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Old 14-11-2022, 15:43
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USD Correction may Have Legs as Economic Calendar is Light this Week


The euro and pound sterling pare down the intraday decline that took place during the Asian session as risk appetite remains high while the dollar repositioning continues. EURUSD consolidates around 1.03, GBPUSD trades slightly below 1.18 level. Data on industrial production in the EU for October added optimism; growth in annual terms amounted to 4.9% against the forecast of 2.8%:



The market is sensitive to this indicator, as it correlates well with the overall health of the EU economy. The EU’s share of exports in GDP is about 50%, while the industrial equipment takes about 13% of exports. In addition, the competitiveness of the European industry depends on stable and cheap energy supplies, so the increase in production volumes against the backdrop of the much-discussed energy crisis makes one wonder how much it has affected the economy.

The dollar index corrected 4% last week. The intensity of the correction largely stems from the fact that hoarding USD cash for several months was the most popular and crowded investment in the global community. At the same time, the share of equities in portfolios was at a relatively low level. The combination of a positive inflation report and the measures to support the economy in China became the catalyst for a large-scale short squeeze in risk assets. This week is quite calm in terms of events and reports in the economic calendar, so it cannot be ruled out that the bullish correction in stocks will continue. The dollar may also continue to decline, a move towards 105 on DXY is likely, where the price may find support.

It is rather difficult to estimate how far the correction can go, however, in the currency market, some movements look excessive. For example, the USDKRW has lost almost half of its rally in several sessions, even though the Fed has not yet signaled that it is starting to consider a pause in rate hikes. Fed official Waller said recently that it is too early to think about the end of the tightening cycle. This stopped the decline in Treasury yields. Overall, since the CPI report, Treasury yields have corrected only 20-30 basis points - not much by the standards of this year.

The focus of the market is the meeting of the US and Chinese presidents in Indonesia, as well as speeches by Fed officials Brainard (dove) and Williams (moderate hawk).

The dollar index is likely to wander in the range of 105.50-107.50 this week. EURUSD may test 1.05 given that the correction of excess shorts on the pair, which have been accumulating since the start of the year, continues. Nevertheless, it is premature to consider an upside correction as the beginning of a new rally. So, for example, ECB official Guindos said that the market reaction to CPI was probably excessive, hinting that it won’t be easy to persuade the Fed with incoming favorable inflation surprises.

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Another dovish surprise in US PPI boosts stocks and bonds, pressures USD


OPEC, citing significant economic uncertainty in the coming months, has lowered its oil consumption growth forecast for the 5th consecutive time since April. The adjustment was -100K b/d for 2022 and 2023. The last time OPEC revised its forecast at the last meeting, when it was decided to increase production by 2 million barrels per day. Among the main reasons for the negative change in the forecast, OPEC mentioned economic challenges in Europe and the still tight covid restrictions in China, which makes quite uncertain the path of economic recovery in China.

At the same time, OPEC believes that the weakening of inflation faster than expected will lead to a rebound in demand, as central banks will experience less pressure to tighten policy, and thus restrain the expansion of economies.

Data on Tuesday showed retail sales in China fell 0.5% year-on-year, while industrial production growth fell short of expectations:




Together with weak foreign trade data (YoY contraction of imports and exports in October), this raises the likelihood that the CCP will prepare new economic stimulus measures and move towards a systematic easing of covid restrictions. Upside potential on positive stimulus news from China remains high, in my view.

Japan's GDP unexpectedly contracted in the third quarter, which added to the negative for the yen. However, a broad dollar retreat took over and USDJPY is down half a percent today.

European markets rose moderately, futures for US indices advanced through key resistance levels. The S&P 500 futures topped 4,000 after dovish US PPI report, which, like consumer inflation, surprised on the downside. The dollar collapsed on the data, indicating high sensitivity of the market to data on inflation pressures in the US:



Producer prices rose by only 0.2% m/m against the forecast of 0.4%, which was another argument in favor of the fact that the general trend of inflation in the US is now downward and the US Central Bank will soon move to softer rhetoric and policy actions.



For the British economy, the unemployment report came in worse than expected, the increase in the number of unemployed in October was twice as high as the forecast, while the average wage accelerated to 6% YoY (5.9% forecast).

The index of economic sentiment from ZEW in Germany turned out to be higher than expected, the index in October amounted to -36.7 against the forecast of -50 points. In the previous month, the reading was near all-time low at -59.2 points.

The markets continue to price in inflation slowdown in the US and cut excessive dollar cash longs on the US dollar, anticipating dovish policy tweak by the Fed in December. Bullish momentum in risk assets and bonds and downward pressure in USD will likely be extended in the run up to the upcoming FOMC decision.


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Old 17-11-2022, 15:09
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As market dials back Fed Pivot expectations, greenback has some room to rally


After shedding 4% last week, greenback was offered support near 106 level on DXY in the first half of this week and eventually rallied on Thursday:



The rally was likely driven by US October retail sales report. Headline reading beat estimates (+1.3% MoM), core sales also rose faster than expected (+0.9% MoM). The solid increase in consumption was combined with slowing price growth in October, which means that the chances of a “soft landing” for the US economy have increased. Treasury yields rose across all maturities, with a particularly clear uptick in short-dated 2Y bills, which are more sensitive to Fed policy expectations. It looks like the retail sales report has finally convinced the market that easing of inflation in October will not be a convincing argument for the Fed to soften the pace of tightening:



ECB top manager De Guindos also hinted at this earlier, saying that the market could have overreacted to the data.

If current uptick in yields and dollar rebound are driven by the traders dialing back their Fed easing expectations, general trend will likely become clear only after the FOMC decision in December, which will shed light on the key question whether October inflation print was a “turning point” for data-dependent Fed or more data is needed. This implies that upside and downside potential in greenback and equities is limited before the Fed meeting. The 105.50-106 zone on the dollar index (DXY), as the first half of the week showed, acted as a support area, now a short-term dollar rally may form the upper limit of the range. The resistance zone is likely to form at 107.20-107.50, which will correspond to 1.025-1.0275 support area in EURUSD.



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Oil prices plunge on hints OPEC may raise output

European bourses are down, STOXX 50 losing 0.6% amid reports of increased covid measures and new lockdowns in China, which increased market risk aversion. The yuan weakened again, USDCNY rate increased from 7.02 to 7.16 over the week. The Japanese yen cedes ground as well, USDJPY was up more than 1% today rising to 142 level. Liquidity will be less than usual this week, as the US market will be closed on Thursday and Friday due to Thanksgiving, so one should expect more than usual range of market moves.


Among the positive updates, we can note release of the PPI in Germany for October, which indicated a decrease in pipeline inflation pressure. On a monthly basis, producer prices decreased by 4.2% (forecast +0.9%):



Producer inflation is the leading indicator of consumer inflation for locally produced goods, as producers typically pass on cost increases or decreases to consumers with a lag. The decline in producer prices suggests that firms may lower final prices, which will favorably affect EU consumer price dynamics in the coming months.
Oil quotes fell almost 5% on Monday after a brief period of consolidation on reports that Saudi Arabia and other members of OPEC are considering output hikes by 500,000 b/d. Last week, the drop was almost 10%:



Goldman lowered its fourth-quarter oil price forecast by $10 to $100 a barrel, citing concerns about the COVID-19 measures in China. However, UBS forecasts oil prices to rise to $110 per barrel in 2023, expecting the pace of demand recovery to exceed market consensus.


Market risk aversion is also accompanied by a negative trend in Treasury yields, with yields falling across all maturities. This suggests that fears of a recession in the global economy are on the rise again. Nevertheless, central bank officials, in particular the Fed and the ECB, continue to insist that rates need to be raised. Fed spokesman Bostic said that the pace of the rate hike in December could be reduced to 50 bp and more tightening by 75-100 bp is required to achieve a level of restrictive policy that is sufficient to bring inflation back to the target level. Another Fed spokesman James Bullard expects the terminal rate to be somewhere in the range of 5-5.25%.


The upward correction of the dollar broke through the short-term range and rested on the bearish trend line. In case of breakout and consolidation above the line, we can expect a rally to develop to the previous medium-term support (109-110) which will now play the role of resistance:





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Old 23-11-2022, 15:27
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Hunt for yields pressures dollar as S&P 500 reclaims key 4000 level

Composite PMI index in EU remained in the zone of depression in November (47.8 points), slightly better than in October, but still pointing to a reduction in activity in the European economy. The good news is that inflationary pressures are fading as supply crunches ease, and the depth of expected recession may not be deep.


Although third quarter GDP data indicated a slight expansion (+0.2%), data such as PMI already suggests that a recession in the European economy is in full swing. The composite index for November slightly increased compared to the previous month (45.7 vs. 43.8 points), however, the index is below 50 points, which means there is a reduction in activity, only slightly less strong than last month:





New orders continued to decline, which means that the current volume of production is formed due to the backlogs of orders formed in previous months and in the following months this sub-index will likely disappoint with a low figure. In the services sector of the Eurozone, the decline in activity was approximately the same as in October, by historical standards, quite seriously. Here, too, new orders have been falling, meaning firms may be reluctant to increase demand for labor.
The only positive side of the report was the data on inflation. Weak demand, easing price pressure in the energy market and the normalization of supply chains have contributed positively to pipeline price pressures.


British PMI indices also pointed to the onset or development of a recession in the economy. The composite index rose from 48.2 to 48.3, which, however, is below the neutral level of 50 points.


Data on the US real estate market and orders for durable goods in October exceeded expectations, indicating a good pace of expansion of the US economy in the past month. The combination of declining inflation and strong demand and consumption data allowed the market to price growth in firms' revenues, which was reflected in the rally of US stock indices. U.S. durable goods orders are on the rise for the third month in a row, with growth accelerating:





The search for yield picks up on Wednesday after the US market sent a favorable signal to close higher on Tuesday. The S&P 500 crossed 4,000 points. The dollar index turned into a large-scale decline on Wednesday, the largest gain among the major currencies is observed in the GBPUSD (+0.8%). Investors price in the decline in British bond yields. Oil quotes fell by 3% as speculations that OPEC will increase production are gaining momentum. Market participants are also penciling in the idea that lower prices in the energy market will also have a positive effect on cost inflation and oil-importing economies will finally be able to “breathe”.

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Old 28-11-2022, 15:05
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Powell and NFP risk may renew demand for battered USD


Intensifying yield curve inversion in the US (when short-dated bonds are cheaper than long-dated ones) and WTI price below critical $80 support level tell us that markets are becoming more worried about global demand prospects. The risks of an economic downturn in China due to restrictive Covid measures also affect investor sentiment, adding pressure mainly to commodity market prices.

At the beginning of the week, the market’s focus is on the situation in China. Local authorities try to curb the spread of the epidemic and are forced to introduce new lockdowns. Quotes of the main benchmarks of oil and industrial metals dived down on Monday, WTI trades below $75 per barrel, Brent defends the level of $81. And this is despite the fact that OPEC decided to cut production by 2 million b/d at the beginning of this month. The technical chart of Brent shows that the price, having tried to break through the main bullish trend line from the bottom up, bounced off and continues to move in the bearish channel, where the sellers’ target may be the level of $75 per barrel:




In the US, the spread between short-term and long-term bond rates continues to increase and has reached -80 basis points (yield on a 10-year bond minus a yield on a 2-year bond). This tells us that the demand for long-term bonds in relation to short-term ones continues to grow, which means that expectations that rates will decrease in the more distant future (or inflation will decrease) gain momentum. Essentially, investors are expecting the central bank to cut rates and inflation to slow down, which is indicative of an economic downturn or recession.

Fed Chairman Powell is due to speak on Wednesday this week and there is a risk that he will rebuke market expectations that signals of slowing inflation will force the Fed to slow down the pace of policy tightening as well. This assumption is due to the fact that earlier the Fed has repeatedly stated that it is not worth drawing conclusions about the trend from one or two positive inflation readings.

Markets will also focus on inflation data (Core PCE for October) on Thursday and the NFP report on Friday. Job growth is expected to slow from 261K to 200K, unemployment is expected to remain flat, and monthly wage growth is expected to slow to 0.3%. Given the impact of the seasonal component in November, retail may show good growth, however, in other sectors, an increase in the number of layoffs was observed, especially in tech sector. As a result, the market may react weakly to a upside surprise if the main contribution is made by the retail sector, which may sag in the coming months.

As for the EU economy, investors will follow the data on inflation. Inflation report in Germany for November will appear tomorrow. EU-wide inflation report is due on Wednesday. Markets price in 61 basis points of ECB tightening in December, with room for correction in both directions.

The upward correction for the EURUSD pair hit an important technical level - the 200-day moving average. Given the risk of Powell's hawkish rhetoric and surprise in the NFP, breaking this line and trading above 1.05 before the end of this week is unlikely. The pair can go to the levels below and test support at 1.0350 and 1.03:




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Upside surprise in NFP will likely trigger rebound in oversold USD


Another batch of US macroeconomic data pointed to easing in inflation pressures - consumer spending index (Core PCE) rose by 0.2% in October against the forecast of 0.3%. US equities rose after the report, dollar dipped while Treasury bond yields retreated even lower, to the lowest level since early October. After the speech of Fed chai Powell on Wednesday, markets started to price in dovish pivot in the Fed policy, which is likely to be marked by a modest, by recent standards, rate hike of 50 basis points in December. In this regard, a strong Payrolls report can cause only a moderate correction of these expectations while weaker-than-expected prints of Payrolls and wages will only strengthen the chances of a dovish outcome of the December meeting.

Almost all major indicators of inflation pressure in the US economy - CPI, PPI, Core PCE, housing prices started to trend lower in October. There are more signs of persistence in wage growth, especially in the services sector, and today’s report will help to clarify if this persistence has finally started to ease. One of the important leading indicators of inflation - the plans of firms to increase prices signaled in October that the downward trend in inflation is likely to continue. The NFIB report showed that the share of firms planning to raise prices in the next three months has dropped sharply - from 50+ to 32%. Changes in pricing plans of firms often precede with some lag a similar change in consumer inflation rate:





The growth rate of economic activity in the US beats expectations and didn’t show signs of easing along with inflation, as it usually happens during the onset of a downturn. Consumer spending rose 0.5% in real terms in October, the strongest monthly gain since January. Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales volumes were also strong, meaning that quarterly consumer spending growth could be 4% year-on-year in Q3. In the absence of a strong positive surprise in the NFP today, the market is likely to take a stronger view that there will be a 50bp rate hike in December. Another 50 bp will follow in February and the Fed will most likely stop there. With US CEO confidence at its lowest level ever, and with the US real estate market starting to cool, there is no reason to expect further policy tightening.

Markets are approaching the NFP report today with dollar oversold and there is little room for the dollar to fall on the soft report. On the contrary, a strong report, in particular Payrolls beat, may correct expectations for the December FOMC meeting and may be a catalyst for a moderate greenback upside correction. The dollar index is trading just below the 200-day SMA and the 105 round support level, having corrected by 50% if we take the beginning of the year as the starting point. This is a good level to enter long positions, only a catalyst is needed, so the reaction to today's report is likely to be asymmetric. If wages break above the 0.3% MoM consensus and job growth exceeds 200K, this may trigger some powerful bullish momentum in USD with DXY rising from 104.50 to 105.50-106 level:




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FOMC meeting preview: dovish dreams may not come true


The Fed is expected to deliver a 50 bp rate hike on December14, continuing to meticulously dampen inflation pressure in the economy. However, the chances of a recession that markets price in continue to rise, as evidenced from bond prices recovery and dollar sell-off. This undermines the Fed's efforts to ease price pressures. The Fed's hawkish message is likely to go unheeded unless the data starts to prove the central bank right.

The market consensus for a 50bp tightening appears to be strong enough – fed funds rate futures price in this outcome with a 75% chance, while only 25% is given to aggressive 75 bp outcome:



After raising rates by 375 bp since March, including a series of 75 bp hikes, Fed stated that it made "substantial progress" in achieving its tightening goals and the time to slow down the pace nears. This wording was used in the minutes of the November Fed meeting. However, Fed chief Jerome Powell and his team have gone out of their way to point out that, despite smaller steps, "terminal rates should be somewhat higher than suggested during the September meeting."

As such, the Fed should be concerned about the recent sharp drop in Treasury and dollar yields, coupled with narrowing credit spreads that make borrowing cheaper and thus fueling monetary expansion in the economy — the exact opposite of what the Fed wants to see as it tries to curb inflation. The market reactions described above came in response to relatively weak CPI growth in October, which was 0.3% m/m compared to consensus forecast of 0.5%. The Fed's preferred measure of inflation, the core deflator for personal consumption spending, was even softer, rising just 0.2%. However, this is only one month of favorable data, while the market is already pricing in rapid decline in inflation on the horizon of one year so the risk of repricing of those expectations is high:



In order for inflation to be around 2% in a year, average monthly gain should be 0.1-0.2%. This is likely to be the key message that the Fed will try to convey to the markets at the upcoming meeting. With current market expectations, this could be interpreted as a hawkish message.

With this in mind, the Fed is likely to keep raising rates in 2023, and its new forecasts should point to a higher trajectory to 5%, with a possible slight upward revision in short-term GDP in nominal terms, driven primarily by inflation. But the adjustment will also be justified by real indicators - the consumer sector is holding up well, employment growth rate is definitely not a recession one, which supports incomes, and hence consumer spending.

The market will know about the November inflation on December 13 - the day before the FOMC meeting - and the result will be important for what the Fed says. If the core consumer price index turns out to be at or above the consensus forecast of 0.3% m/m, the market is likely to listen to the Fed's message with more attention. If inflation softens and yields fall even further, then the Fed will have to act more decisively and perhaps start talking about accelerating quantitative tightening - selling assets from the balance sheet, in order to somehow convince the market. The Fed should now be inclined to stick to hawkish statements until it is sure that the specter of high inflation has completely disappeared.

The dollar has fallen significantly against a basket of major peers over the past two months. Negative and positive developments for the dollar had an asymmetric effect - surprises in inflation led to much stronger sell-offs than were rebounds on strong data such as NFP. The hope for the dollar bulls now is that the positioning is much better balanced after the 8% drop in the trade-weighted dollar and the 12% drop in USD/JPY.

The dollar did not nosedive, probably because expectations of further rate hikes remain priced in. The terminal rate is still estimated to be close to 5%, with only a 50 bps cut expected in the second half of 2023. If the Fed does not say that what will clearly signal the imminent end of the tightening cycle, the bottom of the dollar may already be somewhere close.

The EUR/USD pair is holding in the 1.05 area as the gap between markets expectations from the Fed plans is not wide. A more dovish reversal would be unexpected and seasonally adjusted against the dollar in December the pair could rise above the 1.06 resistance to the 1.07 area in low-liquid markets later in the year. At the beginning of next year, the EURUSD uptrend may finally start to reverse.

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The risk of more downside in USDJPY remain high on implications of BoJ major policy shift


FX market continues to digest BOJ’s hawkish surprise yesterday, USDJPY volatility remains elevated. The market reaction to the shocking move of the Bank of Japan delivered a crushing blow to JGB demand resulting in a massive dump of Japanese bonds by investors. In turn, this effect caused the yen to strengthen by more than 4% against the dollar. Today, the speculative demand for the yen declined and USDJPY rebounded from 130.50 to 132.5. Nevertheless, the risk of a new decline remains high for the simple reason that the policy of the Bank of Japan has the groundwork for a radical change, namely the transition to the gradual withdrawal of monetary stimulus. The current rebound may run out of steam at the level of 1.33-1.3350, after which downside may resume:



The Conference Board releases US consumer confidence data today, also the report on existing home sales is due.

The US data calendar for the second half of the week includes Personal Income, Personal Goods and Durable Goods Orders for November (December 23), and the Dallas and Richmond Fed Manufacturing indices for December 27-28. There are currently no scheduled speeches by Fed officials until release of the Fed minutes on Jan. 4. However, it is unlikely that this data will induce major moves in the low-volatility environment during the holiday period. Current major drivers of sentiment will likely be news from China and about the energy crisis. In China, a growing number of anecdotal reports suggest that the actual death toll could be significantly higher than reported: if supported by more evidence, markets may increasingly doubt the sustainability of China's COVID-19 zero exit path with negative implications for yuan, Asian EMFX and currencies sensitive to global business cycle.
On the energy side, a potential Russian response to EU gas price caps, a possible re-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, and news about the weather (which has been a key driver of gas prices recently) could have implications for the foreign exchange market. From this point of view, European currencies continue to look quite vulnerable.

The dollar index is likely to close the year at current levels. In line with its seasonal trend, December was a weak month for the dollar. However, already in January, seasonality can become a positive factor for the dollar as the US currency rallied in January in four previous years.

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Is gold primed for a rally on expectations of central banks easing cycle in 2023?

Major European currencies ceded ground to dollar on Tuesday, EURUSD broke down 1.06 and GBPUSD 1.20 level. The start of European session saw major sell-off both in EUR and GBP:




Positive December price data from Germany failed to offset selling pressure in Euro, despite significant pullback in the rate of consumer price growth - from 10% to 8.6% in annual terms and from -0.5% to -0.8% in monthly terms. Data on the German labor market also provided little help to battered Euro, although the number of unemployed in the country fell by 13 thousand, and unemployment remained unchanged at 5.5%, contrary to the forecast of an increase of 0.1% to 5.6%.

There is an increased activity of buyers in the gold market which is a signal of major shift in real rate expectations or market perception of recession or geopolitical risks. The price continues to move in the upward channel and has gained more than 1% today on a powerful bullish impulse. Buyers tested resistance near the round level of $1850, however, after the pullback, aggressive gold bids resumed. Keep in mind that the price is approaching the upper limit of bullish trend channel, and the round $1850 level could be perceived by majority of players as a good level to take profits from 12% rally since the beginning of November. To understand why gold rises in prices, it should be remembered that in early November, market risk-free rates in the United States (government bond yields) reached their peak - one of the main factors of demand for gold. When they began to decline, gold began to rise in price:




It was clear from the last Fed meeting that the tightening cycle is nearing its end, so expectations for a cycle of interest rate cuts are likely to be slowly building now. Accelerating gold growth without a corresponding reaction in bond yields indicates a high risk of a bearish correction in gold in the short term:



Nevertheless, the medium-term trend for gold is definitely up and after a good downward movement, buying gold on expectations of policy easing by central banks looks very justified.

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Market braces for EURUSD breakout of 1.08 as risk of inflation easing grows in US


Cautious optimism remains in the currency markets regarding the idea that signs of US losing growth momentum will force the Fed to tap the breaks on monetary tightening and prepare markets for an easing cycle. Easing Covid policy in China is also supportive for market sentiment as investors price in rising China demand for imports and recovery of the air travel sector. If these stories continue to evolve in a benign way, commodity market and EM currency sector will likely see major capital inflows. The focus today is on Powell comments and US NFIB data.

Risk assets started this year quite well with both stocks and bond rallying. Emerging markets saw increased demand too amid rumors that the Fed will end policy tightening in the first quarter and move on to cut rates as early as the third quarter of this year, and also thanks to supportive policy measures in China. AUD saw major capital inflows thanks to the easing China ban on coal imports while news about 20% increase in China oil import quotas underpinned oil prices yesterday.

The story with the Fed today will be supplemented with two new details: Powell remarks at Riksbank conference, as well as NFIB small business survey data. Watching near-term bonds and credit spread markets’ dovish reaction we can say that the market is increasingly betting on an early Fed withdrawal from the tightening cycle and rate cuts in 3Q. A major shift in expectations would come if Powell attempts to keep market focus on inflation risks and the need to keep raising rates. In this case, we will see a rebound in Treasury yields, and the dollar will “soar”. If it is clear from the comments that the Fed is indeed inclined to slow down the pace of tightening, or even foresees an early end, the reaction of the markets is likely to be limited - sellers will push the level of 103 on DXY, and the yield of 10-year bonds will head towards support at 3.5%.

In the NFIB report, the market will look for additional information on slowdown in the US economy, which was already eloquently reported by the ISM report last Friday (fall of the headline index from 55 to 49.6 points, industrial orders by 1.8% YoY):



It will also be interesting to look at firms' plans to increase prices, as well as new orders (two leading indicators of economic expansion and inflation). It is important to understand that Friday's ISM report set the market to expect another CPI easing in December, so investors may now be inclined to reduce dollar positions ahead of the release of the report on Thursday.

Looking at EURUSD chart, the pair is approaching the short-term resistance level (1.08) and will probably test it with a breakdout. If the market manages to gain a foothold above 1.08 or wander around the level without a significant decline, this can be seen as a signal of continued rally towards 1.10 (medium-term support), where profit-taking from the rally from 1.05 is likely to take place, and there will also be an occasion for speculative bearish momentum on expectations of a pullback from the round level:



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EURUSD presses against 1.08 level, market anticipates benign CPI print as energy inflation drops

Risk appetite apparently grows in equity markets as Fed chief Powell did not take advantage of the Riksbank conference yesterday to repeat the recent mantra that a high inflation rate warrants further policy tightening. The market interpreted this as another signal that the Fed intends to slow down the pace of policy tightening, reaching “moderately restrictive level” in 1Q. The US market closed yesterday with moderate gains, futures continued to rally today, indicating potential bullish opening on the New York session today. Investors also increased demand for bonds, Treasury yields on the entire maturity spectrum trade slightly in the red today. The dollar index is clearly consolidating near the level of 103, buying interest remains low, there may be an attempt by sellers before the release of the CPI to press against the level of 103, and in case of bullish print, they may even break through the support and go towards 102.50 – 102 level:


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The market is clearly inclined now to price in decreasing hawkish vector of the Fed policy. The reason for this is an unexpectedly dovish print of ISM index for US non-manufacturing sector that we saw on Friday. The headline reading plunged to sub 50 area, which basically means contraction in activity compared to November. Industrial orders also declined - by 1.8%, which was a big surprise. The Small Index Optimism Index released yesterday by the NFIB fell from 91.9 to 89.8 points driven by small business expectations in business climate. Key highlights of the report include a decline in the share of firms planning to raise prices (a leading indicator of inflation) by 8%, and a decline in the share of firms expecting sales growth in real terms by 2%. However, the proportion of firms planning to hire staff remained high at 55%, among which 93% reported that there were few or no suitably qualified candidates in the market.


The mood for the European currency and European assets is gradually improving. Goldman abandoned the previous forecast of a recession in the EU in 2023, and European Commission official Gentilloni said that while the forecast for GDP growth in the first quarter of 0.3% remains relevant, the risks of lower or negative growth in Q4 2022 and Q1 2023 have noticeably decreased. ECB officials Schnabel and Centeno also changed their rhetoric, focusing on the fact that the peak of the inflationary shock in the energy market has passed, and the ECB is also getting closer to the end of rate hikes.
The technical setup for EURUSD is presented below:


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The chart shows that the market keeps consolidating in a rather narrow range near the zone where major sell-off started in June 2022 (zone 1.08). This fact allows us to consider it as an area of short-term resistance. A favorable CPI print (5.7% or below in core inflation) will most likely allow the market to break through 1.08 level, after initial profit-taking on bullish breakout, the upward movement will most likely resume with a target of 1.09 and above. Buyers' interest is likely to drop noticeably near the 1.10 level, where the main bearish speculative momentum will likely emerge.

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Upbeat China data may unlock more upside in Euro and other pro-cyclical currencies


The unexpected rebound of Chinese economy as seen in the latest batch of Chinese data reinforced the idea that hidden China economic momentum will unlock the upside in pro-cyclical currencies, including the euro. The decline in natural gas prices pushes the idea of energy crisis deep to the sidelines causing revisions of growth prospects of energy importers to the upside. Today the market’s focus is on the UK employment data, German ZEW index, Canadian CPI and the US Empire State manufacturing index.

China statistics for December and 4Q2022 made somewhat displaced market fears that coronavirus restrictions left a scar on the body of the economy that will greatly hamper its recovery. GDP expanded by 2.9% in the fourth quarter (forecast 1.8%) while industrial production grew by 1.3% (forecast 0.2%) in December. The market missed the mark greatly in the retail sales growth forecast - the decline was just 1.8%, compared to the forecast of -8.6%. December data confirms the suggestion that, despite the increase in cases, the mobility story positively dominates China's consumer demand story.



However, the release of Chinese data did not trigger any subsequent buying of the yuan or Asian currencies. This response could be attributed to the lull before the Chinese New Year starting next week and risk aversion before the BOJ meeting tomorrow.

The dollar remains broadly stable, moving in the 102-102.50 range in DXY. Tomorrow during the Asian session, a downside breakout could occur if the BoJ changes its 10-year JGB yield target again.

Growing signs of a slowdown in US price pressures, weakening business indicators, an improved demand outlook in China, and reduced risks of an energy crisis have all combined to reduce the huge imbalance between the growth outlooks of the US economy and its opponents that was a major investment thesis in 2022. EURUSD is clearly looking for an opportunity to break to new local highs, buyers' interest in the pair remains high. Target 1.10 for EURUSD remains relevant given that we saw decent USD consolidation after the steep decline.

The UK employment data and the ZEW business sentiment report pleased European currency buyers as they showed surprises on the upside. The ZEW sentiment index diverged especially strongly from the forecasts: despite expectations of a negative print, it entered positive area for the first time in many months:



The Bloomberg report that ECB will follow the Fed's example and slow down the pace of rate hikes to 25bp in March caused some volatility in EURUSD and stripped somewhat of the near-term bullish momentum. However, the impact of this news is likely to be short-lived and the pair will soon resume its upward movement, as the dominant idea in the market remains the alignment of yield outlook in the US and outside of America.

The Bank of Canada (BoC) looks set to face an increase or no increase dilemma at its policy meeting next week (January 25). Signs of a slowdown in economic activity were included in the latest statement from the Bank of Canada and were clear in yesterday's Bank of Canada Business Outlook, where the index of future sales fell to its lowest level since the pandemic, and most of the firms surveyed said they expected a recession in Canada. However, employment figures in the December report turned out to be very strong, and high full-time hiring kept the unemployment rate at cyclical lows.

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Dovish surprise in US retail sales leaves little to salvage dollar bulls


The Bank of Japan dismissed market rumors about further adjustments in yield curve control and left policy unchanged today, disappointing recent buyers of the yen. The report from Bloomberg released yesterday that the ECB plans to execute more caution in the rest of tightening cycle caused brief market embarrassment sending EURUSD to 1.08 and below, but later, as expected, bearish mood proved to be transitory. The dollar index, following a week of consolidation, traded below 102 points on signals of the growing slack in the US economy.

Dollar sentiment began to deteriorate yesterday after release of the Empire State manufacturing index. The headline reading plunged to -32.9 points vs. -9 points forecast, indicating a significant decline in business activity in the sector. The auction of 3- and 6-month Treasuries showed strong demand yesterday, indicating investors' preference to buy more fixed income in anticipation of weakening activity in the US, which should obviously be reflected in softer inflation figures.

Those greenback buyers that bet on rebound after consolidation, faced strong headwinds after release of the key for this week US eco reports. US retail sales report and PPI released today were noticeably worse than expected:





Basically, dovish surprise in key consumption component and business activity prompted quick revision of US inflation forecast towards a faster decline and less hawkish Fed in 2023. The market reaction was clear: sell the dollar and bid stocks and bonds. As mentioned earlier, the dollar index fell below 102 points, while US futures posted a moderate increase within 0.5%. A significant reaction was observed in Treasuries - the yield on 10-year bonds fell to 3.45%, and two-year - to 4.08%. EURUSD broke through 1.0850 and the breakout of 1.09 is next, followed by a move towards 1.10, where the main resistance is expected:





Yesterday was a day of controversial headlines for the euro. In a lengthy interview with the Financial Times, Chief Economist Philip Lane provided detailed arguments in support of the ECB's recent hawkish rhetoric. Later in the day, however, a Bloomberg report quoted some ECB officials as saying that members of the Governing Council were actually considering a slower tightening (25bps). On this news, EUR/USD fell below 1.08, but today's data on the US formed the counterbalance and the pair quickly recovered.

This morning in the UK were published data on the consumer price index for December, which generally coincided with the consensus forecasts. Headline inflation fell from 10.7% to 10.5%, while core inflation remained at 6.3%. The peak appears to be behind us and headline inflation in the UK could return to 6% in the summer and 3.5-4% by the end of the year.

It is important to note that the rise in prices for core services accelerated from 6.4% to 6.8%, which the Bank of England should especially take into account, and when added to yesterday's wage data, the balance of risks should shift upward to a possible 50 bp tightening in February.

The EUR/GBP pair returned to pre-Christmas levels below 0.8800 thanks to some peculiar lagging of the euro and support of the pound. As discussed above, ECB-related euro weakness may not last long and EUR/GBP may struggle to trade sustainably below 0.8800 for now, also given the absence of strong bullish forces in the pound.

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USD remains range-bound on dovish Fed rate hike outlook


Asset markets are somewhat sluggish and reluctant to recover on Friday, following Thursday drop, which saw S&P 500 breaking through 3900 points. Dollar was slightly bid on the back of growing risk-off, however, during this week the DXY appears to remain in equilibrium in the range of 102-102.50:





Despite a slew of negative updates on the US economy for December (ISM indices, retail sales, industrial orders, etc.), the labor market continues to shine bright. Thursday data on unemployment claims showed that the number of applications not only did not increase, but even decreased, and significantly: initial claims from 205 to 194K, continuing claims fell to 1647K against the forecast of 1660K. Another positive aspect of yesterday's eco data was the pace of housing construction: housing starts declined in December, but were higher than estimates - 1.382 million against the forecast of 1.359 million.

On the side of US energy consumption, which is obviously correlated with the business cycle of the economy, there is a worrisome moment: both crude oil and gasoline inventories have been growing at a high pace for more than a week in a row. EIA data released on Thursday showed that oil inventories jumped 8.5 million barrels, indicating a sharp decline in oil refining, while gasoline inventories jumped 3.4 million barrels against a forecast of 2.5 million:





The data will definitely raise the market's attention to any further signs of weakening activity in the US.

The ECB reacted sensibly this week to reports that a rate hike of just 25 basis points was being considered. Christine Lagarde repeated her recent hawkish rhetoric yesterday, and the minutes of the December meeting all but confirmed the growing pressure from hawks on the governing board. The details of the "deal" with a more moderate short-term outlook were quite clear: a conservative 50bp hike in December was acceptable only with a preliminary commitment of two increases of 50 bp in February and March. This is good news for the euro, and as long as the data from the US remains weak, EUR/USD should benefit from a rather favorable rate differential. A test of 1.0900/1.0950 is expected next week but things are pretty quiet today as the eurozone calendar is empty and Christine Lagarde shouldn't surprise with anything new as she speaks again in Davos.

The UK retail sales data for December was released this morning and was rather disappointing. The numbers are down about 1% m/m and follow another drop in consumer confidence, according to data released earlier this morning. GDP in the fourth quarter is unlikely to change. But continued weakness in consumption and some expected decline in other areas (possibly in construction/manufacturing) means GDP in the first quarter is likely to fall by more than 0.5%.

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Weak UK PMI data points to further Pound weakness



Incoming data on the EU economy roughly correspond to the thesis put forward by the market that the bloc will be able to dodge a recession. The PMI index from S&P Global climbed into the positive zone in January, amounting to 50.2 points against the forecast of 49.8 points. Positive MoM dynamics is observed for the first time since June last year.




A number of factors contributed positively to activity, from a faster slowdown in inflation and improved supply chains to mild weather that helped the EU avoid an energy crisis.

Activity indices in the EU's two largest economies, France and Germany, remained at levels below 50 points, but there was a surprising improvement in the service sector in Germany and in the manufacturing sector in France.

The ECB has already raised rates by 2.5% and is expected to make another 50bp hike next week. What happens after is unclear: some Governing Council officials suggest it may be appropriate to slow down the pace of tightening, others continue to insist on the need for significant increases. The hawkish ECB case in 2023 finds its justification mainly in a strong labor market: employment continued to rise in December, supporting high wage growth, which usually generates the lion's share of domestic inflation.

Unlike the EU, the situation in the UK is less rosy. The S&P Global PMI index for the British economy dived deeper into the recession zone, to 47.8 points in January against 49 points in December. This means that the rate of deterioration in activity has been accelerating this month:



The negative momentum prevailed in the services sector, but manufacturers also reported that output declined in January at the fastest pace since the start of the pandemic. The pound fell by 0.6% after release of the index for January, market participants are beginning to price in the idea that the BoE will be forced to bring forward the point of time when it completes the tightening cycle. Traders are looking for another 50 bp hike, according to the current valuation in February and by 25 bp in March.

Additional pressure on the pound was also exerted by the publication of data on the UK budget deficit. It swelled by £27.4bn from a forecast of £17.3bn, an outcome that calls into question fiscal stimulus hopes, raising the risk of a UK recession in 2023.

From a technical point of view, GBPUSD has broken through the lower limit of the short-term range of 1.231 - 1.23, and now the next sellers' target is likely to be 1.2250. In the event that the price encounters weak resistance, there will be no potential bounce to 1.23 (which will already be a resistance zone) and the price will continue to move towards the main support at 1.22, as shown in the chart below:



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