Pre NFP squaring

 

Pre NFP squaring

Much of the price action revolved around pre-NFP position squaring. The one exception was the Pound that tanked after the latest BOE inflation forecasts.  

All eyes are on the greenback today. In the wake of this week’s’ robust ADP print, expectations are running high for an equally boisterous NFP print, but are the remaining dollar bulls setting themselves up for disappointment? Needless to say, a combination of higher earnings and lower unemployment rates will see the dollar bounce. However, I’m convinced that we have not seen the last of the current USD “correction”, even more so in the absence of any concrete news on the fiscal front.

The USD is finding itself perched in a precarious position, all but waiting for someone to push it off the ledge. The ardent dollar bull in me says, “Buy the Buck and Duck”. But I hate putting so much emphasis on one economic print. Rest assured that a strong NFP will shift the Fed’s March rate hike expectations hard but remember, there’s a lot of data between now and March 15, so tread lightly.

 

Australian Dollar

Tempering one’s expectations in the wake of  “home run” trade numbers is tough, but it’s imperative to take note of the increasingly complex landscape ahead of us. Needless to say, volatility has ratcheted higher ahead of tonight’s NFP and the US trade negotiations are just warming up.

The stars are aligning with a record positive AUD trade balance and a less hawkish Fed, but the Feds may still pull the trigger on a March hike or begin the long awaited balance sheet taper. I still take the view that whatever side of the coin you’re on in this uncertain trading environment, the best course of action is a nimble one.

 

Japanese Yen

Not lots of action overnight, but one thing that is certain is, the spot Yen play versus your typical correlation remains broken-down.But don’t t be fooled by the sense of calm in the market as pockets of interest are sitting with trigger fingers ready to hammer the dollar.  While tonight’s NFP is a critical inflexion point on the macro side, the larger stage is still President Trump’s.

In early trade the USDJPY is having s choppy open as the market remains glued to the goings on in the JGB markets BoJ increased 5-10y JGB purchase to 450 billion from 410 billion as expected. USDJPY ticked up to 113.15, but as has been the case in so many dollar upticks lately the USD bears were quick to hammer the buck back to reality


Yuan

China will be back after the long holiday and given recent market moves; I would expect the USDCNH short to cover ahead of tonight’s NFP. I still believe the CNH is ostensibly overvalued at current levels, but while the PBoC continues to bully the market, investor interest continues to wane. In the meantime, look for the CNH current high G-10 correlation to hold intact.

USDCNY is fixing after a long break, and the fixing has come at 6.8556 which is lower than market expectation of around 6.8645. With President Trump and NFP hogging the headlines, I’m not putting much emphasis on todays’ fix

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Senior Currency Trader and Analyst at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and specializes in Asian currencies at OANDA. After having started his trading career with NatWest Bank, he is currently based in Singapore as a Senior Currency Trader and Analyst with OANDA, focusing on the movement of the Aussie Dollar and ASEAN Currencies. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Interest Rate Futures, Money Markets and Precious Metals. Prior to joining OANDA, he worked with organizations like Cambridge Mercantile, Nat West, Garvin Guy Butler, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
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