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The 20ish pips ranges in the EUR/USD or AUD/USD should speak volumes of the absolute vegetable state of the forex market on Monday, with a flash news-led selloff in the Canadian Dollar on the back of a disappointing BoC business survey the only real move to take note of. The Pound was another currency that held relatively firm, breaking the 1.31 level against the US Dollar before liquidity dried up by the London close. As I elaborate in today’s report, whenever a strong movement in any asset class, the likes of what we saw in the Japanese Yen or other risk-sensitive assets such as the Aussie or stocks is followed by a day of consolidation, this is what we understand in institutional terms as an auction with acceptance of value. In other words, the ‘true risk on’ movements from Friday as optimism around China’s growth picks up is not being responded with rejections from what one could consider overdone levels. Instead, the market is finding equilibrium, which is encouraging for the build-up of further momentum or else you wouldn’t see 24h of buyers and sellers agreeing to exchange bids and offers at these lofty levels by 2019 standards (mainly on JPY terms).
After the rampant movements in risk last Friday, the market has gone through a consolidation patte this Monday, which if you ask me, it’s a positive sign for risk as it communicates acceptance of the newly found lofty levels in the S&P 500 and to a lesser hefty-status but equally impressive is the near term bull run in yields, taking the US 30-year bond maturity yield as our reference. This prognosis of dominating risk appetite obtains further evidence via the suppressed levels on the Yen index, while the DXY continues to trade quite messy within a generally weaker macro trend as per the black slope, which looks at the 125HMA, hence accounting for 1–week worth of price data. The rest of supporting risk-sensitive asset classes such as Oil vs Gold or Copper vs Gold ratios continue to show benign conditions for the interest of risk-seeking strategies, and the same applies when analyzing the state of affairs in both the VIX (vol index in the S&P 500) and in credit markets via the ratio between junk bonds vs investment-grade bonds (HYG/IG). Overall, last Friday’s upthrust in risk followed by an acceptance near the recent highs, is a sign of persisting ‘true risk on’ in the markets, which should translate in further selling interest vs the USD and JPY, with the caveat of vulnerabilities arising in currencies hit by fundamentals such as the CAD on Monday.
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In today’s analysis, I am taking a step back from the most granular analysis and diving into the macro technicals, anticipating potential targets and the established directional biases and/or inflection points where a potential change of behavior by market participants may be seen.
The first chart that catches my attention is the resolution above 80.00 in the AUD/JPY. Based on market symmetries, it now allows us to draw a 100% proj target, which may play out over the next few weeks or months, with an ultimate target of 82.00-05. In terms of intermarket correlations, it is the upside pressure in the S&P 500 (orange line) that has been the main driving force in the exchange rate, coupled with positive news out of China. The key leading indicator that still contradicts such macro bullish move is the relatively suppressed levels of global yields (US30Y in green).
Another yen pair that is edging closer to a massive daily resistance level is USD/JPY. I am referring to 112.25-30, which represents the double bottom through last Nov-Dec of 2018. The rise in the S&P 500 (orange line), accompanied by a relatively well bid DXY(blue line) are the two positives arguing for a breakout, however, it is of major conce to see the pair heading into such a critical intersection without the backing of what’s arguably the number 1 leading indicator for the pair, that is, the 30-year US yields (green line). That said, the short-term inertia in the US30-year bond yield is there, even if it needs to be taken with a bucket of salt given the downtrend in global yields.
Another pair that is flirting with a major daily resistance level is the AUD/USD as buy-side pressure builds up against the 0.72 round number. This is an area where plenty of liquidity is likely to be found and because of it, a level that will most likely act as a magnet attracting buyers, who very well know they will enjoy a level very rich in orders to flip and close their buy-side campaigns if they so wish. The inertia, as per the slope of the 5-DMA on the S&P 500 (orange) and the Yuan+DXY (red) argue for a continuation of the bullish trend, for now, counteracting the negative outlook in the AU-US yield spread (blue). Any upside break could see the exchange rate target the next big level at 0.7270-75.