Poor start for dollar bears and US stocks

2019 is not off to a great start for dollar bears and US stocks.  With liquidity starting to flow back into the markets, risk aversion especially hit the bond markets as yields continue to slide.  The 10-year yield on US Treasury’s fell 1.8bps to 2.665% and German Bunds are off by 8.2bps at 0.153%.  Early in Asia, the risk-off move was supported by further data that showed China is slowing.  The Caixin China reading for December fell into contraction at 49.7, lower like the official gov’t reading (49.4) at the end of last year.  With both the private sector release and the official PMI reading for the second largest economy falling to negative territory, expectations are growing for the PBOC to act sooner.  The trend of lower yields and equities is the current theme of the market as trade concerns and slower growth fundamentals appear firmly in place.

After the US open, the US December Manufacturing PMI reading came in at 53.8, softer than the flash reading of 53.9.  The headline reading was the lowest since September 2017, while the components also showed weakness.  Employment declined from 55.3 to 52.7, the worst reading since June 2017 and new orders declined month over month.

US Stocks are down over a full percent with the S&P 500 down 1.3% at 2,474 and the Dow down 1.1% 23,069.  The dollar is also firmer against the high-beta currencies, up 0.9% with the euro, 1.0% to cable, and 0.9% with Aussie dollar.

The EUR/USD daily chart shows price is testing the 50-day SMA at 1.1368.  If we see 1.13 break, we could see price find support from the November 13th low of 1.1215.  To the upside 1.15 remains key resistance.



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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute fundamental analysis of geo-political events and monetary policies in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the world’s leading forex brokerages and research departments including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including BNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. He is often quoted in leading print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Follow Ed on Twitter @edjmoya ‏
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