It was another volatile day in the markets after Wednesday’s post FOMC gyrations. Stocks sold off in Asia overnight,with the Australian 10-year rate dropping nearly 12 bp , GER30 are down -1.8 bp , CAC 40 down -2.1% as fresh China-tariff threats from US President Trump spooked markets. US are also broadly lower, and the WTI future is trading at just USD 54.88 per barrel.
Trump Twitter announcing another 10% in tariffs will be imposed on an the remaining $300 bln in Chinese goods that haven’t already been hit. Trump has before announced tariffs only to subsequently reverse course, though the September-1 implementation date is before the next round of talks start. Also, the threatened new tariffs would hit consumers much harder than earlier tariffs have, which deliberately focused on industrial goods to minimise the impact on consumer goods.
Fears are that Trump’s China threat is a sign of a further escalation in global trade tensions and markets are nervous ahead of a scheduled announcement by the US President on EU trade today.
Fed funds have spiked in conjunction with the drop in yields and stocks, on the worries over increased trade tensions. The 2020 contracts are outperforming and have priced in almost 60 bps of additional easing this year, on top of yesterday’s 25 bp reduction. The market now sees about 80% risk for another 25 bp rate cut by the end of October (which also includes the September 17, 18 FOMC), and is about 75% of the way to pricing in a 1.625% December funds rate.
Oil Action: USOIL has been slammed lower in the aftermath of Trump’s tweet. The asset is down over 8% on the day, printing 7-week lows of $53.59, and down from pre-open highs near $57.85. The fresh tariffs will add further concerns to the global growth outlook, leading to demand destruction for crude oil . Currently it is trading at 54.80 however the decisive breakout yesterday below 2 months desceding tringle along with break below July’s Support at 54.73, adds further negative bias into the medium term USOIL outlook and suggests the retest for years 2019 and 2018 lows, i.e. immeiate Support at $53, next at $50.60-$51.60 area ( 27.2 Fib. extension and June 2019 ) and latest the December 208 lows.
USDCAD tracked higher amid a 8% pull-back in crude prices.
The development sent global stock markets tumbling, boosting the demand for safe havens, including the Japanese currency.
YEN: The Yen has rallied sharply amid fresh trade warring versus the underperforming Australian dollar while losing ground to the outperforming yen, and softening moderately in the case against the euro . The biggest mover has been AUDJPY , which plummeted be over 2% and reaching the lowest levels since the flash crash of early January. The cross is widely seen as a forex market barometer of global investor risk appetite, partly as the Australian dollar serves as a liquid currency market proxy on China. USDJPY , meanwhile, dove by over 1%, making a near 6-week low earlier Tokyo at 106.85. EURJPY and other yen crosses have seen similar price actions.
However as 107.20 ( in July) was rejected from Support, the sharp decline for USDJPY erase momentum spotted last week. The asset looks quite mixed as it retests once again year’s low. decreases suggesting a possible trend reversal of the existing downtrend to the upside but on the other hand the 50-week is sloping lower looking ready to cross below 200-week, suggesting further decline for the asset. Hence a confirmed strong close below 106.80 could open the doors towards January – March 2018 area, i.e. 105.25 – 106.20 area (latest weekly down and Lower BB line).
There is now initial resistance at 107.70 and a further barrier to recovery at 108.00. However a spike up to these barrier could imply a correction on the sharp decline.
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