The Song Remains the Same

Australian Dollar 

The Australian Jobs data was on the soft side. While the full-time number was boisterous, the participation rate was lower, and dealers are focussing on the last month’s revision lower.

The Aussie has been under pressure due to rising US Bond Yields and the jittery regional EM markets. However, it took little more than a reversal off recent high’s on commodity prices to set the wheels in motion for a probe below .7500
The iron ore markets were hammered as Mainland exchanges added margin controls on selected clients after breaching exchange trading rules as the regulators continue to kerb excessive speculation.
The implication is not insignificant the iron ore was providing a tentative support for the Aussie as  US yields rocket higher .
With commodity prices under the gun, we should expect the Aussie to stay offered as the currency pair primes  for some  serious catch up with the G-3 Block
The .7500 was a very significant psychological tipping point, and we may see losses accelerate lower  if pressure remains on industrial commodities
Also, there was a definite focus on RBA Lowe’s comments suggesting the significant tail risk from a ” pullback in international free trade ” as the market in my view is now looking for any reason to short AUD as a proxy for regional APAC trade barrier  implications, given the dwindling liquidity on the local NDF markets
Japanese Yen
As we enter the predictable consolidation phase of the current USD ramp, the focus will shift to the Dr Yellen’s testimony to Congress and the Q & A which will follow her prepared delivery. With the S & P under pressure overnight on profit taking the USDJPY lost some if it’s risk appeal but remains firmly bid on dips within the current 108.50-109.50 ranges. US dollar demand remains intact with very few willing to aggressively step in front of the trend.  The USDJPY is trading firm in early trade after the BoJ announced the First Fixed -Rate Operation to Buy JGB’s in effort to keep longer dated yields in check supporting the BoJ resolve to  control the shape of the yield curve in the wake of the recent global bond market rout .
Momentum is with the dollar, and it’s likely a matter of time, not if, the USDJPY challenges the psychologically important 110.00 level.

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes