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    Date : 25th November 2020.

    Caution and profit taking has crept into the market



    US equity futures are mixed with modest moves as caution and profit taking has crept into the market following yesterday’s risk on rally. Wall Street surged with gains of over 1.5% on the broader indexes as strong efficacy rates on three vaccine candidates continued to brighten outlooks and increase the potential for a return to normalcy sooner than later. However as the overall outlook remains positive for US futures there seems to be limited appetite to push valuations out further for now, as much of next year’s (expected) recovery is already priced in, while virus developments spell further restrictions for the weeks and likely months ahead.

    Expectations that Janet Yellen would be named as Treasury Secretary under a Biden administration was a relief as she’s a known quantity and would likely support hefty stimulus. Treasuries sagged, not surprisingly, on the strength in risk appetite and amid a heavy supply slate this week.

    Today features a heavy dose of data ahead of the market closure on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, which could make for choppy action. Of note, Q3 after tax corporate profits came in at a record 27.5% pace, from -10.7% in Q2. The USA30 is off -0.2% but sustained close to 30K area while the USA500 mini has slipped -0.06%. The USA100 mini is 0.3% firmer after underperforming the rally yesterday that saw the USA30 close above 30k for the first time ever.

    GER30 and UK100 futures are down -0.1%, and up 0.3% respectively. Governments across Europe are pondering how and if to ease lockdowns over the festive period while the WHO has already warned of a third wave in the winter.

    Yields have dipped modestly after disappointing jobless claims data and as stock futures give back some of yesterday’s historic gains. US Advance goods trade deficit widened to -$80.3 bln in October after the unexpected narrowing to -$79.4 bln in September. Advance durable goods orders rose 1.3% in October after climbing 2.1% (was 1.9%) in September. This is a sixth straight monthly gain as orders recover from the pandemic plunge in the spring that saw an -18.3% drop in April, just short of the weakest on record of -18.8% from August 2014. US initial jobless claims rose 30k to 778k in the week ended November 21 after claims gained 37k to 748k (was 742k) in the November 14 week. It is the strongest reading for initial claims in five weeks, as the surge in Covid infections and the consequent increase in restrictions on activity has weighed on the job market. Last the US Q3 GDP growth was left unrevised at 33.1% from the Advance report. Growth has bounced back at an historic pace after cratering at a record -31.4% rate in Q2.

    The belly of the curve is outperforming with yields down over 1 bp as the market digests this week’s record supply. The 5-year is at 0.385%, with the 7-year at 0.634%. The 10-year has richened 1 bp to 0.870%, and the bond is flat at 1.60%. The 5s-30s bull steepened to 121.5 bps from 120.8 bps yesterday and 116.7 bps Monday. Bonds should find support from worries over spiking virus cases and more strict lockdowns, along with month-end where Barclays forecasts a 0.16-year extension, the most since 2009.

    Attention remains on vaccines and the virus. Additionally, Brexit warnings and comments from central banks suggesting caution on additional rate cuts added to pressures on equities. ECB officials continue to flag the extension of PEPP. Mersch, however, signaled he is not looking to cut the deposit rate further.

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    Date : 26th November 2020.

    Brexit endgame remains in sharp focus!



    The USD has remained soft in quiet conditions, while global asset markets have seen little direction. The US Thanksgiving holiday has quelled activity. Europe’s Stoxx 600 traded near flat. Most stock markets in Asia gained, though remained off recent highs. The MSCI World Index is also off its highs, but remained buoyant and on course for a record monthly increase this month. Copper posted a new near 7-year high, and while other base metal prices were also underpinned most remained off recent trend highs. Oil prices saw modest declines after recent gains, which culminated in a nine-month high yesterday.



    The Brexit endgame remains in sharp focus!

    Sterling has seen limited direction, continuing to hold gains from month-ago levels of around 1.5% to 2.5% versus the Dollar, Euro and Yen. There is still no breakthrough in down-to-the-wire negotiations between the EU and UK, and there are lots of warnings of border chaos and, from external BoE MPC member Saunders, of long-lasting economic consequences in the event of a no deal exit from the common market.

    European Commission president von der Leyen said “we are ready to be creative” to get a deal while repeating that “we are not ready to put into question the integrity of the single market.” An Irish government member said that a deal was “imperative” for everyone.

    The steadiness in the Pound, the principal conduit of financial market Brexit sentiment, reveals that investors remain unperturbed. One explanation is the real money participants are sitting on their collective hands, positioning for an expected deal but waiting on concrete developments and details, while maintaining vigilance on the possibility of there being a no deal by accident.

    Short-term speculative participants, meanwhile, don’t seem to have had a fruitful time in trying to play the fatiguing myriad news headlines and endless deadlines that have come and gone. The latest and supposedly final deadline, is next Tuesday — December 1 — which leaves just one month for a deal to be ratified on both sides of the Channel. We expect to a deal to materialize at the last minute, just as the withdrawal agreement was seemingly pulled out of the hat at the ultimate minute a year ago. There may even be a fudged extension.

    Pressure on the UK government is intense. US president-elect Biden warned London that the scope for a deal with the US would be compromised if there is a return of a hard border on Ireland — which is what could happen in a no-deal scenario (the UK government would have the choice between maintaining a free-flowing border on Ireland at the price of breaking up the border integrity of the UK, and possible protests and even violence from loyalists, or breaking the EU withdrawal agreement, which would result in a hard Irish land border).

    A leaked Whitehall document warns of a “perfect storm” of chaos in the event of a no-deal in the Covid-19 era. There are also pressures on the other side of the Channel to reach an accord. While French President Macron has political incentive to put up a show of fighting over fishing rights, he is not likely to carry through on his threat to veto any deal as other key EU states don’t see the UK’s position on fishing as being unreasonable. France and other nations, and the UK, also need to maintain good relations for security and many other practical reasons.

    As for the market impact of a deal, much will depend on how narrow the deal is. The narrower it is, the bigger the negative impact on both the UK and EU’s terms of trade positions will be on January 1, particularly the UK’s.

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    Date : 27th November 2020.

    FX Update – November 27 – Sterling in Focus



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    Narrow ranges have been prevailing in risk-cautious trading. The USDIndex settled around the 92.00 level, above yesterday’s 12-week low at 91.84. EURUSD remained buoyant but off from the 12-day peak seen yesterday at 1.1942. Cable also held within its Thursday range. USDJPY ebbed to a four-day low at 103.91. The Yen was concurrently steady versus the Euro and the Pound, but posted respective two- and four-day lows against the Australian and Canadian Dollars. AUDUSD ticked fractionally higher, which was still sufficient to lift the pair into 12-week high terrain above 0.7380. NZDUSD posted a new 29-month peak at 0.7030. USDCAD remained heavy but just above recent 17-day lows. Bitcoin, which performed strongly this year on the back of dollar liquidity, found a toehold, but remained over 12% down on its recent highs.



    US markets will reopen after yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday, but market conditions will remain on the thin side. President Trump said that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, which may be as close to formally conceding the election as he will go. A sharp focus remains on EU and UK talks, with a face-to-face round reportedly taking place in London over the weekend. There are now reports that the EU parliament might convene as late as December 28 to ratify a deal, if necessary.

    The spectre of a no-deal hangs over proceedings, though the consensus, as judged by the ongoing stability of the Pound, remains for a narrow deal to be reached.



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    Date : 30th November 2020.

    Events to Look Out for This Week.




    Europe and US are in the middle of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The prospect of another hit to the economy in Q4 and emerging lockdown disruptions.still leaves central banks and fiscal authorities in crisis mode, but positive news on the vaccine front leaves investors looking ahead to the recovery. Next week’s focus will remain on the virus, Brexit as the latest and supposedly final deadline, is next Tuesday, OPEC+ group which will also decide on extending prevailing quota restrictions next Tuesday, and on the Non-Farm Payroll outcome.

    Monday – 30 November 2020

    Eurogroup Meeting.

    Non-Manufacturing PMI (CNY, GMT 01:00) – The Non-manufacturing PMI is expected to slowdown to 52.1 from 56.2 in October.

    Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 13:00) – The German HICP preliminary inflation for November is anticipated to remain unchanged at -0.5% y/y.

    Pending Home Sales (USD, GMT 15:00) – Pending home sales experienced a minor decline at -2.2% in September after four consecutive months of contract activity growth/ For October we could further decline to -2.6%.

    Tuesday – 01 December 2020

    RBA Rate Statement & Interest Rate (AUD, GMT 03:30) – In the last meeting, RBA stepped up stimulus to ensure recovery by announcing a package of measures designed to secure a rapid recovery from the crisis now that lockdowns have lifted. RBA’s Lowe also stated that he sees no appetite to go into negative rates. The central bank head send a pretty clear signal that the focus now has shifted to asset purchases, with no appetite at the central bank to move into negative rate territory.

    Consumer Price Index (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Preliminary November inflation expected to remain unchanged at -0.3% y/y in the final reading for September, unchanged from the preliminary release. Core inflation meanwhile declined to 0.2% y/y and while special factors are playing a role, officials clearly are increasingly concerned that the prolonged period of underinflation and now negative headline rates will prompt a more lasting shift in price expectations, which against the background of a sizeable output gap and rising unemployment lifts the risk of real deflation down the line.

    Gross Domestic Product (CAD, GMT 13:30) – Canada GDP results for the Q3 are seen to be slowing down, at a yearly rate of -39.6% compared to 38.7% last month.
    ISM Manufacturing PMI (USD, GMT 15:00) – US manufacturing PMI is expected to fall to 57.5 in November from a 2-year high of 59.3 in October. We’re seeing a modest November pull-back in available producer sentiment measures to still-elevated levels, as output is continuing to rise in the face of plunging inventories and rising sales, with limited headwinds from delayed stimulus and continued virus outbreaks.

    Fed’s Governor Powell testimony (USD, GMT 15:00)

    Wednesday – 02 December 2020

    RBA’s Governor Lowe speech (AUD, GMT 00:00).

    Gross Domestic Product (AUD, GMT 00:30) – GDP is the economy’s most important figure. Q3 GDP is expected to confirm slowdown to -7.8% q/q and -7.2% y/y.

    Retail Sales (EUR, GMT 07:00) – German sales are anticipated to have fallen slightly to -0.8% in October, compared to -2.2% m/m in September.

    ADP Employment Change (USD, GMT 13:15) – The ADP Employment survey is seen at 500k for November compared to the 365K in October.

    Thursday – 03 December 2020

    Trade Balance (AUD, GMT 00:30) – Australian retail trade is expected to see a strong decline in August, at -8.5% y/y from the downwards revision in June at -2.9% y/y.

    Retail Sales (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Retail Sales dropped -2.0% m/m in September, more than anticipated. It left the annual rate still at 2.2% y/y, indicating a pick up compared to the same months last year, but different sales season amid the pandemic distort the picture and the annual rate is actually down from 4.2% y/y in the previous month.

    ISM Service PMI (USD, GMT 15:00) – US Markit October services PMI was revised up to 56.9 in the final read versus 56.0 in the preliminary. It’s the best reading since April 2015 and is a third month in expansion. In November the ISM Service PMI is seen at 56.4.

    Friday – 04 December 2020

    Retail Sales (AUD, GMT 00:30) – October’s Retail sales could be improved by 1.6%, following a -1.1% September loss.

    Non-Farm Payrolls (USD, GMT 13:30) – Expectations are for the headline number to be around 750k in November, after gains of 638k in October, 672k in September. The jobless rate should fall to 6.8% from 6.9% in October, versus a 14.7% peak in April. Average hourly earnings are assumed to rise 0.1% in November, with a headwind from further unwinds of the April distortion from the concentration of layoffs in low-wage categories slows. This translates to a y/y gain of 4.2%, down from 4.5%. We expect the payroll rebound to continue through year-end, though the climb is leaving a net drop for employment for 2020 overall.

    Employment Change & Unemployment Rate (CAD, GMT 13:30) – Canadian data coincides with the USA release today with dire expectations for a slight deduction in Unemployment to 8.8% from 8.9% last month and a rise from the 83.6 in October for employment, to 100k.

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    Date : 8th December 2020.

    Events to Look Out for This Week.




    This will be a week of increased attention to the central banks with ECB and BoC on tap. The markets also remain focused on positive vaccine development and growing hopes for more fiscal stimulus before year end. Nevertheless, for Europe, a deal between the EU and UK is “imminent”, expected before the end of the weekend, according to an EU source cited by Reuters.

    Monday – 07 December 2020

    Gross Domestic Product (JPY, GMT 23:50) – Gross Domestic Product should advance in Q3 and reveal headline growth of 21.5% y/y and 5% q/q, with external demand, capital expenditure and private consumption rising.

    Tuesday – 08 December 2020

    Economic Sentiment (EUR, GMT 09:00) – German December ZEW economic sentiment is seen to have declined at 35 compared to 39 in November.

    Gross Domestic Product (EUR, GMT 10:00) – Gross Domestic Product is seen stable at 12.6% growth in Q3 after the German Q3 GDP growth, released November 24, which was revised up to 8.5% (q/q, sa) in the final reading, from the 8.2% reported initially. It was an impressive bounce back from Q2’s -9.8% plunge, but the performance was not sufficient to compensate for the contraction that was triggered by lockdowns earlier in the year.

    Wednesday – 09 December 2020

    Consumer Price Index (CNY, GMT 01:30) – China’s recovery appears to be broadening, as a key manufacturing sentiment measure improved to its best level in three years during November while a non-manufacturing sentiment measure saw its best reading in eight years during November. CPI is expected to accelerate to a 0.8% y/y pace in November following the 0.5% growth last month.

    Interest Rate Decision and Statement (CAD, GMT 15:00) – The reports so far are consistent with the ongoing recovery in Canada’s economy since the spring shutdown. Of course, the gain in November employment was the smallest monthly increase since hiring resumed in May, reflecting well anticipated moderation to a more sustainable pace as the reopening pop faded. However, the jobs and trade reports are consistent with no change in the BoC’s 0.25% rate setting expected at next week’s announcement, alongside a reiteration of the pledge to hold rates at 0.25% into 2023.

    Thursday – 10 December 2020

    European Council Meeting.

    Interest Rate Decision and Press Conference (EUR, GMT 12:45-13:30) – The European Central Bank (ECB) remains on course to ease policy further in December, with officials highlighting that despite positive vaccine developments, the recovery will need ongoing monetary and in particular fiscal support through 2021. Comments confirm that the ECB remains on course to extend stimulus at the December 10th meeting with asset purchases and longer-term loans the central bank’s main weapons. The ECB is expected to strengthen PEPP, but could also boost regular asset purchase programs and improve TLTROs, although the final package will likely also depend on what happens on the virus front. Even in the best-case scenario, PEPP is still expected to be extended through next year, and Lagarde has made it clear that the ECB is firmly focused on helping governments to extend fiscal support by maintaining favorable financing conditions.

    Consumer Price Index (USD, GMT 13:30) – A 0.1% November gain for the CPI headline and a 0.2% core price rise are anticipated, following flat rates for both in October. CPI gasoline prices look poised to fall -0.4% in November, leaving a headwind for the headline. As-expected November figures would result in a 1.1% headline y/y increase, following a 1.2% October rise. Core prices should show a 1.6% y/y rise, as seen in October. With average inflation targeting, the Fed will face no pressure to withdraw accommodation any time soon.

    Friday – 11 December 2020

    European Council Meeting – Day 2.

    Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (EUR, GMT 07:00) – The German HICP inflation for July is anticipated to dip to -0.5% in November.

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    Date : 10th December 2020.

    FX Update – December 10 – Sterling in the cross-hairs



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    Sterling is under pressure after three hours of “lively and interesting” talks between UK PM Johnson and the European Commission President von der Leyen and their chief negotiators last night failed to find a way round “significant obstacles.” Talks will continue, and a new deadline has been set for Sunday, with the leaders promising that a “firm decision” will be made then, though UK foreign secretary Raab said that talks could still be extended. Either Johnson will have to decide whether the disruption of a no-deal is worth the risk, and/or von der Leyen will have to persuade EU leaders to budge during the group leaders’ summit today and tomorrow. The BBC’s Europe editor Katya Alder reported that EU diplomats are ready to go the extra mile, but contrary to the UK government view, the EU thinks the ultimate decision for deal or no deal lies primarily with the UK.



    Our hunch is that a deal will still be reached, though Johnson will need some concessions from the EU as he will have to sell any deal to the influential faction of Brexit ideologues in his party. Sunday is the first anniversary of his 80-seat General Election win. The EU’s demands on fishing access to UK waters and governance, and in particular retaliatory measures if the UK diverged from EU rules, are on terms that Johnson singled out yesterday, just ahead of his trip to Brussels, that “no prime minister could accept.” He has some wiggle room, as he could argue that leaving the EU in some alignment of its rules is the pragmatic option in the Covid era, and that the UK could diverge from EU rules over time. A no-deal scenario would not come without potentially significant political risks to Johnson, and would see Scotland’s SNP step up demands for an independence referendum. The European Commission said it will publish “very narrow” no-deal contingency plans to maintain aviation and functioning borders.



    The Pound has dropped over 0.5% against the Dollar in falling to the lower 1.3300s, and has seen a similar magnitude of decline against the Euro and other currencies. The USDIndex edged out a three-day high at 91.09, aided by the pound’s weakness, while EURUSD has lifted moderately after posting an eight-day low at 1.2059 yesterday. Elsewhere, the Australian Dollar has remained perky, posting a new three-month high against the Yen, and nearing the 29-month high seen against the US Dollar yesterday. Unsurprisingly GBPAUD is the biggest mover so far today (-1.30%). The pair rejected 1.8050 & closed under 1.8000 yesterday. The sell-off continued today from open, and has breached 1.7900 and trades below S3 to test 1.770. The fast EMAs aligned and are trending lower, RSI 29 and approaching OB, MACD histogram & signal line aligned lower, broke 0-line yesterday morning, Stochs OB from earlier. H1 ATR 0.0035, Daily ATR 0.0152.

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    Date : 11th December 2020.

    FX Update – December 11 – USD & GBP Remain Heavy



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    The Dollar softened against most currencies, with most stock markets and oil prices rising in Asia, although overall risk appetite in global markets is relatively more subdued compared to recent times. As the European session got under way some demand for the USD has been evident. The GER30 has tanked over 1% in European trading as a no-trade deal Brexit, potentially looms. Base metal prices are below trend highs, and US equity index futures are also flat or modestly lower. The risk of a no-deal outcome between the EU and UK in the Brexit endgame has risen, while in the US Democrat House Speaker Pelosi said that wrangling over a fiscal aid package could drag on through Christmas, just as Covid-19 containing measures are becoming more restrictive and extensive across the country. Add in the usual year-end wind down, along with depleted levels of cash on hand at global investors, and the scene looks set for a consolidation in global asset markets, if not a correction.



    Among currencies, the USDIndex fell to a four-day low at 90.62, swinging the 32-month low that was seen a week ago at 90.48 back into scope, before a tick higher 90.80. EURUSD concurrently lifted to a four-day high, at 1.2163 and then declined to 1.2130. The pair’s 32-month low, seen last Friday, is at 1.2178. USDJPY fell back to levels around 104.00, correcting after yesterday posting a nine-day high at 104.59. AUDUSD posted a fresh 30-month high at 0.7571, and AUDJPY scaled to a new 20-month high. NZDUSD saw a 30-month peak, too over 0.7100. USDCAD remained heavy, but remained above the 32-month low seen yesterday at 1.2704. As for the Pound, the currency has been holding up well so far, but looks vulnerable. UK PM Johnson said that “in all candour that the treaty is not there yet,” while stating that he is willing to return to Brussels, or visit Berlin and/or Paris, to get a deal over the line. The leaders have set a deadline of Sunday, though discussions could extend through next week if a deal has been agreed by the end of the weekend. Markets still expect a deal, but acknowledge the risk for a no-deal. Bookmakers Willian Hill are currently given odds with an implied probability of 61.9% for a no-deal outcome, with a 45.5% chance given for a deal being struck, which is down from the 62% that was given ahead of Johnson’s meeting with EU’s von der Leyen on Wednesday. We would anticipate a sharp decline in the Pound in the event of a no-deal scenario.



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    Date : 14th December 2020.

    Events to Look Out for This Week.




    Europe and the US are in the middle of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The prospect of another hit to the economy in Q4 and emerging lockdown disruptions still leave central banks and fiscal authorities in crisis mode, but positive news on the vaccine front has been confronted with slowing economic data. Next week’s focus will remain on the virus, the PMI data flow, the FED, BOE, BOJ and SNB and the Brexit trade deal or no trade deal.

    Monday – 14 December 2020

    The Tankan Large Manufacturing Index (JPY, GMT 00:50) – The overall business conditions of the large manufacturing companies in Japan is expected to decline to -27 from -21 last time, with the Outlook holding up at -17 and remaining unchanged.

    The FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) (CNY, GMT 02:00) – The Chinese Economy has been recovering with significant FDI again, last time the data ratcheted to 6.4%.

    Industrial Production (Oct) (EUR, GMT 10:00) – The volume of production of Industries for factories and manufacturing has been slowly recovering but showing signs of stalling. September’s negative -0.4% is expected to show a rebound to +1.8% for the October reading.

    Tuesday – 15 December 2020

    RBA Rate Meeting Minutes (AUD, GMT 12:30) – RBA kept policy settings unchanged – as widely expected, which left the three-year yield target at 0.10% and the cash rate target also at 0.10%. Governor Lowe said in his statement that the RBA doesn’t expect to lift the cash rate for at least three years. There was no dissention from the official line and little new is likely from the minutes.

    Retail Sales & Ind. Production (CNY, GMT 02:00) – Chinese Retail Sales are expected to rise to 5.2% from 4.3% last time and Industrial production is expected to rise to 7.1% from 6.9% as data continues to improve.

    Claims, Unemployment Rate and Earnings (GBP, GMT 07:00) – UK data flow recently has been remarkably resilient in the face of the pandemic the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Today data is expected to show unemployment stable at 4.8%, claims increasing significantly to 50,000 and earnings slipping to under 1.0%.

    Wednesday – 16 December 2020

    PPI, CPI & Retail Sales (GBP, GMT 07:00) – More UK data, Inflation from producer and consumer spending and Retail Sales all expected to show declines for the month and on an annualized basis. Retails Sales may hold up over 1.3%.

    Markit PMI Composite (EUR, GMT 09:00) – The Composite figure is expected to show some resilience but remaining very weak rising to just 45.5 from 43.3. The shocks could be around the Services figures for Germany and France earlier in the day. Manufacturing data was showing some lead before the latest round of lockdowns.

    US Retail Sales (USD, GMT 13:30) – Expectations are for a -0.2% November retail sales headline with a flat ex-autos measure, following respective October gains of 0.3% and 0.2%.

    FED – Statement, Interest Rate Decision and Projections (USD, GMT 19:00) – Beige Book for the December 15-16 FOMC was on the dour side amid the surge in virus, renewed restrictions, and worries over looming expiration of unemployment benefits and moratoriums on foreclosures.

    Thursday – 17 December 2020

    Employment and Unemployment Rate (AUD, GMT 00:30) – The Australian jobs market is expected to show a dramatic fall in employment to -30,000 as unemployment ticks up from 7%.

    SNB Interest Rate Decision and MPA (CHF, GMT 08:30) – As with other Central banks, no change is expected from the SNB with regards to interest rates, however, given the CHF’s rapid appreciation to near six year highs versus the weakening USD there maybe some reference to the currency.

    BOE Interest Rate & APF Decision, MPC Mins & Vote (GBP, GMT 12:00) – Last time the BOE had to act after turning more pessimistic on the outlook in the light of the renewed lockdown and the increase in the asset purchase target was more generous than markets had expected. This is unlikely to have improved in the short term.

    Friday – 18 December 2020

    BOJ Interest Rate, MP Statement and Press Conference (JPY, GMT 03:00)– It’s widely expected, the BOJ will leave rates and asset purchases unchanged. BOJ head Kuroda is likely to again stress the downside risks, as economic outlook remains uncertain, but recent data has provided surprises to the upside, but a volatile recovery path is likely.

    UK Retail Sales (GBP, GMT 07:00) – Expectations are for the headline number to be 4.2% on a YoY basis down from 5.8%, last time, the MoM data for November to show an unchanged 1.2% and the key Core figure to fall to 5.9% from 7.8% last time.

    IFO Business Climate, Assessment & Expectations (EUR, GMT 09:00) – All three indicators are expected to show declines this month, coming in at 90.2, from 90.7, 89.3 from 90.0 and 91.5 from 92.9, respectively.

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    Date : 15th December 2020.

    FX Update – December 15 – Rangebound for now.



    GBPUSD, H1

    Narrow ranges have been prevailing among the main Dollar pairings and associated cross rates. This has been seen against a backdrop of sputtering global stock markets. Data showing Chinese industrial production rising 7.0% y/y in November, a 20-month high, along with a rise in retail sales, didn’t have much impact. Commodities have also been lacking direction after recent gains.



    The surge in new positive test results for Covid in northern hemisphere countries, ranging from Japan and South Korea, to Europe and the US and Canada, along with more restrictive measures (tighter measures are due to be implemented in London from tomorrow, for instance), is being cited in market narratives as driving the risk-cautious sentiment in markets. While the bigger-picture outlook remains bullish, the view across the valley is being fogged out by the seasonality driven rise in coronavirus cases. The usual year-end wind down in investor commitment is also afoot. The roll-out of Covid vaccination programs in the months ahead won’t be sufficient to make much impact over the upcoming winter months.



    The Brexit endgame, meanwhile, remains in focus, though the negotiation teams are being tight lipped and it is difficult to be sure exactly what the state of play is. The Pound has steadied after rallying yesterday. We do know that both sides have offered concessions, and have entered a post-brinkmanship, pragmatic phase, focused on a ‘managed divergence’ solution. The best market guess is that an agreement will be announced by the end of the week, however a no-deal outcome can’t be ruled out and remains a real possibility.

    On Friday I wrote that “UK data flow recently has been remarkably resilient in the face of the pandemic and the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Today data is expected to show unemployment stable at 4.8%, claims increasing significantly to 50,000 and earnings slipping to under 1.0%.” The results earlier were much darker than expected, as official unemployment ticked higher to 4.9% but this hides the significant number of people (3.7 million) who remain furloughed. The claims did indeed increase, and significantly more than the 50,000 that were expected, coming in at 64,300. Although Earnings did beat expectations at 2.7%, due to one off bonus payments, the outlook remains subdued due to the new lockdown tier 3 regimes, set to cover an additional 10.8 million people, 61% of England’s population – or 34 million people – under the toughest restrictions from Wednesday.

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    Date : 16th December 2020.

    FX Update – December 16 – Perky PMIs & a weaker USD.



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    Eurozone & UK Dec. PMIs were generally stronger than expected, with the exception of UK Services. EU Services sentiment in particular rebounded, even in Germany, which is going into a stricter form of lockdown today, which will see shops closing. The Eurozone Services PMI still suggests contraction at 47.3, but that is a marked improvement compared to the reading of 41.7 in November. Manufacturing sentiment rose to 56.6 from 55.3, which left the composite at a 2-month high of 49.8, which effectively suggests stagnation rather than contraction. Markit commented that due to the improvement in December, the fourth quarter downturn is looking less steep than initially feared. Still, as Markit also highlighted – while the prospect of vaccinations is underpinning future expectations, in the near term the environment remains challenging for many consumer-facing companies.



    In the UK Markit noted that “The UK economy returned to growth in December after the lockdown-driven downturn seen in November, adding to signs that the hit to the economy from the second wave of virus infections has so far been far less harsh than the first wave in the spring.” The recovery lacked vigour, however, as the service sector remained under particular strain, contracting marginally again as ongoing social distancing measures due to tiered lockdowns continued to hit many parts of the economy. Manufacturing numbers were 57.3 vs 55.9 with last month’s number being increased to 55.6, while the more important Services slipped below the key 50.0 level to 49.9 and missed expectations of 50.5, with last month’s data also being upgraded to 47.6, but remaining historically very low.



    The USDIndex has remained heavy, testing a new 32-month low at 90.05. EURUSD has concurrently been holding firm, breaching its 32-month highs at 1.2178, to push to 1.2210. USDJPY, now amid its fourth down day out of the last five, has ebbed to a five-week low at 103.25. As we have noted before, real interest rate differentials are imparting a bias for the Yen to gain on the Dollar, albeit modestly. The nine-month lows, seen last month at 103.17-19, are back in scope. There looks to have been a degree of position trimming in CADJPY, which has been a popular long lately, being a strong correlate of the reflation theme in global markets. The cross is showing a decline of nearly 0.5% on the day so far. USDCAD, meanwhile, has lifted back above 1.2700 to 1.2745 after yesterday printing a 32-month low at 1.2686. While oil prices have been remaining perky, with Brent benchmark prices sustaining gains above $50, upside momentum has been abating. OPEC supply is set to increase, in addition to recovering supply out of Libya, while Norwegian and US supply are also increasing. There are also expectations for Iran to strike a deal on its nuclear program with the Biden administration, which could lower sanctions that have been stifling oil exports out of the country. These supply fundamentals, along with the demand-sapping virus containing measures in many of the major northern hemisphere economies, look to be setting up oil prices for a year-end correction after six consecutive up weeks. Elsewhere, the Pound has remained buoyant, with markets factoring in prospects for the EU and UK to reach a future relationship deal as soon as this week. There hasn’t been much news from the negotiating teams, though this in itself is being taken as a sure sign that progress is being made after the EU’s von der Leyen said that a “narrow” path to agreement has come into view. Cable has printed a 12-day high at 1.3519.

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