Despite the stellar US jobs report on Friday, markets are trading with a risk-off approach subsequently as the spread, and deaths resulting from the coronavirus accelerate. The number of deaths has now surpassed SARS totals in a shorter period of time.
US indices snapped four-day winning streaks last Friday with Asia seeing a mild technical rebound this morning. US indices are up between 0.25% and 0.37% while the Japan225 index rallied 0.49% and the China50 index surged 1.3%.
The currency markets also displayed risk-on tendencies with the Japanese yen being sold and the Australian dollar bid. The pound and the Euro also posted modest gains. EUR/USD is facing its first up-day in six days as the US dollar takes a short breather from its upward climb. The 100-day moving average is at 1.1066 and has capped prices for a week.
EUR/USD Daily Chart
Lunar New Year boosts inflation
With all the Lunar New Year festivities (including eating!) it is normal to expect a uptick in consumer inflation during the period. China’s consumer price index jumped to +5.4% y/y in January, up from +4.5% in December and above economists’ expectations of an increase to +4.9%.
Food inflation was +20.6% y/y, with pork prices up 8.5% m/m and a whopping 116% y/y. Non-food prices were up only 1.6% y/y. Commenting of the data, China’s Statistics Bureau cited the holiday, the spread of the coronavirus and the low base effect from last year (Lunar New Year was in February last year) for the exaggerated rise in the index.
Slow data flow to start the week
There’s not much to report on the data front for today. The European session features Sentix investor confidence for February, with a dip to 4.0 from 7.6 anticipated. There are no major US data releases scheduled for today, though Fed’s Bowman (neutral, voter) is scheduled to speak.
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