Markets in Range, Trapped by Low Month-End Volatility – Action Forex

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The forex markets are generally staying in tight range today, without much reaction to better than expected job data from US and GDP from Canada. Nor was there much movements after comments from ECB President and BoE Chief Economist. Subdued month-end trading is keeping volatility very low. Nevertheless, it’s hopeful that October would start with some determining moves, with important data like US ISM and non-farm payroll featured. We’d just have to wait a little longer.

Technically, Gold is not giving up on its rebound yet and it’s trying hard to get rid of 4 hour 55 EMA cleanly. Overall outlook is unchanged that Gold is in a corrective pattern from 2075.18. Sustained trading above 4 hour 55 EMA could build the base for a test on 1920.06 minor resistance. Firm break there would argue that the consolidation has completed and Gold is ready for a take on 2075.18 high again. If that happens, we should also see EUR/USD breaking through 1.1752 support turned resistance decisively and heads for a test on 1.2011 high.

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In Europe, currently, FTSE is up 0.13%. DAX is down -0.16%. CAC is down -0.09%. Germany 10-year yield is up 0.0077 at -0.534. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei dropped -1.50%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.79%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -0.20%. Singapore Strait Times dropped -0.20%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0039 to 0.015.

US ADP jobs grew 749k, but smaller businesses demonstrate slower growth

US ADP report showed 749k growth in private sector jobs in September, above expectation of 650k. By company size, small businesses added 192k, medium businesses 259k, large businesses 297k. By sector, goods-producing jobs added 196k, service-providing jobs 552k.

“The labor market continues to recover gradually,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “In September, the majority of sectors and company sizes experienced gains with trade, transportation and utilities; and manufacturing leading the way. However, small businesses continued to demonstrate slower growth.”

Q2 GDP contraction was finalized at -31.4% annualized. GDP price index dropped -1.8%.

Canada GDP grew 3% mom in Jul, still -6% below pre-pandemic level

Canada GDP grew 3.0% mom in July, slightly above expectation of 2.9% mom. That’s the three consecutive monthly gain, offsetting some of the steep drops in March and April. But overall economic activity was still about -6% below February’s pre-pandemic level.

All 20 industrial sectors posted increases in July as the agriculture, utilities, finance and insurance as well as real estate rental and leasing sectors surpassed their February pre-pandemic levels, joining retail trade which did so in June.

BoE Haldane: None of the conditions of negative rates satisfied

BoE Chief Economist Andy Haldane said in a speech that the MPC minutes “contained no such signal” as it’s introducing negative rates in the near-term. The operational feasibility assessment of negative rates is “likely to take a number of months”. Then, judgement on negative rates will depend on the economic outlook. The decision would then depend on the balance of costs and benefits, , with comparison to other monetary tools.

“All three of these conditions would need to be satisfied before negative rates became a reality. At present, none of those conditions is in my view satisfied,” he added.

Haldane also urged that “encouraging news about the present needs not to be drowned out by fears for the future. Now is not the time for the economics of Chicken Licken”

“This is human nature at times of stress. But it can also make for an overly-pessimistic popular narrative, which fosters fear, fatalism and excess caution. This is unhealthy in itself but, if left unaddressed, also risks becoming self-fulfilling.”

UK Q2 GDP contraction revised to -19.8%, down -21.5% over the year

UK Q2 GDP contraction was finalized at -19.8% qoq, revised from -20.4% qoq. That’s still the largest quarterly contraction in the economy since quarterly records began in 1955. It’s also the second straight quarter of decline after -2.5% qoq contraction in Q1. Annually, GDP contracted -21.5% yoy. By sector, services output contracted by -19.2%. Production output dropped -16.3%. Construction output dropped -35.7%.

ECB Lagarde: Inflation make-up strategies could be examined

ECB President Christine Lagarde said in a speech that a”wider discussion today” among central banks is whether they should “commit to explicitly make up for inflation misses when they have spent quite some time below their inflation goals.”

“If credible, such a strategy can strengthen the capacity of monetary policy to stabilise the economy when faced with the lower bound,” she said. “Promise of inflation overshooting raises inflation expectations and therefore lowers real interest rates.”

“While make-up strategies may be less successful when people are not perfectly rational in their decisions – which is probably a good approximation of the reality we face – the usefulness of such an approach could be examined,” she added.

Released from Eurozone, Germany unemployment dropped -8k in September versus expectation of -9k. Unemployment rate dropped to 6.3%. Import price index rose 0.1% mom. retail sales rose 3.1% mom versus expectation of 0.4% mom. France consumer spending rose 2.3% mom in August. CPI dropped to 0.0% yoy.

Swiss KOF rose to 113.8, economy taking a V-shaped course

Swiss KOF Economic Barometer rose to 113.8 in September, up from 110.2, beat expectation of 106. That’s the four rise in a row after a historic drop earlier this year. KOF said, “at present, the economy is taking a V-​shaped course, so that a recovery of the Swiss economy can be expected for the time being. However, a second wave of COVID-​19 cases could lead to a sharp revision of this assessment.”

Also released, Credit Suisse Economic Expectations dropped to 26.2 in September, down form 45.6.

China PMI manufacturing rose slightly to 51.5, Caixin PMI edged down to 53.0

China’s NBS PMI Manufacturing rose slightly to 51.5 in September, up from 51.0, above expectation of 51.2. NBS PMI Non-Manufacturing rose to 55.9, up from 55.2, above expectation of 54.6. “Although overall manufacturing demand has improved, the industry has recovered unevenly,” said Zhao Qinghe, an NBS official. “In addition, the global epidemic has not yet been fully and effectively controlled, and there are still uncertain factors in China’s imports and exports.”

Caixin PMI Manufacturing dropped slightly by -0.1 pts to 53.0, missed expectation of 53.1. Output growth eases but remains marked. There is sharper increase in total new work as export sales rebound. Staffing levels stabilize, ending at eight-month period decline.

Wang Zhe, Senior Economist at Caixin Insight Group said: “The sharp rise in overseas demand has complemented the domestic market… The strength of the manufacturing sector will take some of the pressure off policymakers going forward. However, the job market remains worrisome, as the improvement in employment relies on a longer-term economic recovery and a more stable external environment.”

Japan industrial production rose 1.7% mom, retail sales dropped -1.9% yoy

Japan industrial production rose 1.7% mom in August, above expectation of 1.5% mom. That’s also the third straight month of growth, as boosted by automobiles and car parts, as well ass iron, steel and non-ferrous metals. Shipments rose 2.1% mom. Inventories dropped -1.4%. Inventory ratio dropped -2.5%. Over the year, production was down -13.3% yoy.

On the other hand, retail sales dropped -1.9% yoy in August, better than expectation of -3.5% yoy. But that’s still the sixth consecutive month of decline, highlighting the weak recovery in consumer demand. Housing starts dropped -9.1% yoy in August, versus expectation of -10.9% mom.

New Zealand ANZ business confidence rose to -28.5, but activity remain very subdued

New Zealand ANZ Business Confidence rose to -28.5 in September, up from August’s -41.8, but revised down from preliminary reading of -26.0. All sectors stayed negative with Agriculture at -72.2 and services at -31.7. Own Activity Outlook improved to -5.4, up from August’s -17.5, revised up from preliminary reading of -9.9. Agriculture activity was positive at 13.6 and contraction at 10.8. Services activity was worse at -12.1.

ANZ said business “appear relatively optimism”. But “as a reality check, though, the levels of most activity indicators remain very subdued relative to pre-COVID days, and are still at levels regrettably reminiscent of 2009.”

Also released from down under, New Zealand building permits rose 0.3% mom in August, versus expectation of -1.4% mom. Australia building permits dropped -1.6% mom, versus expectation of 0.1% mom in August. Australia private sector credit rose 0.0% mom in August, versus expectation of 0.2% mom.

USD/JPY Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 105.44; (P) 105.59; (R1) 105.82; More...

USD/JPY’s rebound from 104.00 is still in progress despite some loss of upside momentum. Sustained break of 55 day EMA (now at 105.96) will raise the chance of bullish reversal and target 106.94 resistance for confirmation. On the downside, though, below 104.92 minor support will turn bias back to the downside for retesting 104.00 instead.

In the bigger picture, USD/JPY is still staying in long term falling channel that started back in 118.65 (Dec. 2016). Hence, there is no clear indication of trend reversal yet. The down trend could still extend through 101.18 low. However, sustained break of 112.22 resistance should confirm completion of the down trend and turn outlook bullish for 118.65 and above.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:45 NZD Building Permits M/M Aug 0.30% -1.40% -4.50% -4.60%
23:01 GBP BRC Shop Price Index Y/Y Aug -1.60% -1.60%
23:50 JPY Industrial Production M/M Aug P 1.70% 1.50% 8.70%
23:50 JPY Retail Trade Y/Y Aug -1.90% -3.50% -2.90%
00:00 NZD ANZ Business Confidence Sep -28.5 -26
01:00 CNY Manufacturing PMI Sep 51.5 51.2 51
01:00 CNY Non-Manufacturing PMI Sep 55.9 54.6 55.2
01:30 AUD Private Sector Credit M/M Aug 0.00% 0.20% -0.10%
01:30 AUD Building Permits M/M Aug -1.60% 0.10% 12.00% 12.20%
01:45 CNY Caixin Manufacturing PMI Sep 53 53.1 53.1
05:00 JPY Housing Starts Y/Y Aug -9.10% -10.90% -11.40%
06:00 EUR Germany Import Price Index M/M Aug 0.10% 0.00% 0.30%
06:00 EUR Germany Retail Sales M/M Aug 3.10% 0.40% -0.90%
06:00 GBP GDP Q/Q Q2 F -19.80% -20.40% -20.40%
06:00 GBP Current Account (GBP) Q2 -2.8B -1.4B -21.1B
06:45 EUR France CPI M/M Sep P -0.60% -0.10% -0.10%
06:45 EUR France CPI Y/Y Sep P 0.00% 0.30% 0.20%
06:45 EUR France Consumer Spending M/M Aug 2.30% -0.10% 0.50% -0.90%
07:00 CHF KOF Economic Barometer Sep 113.8 106 110.2
08:00 CHF Credit Suisse Economic Expectations Sep 26.2 45.6
08:55 EUR Germany Unemployment Change Sep -8K -9K -9K
08:55 EUR Germany Unemployment Rate Sep 6.30% 6.40% 6.40%
12:15 USD ADP Employment Change Sep 749K 650K 428K 481K
12:30 USD GDP Annualized Q2 F -31.40% -31.70% -31.70%
12:30 USD GDP Price Index Q2 F -1.80% -2.00% -2.00%
12:30 CAD GDP M/M Jul 3.00% 2.90% 6.50%
13:45 USD Chicago PMI Sep 52 51.2
14:00 USD Pending Home Sales M/M Aug 3.10% 5.90%
14:30 USD Crude Oil Inventories 1.0M -1.6M
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