and repeated chatters of 50 bps Fed rate hike seem to have weighed the US dollar, which in turn allows the gold prices to regain upside momentum. The XAU/USD advances also take clues from the recently firmer stock futures and downbeat US Treasury yields as traders seek clear directions on the major central banks’ next moves. The market’s indecision joins a lack of major data/events to trigger gold’s consolidation move, as it braces for the first weekly gains in five. Moving on, a light calendar and mixed updates may keep the gold prices higher unless any surprise macro propels the US dollar buying.

Also read: Gold Price Forecast: XAUUSD bulls recapture 200-DMA, more gains likely?

Gold Price: Key levels to watch

The Technical Confluences Detector shows that the Gold Price stays firmer after crossing the Fibonacci 38.2% one-week, as well as SMA100 on 15-minute, close to $1,834.

Also justifying the bullish bias is the XAU/USD’s sustained trading beyond the 200-DMA and Fibonacci 38.2% one-week, respectively around $1,840 and $1,838.

It’s worth noting that Fibonacci 23.6% one-week and SMA100 on hourly chart portrays another important support around $1,820.

That said, the Gold Price aims $1,848 hurdle comprising upper Bollinger on 4H and Pivot Point 1Month S1.

Should the quote rises past $1,848, the Fibonacci 61.8% one-week and upper Bollinger on hourly play could lure the XAU/USD buyers around $1,855.

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04:36
Asian Stock Market: Bulls cheer PBOC’s prudent policy, market mood soars, DXY eases
  • Asian equities have rebounded firmly amid PBOC’s prudent monetary policy.
  • The PBOC has reduced its five-year LPR by 15 bps while the one-year LPR kept unchanged.
  • Oil prices are softer on galloping demand worries.

Markets in the Asian domain are advancing sharply higher as the risk-off impulse loses traction and global equities are underpinned by the market participants. The Asian equities have jumped strongly in their early trade after the People’s Bank of China preferred to stick to its prudent monetary policy. The PBOC slashed the five-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) by 15 basis points (bps). Now, the five-year LPR stands at 4.45% vs. 4.60% recorded last month. While the one-year LPR has kept unchanged at 3.75%.

At the press time, Japan Nikkie225 jumped 1.16%, China A50 surged 1.80%, Hang Seng gained 1.96% while India’s Nifty50 outperformed by adding 2.16%.

The situation of rising inflationary pressures in China was compelling for a conservative monetary policy. Thanks to the advancing oil prices, China’s yearly Consumer Price Index (CPI) in April climbed to 2.1%, firmly higher than the forecast of 1.8% and the prior print of 1.5%. While increasing demand worries amid the resurgence of the Covid-19 were demanding fiscal stimulus. Considering all the catalysts, the PBOC preferred to take the bullet and kept a dovish tone on policy rates.

Meanwhile, the US dollar index (DXY) has failed to sustain above the round-level support of 103.00. In the early trade, the DXY was advancing higher after a super-bearish Thursday. On the oil front, oil prices dropped sharply in early Tokyo amid rising demand concerns due to recession fears in Europe and rising Covid-19 fears in China, and a liquidity squeeze in the US.

 

 

04:30
Netherlands, The Consumer Confidence Adj increased to -47 in May from previous -48
04:16
USD/TRY Price Analysis: Bulls attack yearly top near $16.00 amid overbought RSI
  • USD/TRY picks up bids to refresh intraday top, seesaws around five-month high.
  • Overbought RSI, ascending trend line from January challenge further upside.
  • 10-DMA, 61.8% Fibonacci retracement limit pullback moves.

USD/TRY reverses the previous day’s pullback from the yearly top, refreshing intraday high around $15.95 during early Friday morning in Europe.

USD/TRY gained upside momentum after crossing the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of the December 2021 slump during early May.

The north-run, however, portrays the overbought RSI (14) conditions, which in turn suggest a pullback in prices. Also challenging the Turkish lira (TRY) pair is an upward sloping trend line from January, close to $16.20 by the press time.

Should USD/TRY cross the aforementioned resistance line, the 78.6% Fibo. level of $16.53 appears the last defense for bears before directing the quote toward the all-time high of $18.36.

Alternatively, pullback moves may initially aim for the 10-DMA level of $15.57 before the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement, surrounding $15.25, gain the market’s attention.

Also considered important support is March’s top close to $15.05, as well as the $15.00 threshold.

USD/TRY: Daily chart

Trend: Pullback expected

04:10
AUD/USD Price Analysis: Golden cross confirms more upside for aussie bulls, 0.7100 eyed AUDUSD
  • A bearish Double Distribution day could bring more offers to the asset.
  • A golden cross, represented by 50- and 200-period EMAs advocates the antipodean.
  • Aussie bulls may find a responsive buying action at the lower boundary of the Rising Channel.

The AUD/USD pair has witnessed a steep fall in the Asian session after sensing barricades at 0.7050. The aussie bulls remained stronger on Thursday after establishing above the psychological resistance of 0.7000. In today’s session, the asset is expected to display a negative Double Distribution day. The major has witnessed a steep fall in early Tokyo after a breakdown of the narrow consolidation formed in a 0.7043-0.7052 range and is expected to display one more inventory distribution at lower levels.

On an hourly scale, the pair is auctioning in a Rising Channel whose upper boundary is placed from March 12 high at 0.6954 while the lower boundary is plotted from last week’s low at 0.6828. The trendline placed from April 21 high at 0.7458, adjoining May’s high 0.7267 is acting as a barricade for the counter.

A golden cross by the 50- and 200-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) at 0.6992 is advocating a confident bullish reversal.

Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) has slipped from the bullish range of 60.00-80.00 but is expected to find a responsive buying action at 40.00.

After tapping the lower boundary of the Rising Channel around 0.6989, a bargain long opportunity will trigger, which will send the asset towards Thursday’s high at 0.7073, followed by April 27 low at 0.7100.

On the flip side, greenback bulls could regain control if the asset drops below Wednesday’s low at 0.6948. This will drag the asset towards May 10 low at 0.6910. Violation of the May 10 low will expose the asset to yearly lows at 0.6830.

AUD/USD hourly chart

 

03:54
USD/INR Price News: USD rebound pares Indian rupee’s first weekly gain in three around 77.50
  • USD/INR remains mildly bid despite posting a weekly loss around record high.
  • RBI intervention, China’s covid recovery and softer US data keep sellers hopeful even as inflation, growth fears limit downside.
  • Lack of major data/events hints at less volatile session ahead.

USD/INR remains directionless around 78.50 during Friday’s Asian session, trimming the first weekly gain in three around an all-time high.

The Indian rupee pair’s recent moves could be linked to the traders’ indecision and sluggish markets. Even so, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) intervention and chatters surrounding further rate hikes underpin the corrective pullback.

“India’s terminal policy repo rate will likely be at least 6.50% in the current rate hike cycle as the real policy rate will need to rise above equilibrium level of around 1%, ICICI Securities Primary Dealership says,” per Reuters.

Elsewhere, improvement in China’s covid conditions and Shanghai’s plan of gradual unlock, backed by zero covid cases outside the quarantine area in recent days, keep the market sentiment positive, helping the Asian currencies to stabilize.

On the same line were the US data and repeated Fedspeak that weighed on the US Dollar Index (DXY) on a weekly basis, up 0.13% intraday around 103.00 by the press time. On Thursday, Kansas City Fed President and FOMC member Ester George said she is comfortable now doing half-point rate increases. However, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari mentioned the need for the Fed to be aggressive. Talking about the US data, the latest print of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Activity Index for May dropped to the lowest reading since May 2020, to 2.6 from 17.6 in April. Further, the Initial Jobless Claims in the week ending on 14 May rose to 218,000, the highest level since January, from 197,000 one week ago and expected a rise of 200,000.

Alternatively, fears of a faster rate hike by the Fed and downbeat comments from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Asia put a floor under the USD/INR prices.

The latest Reuters poll mentions, “The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession.” Additionally, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura recently followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signal for tighter monetary policy ahead. IMF’s Okamura said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

Amid these plays, stock futures print mild gains and the US Treasury yields ease but the US dollar pares weekly losses.

Moving on, a lack of major data/events can keep troubling the momentum traders for the day.

Technical analysis

Unless declining below March’s high near 77.17, USD/INR remains on the bull’s radar. That said, the 78.00 round figure may entertain short-term buyers while the 80.00 psychological magnet lures the market’s attention.

 

03:42
IMF Official: On balance yen depreciation helps Japan

“On balance yen depreciation helps Japan,” said an official from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), per Reuters, during early Friday morning in Europe.

The IMF official also mentioned that the Ban of Japan’s (BOJ) yield curve control quite effective by adding, “Recent yen moves are in line with medium-term fundamentals.”

It’s worth noting that International Monetary Fund(IMF) Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura also said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

FX implications

USD/JPY retreats from intraday high following the news, recently down to 127.80, amid mixed clues and sluggish markets.

Read: USD/JPY approaches 128.00 on robust Japan’s National Inflation at 2.5%

03:20
EUR/USD skids to near 1.0550 as risk-on impulse fades, Eurozone Consumer Confidence eyed EURUSD
  • A failed attempt to sustain above the round-level resistance of 1.0600 has weakened the euro bulls.
  • The sustainability of the Eurozone inflation of around 7.5% has bolstered the hopes of a rate hike.
  • Investors are focusing on Eurozone Consumer Confidence, which can marginally improve to -21.5.

The EUR/USD pair has witnessed a minor fall after breaching the early Asian session’s consolidation formed in a narrow range of 1.0579-1.0588 as the risk-off impulse rebounded. The asset has slipped to near 1.0550 and is expected to remain uncertain as the market participants are awaiting the release of the Eurozone Consumer Confidence on Friday.

A preliminary estimate at -21.5 is indicating a negligible improvement in the Consumer Confidence from the prior print of -22.

On a broader note, the shared currency bulls are performing stronger this week as the US dollar index (DXY) surrendered more than 2% of its gains from its 19-year high of 105.00 printed last week. Fed policymakers have started considering two more 50 basis points (bps) interest rate decision announcements this year. Mounting price pressures are hurting the paychecks of the households in the US and to fix the same the Fed needs to paddle up interest rates more.

Also, the sustainability of the inflationary pressures in the eurozone has kept the euro bulls firmer. The Eurostat reported the annual Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) at 7.4%, a tad lower than the estimates and the prior print of 7.5%. This has raised the odds of the announcement of a rate hike cycle by the European Central Bank (ECB). It is worth noting that the ECB has not elevated its policy rates, just like the other Western leaders, since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

02:50
USD/CNH hovers around 6.7400 as PBOC keeps the interest rate stable at 3.7%
  • USD/CNH is struggling to surpass the crucial resistance of 6.7400 after PBOC’s prudent policy.
  • The PBOC has kept the one-year LPR stable at 3.7% while the five-year LPR is reduced by 15 bps to 4.45%.
  • The DXY has scaled above 103.00 as risk-off impulse rebounds.

The USD/CNF pair has remained quiet at around 6.7400 after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) kept its one-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.7%. The asset is gradually moving higher as the US dollar index (DXY) has climbed above 103.00 after a significant downside move to 102.66.

China’s yearly Consumer Price Index (CPI) in April climbed to 2.1%, firmly higher than the forecast of 1.8% and the prior print of 1.5%. Thanks to the advancing oil prices that are hurting the energy bills of the households in China. It is worth noting that China is the biggest importer of oil in the world and galloping oil prices are widening their fiscal deficit.

Apart from that, the resurgence of the Covid-19 in its largest cities: Shanghai and Beijing has dented their aggregate demand. After a thorough consideration of rising inflation and demand worries, the PBOC has decided to take the bullet and kept its one-year LPR stable at 3.7%. However, the five-year LPR is lowered by 15 basis points (bps). Now, the five-year LPR stands at 4.45% vs. 4.60% a month earlier.

Meanwhile, the DXY is displaying a meaningful pullback, which could drive the asset higher towards its crucial resistance at 103.20. The asset is comfortably holding itself above 103.00 despite an underperformance by the weekly Initial Jobless Claims (IJC). The weekly IJC landed at 218k, higher than the prior print of 200k.

 

02:30
Commodities. Daily history for Thursday, May 19, 2022
Raw materials Closed Change, %
Brent 111.51 2.82
Silver 21.914 2.32
Gold 1841.11 1.35
Palladium 2002.73 -0.11
02:24
New Zealand’s Treasury: Economy will skirt recession in 2023

In its latest report, New Zealand’s Treasury Department predicted that the economy will narrowly avert a recession next year, in the face of rising rates and slowing demand.

Key quotes (via Bloomberg)

“Treasury projects inflation will slow from 6.9% today to 5.2% by June 2023. It doesn’t see it returning to the RBNZ’s 1-3% target range until early 2025.”

“As usual, the Treasury included an alternative scenario in the budget. “

“The downside slant -- which assumes more persistent inflation and a sharper rise in interest rates -- makes for grim reading, projecting five straight quarters of GDP declines starting in early 2023 as well as a surge in unemployment.” 

RBNZ policymakers meet next week, with another half-percentage-point hike in the official cash rate (OCR) on the cards.

Market reaction

Amid recession warnings, NZD/USD is trading 0.16% lower on the day at 0.6367, as of writing. The US dollar has regained its lost ground vs. its major peers.

02:24
GBP/USD trims the first weekly gain in five near mid-1.2400s ahead of UK Retail Sales GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD remains pressured around daily low, extends pullback from fortnight high.
  • Brexit woes, rate hike chatters keep buyers hopeful amid mixed feelings.
  • UK/EU keeps jostling over NIP, softer US data battle hawkish Fed concerns.
  • UK Retail Sales for April becomes important after softer inflation, strong jobs report.

GBP/USD takes offers to renew intraday low near 1.2445, paring the biggest weekly gains in five during Friday’s Asian session. The cable pair cheers broad US dollar weakness the previous day but Brexit headlines join the pre-UK Retail Sales anxiety to weigh on the quote of late.

That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) braces for the first negative weekly loss in seven, despite being up 0.20% intraday around 103.10 by the press time. While repetitive Fedspead favoring 50 bps rate hike and softer US data could be linked to the DXY’s previous loss, the latest Reuters poll and comments from the IMF seems to have renewed the greenback.

IMF Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura recently followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signals for tighter monetary policy ahead by saying, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

Also underpinning the USD rebound could be the latest Reuters poll mentioning, “The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession.”

It’s worth noting that improvement in China’s covid conditions and Shanghai’s plan of gradual unlock, backed by zero covid cases outside the quarantine area in recent days, keep the market sentiment positive.

Alternatively, fears of a spat between the European Union (EU) and the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) weigh on the GBP/USD. Also, fears of growth and inflation exert downside pressure on the cable.

On Thursday, Kansas City Fed President and FOMC member Ester George said she is comfortable now doing half-point rate increases. However, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari mentioned the need for the Fed to be aggressive.

Talking about the US data, the latest print of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Activity Index for May dropped to the lowest reading since May 2020, to 2.6 from 17.6 in April. Further, the Initial Jobless Claims in the week ending on 14 May rose to 218,000, the highest level since January, from 197,000 one week ago and expected a rise of 200,000.

Looking forward, the UK Retail Sales for April, expected -7.2% YoY versus 0.9% prior, will be crucial for the GBP/USD traders considering its lion share contribution to the GDP, as well as due to the higher pressure on the Bank of England (BOE) to act more aggressively, not to forget amid softer UK inflation and firmer jobs report. Should the UK data misses the downbeat forecasts, the GBP/USD prices may rebound and stay on the way to weekly gains. On the contrary, a downbeat print is already priced in and hence may not affect much to the cable prices much unless being extreme.

Technical analysis

GBP/USD extends pullback from a two-week-old rising wedge bearish chart pattern, backed by the RSI retreat from nearly overbought territory. As a result, the latest weakness could aim for the 1.2400 threshold before directing bears towards the stated bearish chart pattern’s support line around 1.2365.

Meanwhile, recovery moves remain elusive until staying below the stated wedge’s resistance line, around 1.2530.

 

02:19
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD remains stuck within sideways channel
  • Gold is higher on the day despite a rebounding DXY.
  • The US dollar is attempting to rebound from heavy selling overnight. 

The gold price has been trading between support and resistance on the daily chart. At $1,837.90, XAU/USD is trading 0.24% lower having fallen from a high of $1,844.69 to a low of $1,837.73. The yellow metal is trading near a one-week high made in the prior session.

The gold price is now headed for its first weekly gain since mid-April. The DXY index, an index that measures the US dollar vs. a basket of currencies has been under pressure for the most part of the week, enabling the yellow metal to find some relief. The yellow is now higher by some 1.7% into the final trading sessions for the week. 

As for the US 10-year Treasury yield, these have also suffered a sell-off which makes gold more attractive as a place to park idle capital in the face of broader risk aversion themes. 

At 103.07, the DXY index is higher by 0.20% rising from a low of 102.865 to a high of 103.086 in the session so far. Nevertheless, the greenback has fared poorly against riskier currencies this week, falling to its lowest since May 5.

The index hit a near two-decade high last week as a hawkish Federal Reserve and growing worries about the state of the global economy helped lift the greenback to score some 7.5% higher for the year so far. However, there have been question marks over whether the US economy can weather the storm of higher inflation and rapid-fire from the Fed, ultimately weighing on the greenback and giving the yellow metal the edge into the remaining days of the week.

Gold technical analysis

 

Gold is trapped between daily support and resistance. Additionally, the W-formation is a reversion pattern that could leave the price trapped in the sideways channel for the days ahead. If, however, there is a break one way or the other, of the current support and resistance, then the price imbalances to $1,883 on the upside and $1,780 to the downside could be mitigated. 

 

01:52
USD/CAD Price Analysis: Mildly offered between 100 and 200 EMAs USDCAD
  • USD/CAD takes offers to refresh intraday low, prints another attempt to conquer the 200-EMA.
  • Sustained break of monthly ascending trend line, 100-EMA keep sellers hopeful.

USD/CAD remains on the back foot for the second consecutive day, refreshing intraday low near 1.2800 during Friday’s Asian session.

The pair’s bearish performance could be linked to the clear break of an upward sloping trend line from late April, as well as sustained trading below the 100-EMA.

However, an absence of oversold RSI and the 200-EMA level surrounding 1.2795 challenge the USD/CAD sellers.

Following that, the monthly low around 1.2710 and the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of April-May upside, close to 1.2695, become crucial to watch for the pair sellers.

Meanwhile, recovery moves may initially confront the 100-EMA, near 1.2855 by the press time, before targeting the latest swing high around 1.2900.

It’s worth noting, however, that the USD/CAD bulls remain off the table until the quote stays below the previous support line from April 21, close to 1.3000.

USD/CAD: Four-hour chart

Trend: Further weakness expected

 

01:45
Japan’s Suzuki: Explained to G7 about recent sharp forex moves

Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki made some comments on the yen moves following the conclusion of the G7 meeting.

Additional quotes

Explained to G7 about recent sharp forex moves.

Told G7 important to reconfirm G7 agreement on forex.

Told G7 Japan will respond appropriately to forex moves based on G7 agreement.

Hopes Japan’s view on FX is taken into account in tomorrow’s G7 communique.

Many members voiced concern over inflation risk.

No discussion today on US Proposal to impose tariff on Russian oil.

Separately, a senior Japanese finance ministry official spoke about the economic outlook at the G7 meeting.

Key comments

Japan is communicating closely with G7 counterparts on forex on daily basis.

G7 policymakers must ensure inflation expectations remain anchored.

When interest rates are rising so much, policymakers must be mindful of various risks including fallout for emerging markets.

Today's G7 meeting did not discuss much risk of stagflation or risks from dollar's recent rises.

No plan to hold Japan, US Bilateral finance leaders' meeting tomorrow.

Market reaction

USD/JPY is trading close to daily highs of 128.18, up 0.25% on the day, tracking the rebound in the US dollar across the board.

01:36
AUD/USD pauses on the way to 0.7000 amid PBOC rate-cut, US dollar rebound AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD keeps pullback from two-week high, dribbles around daily low.
  • PBOC cuts 5-year LPR by 15 bps, keeps 1-year LPR unchanged.
  • DXY consolidates the biggest daily fall in 10 weeks amid fresh hopes of faster rate hikes.
  • Mixed markets, China’s covid conditions test Aussie traders amid a lack of major data/events.

AUD/USD dribbles around intraday low as PBOC rate cut battles cautious optimism in the Asia-Pacific markets during early Friday. That said, the quote takes rounds to 0.7030-25 while paring the biggest daily gains in two weeks around a fortnight high.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) lowered the five-year Loan Prime Rate (LPR) by 15 basis points (bps) to 4.45% but kept the one-year LPR unchanged at 3.70% in its latest moves. The PBOC left 1-year Medium-Term Lending Facility (MLF) interest rate unchanged at 2.85% earlier in the week.

On the other hand, China reports a sustained fall in the covid numbers and the virus-led deaths while justifying the recently eased activity restrictions in Shanghai, as well as in Mainland. “China reports 193 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland on May 19 vs 212 a day earlier,” said Reuters. The news also mentioned no new coronavirus deaths on May 19 versus 1 a day earlier.

It should be noted that the US Dollar Index (DXY) consolidates the biggest daily fall in 10 weeks around 103.00, up 0.06% by the press time. The reason for the greenback’s rebound could be linked to the recent Reuters poll and comments from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession,” said the latest Reuters poll of economists.

On the same line was IMF Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura who followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signal for tighter monetary policy ahead. IMF’s Okamura said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

While portraying the mood, the US 10-year Treasury yields remain pressured at the three-week low, down 0.5 basis points (bps) near 2.85%, whereas the S&P 500 Futures rise 0.50% intraday to 3,915 at the latest.

Moving on, a light calendar and mixed concerns will keep the risk catalysts on the driver’s seat but the recently escalated rate-hike calls may exert downside pressure on the AUD/USD prices, due to its risk-barometer status.

Technical analysis

Unless crossing a confluence of 21-DMA and a seven-week-old resistance line, around 0.7050, the AUD/USD prices are likely to remain pressured towards January’s low near 0.6965.

 

01:21
Yields seesaw near monthly low, S&P 500 Futures rise past 3,900 amid sluggish session
  • Market sentiment dwindles as softer yields, China news fail to favor risk assets amid lack of major data/events.
  • US 10-year Treasury yields dribble around three-week low, S&P 500 Futures extend the previous day’s bounce off yearly bottom.
  • Hopes of the faster Fed rate hikes during year-end underpin the USD rebound.
  • PBOC interest rate decision, risk catalysts eyed for fresh impulse amid a light calendar.

Global traders struggle for clear directions during Friday’s Asian session as a lack of major catalysts battle recently positive covid news from China. Also challenging the moves are downbeat US Treasury yields and softer US data versus the increased hopes of faster rate hikes by the year-end, irrespective of the latest uninteresting Fedspeak.

While portraying the mood, the US 10-year Treasury yields remain pressured at the three-week low, down 0.5 basis points (bps) near 2.85%, whereas the S&P 500 Futures rise 0.50% intraday to 3,915 at the latest. That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) consolidates the biggest daily fall in 10 weeks around 103.00, up 0.06% by the press time.

Starting with the positives, China reports a sustained fall in the covid numbers and the virus-led deaths while justifying the recently eased activity restrictions in Shanghai, as well as in Mainland. “China reports 193 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland on May 19 vs 212 a day earlier,” said Reuters. The news also mentioned no new coronavirus deaths on May 19 versus 1 a day earlier.

Elsewhere, softer US data and repetitive comments over a 50 bps rate hike from the Fed policymakers seemed to have underpinned the latest consolidation in the market’s mood. That said, Kansas City Fed President and FOMC member Ester George said she is comfortable now doing half-point rate increases. However, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari mentioned the need for the Fed to be aggressive.

Talking about the US data, the latest print of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Activity Index for May dropped to the lowest reading since May 2020, to 2.6 from 17.6 in April. Further, the Initial Jobless Claims in the week ending on 14 May rose to 218,000, the highest level since January, from 197,000 one week ago and expected a rise of 200,000.

On the contrary, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura recently followed Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s signal for tighter monetary policy ahead. IMF’s Okamura said, “Asian economies must be mindful of spillover risks as a decade of unconventional easing policies by major central banks is withdrawn faster than expected.”

It’s worth noting that the recent Reuters poll also highlights fears of higher rates by the year-end. “The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession,” said the latest Reuters poll of economists.

To sum up, traders seem confused amid mixed signals and a lack of major data/events, which in turn highlights the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) Interest Rate Decision and the risk catalysts as the key factors to watch for fresh impulse.

Also read: S&P 500 reclaims 3900 but remains negative, and the Dow Jones drops more than 150 points on risk aversion

01:20
USD/CNY fix: 6.7487 vs. previous fix 6.7524

In recent trade today, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan (CNY) at  6.7487 vs. the previous fix of 6.7524 and the prior close of 6.7107. 

About the fix

China maintains strict control of the yuan’s rate on the mainland.

The onshore yuan (CNY) differs from the offshore one (CNH) in trading restrictions, this last one is not as tightly controlled.

Each morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sets a so-called daily midpoint fix, based on the yuan’s previous day closing level and quotations taken from the inter-bank dealer.

01:18
China lowers 5-year LPR by 15 basis points

China sets 1-year loan prime rate at 3.70% vs 3.70% a month earlier.

Sets 5-year loan prime rate at 4.45% vs 4.60% a month earlier.

Lowers 5-year lpr by 15 basis points.

This follows a further cut in mortgage loan interest rates for some home buyers, in another push to prop up its property market and revive a flagging engine of the world's second-largest economy.

Additionally, to free up more funds for lending, the central bank last month reduced the amount of cash that lenders must set aside as reserves. More modest easing measures are expected as authorities vow to roll out more policies to support the broader economy.

There has been a slight bid in the Aussie around the announcements, but it still trails the dollar by some 0.2% on the day so far at 0.7030. 

 

01:16
China PBoC Interest Rate Decision remains unchanged at 3.7%
01:11
NZD/USD Price Analysis: The bears are taking over and trying to move towards a 50% mean reversion NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD seeking a clean break below the 38.2% Fibo.
  • A run to the 50% mean reversion opens risk to the 61.8% and further. 

The bulls are tiring at daily resistance and the bears are taking over in the Asian session. The following illustrates the bias to the upside from prior analysis, NZD/USD Price Analysis: Bulls move in on critical daily resistance,  which has now flipped bearish. 

NZD/USD prior analysis, H1 chart

NZD/USD live update

The price is deteriorating as the bulls start to throw in the towel leaving plenty of hourly structure behind them as the bears start to carve out a bearish case for the end of the week. The bears will need to commit around the 38.2% at this juncture, however, or this will likely move into a phase of messy consolidation for the session ahead. A move below the 61.8% Fibo, however, could be significant and open a move to mitigate the price imbalance in fast consesion to the 78.6% ratio.  

01:09
EUR/JPY Price Analysis: Symmetrical Triangle advocates consolidation ahead EURJPY
  • The 20- and 50-period EMAs are overlapping to each other.
  • A 40.00-60.00 range oscillation by the RSI (14) indicates the phase of topsy-turvy moves.
  • The Symmetrical Triangle dictates slippage in volatility, followed by a breakout in the same.

The EUR/JPY pair is oscillating in a narrow range of 13510-135.44 in early Tokyo after a firmer move from its crucial support at 134.00. This week the cross has displayed topsy-turvy moves and has surrendered its entire gains recorded in the first two trading sessions of this week.

On an hourly scale, the formation of a Symmetrical Triangle chart pattern is indicating a rangebound move in the upcoming trading sessions. The ascending trendline is placed from the last week’s low at 132.66 while the downward sloping trendline is plotted from May 9 high at 138.32. Usually, a symmetrical triangle delivers a slippage in volatility, which is followed by a breakout in the same.

The 20- and 50-period Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) are overlapping each other, which signals a consolidation going ahead.

Meanwhile, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) (14) is oscillating in a 40.00-60.00 range, which advocates a directionless move. Therefore, investors should brace for volatility contraction further.

A decisive drop below the Symmetrical Triangle at 134.70 after juggling in a tight range will drag the asset towards Thursday’s low at 133.93, followed by the last week’s low at 132.66.

Alternatively, the shared currency bulls could drive the asset higher towards Wednesday’s high and May 9 high at 136.67 and 138.32 respectively after an upside break of the Symmetrical Triangle at 135.50.

EUR/JPY hourly chart         

     

         

00:49
Fed: Year-end view for policy rate rises again as recession risks remain – Reuters Poll

“The US Federal Reserve will lift interest rates higher by the end of this year than anticipated just a month ago, keeping alive already-significant risks of a recession,” said the latest Reuters poll of economists, published during Friday’s Asian session.

Additional findings

The May 12-18 Reuters poll showed a near-unanimous set of forecasts for a 50-basis-point hike in the fed funds rate, currently set at 0.75%-1.00%, at the June policy meeting following a similar move earlier this month. One forecaster anticipated a hike of 75 basis points.

A majority of poll respondents now expect the fed funds rate to be at 2.50%-2.75% or higher by the end of 2022, six months earlier than predicted in the previous poll, and roughly in line with market expectations for a year-end rate of 2.75%-3.00%.

That would bring it above the "neutral" level that neither stimulates nor restricts activity, estimated at around 2.4%.

Nearly 75% of respondents to an additional question in the poll - 29 of 40 - said the Fed's rate hike path was more likely to be faster over the coming months than slower.

Meanwhile the poll showed a median 40% probability of a U.S. recession over the next two years, with a one-in-four chance of that happening in the coming year. Those probabilities were steady compared with the last survey.

Forecasts for the unemployment rate remained optimistic, averaging 3.5% this year and next, before picking up to 3.7% in 2024. But more than 80% of respondents to an additional question - 28 of 34 - said that over the coming two years it was more likely that unemployment would be higher than they currently expected than lower.

Also read: Credit market complacency gives the Fed room to crush the stock market

00:36
Silver Price Analysis: XAG/USD eases from short-term key resistance near $22.00
  • Silver fades upside momentum near one-week high but stays on the way to first weekly gain since early April.
  • Three-week-old descending trend line, 100-SMA restrict nearby advances inside weekly rising channel.
  • MACD, RSI conditions suggest gradual recovery until the quote stays beyond $21.40.

Silver (XAG/USD) pares the previous day’s gains around $21.90 during Friday’s sluggish Asian session.

In doing so, the bright metal retreats from a downward sloping trend line from late April while staying inside a one-week-old ascending trend channel.

However, firmer RSI (14) and bullish MACD join the rising channel formation to keep the XAG/USD buyers hopeful of overcoming the immediate hurdle surrounding $22.00.

That said, the 100-SMA level near $22.10 acts as an extra filter to the north before directing the quote towards the upper line of the stated channel, close to $22.50 by the press time.

Meanwhile, pullback moves remain elusive until staying beyond the channel’s support line, around $21.40 at the latest.

Following that,  a downward trajectory towards the monthly low of $20.45 and then to the $20.00 threshold can’t be ruled out.

Silver: Four-hour chart

Trend: Further upside expected

 

00:31
AUD/NZD traders await the critical RBNZ meeting for next catalyst
  • AUD/NZD now depends on the central bank meetings. 
  • The RBNZ is respected to outpace the RBA. 

At 1.1030, AUD/NZD is down by some 0.1% after falling from a high of 1.1048 to a low of 1.1029 on the session so far as the week draws to a close before the Reserve Bank of New Zealand next week. 

The Reserve Bank is expected to lift the OCR by another 50 basis points to 2% but that will still leave the rate a long way from where it ultimately needs to be to get on top of inflation pressures, analysts at Westpac argued.

Key comments

''The RBNZ has accepted the idea that stronger action now will reduce the risk of an even more painful peak in interest rates in the future.'' 

''We expect the RBNZ to signal a further series of OCR hikes on the way to a peak of around 3.5%.''

''We think that recent developments will leave the RBNZ’s OCR forecasts much as they were described in April: a peak similar to the 3.4% that was projected in February, but with a faster pace of tightening to reach that point sooner.''

''Financial markets are already factoring in a more aggressive tightening profile along these lines, including a 50bp move next week, so we wouldn’t expect to see much movement in interest rates or the New Zealand dollar after the announcement.''

RBA outlook

Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Australia will be digesting the recent wage prices and the employment report that came out this week. The Australian Unemployment Rate dropped 0.1%to 3.9% in April, in line with expectations.

However, this was not enough to enthuse the Aussie bulls and when coupled with a disappointing wages data on Wednesday, the most analysts are expecting from the RBA is a 25bp cash rate hike at the June meeting, according to ANZ Bank that argues that this is more likely than a supersized 40-50bp hike. ''We continue to expect unemployment to fall to the low 3s later this year and underemployment to also decline further.''

 

00:30
Stocks. Daily history for Thursday, May 19, 2022
Index Change, points Closed Change, %
NIKKEI 225 -508.36 26402.84 -1.89
Hang Seng -523.6 20120.68 -2.54
KOSPI -33.64 2592.34 -1.28
ASX 200 -118.2 7064.5 -1.65
FTSE 100 -135.36 7302.74 -1.82
DAX -125.46 13882.3 -0.9
CAC 40 -80.23 6272.71 -1.26
Dow Jones -236.94 31253.13 -0.75
S&P 500 -22.89 3900.79 -0.58
NASDAQ Composite -29.66 11388.5 -0.26
00:19
GBP/JPY hovers above 159.00 amid strong Japan inflation, pre-UK Retail Sales anxiety
  • GBP/JPY fades the previous day’s recovery moves but eyes the first weekly gain in four.
  • Japan’s National CPI rose to the highest since 2014 in April.
  • Brexit woes, cautious sentiment test the upside momentum ahead of the key UK data.

GBP/JPY retreats from daily high as firmer Japan inflation numbers test buyers during Friday’s sluggish Asian session. Also keeping the pair pressured is the anxiety ahead of the UK Retail Sales for April, considering the recently mixed UK data.

Japan’s National Consumer Price Index (CPI) for April rose to the highest levels since 2014, to 2.5% YoY versus 1.5% expected and 1.2% prior. On the same line were the numbers for National CPI ex Food, Energy that reversed the -0.7% prior and crossed the -0.9% forecast to 0.8% YoY.

It’s worth noting that the market’s cautious optimism helped the cross-currency pair to recover the previous day, after posting the heaviest daily fall since March 2020 on Wednesday.

That said, improvement in China’s covid conditions and Shanghai’s plan of gradual unlock, backed by zero covid cases outside the quarantine area in recent days, keep the market sentiment positive. Also favoring the yen prices were the softer yields on repeated Fedspeak and softer US data.

On the other hand, fears of a spat between the European Union (EU) and the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) challenge the GBP/JPY buyers. Also fears of growth and inflation, as well as doubts over the monetary policy divergence between the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the Bank of England (BOE), weigh on the quote.

Amid these plays, Wall Street closed mixed and the yields were softer, taking down the USD with them, whereas the S&P 500 Futures print mild gains by the press time.

Moving on, the UK’s Retail Sales for April, expected -7.2% YoY versus 0.9% prior, will be important for the GBP/JPY traders. Also crucial will be the yields and Brexit headlines amid a light calendar elsewhere.

Technical analysis

A bear cross of the 21-DMA over the 50-DMA joins a gradual downward trajectory since late April to keep GBP/JPY sellers hopeful until the quote stays beyond 161.00.

 

00:15
Currencies. Daily history for Thursday, May 19, 2022
Pare Closed Change, %
AUDUSD 0.70461 1.22
EURJPY 135.197 0.68
EURUSD 1.05843 1.14
GBPJPY 159.357 0.64
GBPUSD 1.24723 1.07
NZDUSD 0.63806 1.34
USDCAD 1.28233 -0.48
USDCHF 0.96938 -1.92
USDJPY 127.771 -0.42
00:02
USD/JPY approaches 128.00 on robust Japan’s National Inflation at 2.5% USDJPY
  • USD/JPY is aiming higher as Japan’s CPI rose to 2.5% while the core CPI jumps to 0.8%.
  • Investors should brace for higher volatility amid a juggernaut jump in Japanese inflation.
  • The BOJ may cut the extent of stimulus packages to a certain level.

The USD/JPY pair is advancing sharply higher after a significantly higher-than-expected Japan inflation underpinned the greenback. The asset is firmly marching towards 128.00 as Japan’s annual inflation figure could compel the bank of Japan (BOJ) to sound neutral rather than advocating an ultra-loose monetary policy.

The Statistics Bureau of Japan has reported annual Japan’s National Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure at 2.5%, explosively higher than the market consensus of 1.5% and the prior print of 1.2%. Meanwhile, the core CPI that doesn’t include food and energy prices has turned positive to 0.8% than the forecast of -0.9% and the former print of -0.7%.

The BOJ has been keeping its monetary policy in a prudent manner so as to keep injecting stimulus into the economy to spurt the aggregate demand. The Japanese economy has yet not reached its pre-pandemic levels and above that mounting inflationary pressures may add oil to the fire. A sharp rise in the price pressures displays that the households in Japan must be facing a serious dent in their real income. This doesn’t mean that the BOJ will turn their rate cycle in the ascending order however, stimulus packages could get reduced to a certain level.

Meanwhile, the US dollar index (DXY) has opened a little positive than its previous closing prices. The asset is expected to remain in the grip of bears as weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose to 213K against the preliminary estimate of 200k.

 

NOVOSTI SA DEVIZNOG TRŽIŠTA

CURRENCY MARKET DEFINITION
The concept of currency market has several definitions:

  • Currency market is the sphere of economic relations that are manifested in the purchase and sale of currency values (foreign currency, securities in foreign currency), as well as operations related to the investment of capital in foreign currency;
  • Currency market is a financial center where currency purchase and sale transactions based on supply and demand for them are concentrated;
  • Curency market is a whole of authorized banks, investment companies, brokerages, exchanges, and foreign banks that perform foreign exchange operations.
  • Currency market is a whole of communications systems that link banks in different countries that conduct international currency transactions.

Simply put, currency market is the market where currency transactions are made, that is, the currency of one country is exchanged for the currency of another country at a certain exchange rate. The exchange rate is the relative price of currencies of two countries or the currency of one country expressed in another country's monetary units.

Currency market is part of the global financial market, where many operations related to the global movement of capital take place.

TYPES OF MARKETS. RUSSIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY MARKETS
There are international and domestic currency markets.

Domestic currency market — is a market within a single country.

The international currency market — is a global market that covers currency markets of all countries in the world. It does not have a specific site where trading is carried out. All operations within it are carried out through a system of cable and satellite channels that link the world's regional currency markets. Regional markets today include the Asian (with centers in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Melbourne), the European (London, Frankfurt am Main, and Zurich), and the American (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) markets.

Currency trading on the international currency market is carried out on the basis of market exchange rates, which are set on the basis of supply and demand in the market and under the influence of various macroeconomic data. Forex is the international currency market.

Currency markets can also be divided into exchange and over-the-counter markets. Exchange currency market is an organized market where trading is carried out through an exchange—a special company that sets trading rules and provides all the conditions for organizing trading under these rules.

Over-the-counter currency market — is a market where there are no certain trading rules, and purchase and sale operations are not linked to a specific place of trade, as opposed to the case of an exchange.

As a rule, an over-the-counter currency market is organized by special companies that provide services for the purchase and sale of currencies, which may or may not be members of the currency exchange. Trading operations in this market are now carried out mainly via the Internet.

The over-the-counter currency market is much larger than the exchange market in terms of trading volume. The Forex international over-the-counter currency market is considered the most liquid in the world. It operates around the clock in all financial centers of the world (from New York to Tokyo).

CURRENCY MARKET FUNCTIONS
Currency market— is the most important platform for ensuring the normal course of all global economic processes.

The main macroeconomic functions of the currency market are:

  • creating conditions for the subjects of foreign exchange relations to make timely international current and capital payments and thereby promoting the development of foreign trade;
  • providing conditions and mechanisms for the implementation of monetary and economic policy of the state;
  • diversifying foreign exchange reserves;
  • forming the exchange rate under the influence of supply and demand;

NEWS IMPACT
Various currencies are the main trading tool in the currency market. Exchange rates are formed under the influence of supply and demand in the market.

In addition to that, currency rates are influenced by many fundamental factors related to the global economic situation, events in national economies, and political decisions.

News about these factors can be found in various sources:

  • Reports showing a country´s level of economic development.

The more stable an economy is developing, the more stable its currency is. Accordingly, it is possible to predict how the currency will behave in the near future, based on statistical data published in official sources of countries with a certain regularity.
This data includes:

  • GDP
  • unemployment;
  • return on equity;
  • consumer price index;
  • industrial price index;
  • propensity to consume;
  • salaries outside of the agricultural sector;
  • residential construction, etc.

Interest rate level, set by national authorities regulating credit policy, is an equally important indicator. In the European Union, this is ECB–the European Central Bank, in the US, this is the Federal Reserve System, in Japan—the Bank of Japan, in the UK—the Bank of England, in Switzerland—the Swiss national Bank, etc.

The interest rate level is determined at meetings of the national central bank. Then, the decision on the rate is published in official sources. If the central bank of a country reduces the interest rate, the money supply in the country increases, and the national currency depreciates against other world currencies. If the interest rate increases, the national currency will strengthen.

  • Speeches of country leaders, leading economists and analysts.

A speech or even a separate statement by a country's leader can reverse a trend. Speeches on these topics may change the currency exchange rate:

  • analysis of the situation on the currency market;
  • changes in monetary or economic policy;
  • adoption of a budget policy;
  • forecasts of the economic situation, etc.

All this news is published in various sources. Major international news is more or less easy to find in Russian, but news related to the domestic economic policy and the economy of foreign countries is much less common in the Russian press. Mostly, such news is published by the national media and in the language of the country where the news is published.

It is very difficult for one person to follow all the news at once, and they are likely to miss some important event that can turn the whole situation on the market upside down. Guided by our main principle—to create the best trading conditions for our customers—we try to select the most important news from all over the world and publish them on our website.

The TeleTRADE Department of Analytics monitors news on most national and international news sources on a daily basis and identifies those that can potentially affect exchange rates. These are the main news items that are included in our news feed.

In addition, all our clients have free access to the Dow Jones news feed. This is a joint project of Dow Jones Newswires, the world's largest news agency, and the leading Russian news agency Prime-TASS. The news feed is created specifically for currency traders and those who are interested in getting information about the world's currency markets.

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