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14.10.2020
19:50
Schedule for tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
00:00 (GMT) Australia Consumer Inflation Expectation October 3.1%  
00:30 (GMT) Australia Unemployment rate September 6.8% 7.1%
00:30 (GMT) Australia Changing the number of employed September 111 -35
01:30 (GMT) China PPI y/y September -2% -1.8%
01:30 (GMT) China CPI y/y September 2.4% 1.8%
04:30 (GMT) Japan Tertiary Industry Index August -0.5%  
06:30 (GMT) Switzerland Producer & Import Prices, y/y September -3.5%  
06:45 (GMT) France CPI, y/y September 0.2% 0.1%
06:45 (GMT) France CPI, m/m September -0.1% -0.5%
12:30 (GMT) U.S. Continuing Jobless Claims October 10976 10700
12:30 (GMT) U.S. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey October 15 14
12:30 (GMT) U.S. NY Fed Empire State manufacturing index October 17 15
12:30 (GMT) U.S. Initial Jobless Claims October 840 825
12:30 (GMT) U.S. Import Price Index September 0.9% 0.3%
13:45 (GMT) Canada Gov Council Member Lane Speaks    
15:00 (GMT) U.S. Crude Oil Inventories October 0.501 -3.387
16:00 (GMT) Eurozone ECB President Lagarde Speaks    
21:00 (GMT) U.S. FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks    
21:30 (GMT) New Zealand Business NZ PMI September 50.7  
19:02
DJIA -0.59% 28,509.28 -170.53 Nasdaq -0.90% 11,757.47 -106.42 S&P -0.71% 3,487.13 -24.80
16:00
European stocks closed: FTSE 100 5,935.06 -34.65 -0.58% DAX 13,028.06 +9.07 +0.07% CAC 40 4,941.66 -5.95 -0.12%
15:02
EUR/GBP to spike towards 0.93 on a no-trade-deal Brexit - Rabobank

FXStreet reports that 

Economists at Rabobank expect to see a spike to the 0.93 region on the EUR/GBP pair on the event that no trade deal is signed by the EU and the UK. 

“On the assumption that the UK and EU will find enough common ground to sign off on a trade deal this year we see scope for a half-heated GBP recovery to EUR/GBP 0.89 on a three-month view.” 

“Given the risk that any deal will lack the comprehensiveness that many had hoped for when Johnson was elected last December and in view of the economic struggles that are implied by the COVID-19 crisis, we foresee various headwinds for the pound in the medium-term.”

“The economic impact of fresh COVID-19 related restrictions is likely to be a constraint on the pound. In the three months to August redundancies increased by a record 114K. A spike in the levels of jobless is expected when the UK’s furlough scheme ends this month. This week BoE Governor Bailey spoke of scarring to the economy with the second wave of the pandemic set to increase the long-term damage. This outlook suggests that the market will continue to perceive risk of a negative Bank rate, though this is not our central view. In view of these headwinds, we expect EUR/GBP to struggle to break below 0.89 in the early months of next year.”

14:38
ECB's Governing Council member Rehn: Inflation expectations in Eurozone are, regrettably, anchored at too low levels

  • ECB needs  clearly and genuinely symmetric price stability target and reaction function that is sufficiently forceful and equally effective in reacting to deviations in both directions

14:06
Inflation is likely to pick up again in 2021 - Natixis

NFXStreet reports that the COVID-19 crisis with rising unemployment and excessive stocks has led to very low headline and core inflation in 2020, around 0%. This low inflation, together with the prospect of lower potential growth after the crisis than before, has revived the debate on the risk of deflation but economists at Natixis do not believe there is a risk of deflation.

“Financial markets expect inflation in the United States and the Eurozone to normalise in 2021, which is consistent with: the recovery in activity and the reduction in stocks; the upswing in commodity prices from the lows in 2020; the fact that companies will take advantage of the improvement in activity to pass part of their cost increases on to their prices."

13:38
Fed vice chairman Clarida: It will take longer for full employment to return

  • Economic data since May "surprisingly strong" though the outlook remains uncertain and dependent on the virus and successful mitigation efforts
  • Service sector lags but rebound otherwise is broad across types of consumption goods, housing and investment
  • New framework elevates the importance of keeping inflation expectations well-anchored at 2%
  • Maximum employment may well be lower than we thought

13:34
U.S. Stocks open: Dow +0.13%, Nasdaq +0.09%, S&P +0.08%
13:27
Before the bell: S&P futures -0.03%, NASDAQ futures +0.14%

U.S. stock-index futures traded little changed on Wednesday as investors assessed a mixed bag of quarterly earnings reports from several big U.S. banks, while hopes for approval of the additional fiscal stimulus before the November 3 elections faded. 


Global Stocks:

Index/commodity

Last

Today's Change, points

Today's Change, %

Nikkei

23,626.73

+24.95

+0.11%

Hang Seng

24,667.09

+17.41

+0.07%

Shanghai

3,340.78

-18.97

-0.56%

S&P/ASX

6,179.20

-16.50

-0.27%

FTSE

5,942.69

-27.02

-0.45%

CAC

4,940.47

-7.14

-0.14%

DAX

13,014.18

-4.81

-0.04%

Crude oil

$40.31


+0.27%

Gold

$1,911.70


+0.90%

13:11
AUD/USD to resume the bull trend with resistance seen at 0.7235/43 - Credit Suisse

FXStreet notes that AUD/USD saw a mild correction overnight, which however managed to hold above the uptrend from late September at 0.7152. Despite the current modest correction, analysts at Credit Suisse look for an eventual resumption of the core bull trend with resistance seen at 0.7235/43.

“The correction in AUD/USD on Tuesday managed to hold above the uptrend from late September, currently at 0.7152, keeping the market in a rangebound environment. With daily MACD momentum also still pointing higher, we keep our bias for an eventual resumption of the core bull trend.” 

“Resistance moves initially to 0.7174, then 0.7218 and 0.7235/43, above which would see 0.7254 next. Removal of here would subsequently see a move back up to 0.7324 – the beginning of a key price resistance area, which stretches up to 0.7345 – where we would expect to see fresh sellers at first. Beyond here though should see a renewed test of the current year high at 0.7414 and eventually beyond over the medium-term.” 

12:52
Richmond Fed president Barkin: Fed will aim to keep rates low until we see moderate overshoots of inflation

  • Unemployment adjusted for the drop in participation is around 11%
  • Downtrend in participation by prime-age women may limit the rebound

12:50
Wall Street. Stocks before the bell

(company / ticker / price / change ($/%) / volume)


3M Co

MMM

166.4

-0.23(-0.14%)

850

ALCOA INC.

AA

12.78

0.06(0.47%)

12783

ALTRIA GROUP INC.

MO

39.53

0.15(0.38%)

20091

Amazon.com Inc., NASDAQ

AMZN

3,453.17

9.54(0.28%)

40014

American Express Co

AXP

104.9

-0.11(-0.10%)

2945

Apple Inc.

AAPL

121.17

0.07(0.06%)

1676579

AT&T Inc

T

27.77

0.02(0.07%)

68465

Boeing Co

BA

162.42

0.28(0.17%)

83862

Chevron Corp

CVX

73.25

-0.15(-0.20%)

4096

Citigroup Inc., NYSE

C

43.58

-0.10(-0.23%)

162677

Deere & Company, NYSE

DE

234.65

-2.57(-1.08%)

1243

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co

DD

58.5

0.18(0.31%)

1066

Exxon Mobil Corp

XOM

34.15

-0.07(-0.19%)

271340

Facebook, Inc.

FB

277.03

0.89(0.32%)

55284

FedEx Corporation, NYSE

FDX

274.3

1.56(0.57%)

5946

Ford Motor Co.

F

7.75

-0.01(-0.13%)

269090

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE

FCX

16.8

-0.02(-0.12%)

34123

General Electric Co

GE

6.74

0.02(0.30%)

342051

General Motors Company, NYSE

GM

32.09

0.22(0.69%)

15426

Goldman Sachs

GS

214.8

3.99(1.89%)

536461

Google Inc.

GOOG

1,579.48

7.80(0.50%)

5123

Home Depot Inc

HD

290

-0.36(-0.12%)

5056

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.

HON

171.17

-0.38(-0.22%)

2211

Intel Corp

INTC

54.12

0.29(0.54%)

57205

International Business Machines Co...

IBM

125.2

0.10(0.08%)

4638

International Paper Company

IP

44

-0.01(-0.02%)

432

Johnson & Johnson

JNJ

148.84

0.48(0.32%)

12861

JPMorgan Chase and Co

JPM

100.41

-0.37(-0.37%)

80625

McDonald's Corp

MCD

227.73

0.38(0.17%)

4784

Merck & Co Inc

MRK

80.33

-0.38(-0.47%)

3547

Microsoft Corp

MSFT

223.44

0.58(0.26%)

103188

Nike

NKE

129.3

0.10(0.08%)

5342

Pfizer Inc

PFE

36.97

0.07(0.19%)

43311

Procter & Gamble Co

PG

143.85

-0.36(-0.25%)

3467

Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ

SBUX

90.3

0.14(0.16%)

2453

Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ

TSLA

450.4

3.75(0.84%)

585541

Travelers Companies Inc

TRV

112.79

-0.10(-0.09%)

288

Twitter, Inc., NYSE

TWTR

47.25

0.25(0.53%)

24403

UnitedHealth Group Inc

UNH

334

2.58(0.78%)

30089

Verizon Communications Inc

VZ

59.3

-0.06(-0.10%)

9906

Visa

V

204.28

-0.04(-0.02%)

6221

Wal-Mart Stores Inc

WMT

146.5

0.27(0.18%)

15956

Walt Disney Co

DIS

129

0.04(0.03%)

17761

Yandex N.V., NASDAQ

YNDX

62.99

0.30(0.48%)

15396

12:44
Resumptions before the market open

Microsoft (MSFT) resumed with a Buy at UBS; target raised to $243

Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral at UBS; target raised to $62

12:38
U.S. PPI rises more than forecast in September

The Labor Department reported on Wednesday the U.S. producer-price index (PPI) rose 0.4 percent m-o-m in September, following an unrevised 0.3 percent m-o-m gain in August.

For the 12 months through September, the PPI increased 0.4 percent after an unrevised 0.2 percent decline in the previous month. That was the first advance since the 12 months ended in March.

Economists had forecast the headline PPI would increase 0.2 percent both on m-o-m basis and over the past 12 months.

According to the report, nearly two-thirds of the September rise in prices for final demand was attributable to a 0.4-percent m-o-m advance in the index for final demand services. Prices for final demand goods also went up 0.4 percent m-o-m.

Excluding volatile prices for food and energy, the PPI rose 0.4 percent m-o-m and 1.2 percent over 12 months. Economists had forecast gains of 0.2 percent m-o-m and 0.9 percent y-o-y.

12:30
U.S.: PPI, y/y, September 0.4% (forecast 0.2%)
12:30
U.S.: PPI excluding food and energy, Y/Y, September 1.2% (forecast 0.9%)
12:30
U.S.: PPI, m/m, September 0.4% (forecast 0.2%)
12:30
U.S.: PPI excluding food and energy, m/m, September 0.4% (forecast 0.2%)
12:28
U.S. weekly mortgage applications decline 0.7 percent

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported on Wednesday the mortgage application volume in the U.S. decreased 0.7 percent in the week ended October 9, following a 4.6 percent jump in the previous week.

According to the report, refinance applications fell 0.3 percent, while applications to purchase a home dropped 1.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the average fixed 30-year mortgage rate dropped from 3.01 percent to a fresh record-low of 3.00 percent.

“Applications for government mortgages offset some of the overall decline by increasing 3%, driven by a solid gain in government purchase applications and an 11% jump in VA refinance applications,” noted Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting. “Housing supply is a challenge for many aspiring buyers, but activity should continue to stay strong the rest of the year.”

12:23
Company News: Wells Fargo (WFC) quarterly earnings miss analysts’ forecast

Wells Fargo (WFC) reported Q3 FY 2020 earnings of $0.42 per share (versus $0.92 per share in Q3 FY 2019), missing analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.48 per share.

The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $18.862 bln (-14.3% y/y), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $17.872 bln.

WFC fell to $24.31 (-1.74%) in pre-market trading.

12:20
Gold: Move above $1993 to end the consolidation phase - Credit Suisse

FXStreet notes that gold (XAU/USD) consolidation extends as expected by strategists at Credit Suisse but with new highs eventually expected next year. On Wednesday, the yellow metal’s rebound remains capped below the $1900 mark, consolidating Tuesday’s 2% slide.  

“Gold extends its consolidation/correction following the move to our base case objective of $2075/80 in August but is still holding flagged support at $1837, the 38.2% retracement of the rally from March. We look for this to continue to hold to maintain the sideways range ahead of a break above $1993 for a fresh look at $2075.” 

“An eventual move above $2075 stays looked for a resumption of the core bull trend with resistance seen next at $2175, then $2300, although we continue to believe this will not be seen until next year.”

12:16
Company News: Goldman Sachs (GS) quarterly results solidly beat analysts' estimates

Goldman Sachs (GS) reported Q3 FY 2020 earnings of $9.68 per share (versus $4.79 per share in Q3 FY 2019), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $5.50 per share.

The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $107.000 bln (+28.6% y/y), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $9.395 bln.

GS rose to $216.06 (+2.49%) in pre-market trading.

12:11
Senior EU official: We do not expect another summit in November on Brexit - Reuters

  • We have seen some progress on the trade deal but there is still a lot of distance to be covered
  • At this stage, another summit would not be justified

12:06
European session review: GBP appreciates on reports that EU-UK trade talks are to continue beyond PM Johnson’s October 15 deadline

TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
08:00FranceIEA Oil Market Report    
08:00EurozoneECB President Lagarde Speaks    
09:00EurozoneIndustrial Production (YoY)August-7.1%-7.2%-7.2%
09:00EurozoneIndustrial production, (MoM)August5%0.8%0.7%
11:00EurozoneECB's Yves Mersch Speaks    


GBP rose against most other major currencies in the European session on Wednesday, supported by reports that the UK will continue negotiations with the EU on their future relationship beyond the October 15 deadline, imposed by the British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson. According to a source close to the negotiations, the UK's PM Johnson will decide whether to end talks after the EU leaders meet on Thursday and Friday for a summit. It also added that UK's officials still believe the deal with the EU is possible as long as both sides enter into a period of intense negotiation in the coming days.

The UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will discuss the progress of the Brexit talks later today. Earlier, Johnson threatened to walk away from the negotiations if there was no clear progress by the EU leaders' summit on October 15.

The top Brexit negotiators of the EU and the UK, Michel Barnier and David Frost, acknowledged earlier this week that they are moving towards the deal, but important gaps remain on level playing field issues, fishing and governance.

The EU 27 leaders are reportedly to conclude at their two-day meeting in Brussels that progress in talks with the UK is “still not sufficient” for an agreement to be reached. 

11:25
UK's PM Johnson: Tiered regional approach is the right way forward

  • Advice I have to day is that regional lockdowns can bring down virus spread
  • Aim is to try to avoid the 'misery' of another national lockdown

11:04
Company News: Bank of America (BAC) quarterly earnings beat analysts’ forecast

Bank of America (BAC) reported Q3 FY 2020 earnings of $0.51 per share (versus $0.75 per share in Q3 FY 2019), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.50 per share.

The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $20.300 bln (-11.6% y/y), missing analysts’ consensus estimate of $20.883 bln.

BAC fell to $24.46 (-1.96%) in pre-market trading.

10:57
GBP/USD to see another leg lower towards 1.2445 - Commerzbank

FXStreet reports that GBP/USD has failed at its corrective target at 1.3070 and is extending Tuesday’s sell-off. The cable trades just above the 1.29 mark and Karen Jones, Team Head FICC Technical Analysis Research at Commerzbank, expects to see further losses to 1.2445 and eventually targets 1.2250/00.

“GBP/USD has reached its corrective target and failed as expected. We will therefore assume another leg lower is in the offing and we should see further losses to 1.2445 and then 1.2250/00.” 

“Only above the 1.3083 level would somewhat neutralise our outlook."

10:46
Germany's health minister Spahn: Coronavirus vaccination will not be made compulsory

  • Minimum vaccination rate should be around 55% to 65%

10:37
USD/CNY to see a move lower to the 2019 low at 6.6691 - Credit Suisse

FXStreet notes that USD/CNY is gapping sharply lower as the market reinforces its major top. Economists at Credit Suisse expect the pair to post another leg lower with the next support awaiting at the 2019 low of 6.6691. 

“USD/CNY’s corrective strength in September found a cap as expected at the ‘neckline’ to its large ‘double top’, gapping sharply lower and resuming its clear medium-term downtrend. We, therefore, maintain our downside bias and see scope for a more significant move lower, with support seen next at the 2019 low at 6.6691.” 

“Bigger picture, the ‘measured top objective’ can be found much lower at 6.4965.” 

10:27
Company News: UnitedHealth (UNH) quarterly results beat analysts’ expectations

UnitedHealth (UNH) reported Q3 FY 2020 earnings of $3.51 per share (versus $3.88 per share in Q3 FY 2019), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $3.08 per share.

The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $65.115 bln (+7.9% y/y), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $63.967 bln.

The company also issues in-line guidance for FY 2020, projecting EPS of $16.50-16.75 (versus analysts’ consensus estimate of $16.56), up from prior guidance of $16.25-16.55.

UNH closed Tuesday's trading session at $331.42 (+0.44%).

10:21
USD/JPY: Further rangebound likely in the near-term - UOB

FXStreet reports that FX Strategists at UOB Group notes that USD/JPY is predicted to keep trading within the 105.00-106.00 range in the short-term horizon.

24-hour view: “USD traded in a relatively quiet manner yesterday (between 105.26 and 105.62). The price actions offer no fresh clues and USD could continue to consolidate for now, likely within a 105.30/105.75 range.”

Next 1-3 weeks: “USD popped above 106.00 last Thursday, 08 Oct (high of 106.10) but was unable to maintain a foothold above this level... From here, USD could trade between 105.00 and 106.00 for a period of time.”

09:58
EUR/JPY: Risk stays seen lower with support seen at 123.28/24 – Credit Suisse

FXStreet reports that the Credit Suisse analyst team informs that EUR/JPY remains below its 55-day average at 124.79, keeping the immediate risk lower.

“EUR/JPY remains under pressure after its failure to clear the 55-day average, currently seen at 124.79.” 

“Support is seen next at 123.28/24 ahead of the early October spike low at 123.03, which we look to try and hold to define the lower end of a near - term range. A break though would warn of a move back to retest the 122.38 late September low, with key retracement supports seen at 122.27/23 – including the 38.2% retracement of the entire rally from the May low – which we continue to look to remain a stronger floor.” 

09:42
IEA says oil producers may struggle to gauge demand amid second wave

Reuters reports that the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday that global oil stocks which rose during the height of the pandemic are being steadily reduced, but a second wave is slowing demand and will complicate efforts by producers to balance the market.

"There is only limited headroom for the market to absorb extra supply in the next few months," the IEA said in its monthly report. "Those wishing to bring about a tighter oil market are looking at a moving target."

The IEA said "the efforts of the producers have shown some success", noting relatively stable oil prices and a strong draw on storage, with implied global stocks falling by 2.3 million bpd in the third quarter and by a predicted 4.1 million bpd in the fourth.

However, the agency added that a demand rebound over the summer was now slowing due to a second wave of coronavirus cases and new movement restrictions.

09:19
Eurozone industrial production grew less than expected in August

According to the report from Eurostat, in August 2020, a month marked by some relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures in many Member States, the seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.7% in the euro area and by 1.0% in the EU, compared with

July 2020. Economists had expected a 0.8% increase in the euro area. In July 2020, industrial production rose by 5.0% in the euro area and by 4.9% in the EU.

In August 2020 compared with August 2019, industrial production decreased by 7.2% in the euro area and by 6.2% in the EU. 

In the euro area in August 2020, compared with July 2020, production of durable consumer goods rose by 6.8%, intermediate goods by 3.1% and energy by 2.3%, while production of both capital goods and non durable consumer goods fell by 1.6%. In the EU, production of durable consumer goods rose by 5.7%, intermediate goods by 2.9% and energy by 1.6%, while production of non-durable consumer goods fell by 0.6% and capital goods by 1.1%.

09:00
Eurozone: Industrial Production (YoY), August -7.2% (forecast -7.2%)
09:00
Eurozone: Industrial production, (MoM), August 0.7% (forecast 0.8%)
08:43
German economic recovery loses momentum - institutes

Reuters reports that Germany's leading economic research institutes forecast that Europe's largest economy will recover more slowly from the coronavirus pandemic than originally predicted.

The institutes expect the economy will shrink by about 5.4% in 2020, a bigger decline than the 4.2% they forecast in April.

The institutes' forecast, which forms the basis for the government's own economic predictions, expects a rebound of 4.7% in 2021, also more pessimistic than their April forecast for 5.8% growth. They expect growth of 2.7% in 2022.

The institute said the recovery was being held back by sectors particularly hard hit by social distancing restrictions such as restaurants, tourism, events and air travel.

08:19
GBP/USD: Brexit deal not to provide a sustained boost for sterling – MUFG

FXStreet reports that all eyes remain on the key Brexit meeting between PM Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the ongoing negotiations due later today, as per MUFG Bank.

“PM Johnson is scheduled to have a call with Ursula von der Leyen today and at this stage of intense negotiations we would view this as a positive sign.”

“What is important to emphasise in explaining why we do not believe GBP will get a sustained lift if/when a deal is reached is that there is still likely to be significant disruption at borders even if a deal is done.”

“There is set to be considerable disruption and frictions on trade that may well still be under-estimated by the markets that will likely curtail the period of GBP appreciation following a likely deal over the coming weeks.” 

08:01
German yields fall to lowest since May, Italy's at new record low

Reuters reports that Germany's 10-year bond yield fell to its lowest since May and its Italian equivalent hit a new record low, as investors awaited key speakers from the ECB and bond sales from Germany and Portugal.

Expectations of further European Central Bank stimulus to support Europe's coronavirus-hit economy have supported bond markets in recent weeks.

Safe-haven German 10-year bond yields fell to their lowest since mid-May in early trade at -0.571%, last down 2 basis point on the day.

Italian 10-year bond yields dropped a similar amount, falling to a new record low at 0.652%

A number of ECB policy members are due to speak, with focus on the bank's president Christine Lagarde and chief economist Philip Lane from 0800 GMT.

07:39
USD/CNY: Yuan to remain resilient over the medium-term – HSBC

FXStreet reports that in the view of economists at HSBC, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) policy change is unlikely to reverse the downward trend in USD/CNY.

“On 10 October, the PBoC announced that the foreign exchange (forex) risk reserve ratio for forward forex trading will be reduced from 20% to zero, effective 12 October. The central bank said on the same day that it will continue to maintain flexibility in the CNY exchange rate and stabilise market expectations.”

“We expect that a removal of the policy tool should not reverse the downtrend by USD/CNY.”

“With the Fed expected to keep short-end US rates near zero for the next couple of years, the yield advantage of the CNY will likely remain. We also think China will continue to have a positive basic balance, given the larger current account surplus and foreign bond inflows. All in all, we expect the CNY to remain resilient over the medium-term.”

07:20
Asian session review: the dollar has stabilized against the euro and the yen

TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
04:30JapanIndustrial Production (YoY)August-15.5%-13.3%-13.8%
04:30JapanIndustrial Production (MoM) August8.7%1.7%1.0%


During today's Asian trading, the US dollar was almost unchanged against major currencies amid renewed concerns about the coronavirus vaccine. The lack of clarity about the timing of new stimulus measures in the US is fueling demand for safe assets.

Risk appetite weakened after US-based Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday said it had suspended testing of the COVID-19 vaccine due to an "unexplained illness" affecting a test participant. The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co also announced that it has suspended testing of the antibody-based drug.

Market participants continue to closely monitor the situation around the US election campaign. According to polls, democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is leading, and his margin of victory over incumbent President Donald Trump is increasing.

The pound is cheaper due to concerns about weak progress in trade negotiations between the UK and the European Union and the likelihood of the Bank of England switching to negative interest rates. French foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on the eve of the likelihood that an agreement on the future relations of the European Union and the UK will not be concluded.

Brexit will be the central issue on the agenda of the European Council meeting on October 15-16 in Brussels.

07:01
EUR/USD Likely to remain in a consolidation phase into US elections - MUFG

eFXdata reports that MUFG Research adopts a neutral bias on EUR/USD ahead of the US November elections.

"The recent loss of upward momentum for the EUR has coincided with building concerns over rising COVID cases in Europe. The number of new cases in major European countries is now higher than in the US. A dynamic that could already be helping to ease bearish sentiment towards the USD in the near-term," MUFG notes. 

"In these circumstances, we continue to expect the EUR to remain in a consolidation phase at higher levels ahead of the US election. The EUR’s recent loss of upward momentum brings some relief for the ECB although we still expect that policymakers will deliver further easing at next month’s meeting," MUFG adds. 

06:41
EU would prefer a Brexit deal but ready for no deal, says Breton

Reuters reports that the Commissioner for the EU’s single market, Thierry Breton, told, the EU would prefer to have a Brexit deal, but it is ready in case no agreement can be reached.

Britain left the EU in January and has since been locked in painstaking talks with the world’s largest trading bloc to keep trade flowing freely.

EU leaders are holding a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to assess progress, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to know by Oct. 15 if a deal can be reached.

“We prefer a deal but not at any price and if there is no deal, we are ready,” Breton said.

06:19
EUR/USD sticks to the consolidative phase – UOB

FXStreet reports that FX Strategists at UOB Group see EUR/USD navigating within the 1.1680-1.1800 range in the next weeks.

Next 1-3 weeks: “EUR closed on a firm note last Friday (09 Oct) but gave up most of its gains yesterday (13 Oct) as it dropped sharply by -0.58% (1.1744), its biggest 1-day drop in about 2 months. The failure to maintain a foothold above 1.1820 coupled with the sharp drop yesterday indicates that EUR is still trading in a consolidation phase. In other words, EUR could trade between the two major levels of 1.1680 and 1.1820 for a while a more. That said, shorter-term downward momentum has improved and a test of 1.1680 would not be surprising.”

06:05
Australia's сonsumer sentiment strengthens in October

RTTNews reports that survey data from Westpac showed that Australia's consumer confidence improved sharply in October following the announcement of the federal budget and the ongoing success in containing the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Consumer Sentiment advanced 11.9 percent to 105.0 in October from 93.8 in September. The indicator gained 32 percent over the last two months to the highest level since July 2018.

All components of the index were higher in October. The most striking improvements were around the outlook for the economy.

The 'economy, next 12 months' sub-index increased 24.2 percent, while the 'economy, next 5 years' sub-index was up by 14.1 percent.

Bill Evans, chief economist at Westpac said one of the likely factors behind the surge in sentiment this month is an expectation that the central bank is set to cut the overnight cash rate to 0.10 percent from 0.25 percent at the meeting scheduled on November 3.

05:59
Options levels on wednesday, October 14, 2020 EURUSD GBPUSD

EUR/USD

Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

$1.1870 (4009)

$1.1843 (450)

$1.1820 (500)

Price at time of writing this review: $1.1744

Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

$1.1690 (908)

$1.1667 (1050)

$1.1640 (1769)


Comments:

- Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date November, 6 is 51575 contracts (according to data from October, 13) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1800 (4009);


GBP/USD

Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

$1.3122 (2556)

$1.3074 (238)

$1.3036 (1681)

Price at time of writing this review: $1.2917

Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

$1.2820 (230)

$1.2795 (551)

$1.2738 (1815)


Comments:

- Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date November, 6 is 31200 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3950 (3694);

- Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date November, 6 is 22343 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2050 (2420);

- The ratio of PUT/CALL was 0.72 versus 0.72 from the previous trading day according to data from October, 13

 

* - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.

** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.

04:32
Japan: Industrial Production (YoY), August -13.8% (forecast -13.3%)
04:32
Japan: Industrial Production (MoM) , August 1.0% (forecast 1.7%)
02:30
Commodities. Daily history for Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Raw materials Closed Change, %
Brent 42.13 1.59
Silver 24.08 -3.99
Gold 1890.951 -1.65
Palladium 2312.23 -3.8
00:30
Stocks. Daily history for Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Index Change, points Closed Change, %
NIKKEI 225 43.09 23601.78 0.18
KOSPI -0.58 2403.15 -0.02
ASX 200 63.8 6195.7 1.04
FTSE 100 -31.67 5969.71 -0.53
DAX -119.42 13018.99 -0.91
CAC 40 -31.68 4947.61 -0.64
Dow Jones -157.71 28679.81 -0.55
S&P 500 -22.29 3511.93 -0.63
NASDAQ Composite -12.36 11863.9 -0.1
00:30
Schedule for today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
04:30 (GMT) Japan Industrial Production (YoY) August -15.5% -13.3%
04:30 (GMT) Japan Industrial Production (MoM) August 8.7% 1.7%
08:00 (GMT) France IEA Oil Market Report    
08:00 (GMT) Eurozone ECB President Lagarde Speaks    
09:00 (GMT) Eurozone Industrial Production (YoY) August -7.7% -7.2%
09:00 (GMT) Eurozone Industrial production, (MoM) August 4.1% 0.8%
11:00 (GMT) Eurozone ECB's Yves Mersch Speaks    
12:30 (GMT) U.S. PPI excluding food and energy, m/m September 0.4% 0.2%
12:30 (GMT) U.S. PPI excluding food and energy, Y/Y September 0.6% 0.9%
12:30 (GMT) U.S. PPI, y/y September -0.2% 0.2%
12:30 (GMT) U.S. PPI, m/m September 0.3% 0.2%
13:00 (GMT) U.S. FOMC Member Clarida Speaks    
14:30 (GMT) Canada Gov Council Member Lane Speaks    
21:45 (GMT) Australia RBA's Governor Philip Lowe Speaks    
22:00 (GMT) U.S. FOMC Member Kaplan Speak    
00:15
Currencies. Daily history for Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Pare Closed Change, %
AUDUSD 0.71573 -0.68
EURJPY 123.901 -0.4
EURUSD 1.17434 -0.58
GBPJPY 136.402 -0.83
GBPUSD 1.29316 -0.99
NZDUSD 0.66475 0.02
USDCAD 1.3134 0.2
USDCHF 0.91427 0.62
USDJPY 105.475 0.17

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