Flattering to deceive

The buy everything trade returned with gusto overnight. Equities rose strongly in Europe and the United States, the US dollar fell, and precious metals and energy rallied. Looks may flatter to deceive though, with the rallies in precious metals and oil likely propelled by the knock-on effects of the rise in equities, rather than a sudden structural change in their outlooks, especially oil.

In the absence of any headlines to disagree with the buy everything premise, Asian stock markets look set to trade positively today, with the US index futures all in the green. The procyclical Australian and New Zealand dollars will no doubt capture the same tailwind, as will regional Asian currencies.

The potential for four seasons in one day, ending in winter, is there before markets though in the shape of the first Presidential debate this evening. Revelations from the New York Times (NYT) about the state of President Trump’s financial affairs and his business empire will bring an extra edge to the debate. Behind in the polls and wrongfooted by the NYT, President “Tax-Return” Trump will have quite a bit of ground to make up on Democrat candidate Mr “Sleepy-Joe” Biden. We can expect fireworks from the President in particular, with the first debate regarded as the most important by political commentators.

Ahead – China PMIs, US Nonfarm Payrolls

With China PMIs and the US Nonfarm Payrolls still to come this week also, there is plenty of risks ahead, and precious little reason to get excited that the global recovery started yesterday on the 28th of September. Investors should be aware of getting sucked into what may be a sucker’s rally.

This morning, South Korean data for August disappointed. Construction Output, Industrial Output and Manufacturing Production all disappointed, although Retail Sales rose. The data highlights the uneven nature of the Asia region’s recovery, and that will likely be confirmed by Singapore PPI this afternoon and Vietnam’s data dump at 1000 SGT.

One positive of real substance being reported by UK’s The Times newspaper today is a potential breakthrough in trade negotiations between the UK and Europe. European negotiators are indicating they are prepared to start working on a joint legal text, while sidestepping the government subsidy and fishing rights sticking points. Sterling rallied overnight and has moved higher to 1.2850 this morning in Asia. If confirmed, it would be a breakthrough for both sides, but notably for the UK. Broadly speaking, my view is that a trade-deal failure would see sterling fall back to the 1.2000 region, whilst an agreement would see Sterling retest 1.3400. Neither outcome is, in my opinion, priced into the market.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley
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