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Weekly Digest - Will the U.S. dollar continue its bullish momentum, and will the RBNZ lower rates?

Monday, November 11, 2019 12:56 PM GMT


The past FX trading week provided welcome relief from some of the all-consuming, fundamental, economic issues and political narrative, which have dominated our forex markets over recent weeks and months. Brexit debate in the U.K. has been replaced by general election fever, the Trump impeachment proceedings have been replaced by healthy debate, surrounding a possible breakthrough in the China-USA tariff issue. In her first address as the President of the ECB, Christine Lagarde caused the euro to slip significantly versus its main peers, after she delivered a dovish, monetary policy, statement. 

A dominant week for the U.S. dollar 

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USD rises in correlation with several U.S. equity indices reaching record highs 

FX traders witnessed wide trading ranges in many pairs last week, particularly the major currency pairs, as the dollar reversed the losses incurred during the final week of October, after the FOMC cut the key interest rate in the USA by -0.25%. On a weekly basis EUR/USD fell by -1.33%, GBP/USD by -1.27% and AUD/USD by -0.78%. USD/CHF rose by 1.20% and USD/JPY by 1.02%. The rise in the U.S. dollar was in some ways counter-intuitive, as USA equity indices printed or approached record highs. It would appear that faith in the USA economy and dollar hegemony is gaining traction, the risk on sentiment has returned and is once again the dominant force.

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The high impact calendar events and data releases most likely to move the FX markets this week 

Monday November 11th begins with a series of data events that could impact the value of the U.K. pound. The latest GDP data series for the U.K. is published at 9:30am U.K. time, which Reuters forecast will reveal annual growth of 1.1%, falling from 1.3%. Monthly GDP is forecast to come in at -0.1% for September, which would represent a second, negative, monthly reading in series. Industrial production, manufacturing production and construction figures for the U.K., are all forecast to remain deeply mired in negative territory. 

The U.K. trade balance for September is also forecast to show a month on month deterioration. Overall, these combined figures, if all the predictions are met, won’t generate confidence in the U.K. economy, particularly if a Tory government wins a majority in the December 12th election and they rush through a no deal Brexit. 

Tuesday November 12th continues with high impact calendar data, relevant to the U.K. economy. The latest employment and unemployment data is published at 9:30am U.K. time. Reuters anticipate that a marked fall in employment will be revealed, down -102k on a rolling three month basis. Added to the previous reading of -56k analysts could extrapolate the data to predict that the U.K. employment numbers have peaked and employment is showing signs of structural weakness. Growth in U.K. earnings is forecast to remain unchanged at 3.8%. 

At 10:00am attention shifts to a series of ZEW economic sentiment readings, for Germany and the wider Eurozone. The German expectation survey is forecast to improve to -13 for November, from -22.8 in October. A reading which could impact on the value of EUR, if analysts and Traders determine the metric is bullish for the single currency trading bloc. 

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Wednesday November 13th, during the Sydney-Asian trading sessions, New Zealand’s central bank the RBNZ will announce its latest decision on the key interest rate at 1:00am U.K. time. The widely held consensus, coming from Bloomberg and Reuters after they’ve polled their panels of economists, is for a cut in the rate to a record low of 0.75%. 

Attention will then quickly turn to the statement in the press conference from the central bank Governor at 2:00am. If the rate is cut then it’s a reasonable prediction that the kiwi dollar, NZD, will fall in value versus many of its main peers, if the rate cut hasn’t already been anticipated and priced in. NZD/USD fell by -1.53% weekly and is down -5.66% yearly, as a consequence of the RBNZ and FOMC monetary policy committees adopting opposing policies over the past year. 

Any Traders who specialize in trading the Antipodean currencies; AUD and NZD, would be advised to diarise this RBNZ event and take note that during times of low liquidity combined with increased volatility, whilst spreads widen, difficult trading conditions can be generated. 

Other notable calendar events on Wednesday morning include the latest CPI (inflation) figures for the U.K. and Germany. Germany’s CPI is expected to remain unchanged at 1.1%, with the U.K. falling to 1.6%. The theme of inflation data continues through to the New York trading session, at 13:30pm the CPI figure released for the USA is predicted to remain unchanged at 1.7%. Earnings are forecast to come in at 0.9% weekly on an annual basis up to October. A figure that should be concerning for analysts and institutional FX traders, because earnings would not be keeping up with inflation. However, in the current, bullish, risk-on environment for USA equities and USD, such fundamentals are likely to be ignored. 

At 16:00pm the Fed Chair Jerome Powell will deliver evidence in front of a joint committee at the congress, analysts will listen intently for any evidence of forwarding guidance. In late evening a series of eleven calendar events concerning the Japanese economy’s GDP will be published. Reuters predicts annual GDP to come in at 0.9% falling from 1.3%. A result that could affect the value of yen versus its main peer currencies. 

Thursday November 14th continues with the subject of GDP results, as the latest German GDP figures are published at 7:00am. The anticipation is for a figure of 0.8% annual growth to be delivered, rising from 0.00% annually in the previous quarter. Q3 is forecast to come in at 0.4%. These figures, if realized, could prove to be bullish for the euro, as any thoughts of an impending recession for the German economy will recede. At 10:00am the latest E.Z. GDP figure will be broadcast, forecast to come in unchanged at 1.1% year on year. 

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Friday November 15th’s high impact events begin with Canada’s central bank Governor delivering two speeches in San Francisco, one at 2:15am and one at 2:45am. The timing of these speeches could prove critical in relation to the value of Canada’s dollar versus its peers. Depending on Governor Poloz’s narrative, CAD could rise or fall sharply, particularly during a time of low liquidity and increasing volatility. 

At 10:00am a series of Eurozone inflation figures will be released, currently, at 0.7% annually, there is little expectation from Reuters for any change. The E.Z. trade balance surplus for September, is forecast to fall marginally, to $18.7b from €20.3b. 

The afternoon session is dominated by both Canadian and U.S. economic data. The latest USA advanced retail sales data for October is revealed at 13:30pm, forecast to come in at at 0.2%, rising from -0.3%. Export prices fell by -1.6% in September, it’ll be interesting to note what impact the recent rate cuts have had on exports, presumably they’ll have fallen due to USD weakening marginally during previous months. However, as a consequence of a falling dollar imports will have become more expensive. 

Industrial and manufacturing production in the USA, is forecast to remain in negative territory at -0.4% for October, when the data is published at 2:00pm U.K. time, representing two successive months of contraction, which could suggest recessionary pressure is building in the globe’s largest economy. Evidence which could move the value of USD versus its main currency peers. Canada’s housing sector comes under scrutiny in the afternoon session; existing home sales are forecast to show a significant increase to 2.0% in October, from the previous month’s 0.6% reading.


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