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Daily Market Analysis By ForexTime ( FXTM )
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Quiet market before Powell Jackson Hole speech

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There is a lower level of market volatility at the end of the week, with investors on stand-by mode before Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks at Jackson Hole later today.

Traders are probably on the edge of their seats wondering whether Powell will respond at all to the criticism from President Trump towards US interest rate policy earlier in the week, but the most market-friendly way to respond to such comments would be to ignore them. The Federal Reserve does remain set on raising US interest rates once again next month, and there is no reason for the Fed to deter from this path. I personally doubt that he would acknowledge the comments made by President Trump during Jackson Hole.

Powell might be able to create some volatility for traders is if he highlights the potential impact the ongoing trade tensions is a risk to the global economy. There are indications that the global economic outlook is slowing when compared to this time last year, and the latest FOMC Minutes release from this week did create a picture that Federal Reserve policymakers are concerned about the prolonged trade tensions. If Powell suggests that these concerns over trade tensions could also weaken the US economic outlook, this would represent a risk for the Dollar.

Elsewhere a threat for financial market volatility would be if Jerome Powell takes an unexpected turn towards offering monetary guidance on what the outlook for 2019 could bring. The market is already pretty much set-on for the Federal Reserve to raise US interest rates next month with the door also remaining open for a potential US interest rate increase before the year concludes, but there isn’t much guidance on what to expect next year. It might be a little premature at this stage to speculate, but if Powell suggested that 2019 would bring a less active approach towards raising US interest rates this would be seen as a negative for the US Dollar.

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Global risk appetite increases on US and Mexico deal

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It has been an incredibly bullish day for the US markets after the US and Mexico agreed in principal on a trade deal to replace NAFTA. While Mexico has agreed in principal around this deal the main issue for many has been the exclusion of Canada thus far, with a separate agreement looking to be reached in the long run for Canada and the US and Mexico. This move however will need approval by congress and the senate but markets believe it will happen and as a result and we've seen some very bullish moves at the start of the week globally.

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Looking at the S&P 500 it is clear that investors thus far believe that any trade deal that has been agreed will favour the US economy heavily, as Trump has been a staunch opponent of the current NAFTA deal and the effect it had on blue collar workers. While protectionism of certain industries is not ideal in any situation the equity markets believe that in this case it may be warranted and have pushed the market to a record high of 2900. With this being a key level of resistance for the market we're waiting to see if the market has further legs and can lift to 2925 at present. In the event that it does not have the movement that was envisioned then a potential fall back to support at 2877 could likely be on the cards. With further falls in the long run to 2847 and 2818. However, the US equity markets continue to be upbeat so I am looking at this as very bullish in the long run.

One of the other moves at the start of the week and one to watch has been the New Zealand dollar which has crept up the charts thus far. Markets I feel have not been expecting this one, but some recent weakness in the USD has given it a bit of a reprieve and we've seen some small gains. In the long run though, the New Zealand economy is still suffering and it may be a very long time until we see any sort of rate rises in the current market environment.

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Looking at the NZDUSD on the charts it has been quite the aggressive mover as of late and the bears have taken a big chunk out of it. Resistance at 0.6712 has so far held back any bullish movements as I feel markets are cautious over any rises.  However, there is further potential to rise to 0.6755 and 0.6833 in the long run if bullish sentiment continues. If the bears take back control then support levels can be found at 0.6600 and 0.6560 at present.

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BoE inflation report hearings in focus, Dollar powers higher

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A sense of gloom was evident across financial markets today as worries over rising trade tensions and emerging market weakness weighed heavily on global sentiment.

Looming U.S. tariffs set to be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as soon as Thursday brings on oppressive feelings, while uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations has compounded anxieties. Caution can be reflected across global equity markets, with Asian stocks concluding mixed while European shares struggle for direction.

Emerging market currencies witnessed further weakness on global trade tensions and Dollar strength. No prisoners were taken as the Turkish Lira, Argentina Peso, South African Rand and many other EM currencies felt the burn. The outlook for EM currencies remains gloomy, especially when considering the turmoil in Turkey and Argentina, trade war fears and prospects of higher US interest rates all present downside risks ahead.

The British Pound had a rocky start to the week after Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned that he “strongly” disagreed with key sections of Theresa May’s Brexit proposal. Sellers attacked the Pound further this morning on reports that UK construction activity slowed in August.

Much attention will be directed towards the UK’s inflation report hearings where Mark Carney and several MPC members are set to testify before parliament. Investors will be paying very close attention to any comments around monetary policy, economic outlook and ongoing Brexit developments. Will he stay or will he go? This remains a recurrent question on the mind of many investors. Lawmakers are likely to use this opportunity to quiz Carney about his future plans. The battered Pound could receive a knock out blow if Carney strikes a dovish tone and talks down rate hike prospects.

In the currency markets, the Dollar was King as concerns over escalating US-China trade tensions boosted safe-haven demand for the currency. Another key driver behind the Greenback’s healthy appreciation is speculation over higher US interest rates this year. Taking a peek at the technical picture, the Dollar Index punched above the 95.50 level. A solid daily close above this region could inspire a move towards 95.80.

Gold bears were back in action on Tuesday thanks to a broadly stronger US Dollar. With the mighty Dollar set to dim Gold’s shine and US rate hike expectations denting appetite for the zero-yielding metal further, the outlook remains tilted to the downside. Sustained weakness below the $1,200 psychological level could open a path towards $1,180.

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Sterling weakens despite wage growth surprise

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There was appetite for the British Pound on Tuesday morning following official data that showed UK wage growth accelerating faster than expected. However, gains were later surrendered as investors redirected their focus back toward Brexit developments.

UK wage growth surprised to the upside by rising 2.9% in the three months to July while the unemployment rate remained steady at 4% - its lowest level since March 1975. Although the jobs report illustrates an encouraging picture of the UK economy, this is unlikely to convince the Bank of England to raise interest rates anytime soon. The central bank is poised to remain on hold until the thick smog of uncertainty created by Brexit fully dissipates.

Sterling’s extreme sensitivity to Brexit headlines has clearly become a dominant market theme. The explosive price action witnessed yesterday following encouraging comments from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator is a testament to this fact. While a renewed sense of optimism over a Brexit deal possibly secured within 6-8 weeks could push Sterling higher, any hiccups during the talks are likely to expose the currency to downside shocks.

Looking at the technical picture, the GBPUSD is turning bullish on the daily charts. Prices are trading above the daily 20 Simple Moving Average while the MACD is in the process of crossing to the upside. Bulls will remain in control as long as the GBPUSD is able to keep above the 1.3000 level. However, a breakdown below 1.3000 could inspire a decline back towards 1.2940.

Across the Atlantic, the Dollar rebounded against a basket of major currencies as rising global trade tensions boosted its safe-haven demand. The Dollar is likely to remain king across currency markets on the back of US rate hike expectations and the bullish sentiment towards the US economy. Taking a peek at the technical picture, the Dollar Index could challenge 95.80 once bulls are able to secure a solid daily close above 95.50.

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Chinese Yuan shows resilience, despite emerging markets pressured by trade concerns

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Conflicting indications over the status of trade talks between the United States and China has contributed towards a subdued opening of the week for financial markets.

Reports that President Donald Trump will most likely impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods have collided with other reports that Beijing was considering rejecting trade talks with Washington. This collectively resulted in a cautious start to the trading week for investors, where they prefer to remain on the side-lines and await clarity on this ongoing issue before deciding what step to take next with their portfolios.

The atmosphere of caution and confusion has been reflected across the emerging market space with equities tumbling 1% while most EM currencies depreciated against the Dollar.

The Indian Rupee was a clear casualty of the uncertain external environment as it depreciated roughly 0.90% against the Dollar. It has been a painful year thus for the Rupee which has tumbled 12% against the Dollar (YTD), making it one of the world’s worst performing currencies this year. A heavily depressed Rupee will have significant ramifications on the Indian economy, especially when considering how the nation is a major energy importer. With a depreciating Rupee potentially stoking inflationary pressures, the Reserve Bank of India could be forced to hike interest rates for the third time this year.

Elsewhere, the Turkish Lira tumbled roughly 1.96% against the Dollar as concerns resurfaced over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on the economy. It seems the “feel good” effect from last week’s bold rate hike by Turkey’s central bank has worn off with traders refocusing on the political and economic developments within the Turkish economy. Investors will be keeping an eye out for the Turkish government’s new medium-term program (MTP) to be announced on Thursday which could provide insight into the direction of Turkish economic policy. The Lira could roar back to life if the (MTP) shows signs of the authorities embracing a tighter fiscal program to support growth.

In China, the Yuan fought back against the Dollar despite escalating trade tensions weighing on market sentiment. The Yuan’s resilience could be based on Dollar weakness, or that investors may be directing more of their energy to attacking currencies belonging to markets with high current account deficits. Looking at the technical picture, the USDCNY has the potential to challenge 6.8290 if bears are able to secure a daily close below 6.8500.

Gold sparkled in the background as escalating trade tensions supported the flight to safety. A softer Dollar stimulated appetite for the yellow metal further with prices punching above the psychological $1200 level. While Gold could appreciate further in the near term, gains remain threated by key fundamental themes. With the Greenback heavily supported by “safe-haven” demand and the Fed poised to raise interest rates this month, Gold is destined for further pain.

King Dollar tumbled into the trading week losing ground against a basket of major currencies despite global trade developments denting investor confidence. There is a possibility that the weakness observed could be on the back profit taking ahead of the possible announcement of additional tariffs on China. Technical traders will continue to closely observe how the Dollar Index behaves above the 94.50 support level. An intraday breakdown below this region could inspire a move towards 94.10.

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Investors ignored the latest round of tariffs; For how long?

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Equity markets do not seem to be concerned over the latest phase of the U.S.-China trade war. Investors have been pricing negative news for months which has led several emerging markets into bear territory.  The 10% tariffs imposed by the U.S. on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods seemed to be a relief rather than a catastrophe given that markets were bracing for a 25% figure. Similarly, the Chinese response was a softer hit than anticipated after announcing that the nation won’t engage in currency devaluation.

There’s no doubt that China’s economy will take a bigger hit if tensions escalated further. After all, China had a trade surplus of $375 billion with the U.S. in 2017. If China’s exports decline- significantly, the economy’s growth may slow down to 6% by 2019. However, there are no signs that Chinese officials are willing to wave the white flag anytime soon, especially with the U.S. mid-term elections being less than two months away.

When looking at the performance of global stock markets this week, investors still seem to believe that a deal between the largest two economies will be struck instead of a further escalation of trade tensions. However, with President Trump in office I have doubts that an agreement will be reached.

Although China cannot go toe-to-toe with the U.S. in a retaliatory tit-for-tat tariff war, they still have options to support their economy and hit back at the U.S. with non-tariffs weapons. China may simply put its deleveraging efforts on hold and begin a new round of fiscal and monetary stimulus to offset the damage created by trade. A reduction in corporate tax rates on manufacturing and other industries along with keeping interest rates low and a further cut in Reserve Requirement Ratio to support credit growth will keep the economy well supported for the foreseeable future.

A gradual depreciation in the Renminbi is another tool to offset tariff impacts. The CNY has dropped more than 5.2% against the dollar so far this year, so it requires less than 5% depreciation to offset the current 10% tariffs imposed by the U.S. Despite Premier Li Keqiang vow not to pursue a policy of currency devaluation, officials can blame market conditions on the fall of the currency.

Beijing still seems to be playing defensive so far, but if China decides to move on the offensive a new strategy will be followed. This may include boycotting U.S. products, increasing taxes on earnings of U.S. companies in China, refusing to grant approvals for M&A involving U.S. businesses, and reducing its U.S. debt holdings. Any signs of China following this path will be damaging for investors’ confidence and that’s what could lead to a steep selloff in global equities.

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Could the Dollar be turning the corner?

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Currencies throughout Asia have welcomed the news that the Dollar has tumbled to a near 3-month low. A number of different currencies in the region have advanced against the Greenback, with the weakening momentum for the Dollar benefiting the Indian Rupee the most at time of writing. The indications that the market is turning more negative towards the Greenback would represent very positive news for emerging market currencies in particular, which have received a pounding over the past couple of months in response to the prolonged Dollar strength in the market. This can be seen during trading on Friday with the Thai Baht, Chinese Yuan, Philippine Peso, Indonesian Rupiah, Malaysian Ringgit and Indian Rupee all strengthening.

The exact catalyst behind why the Dollar is weakening is not easy to point out, but the main contender is that fading fears over trade tensions are providing traders with a reason to take profit on Dollar positions that have been building for months. Another round of reassuring comments from authorities in China indicating that the Chinese Yuan will not be used as a weapon in the trade tensions has also been looked upon positively by the market.

It does overall go without saying that the prospects for more potential weakness in the Dollar moving forward would of course be widely welcome news for a long list of currencies across the globe. 

As we head into the conclusion of trading for the week the South African Rand has benefited the most from weakness in the Greenback. The Rand has strengthened above 4% over the past five days, with traders looking very positively on the news that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) were able to leave monetary policy unchanged yesterday. The news that inflationary pressures in South Africa unexpectedly eased in August earlier this week allowed the SARB to maintain resilience and not follow the recent path of both the Russian and Turkish central banks to raise interest rates, which was needed in both the cases of Russia and Turkey to ease inflationary pressures and defend both the Ruble and Lira from further weakness. 

It is not surprising that the Turkish Lira remained volatile and has shifted between both gains and weakness in the aftermath of Turkey’s finance minister announcing his plan to combat the Lira currency crisis. The market as you would expect has looked upon the announcement negatively that there has been a sharp downgrade in GDP growth forecasts for both 2018 and 2019. Growth is now expected to slow below 4% this year and narrowly above 2% in 2019, which is a sharp contrast to the overall growth at 7.4% that the economy enjoyed last year. 

I would keep a very close eye on the British Pound over the upcoming sessions despite the news that the Cable has rallied to its highest levels in nearly three months. Traders appear to have repositioned in recent sessions that there will eventually be a breakthrough in the UK and EU negotiations over Brexit, but the latest summit in Salzburg failed to result in a positive outcome and the rally in the Pound can fall like a house of cards if the markets begin to reprice into the market a potential hard-Brexit eventuality.

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Rescued NAFTA deal revives risk-on sentiment, Yen crumbles

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Investors have entered into the final trading quarter with a renewed appetite for risk after Canada agreed to join the United States and Mexico in a trilateral trade deal over the weekend.

Global equity markets powered higher on this positive development, while the Canadian Dollar and Mexico peso both soared to fresh multi-month highs. With the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) seen as a breath of fresh air to markets, “risk-on” could remain the name of the game in the short term. However, market sentiment remains gripped by ongoing US-China trade tensions in the medium to longer term. Any fresh signs of trade tensions escalating between the world’s two largest economies could dent investor confidence and erode risk appetite.

In the currency markets, the Japanese Yen was a clear casualty of the “risk-on” mood with the currency depreciating to levels not seen November 2017. An appreciating Dollar rubbed salt into the wound with the USDJPY trading towards 114.00 as of writing. With investors likely to offload the shun the Japanese Yen for riskier assets and the Dollar supported by rate hike expectations, the USDJPY could trade higher. In regards to the technical picture, a solid daily close above 114.00 could send the USDJPY towards 114.50.

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The Canadian Dollar bulls were unstoppable today mostly due to the NAFTA optimism with the USDCAD crashing towards levels not seen in over 4 months below 1.2800. With the CAD heavily supported by higher oil prices and expectations over the Bank of Canada raising interest rates this month, the USDCAD could potentially sink towards 1.2700 and beyond. Investors will continue to closely observe if bears are able to secure a solid weekly close below the 1.2800 level.

Gold traded in the background with prices bouncing within a modest range despite investors offloading safe-haven assets for riskier investments. The yellow metal may remain on standby ahead of the US jobs report on Friday. Daily bears remain in control below the $1200 psychological level with $1181 acting as a near-term bearish target.

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Yuan eases on risk-off sentiment, regional currencies suffer and Gold tumbles

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Financial markets have entered the new trading week on negative footing as a mixture of different market themes weigh on investor sentiment and promote risk aversion.

Ongoing external uncertainties around matters such as trade tensions and the Italian budget coupled with increased optimism over higher US interest rates at a time where questions remain over what will happen to Iranian Oil exports from next month represent just a few of the uncertain themes that are promoting a risk-off atmosphere. The announcement from the PBoC to cut the RRR requirement for the fourth time in 2018 hasn’t been enough to inspire potential buyers back into global stock markets for now. This lack of appetite for risk was reflected across Asian markets, with Chinese equities witnessing heavy losses following a week-long holiday. The Shanghai Composite Index shed 3.7% while the CSI 300 Index plunged 4.3%. With heightened trade tensions denting risk sentiment and the prospects of higher US rates spooking investors, this could be a rough week for global stocks.

In the currency markets, the Yuan has weakened to its lowest level in nearly two months against the Dollar on the backdrop of a combination of external and domestic factors. It is possible that the latest move from the PBoC to ease monetary policy by cutting the RRR requirement is a possible driver behind the offshore Yuan weakening as much as 0.5 as the USDCNY advanced back above the 6.90 level, but it is also important to take into account that a resilient Dollar has weighed heavily on a number of different emerging market currencies.

The technical picture on the USDCNY is firmly bullish on the daily charts with prices trading marginally below 6.9300 as of writing. A decisive daily close above the 6.9300 level could inspire a move higher towards 6.9347. This increases the likelihood that losses in the Yuan could extend further into the week, which would be something to monitor on a global level due to how correlated Yuan moves can be for regional currencies in the APAC region and specifically because the U.S Treasury repeated previous comments that it is concerned that China is manipulating its currency.

The overall risk-off vibe looks to be a threat for investor sentiment into Tuesday, and we do look at risk to suffering from a fragile global marketplace this week.

Emerging market currencies stand to be in trouble this week amid risk aversion, prospects of higher US interest rates and Dollar strength. The impacts of the recent spike in US Treasury yields continues to be reflected across most major EM currencies with the Indian Rupee crashing to a new record low past 74.00, the Indonesia Rupiah touching a fresh two-decade low and South African Rand sinking to its lowest level in three weeks. With the pressure across EM likely to mount, especially for those economies with currency account deficits and high levels of debts, the outlook looks gloomy for emerging markets.

Across the Atlantic, the Dollar is poised to find support from safe-haven flows, rate hike expectations, and optimism over the strength of the US economy. With the United States firing on all cylinders and the Fed expected to raise rates in December and another three times in 2019, the interest rate differential trade supports the Greenback. In regards to the technical perspective, the Dollar Index may be gearing for further upside on the daily charts with a bull’s steadily eyeing the 96.00 level. A solid close above this point could inspire prices to challenge 96.43 in the near term.

A strengthening Dollar has resulted in Gold experiencing its biggest one-day selloff since the middle of August with prices trading marginally below $1185.00 as of writing. The price action in recent weeks continues to highlight how the precious metal remains negatively correlated to the Greenback. With the fundamental drivers behind the Dollar’s appreciation still firmly in place, Gold’s outlook points to further weakness. Sellers need a solid daily close below $1190 to open a smooth path towards $1180 and $1174, respectively.

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Yuan firms on Dollar weakness, Risk aversion reigns

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Global investors will likely remain on high alert throughout the end of the week to see if the largest market sell-off since early 2018 will continue.

It has been an incredibly tense and volatile trading week for financial markets with equities across the globe collapsing on widespread risk aversion. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) gloomy global growth forecast and ongoing market uncertainties over external unknowns, such as trade tension are just a handful of the many themes that could be encouraging this sudden nosedive in investor sentiment. The repeated criticism from President Trump in the direction of the Federal Reserve regarding higher US interest rates is only adding to the bucket load of market uncertainty. When you combine all the different elements of financial market risk across all corners together, it becomes no surprise that risk aversion has exploded out of control.

While Trump has a part to play in the current stock market selloff, there are other key factors brewing in the background. Global equity bulls are engaged in a fierce battle with rising U.S bond yields, ongoing trade tensions, global growth concerns and the prospects of higher US interest rates. For as long as these themes remain, speculation is likely to heighten over the party coming to an end for stock bulls. This might well mean the long-awaited stock market correction.

It has been a bloodbath of market selling across regions throughout the globe. In China, no prisoners with taken with the Shanghai Composite Index plunging 5.22% while Hong Kong stocks shed 3.54%. European equity markets were a sea of red while U.S stocks extended losses with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 500 points for a second straight day.

In the currency markets, the Chinese Yuan strengthened against the Dollar in line with many other emerging market currencies advancing against the USD. This came in spite of the PBoC setting the midpoint rate lower for the ninth consecutive day and might have been encouraged by weakness in the Greenback after President Trump once again lashed out at the Federal Reserve.

A weaker Dollar from this point would be positive for emerging market currencies, but we must also monitor the potential risks that EM currencies could fall victim to the “risk-off” environment and the prospects of higher US interest rates. In regards to the technical picture, the USDCNY will be positioned to test 6.86 if a daily close below 6.90 is achieved.

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