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US-China Trade Deal Scare Sparks Volatility

Risk-off conditions picked up intensely as the market was caught completely off-guard by the bombshell that the trade deal between the US and China was over as announced by Trade representative Navarro. However, the news were later denied and we are back to square one.

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Scan Of The Markets

The indices show the performance of a particular currency vs G8 FX. A video on how to interpret these indices can be found in the Global Prime’s Research section.

Note, this information is breaking news. We initially learned that the White House adviser Navarro said China trade deal is ‘over’ , however, in a perplexing turn of events, he later on walked back his ‘it’s over’ remarks, leaving us back to square one as well represented by the majority of valuations returning back to pre-news.

This is how it all played out. “It’s over,” Navarro told Fox News when asked about the trade agreement. He said the “turning point” came when the US learned about the spreading coronavirus only after a Chinese delegation had left Washington on Jan. 15.

“It was at a time when they had already sent hundreds of thousands of people to this country to spread that virus, and it was just minutes after wheels up when that plane took off that we began to hear about this pandemic,” Navarro said.

Risk-off conditions picked up intensely as the market was caught completely off-guard by the bombshell. The Aussie and the Kiwi were the main victims as proxys of China. On the other hand, the currencies most fragile on Monday (USD, JPY) ended up flying.

I then, through our Discord room, made the point that the market now must awaits to get further validation from the horse’s mouth, that is, Trump himself declaring the trade deal over.

As I told clients, “don’t jump the gun and assume is over until Trump speaks. It baffle me that it is announced so suddenly., which makes it a bit suspicious.. I wonder if the views expressed were rather personal?”

Wait, there is more, you can’t make this stuff up….

We then learned that Navarro walked back his ‘its over’ remarks! White House Trade Adviser Navarro was quoted via the Wall Street Journal in denial of the comments made about the trade deal with China being over. It was an absolute mess and market re-adjusted valuations.

We even had further confirmation via Trump’s Economic Adviser Kudlow who said the trade deal is not over. Kudlow was quoted via Axos as saying “it’s totally false that China trade talks are off.”

Note on my report pre-US/China breaking news

The news broke out minutes before I hit sent on the market analysis I had put together pre-China news. So, even if most of what’s written may be deemed irrelevant at this stage given the vol dynamics have radically changed, I thought I will keep what my views were for those interested, even if done ahead of the China news.

These were my viewS ahead of the China news 

Traders with a propensity to bid up risk assets were back in the saddle as equities recovered the upside across the globe and the US Dollar as well as the Japanese Yen ended up as the weakest links on Monday.

Granted, there was no catalyst that sparked the recovery in risk, it was a rather gradual and steady pick up in the buy-side tone in risk assets that started through mid-Asian session, extended through Europe and culminated in the overlap of London and NY.

The outlook for the S&P 500, up 0.6%, is still not as compelling as the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, where the daily chart is just simply captivating for the interest of bulls. The S&P 500 must still find a resolution away from its week-long range while the Nasdaq is a whisker away from its all time high once again. It’s the era of digitalization post COVID-19 and the index performance is hands down the perfect poster-child.

Amid the resurgence in equities, one index that still refuses to back down half the magnitude of its recent rise is the VIX (fear index), which looks at the front-month implied vol in stocks. Here we can clearly observe how further follow-through demand in equities may face some serious hindrances based on current vol projections.

Whoever is long vols, you can’t really blame them as the turbulent waters as part of the fundamental stream of news are only getting rougher by the day amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in some hot spots in the US such as Texas, Florida, Arizona.

Exposed above is the logical camp where fundamentals are so out whack with the reality on the ground that it baffles anyone to be anything but long vol. Then we have the ‘artificial’ reality as depcited through the charts, where the Fed-induced liquidity excess keeps feeding through the bullish view.

Worst of all, the current rebound off the lows in US equities looks scarily analogous to the type of price action that followed the 2009 GFC crash. We all know what happened after that, right? 10 years of bulls in charge in what marked the longest rally in history.

Before I shift gears to the Forex market, I want to honor the merit by Gold bulls in finally taking out a double top in the daily and mustering enough fortitude to accept beyond by the close of NY. With equities headed higher in the last 24h, this type of price action does reflect loud and clear the fragility of the US Dollar, again under the cosh.

Now, on to currencies, where the script that unfolded as part of the re-emergence in risk dynamics followed the template we have grown accustomed to. In other words, the Aussie and Kiwi faring formidably well. The CAD, however, lagged behind, on par with the EUR performance. Interestingly, GBP also joined the bull party, likely fueled by an aggressive departure of short-held positions after a solid run.

On the other end of the spectrum, the behavioral model based on risk dynamics would suggest the USD, JPY and CHF get to be suppressed, and that’s precisely what transpired. The losses in the Swissy were nonetheless limited relative to the terrible performance by USD, JPY.

Heading into the next European session, especially if one holds EUR inventory, be vigilant as we are likely to see vol pick up in response to the release of the EU/GB PMIs. The EUR, GBP need upbeat data to fuel the upward bias one would think. Elsewhere, Australia is the first to release PMIs, and to end the day, the US will also release theirs.

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WARNING: This analysis is pre Chinese news

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