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22.11.2021
23:33
Fed’s Bostic: We should be considering how fast we execute the taper

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic said on Monday night interview on Bloomberg TV that faster taper would give us more optionality but added that we still have a covid economy, as reported by Reuters.

Key quotes

On Powell reappointment, says takes uncertainty out of the Fed, which is helpful.

Biden made a 'fine choice' in Powell and Brainard.

Has no trips to Washington on my calendar.

Asked if he would be open to one of the board openings, says those decisions are out of his hands.

We should be considering how fast we execute the taper.

On the inflation side expects the numbers to continue coming in strong.

Could be open to pulling forward another rate hike if appropriate in his dot plot for 2022 but also open to pushing them back too depending on how pandemic plays out.

Asked about supply chain constraints, says contacts still do not expect them resolved before summer of 2022 or later.

Hearing a lot about shortages of truckers.

Longer-run inflation expectations remain anchored, suggesting no erosion in confidence in the fed's approach.

Not convinced we need to have pre-pandemic employment levels to be considered maximum employment.

Market reaction

Given the mixed comments and mildly bid Wall Street benchmarks, S&P 500 Futures print 0.14% intraday gains following the comments from the Fed official. That said, gold prices paused corrective pullback around $1,809 at the latest.

Read: Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD bears eye $1,790 as yields cheer Fed Chair nomination

23:23
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD bears eye $1,790 as yields cheer Fed Chair nomination
  • Gold licks its wounds after declining the most since September 16.
  • Markets welcome US Pres. Biden’s decision to nominate Powell for Fed Chair, Clarida as vice Chairman.
  • DXY refreshes 16-month high as Yields add over and above last week’s losses, preliminary PMIs for November eyed.
  • Gold Price Forecast: Poised to challenge a critical support at 1,803.70

Gold (XAU/USD) defends the $1,800 threshold following the heaviest daily fall in over 10 weeks. That said, the yellow metal picks up bids to $1,809 during the early Asian session on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Jerome Powell for another term as the Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair and Richard Clarida for Vice-Chairman buoyed market sentiment the previous day. The traders’ zeal propelled US Treasury yields amid hopes of faster tapering and a rate hike during 2022, which in turn fuelled the US Dollar Index (DXY) to a new multi-day high and weighed down the gold prices.

Also exerting downside pressure on the gold were the firmer US data relating to manufacturing and housing, published on Monday. The US The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to 0.76 in October versus -0.18% (revised down figure). Further, US Existing Home Sales increased beyond 6.2M forecast and 6.29M previous readouts to 6.3M during the last month.

It’s worth noting that US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ruled out inflation fears like the 1970s and allowed the gold traders to lick their wounds near $1,800.

Even so, fears of inflation remain on the table as multi-billion dollars worth of the US stimulus is on the way. Additionally, fresh fears of the covid in the Eurozone threaten the lingering global supply chain and hint at the further worsening of the inflation pressure, as well as the market’s rush towards the US dollar due to its safe-haven nature.

For today, preliminary readings of the November month PMIs for the UK, Eurozone and the US will be important to watch for fresh impulse.

Technical analysis

Not only a U-turn from the yearly resistance line but a clear downside break of the four-month-old horizontal support, now resistance, also keeps the gold sellers hopeful to visit the convergence of the 100 and 200-DMA.

Also supporting the gold sellers are the bearish MACD signals and the descending RSI line, not oversold.

It should be noted, however, that gold’s weakness past the DMA convergence, around $1,794-92, will be challenged by the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement (Fibo.) of January-March declines near $1,784. In a case where gold bears keep dominating past $1,784, an ascending support line from August, at $1,755 by the press time, will be in focus.

Meanwhile, 50% Fibo. level of $1,819 may challenge gold’s corrective pullback, if any, before the stated support-turned-resistance near $1,834.

Even if the bullion prices rise past $1,834, the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level close to $1,851 and the yearly resistance line around $1,868 will test the gold buyers.

Gold: Daily chart

Trend: Further weakness expected

 

23:21
EUR/USD slides below 1.1240 amid broad US dollar strength, after Biden nominates Powell EURUSD
  • EUR/USD heads lower as the Asian Pacific session begins, trades around the 1.1230s.
  • The renomination of current Fed Chief Powell and the promotion of Lael Brainard to Vice-Chair, spurred demand for US dollar-denominated assets, the DXY steady around 96.40s.
  • EUR/USD: The pair has a bearish bias, and the rallies have the potential of being sold, as a monetary policy between the Fed and the ECB, diverge.

The EUR/USD continue heading lower, as the New York session wanes and the Asian session begins, is trading at 1.1239, around the new year-to-date lows, at the time of writing.

US President Biden nominates Jerome Powell as the Federal Reserve Chairman

The New York session witnessed the renomination of Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman for another four years. Also, Fed Governor Lael Brainard, the other candidate to become the new Fed Chair, was elevated as Vice-Chairwoman, in substitution of current Vice-Chair Richard Clarida.

The shared currency immediately fell 40 pips, down to 1.1237, once the announcement was known, 30 minutes before Wall Street opened, happening amid a light US economic docket.

On Monday in the overnight session, COVID-19 infections rising in Austria, Germany, and Eastern Europe, alongside Eurozone macroeconomic data, spurred demand for the greenback. In coronavirus-related info, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the situation in Germany is worse than anything they have seen so far, per Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Eurozone economic docket featured the Consumer Confidence and some ECB speakers. Data-wise, the Consumer Confidence fell to -6.8, more than the -5.5 foreseen by analysts. The data reflect the uptick in Covid-19 infections happening in the last weeks. The final reading is expected to show further deterioration as it will reflect the reimposing of restrictions.

In the meantime, some ECB speakers crossed the wires. The head of the Latvian central bank and ECB Governing Council member Martins Kazaks said that as long as price pressures are transitory and supply-side shocks, monetary policy should look through it. In the same posture, the Bank of France Chief, Francois Villeroy, said that the current “hump” in inflation is transitory. The central bank should be patient regarding tightening monetary policy conditions.

Therefore, as long as the economic docket remains light on both sides of the Atlantic, the dynamics lie in the US Dollar and market sentiment. 

EUR/USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

The single currency is on a downward free-fall. The pair has a bearish bias, with the daily moving averages (DMA’s) located well above the spot price, with the shorter time-frame ones, below the longer ones, all of them with a downward slope. Further, the Relative Strength Index (RSI), a momentum indicator at 26, flattish, in oversold conditions, suggests the pair could potentially reach a bottom.

In the outcome of the aforementioned, the first resistance to overcome would be the 1.1300. A break of the latter would expose the November 18 high at 1.1373, immediately followed by the psychological 1.1400.

Contrarily, the 1.1200 figure would be the first support if the euro keeps falling. The next demand area would be June 19, 2020, low at 1.1168, followed by 1.1100.

 

23:12
US Treasury Sec. Yellen: `Not worried' about a re-run of 1970s inflation

“Price pressures to subside as life normalizes in 2022,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said while crossing wires during late Monday night.  The policymaker expected, “Monthly CPI around 0.2% to 0.3% in H2 of 2022.”

Earlier, US Treasury Secretary Yellen spoke during a CNBC interview while saying, “Inflation has reached a level that concerns most Americans.”

Additional comments

We do have to be concerned about inflation.

Inflation partly a reflection of pandemic impact on the economy.

White House is doing everything it can to address bottlenecks.

Fed needs to play important role to make sure inflation doesn't remain endemic.

Market reaction

Market players consolidate recent gains following the news amid a quiet Asian session on Tuesday.

22:43
White House: US will continue to press OPEC and oil companies on supply and price

“US will continue to press OPEC and oil companies on supply and price of oil,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, per Reuters, during late Monday night.

The White House official added that the US has talked with other countries on oil supply while also mentioning that the US continues to consider options on oil.

Additional quotes

Nothing to preview today on SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) release.

US President Joe Biden hopes to make decisions on other fed posts soon.

On a different, Bloomberg shared comments from White House Economic Advisor Brian Deese saying, “Expect Biden to address gas prices in coming days.”

“Feel good about reaction to Powell, Brainard,” adds the diplomat per Bloomberg.

Contrary to the White House update, CNN came out with the news suggesting that nearly a dozen Congressional Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to combat high gas prices by not only releasing barrels from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve but by banning US oil exports.

FX reaction

Having reacted positively to the news that Jerome Powell is nominated by US President Biden for a second term as the Fed Chair, the optimists seem to catch a breather ahead of the preliminary PMIs for November.

Read: WTI on the verge of a significant break to the downside

22:26
AUD/USD: Bulls step in a shorts take profits, eyes on 0.7240s AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD has stalled on the downside and the focus is now for a correction. 
  • Bears eye a downside extension from critical resistance area. 

AUD/USD is starting out in the Asian day in fresh cycle lows. The price fell on Monday from 0.7273 to a new low of 0.7221. The move came on the back of a strong surge in the greenback as the White House renominated Federal Reserve chair, Jerome Powell.

The dollar set a 16-month high against the euro on Monday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was nominated for a second four-year term by President Joe Biden, while the single currency was hurt by COVID-19 related lockdowns. Lael Brainard, the Federal Reserve board member who was the other top candidate for the job, will be vice-chair. The market was positioned for a more dovish outcome and this set off a rally in the greenback. 

The dollar got additional support from bullish comments at the end of the last week when the Federal Reserve officials Richard Clarida and Christopher Waller advocated for a faster pace of stimulus tapering amid a quickening recovery and heated inflation. Looking ahead, with respect to the Fed, the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting early this month. These minutes are of the meeting where the Fed announced the start to tapering and traders will be holding for some more insight on how many Fed officials are considering faster tapering or earlier rate increases.

Domestically, the Net AUD short positions have edged lower, but remain fairly elevated reflecting the dovish tone of the Reserve Bank of Australia. However, the market is overstretched on the downside in the Aussie.  October Retail Sales on Friday would be expected to move the needle, potentially. For the meantime, a pullback would be expected as per the following technical analysis:

AUD/USD technical analysis

The pair scored a fresh low which opens the risk of a downside continuation. However, in the first instance, a pullback to the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level could be in order near to 0.7240. 

22:24
NZD/USD Price Analysis: Depressed at six-week low around 0.6950 past NZ Retail Sales NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD remains pressured after two-day downtrend on downbeat data.
  • New Zealand Q3 Retail Sales plunged to -8.3% versus +3.3% QoQ.
  • Clear break of two-month-old support line, bearish MACD signals favor sellers.

NZD/USD stays depressed around 0.6960, following a two-day downtrend during early Tuesday morning in Asia. The Kiwi pair’s recent weakness could be linked to a clear break of an ascending support line support from late September and downbeat prints of New Zealand (NZ) Q3 Retail Sales.

New Zealand Retail Sales dropped past 3.3% QoQ to -8.3% during the third quarter (Q3). That said, the Retail Sales ex Autos followed the tune with -6.7% QoQ figures versus +3.4% previous readouts.

Also read: NZD/USD held back in flight into the US dollar ahead of RBNZ

As data disappointment follows the trend line breakdown, coupled with the bearish MACD signals, NZD/USD bears are up for challenging the 0.6900 threshold, also comprising multiple lows marked in early October.

It should be noted, however, that the last month’s bottom surrounding 0.6875 and September’s trough of 0.6859 will make it harder for the sellers to dominate further.

In a case where the quote remains pressured past 0.6860, the yearly low marked in August around 0.6805 will be in focus.

Meanwhile, the corrective pullback may aim for the previous support line near 0.6990 and the 0.7000 round figure as immediate resistances to tackle.

Also challenging the short-term NZD/USD buyers is the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level of September-October upside, near the 0.7000 psychological magnet, followed by a descending resistance line from November 15, at 0.7030 by the press time.

NZD/USD: Four-hour chart

Trend: Further weakness expected

 

22:02
Australia Commonwealth Bank Manufacturing PMI below forecasts (60.7) in November: Actual (58.2)
22:02
Australia Commonwealth Bank Services PMI above forecasts (52.7) in November: Actual (55)
22:02
Australia Commonwealth Bank Composite PMI increased to 55 in November from previous 52.1
21:50
New Zealand Retail Sales ex Autos (QoQ) dipped from previous 3.4% to -6.7% in 3Q
21:50
New Zealand Retail Sales ex Autos (QoQ) fell from previous 3.4% to -5.2% in 3Q
21:50
New Zealand Retail Sales (QoQ) dipped from previous 3.3% to -8.1% in 3Q
21:50
New Zealand Retail Sales (QoQ): -6.7% (3Q) vs previous 3.3%
21:50
New Zealand Retail Sales (QoQ) down to -5.2% in 3Q from previous 3.3%
21:49
New Zealand Retail Sales ex Autos (QoQ) down to -8.1% in 3Q from previous 3.4%
21:30
NZD/USD held back in flight into the US dollar ahead of RBNZ NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD bulls are nowhere to be seen ahead of the RBNZ.
  • The US dollar thrives on Fed Powell's re-nomination.

NZD/USD is trading at 0.6950 as North America draws to a close. The pair moved from a low of 0.6947 to a high of 0.7013. Volatility is likely to pick up further as we move on towards the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 

''We expect a 25bp hike, but the market has gotten itself all tied up in knots expecting a super-hawkish tone,'' analysts at ANZ Bank said. ''Yet in reality, downside risks are emerging and higher swap/mortgage rates have already done the heavy lifting. Could the Kiwi have had its best days for 2021? Maybe.''

The markets are of the mind that record low-interest rates are now behind us. Analysts at Westpac, for instance, argue that ''a period of more normal rates beckons. And as the RBNZ attempts to cool the hot New Zealand economy, the challenge will be to engineer a soft landing.''

Meanwhile, the key driver on the day came with the rise in the greenback due to President Biden’s re-nomination of Powell for Fed Chair. Markets were pricing for a more dovish selection in Lael Brainard.

The dollar index against a basket of currencies DXY rose 0.42% on the day to 96.53, the highest since July 2020 which in turn, saw Kiwi get shunted through 0.70 to session lows, where it now sits.  

 

21:13
Silver Price Forecast: XAG/USD plummets to $24.10s, on high US bond yields amid Powell renomination
  • XAG/USD slumps close to 2% during the New York session, amid broad US dollar strength.
  • The US 10-year Treasury yield advances up to 1.62% during the day, underpins the greenback.
  • XAG/USD: The bias is tilted to the downside, as the 200-DMA at $25.30, remains above the spot price.

Siver (XAG/USD) slides during the New York session, as US President Joe Biden renominates current Fed Chair Jerome Powell for a second term. Further, elevated Lael Brainard to Vice-Chairwoman, maintaining continuity on the Federal Reserve. At press time, the white-metal plunges almost 2%, trading at $24.17.

Silver extended its fall, from November 18 high at $25.16, as investors brace the greenback, as expectations that the Fed would hike interest rates, rather sooner than later, increase. The decision of the White House to keep Powell around for four more years increased investors’ confidence, as portrayed by US equities.

That said, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial rallied, the US Dollar is firm, while US Treasury yields rose after two bad auctions. As mentioned by FX Street’s analyst Joel Frank, “US 10-year bond yields were last up nearly 9bps on the session to 1.62%, with yields now back to their highest levels since last Wednesday and now only about 3bps below last week’s highs at 1.65%.”

“Medium-term bond bears will want to see the 1.65% level broken, opening the door to a move back towards annual highs set back in a mark of close to 1.77%,” Frank further added. 

Read more: US 10-year yield shoots back above 1.60% while 2, 5 and 7-year yields all hit multi-month highs on Powell renomination, bad auctions

Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the buck’s performance against a basket of six currencies, is up almost half percent, sitting at 96.49.

XAG-USD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

The non-yielding metal daily chart depicts that silver trades between the 200 and the 100-day moving averages (DMA’s), at $24.06 and $25.30, respectively. That shows that the precious metal seems to be under selling pressure as the 200-DMA is viewed as a trendsetter lagging indicator. If the price of an asset is below the aforementioned, it means that the bias is bearish. Additionally, the Relative Strength Index (RSI), a momentum indicator that is at 49, aims lower, adding another downward signal on Silver.

The USD bulls, to accelerate the downtrend, need a daily close under the 100-DMA. In that outcome, the first demand level on the way south would be the 200-DMA at $24.05. A breach of the latter would expose the  November 3 low at $23.02.

On the flip side, if XAG/USD bulls reclaim the $25.00 figure, that could pave the way for further upside, which could propel the price towards the August 4 high at $26.00. 

 

21:00
South Korea Consumer Sentiment Index registered at 107.6 above expectations (105.2) in November
20:46
EUR/GBP rangebound under 0.8400, with volatility expected to pick up as flash PMIs, central bank speak loom EURGBP
  • EUR/GBP has been rangebound on Monday within 0.8380-0.8400ish parameters with market attention predominantly elsewhere.
  • But things will hot up from Tuesday with the release of flash UK and Eurozone PMIs.

FX market focus has predominantly been on USD crosses on Monday, amid a broad strengthening of the buck in wake of Jerome Powell’s renomination as Fed chair which spurred an unwinding of dovish “Brainard” bets. As a result, the EUR/GBP pair hasn’t gotten much love or attention and has seen pretty boring trading conditions, with the pair ranging between its 21-month lows at just above 0.8380 and the 0.8400 level.

Week Ahead

Things will almost certainly get more interesting and volumes pick up for the pair as the week draws on. Flash Eurozone and UK Markit PMI surveys for November are released on Tuesday early during the European trading session. The former will be of particular interest in the context of the recent surge in Eurozone Covid-19 infections that have now translated into a tightening on health restrictions. Traders will want to see how this affects the restriction-vulnerable services sector. Deterioration is expected after a deterioration was seen in the preliminary November Eurozone Consumer Sentiment survey released on Monday.

BoE speakers will also be in focus this week, with Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member Jonathon Haskel speaking on Tuesday, MPC member Silvana Tenreyro on Wednesday and then Haskel and Bailey again on Thursday. Various ECB policymakers will also come out of the woodworks, including President Christine Lagarde, who speaks on Thursday and Friday.

 

20:15
USD/CAD at eight-week highs close to 1.2700, boosted amid broad USD surge post-Powell renomination USDCAD
  • USD/CAD is at eight-week highs and testing 1.2700 amid USD strength post-Powell's renomination.
  • A lack of important Canadian economic events this week means the pair will be driven by oil, risk appetite and US dollar dynamics.

USD/CAD flew to fresh eight-week highs on Monday as it briefly moved above the 1.2700 level for the first time since early October. At current levels close to 1.2700, the pair is trading higher by just shy of 0.5% on the day. Now that resistance in the 1.2650 area has convincingly been broken and the pair is already at 1.2700, the next logical stop to the upside would be the 29 September high in the 1.2770s. Conversely, any retracement back lower may find buyer interest in the mid-1.2600s and then again around 1.2600.

The move higher was spurred by broad strengthening of the US dollar versus all of its major counterparts after the news broke of Jerome Powell’s renomination as Fed chair. With the loonie around 0.5% lower on the day versus the buck, that puts its in line with the losses seen by most of the majoriy of the rest of its G10 counterparts on the day versus the buck. GBP and EUR are down 0.4%, CHF, CAD and NZD 0.5% and JPY 0.8%. Oil prices were choppy throughout the day and, despite eventually ending the session with reasonable gains, did little to help the loonie.

Aside from a speech from Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Paul Beaudry, there is very little interest on the Canadian economic calendar this week. That means USD/CAD will likely be driven by oil, risk appetite and US dollar dynamics. On which note, US economic events are predominantly packed into Tuesday and Wednesday given Thursday is Thanksgiving holiday, with traders focused on US flash PMIs, Durable Goods Orders and October Core PCE inflation data.

Choppy oil prices

Front-month WTI futures were down over 1.0% at lows on Monday and briefly dipped under $75.00, printing fresh seven-week lows in the process, but eventually finished the day higher in the upper $76.00s for a daily gain of over $1.0. That still leaves WTI more than 10% below recent highs set back at the end of October of above $85.00 per barrel.

Oil traders are currently juggling developments in the politics of global oil supply. Bloomberg reported on Monday that the Biden administration is on the cusp of making a big announcement on crude oil reserve release plans that will sychronise with reserve releases from a number of other major oil-consuming nations. Reportedly, officials in Japan and India are looking at ways to release reserves in tandem with the US, while China has already publically made its plans to release reserves known.

But OPEC+ has delivered a counterstrike. Another Bloomberg report, citing delegates, suggested that the cartel may alter its plans to continue gradually hiking production in the months ahead if the US and other nations release oil reserves. Oil traders took this as a threat from OPEC+ to withhold supply to offset the impact of the oil reserve release.

 

20:08
WTI on the verge of a significant break to the downside
  • WTI is on the verge of a potential downside continuation. 
  • The demand side case is folding and the markets are concerned about covid again. 

The price of a barrel of oil at the start of the week had taken a considerable knock in the price of WTI, travelling between a high of $77.13 and reaching as low as $74.79 on the day. However, in recent trade, the price established a low and has made tracks to the upside. At the time of writing, the price of oil is now up some 1.45% trading at $76.75. 

The price was falling to a seven-week low after Japan said it may release oil from its strategic reserves. Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida on the weekend said he is ready to cooperate with US requests to release oil from strategic reserves to bring down gasoline prices. At the same time, investors are concerned over the renewed lockdown measures in Europe. Additionally, weaker economic data from China are heightening demand worries.

This is hurting the demand-side argument for higher prices. Then, there were the reports of a coordinated Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) release from the White House in concert with several other countries.

''The Biden administration has asked a wide range of countries, including China, to consider releasing stocks of crude,'' Reuters noted. ''The White House has also repeatedly pressed the OPEC producer group - which plans to meet on Dec. 2 - to maintain adequate global supply.''

Covid contagion risk is back

Meanwhile, analysts at TD Securities are more concerned over the potential for more widespread lockdowns in Europe as a measure to encourage better vaccination rates remains a more potent risk.

''In fact, our analysis suggests that the virus' ability to impact mobility trends has deteriorated over time. In turn, we continue to see a path for energy supply risk to resume its upward trajectory, particularly as global energy markets remain extremely vulnerable to a demand shock this winter,'' the analysts said.

''The rise in European natural gas prices could also see expectations for demand from gas-to-oil-and-fuel-oil switching rise once again, particularly if winter is cold.''

 

19:59
Forex Today: Powell nominated for a second term boosted the greenback

What you need to know on Tuesday, November 23:

The American dollar is the overall winner once again, reaching fresh 2021 highs vs the EUR and multi-month highs vs other major rivals. Most of the dollar’s strength came from US President Joe Biden, who nominated Jerome Powell for a second term as chair of the US Federal Reserve. Lael Brainard, who reportedly was the other top candidate for the position, will become the new vice-chair. President Biden said that he believes Powell to be the right person to pursue the goal of full employment and tackle inflation.

EUR/USD nears 1.1200, as the shared currency is suffering from what it seems the toughest covid wave so far. The situation has become critical in countries such as Austria and Germany, and restrictions are falling into place while facing strong opposition.

US Treasury yields advanced, with that on the 10-year note reaching 1.60%, helping USD/JPY to near the 115.00 region.

Commodity-linked currencies are down to roughly two-month lows on the greenback’s demand, with the AUD/USD pair around 0.7220 and USDCAD challenging the 1.2700 level.

Gold prices plunged on the dollar’s strength and trades at $1,803.00 a troy ounce. Crude oil prices ticked higher, with WTI currently hovering around $76.70 a barrel.

Stocks were mixed in Asia and Europe but edged higher in the US. Wall Street managed to shrug off the sour tone of their overseas counterparts and ended the day in the green.

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19:39
US 10-year yield shoots back above 1.60% while 2, 5 and 7-year yields all hit multi-month highs on Powell renomination, bad auctions
  • The US 10-year treasury yield is back above 1.60% as yields rise after Powell’s renomination, two bad auctions.
  • The rally in yields was led by a move higher in real yields as investors dumped inflation protection.

US bond yields rose sharply on Monday, with the rise initially spurred by the news that Jerome Powell had been renominated for a second term as Chairman of the Fed, but then exacerbated by two poor US government bond auctions. US 10-year bond yields were last up nearly 9bps on the session to 1.62%, with yields now back to their highest levels since last Wednesday and now only about 3bps below last week’s highs at 1.65%. Medium-term bond bears will want to see the 1.65% level broken, opening the door to a move back towards annual highs set back in mark of close to 1.77%.

In terms of the rest of the curve, 2-year yields were up just shy of 8bps on the day to 0.58%, their highest since March 2020. 5-year and 7-year yields were up more than 10bps each to above 1.30% and just under 1.55% respectively, with both hitting highs since February 2020. The 30-year yield was up 7bps to 1.97%. The move higher was led by real yields, with the 5-year TIPS yield up 14bps to above -1.70% (marking a more than 20bps rally in the last two sessions) and the 10-year TIPS yield up 13bps on the day to just under -1.0%.

The comparatively larger drop in real versus nominal yields meant that inflation expectations on Monday fell. 5-year breakevens, which were as high as 3.31% last Tuesday, are now down just over 3bps on the day to 3.06%, while 10-year breakevens fell back to 2.60%, now 15bps below last week’s highs.

Hawkish reaction to Powell renomination

US bond markets reacted hawkishly to the news of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s renomination for the second term as Fed Chair. This is not so much because Powell is viewed as a hawk, but more so because Lael Brainard, who was the main alternative contender for the position, is seen as much more dovish than Powell. A Fed headed by Brainard would essentially be expected to keep rates lower for longer, so the hawkish market reaction is mostly about pricing out this dovish risk.

Fed funds futures for next December fell by 8.5bps to 99.285, meaning that three full 25bps rate hikes are now nearly priced in by the end of 2022. According to analysts at TD Securities, Powell's nomination “provides a little bit more legitimacy to market pricing in terms of Fed tightening next year”. The comparatively large spike in real yields is indicative of an easing of inflation fears, with investors opting to sell the inflation protection provided by TIPS amid greater confidence a Powell-led Fed will fulfill its medium-term inflation mandate.

Bad Auctions

With sentiment in bond markets already on the rocks amid hawkish Fed bets, poor demand at two key auctions further shook-up sentiment. A $58B sale of 2-year US government paper saw the high yield come in at 0.623%, more than 1.1bps above the When Issued, the biggest such tail since February 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 crisis phase. Meanwhile, a $59B auction of five-year government notes tailed by 1bps and saw primary dealers take up the largest percentage of any 5-year sale since February.

19:11
AUD/USD Price Analysis: On the verge of a bearish breakout? AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD has been in the hands of the bears to start the week. 
  • Bulls are focused on a retest of the prior hourly lows for the day ahead. 

AUD/USD is meeting a critical area of support at the start of this week following a significant test of a 61.8% golden ratio on the daily chart. This leaves the focus on the downside, from a swing trading perspective, although there could be opportunities on the nearer term charts to the upside in development. 

The following illustrates the market structure on both the daily and hourly time frames from which traders can assess with regards to planning their next trade in AUD/USD. 

AUD/USD daily chart

On the daily chart, the bears are testing both the daily 61.8% ratio that meets horizontal resistance as well as the dynamic trendline resistance. If resistance holds up here, then the focus will be on the downside for a test of the next support area near the 0.7170s ahead of 0.7105 prior daily swing lows. 

AUD/USD H1 chart

From an hourly perspective, however, the price is yet to break the support and there is, therefore, a focus on the upside towards the prior lows and a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement area: 

The 38.2% confluence area comes in at around 0.7250 which will be a focus for the sessions ahead if support holds. 

18:45
Fed's Powell: Strong policy actions and vaccines have set stage for a strong recovery

In a speech alongside US President Joe Biden and Fed Vice Chairman nominee Lael Brainard on Monday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that strong policy actions and vaccine rollouts had set the stage for a strong economic recovery. We know that high inflation takes a toll on families, Biden continued, adding that the Fed will use its tools to support jobs but also to make sure high inflation doesn't become entrenched. 

Market Reaction

There hasn't been any market reaction to Powell's remarks, which added nothing new. 

18:42
Fed's Brainard: I am committed to getting inflation down

Fed Board of Governors member and incoming Vice Chairman of the FOMC Lael Brainard said on Monday in a speech alongside US President Joe Biden and Fed Chair Jerome Powell that she is committed to getting inflation down at a time when people are worried about how far their paychecks will go. I look forward to working with Powell to build a durable recovery, Brainard added, saying that, by working together, we will see a strong recovery for all Americans. 

Market Reaction

There hasn't been any market reaction to Brainard's comments, though it is notable how much emphasis Brainard placed on bringing down inflation versus boosting employment. Perhaps when she next speak properly on policy and the economy she will sound more hawkish. 

18:34
US President Biden: Powell is the right person to get US to full employment, tackle inflation

US President Joe Biden on Monday said that he believes Fed Chair Jerome Powell to be the right person to pursue the goal of full employment and tackle inflation, according to Reuters. In a speech addressing the economy and to explain his decision to renominate Powell as Chairman of the Fed for another term, Biden explained that Powell's steady and decisive leadership put the economy on the road to a robust recovery.

Moreover, Biden praised Powell for maintaining the integrity of the Fed during the previous Trump administration years. Biden also praised Brainard as a qualified and dedicated public servant, as well as a steadfast voice for financial regulation. Finally, President Biden said he looks forwards to adding more members to the Fed board over the coming weeks. 

Market Reaction

There was no market reaction to Biden's remarks. The big moves of the day (dollar up, yields up, stocks up initially, then underperformance in tech amid higher yields) have already happened after the news of Powell's nomination as Fed chair. 

18:17
GBP/USD struggles at 1.3400 on Fed’s Jerome Powell reappointment GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD falls close to 0.40%, as US President Biden nominates Fed’s Chair Powell for a second term.
  • BoE’s members keep expressing worries about inflation, though the market remains cautious as the central bank disappointed in its last meeting.
  • US Treasuries and the US Dollar advance firmly during the day, as investors express that the reappointment of Powell is good for the US economy.

After closing in the red on Friday, the British pound extends its fall against the greenback, down some 0.36%, trading at 1.3394 during the New York session at the time of writing. In the overnight session, cable traded choppy, within the 1.3420-50 range, despite some Bank of England’s members talking with the press over the weekend. Furthermore, the White House released a statement, nominating the Fed’s Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term, that witnessed a slide of 50 pips in the pair, under 1.3400.

BoE’s policymakers continue expressing worries about elevated prices

After disappointing a rate hike at its previous meeting, market participants begin to be more cautious regarding BoE’s Governor Andrew Bailey comments.  Over the weekend, Governor Bailey expressed that inflation could be “elevated for longer,” though there is also the chance that it could not be as permanent as feared.

Bailey further added that “there are risks both ways. Obviously, our concern would be that if it gets into second-round effects, it could be elevated for longer.” During the last week, Governor Bailey expressed that he is uneasy about the inflation outlook.

However, the BoE failed to hike rates, as money market futures have foreseen, following comments from Bailey and the new Chief Economist Pill, expressing concerns about inflation which investors interpreted as a rate hike.

Brexit jitters keep GBP bulls at bay, as talks between the Eurozone and the UK regarding North Ireland and fishing rights slowed down, maintaining investors uneasy, moving from risk-sensitive currencies towards safe-haven ones.

Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index extends its gains, up 0.48%, sitting at 96.45, underpinned by Fed’s Jerome Powell nomination. Also, US Treasuries extend their gains during the day, with the 10-year Treasury yield advancing seven basis points, sitting at 1.60%, as investors view the reappointment as a continuation of the monetary policy path drawn by the Fed in the last couple of meetings.

Therefore,  central bank policy divergence seems to favor in the near-term the British pound. However, another failure to hike overnight rates by the BoE on the December meeting would question its credibility, as members express opinions concerning inflation, though voting differently. Regarding the US, the Fed could probably use its monetary policy meeting in December to increase the bond taper pace or leave it untouched, as some policymakers have been vocal, about inflation hitting 6%, three-times the central bank target, leaning towards a faster QE's reduction pace, that could leave room for the central bank to act.

 

18:17
United States 5-Year Note Auction up to 1.319% from previous 1.157%
18:07
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/EUR bears eye $1,590 50% mean reversion
  • Gold is under pressure as the US dollar rallies on Fed expectations. 
  • EUR/USD pressured by the central bank divergence theme and Covid risks. 
  • XAU/EUR bears are in control and eye the test of $1,590 in a 50% mean reversion. 

Gold prices fell on Friday and have extended their losses as the US dollar catches a bid across the board which is weighing on the yellow metal. Against the euro, gold is down by some 1.7% as markets note the divergence between the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. XAU/EUR trades at $1,608.66 and has travelled within a range of between $1,640.22 and $1,605.78 so far.

The notion that the Fed is on a faster path of tapering and closer to a rate hike than the ECB was underpinned on Friday. Fed officials said the central bank should consider speeding up the reduction in its bond-buying program. Vice Chair Clarida said he’ll be watching data ahead of December’s meeting before discussing whether to make any adjustments.

Fed vs ECB outlook

Meanwhile, the number of states in Germany are increasing that have started to impose social restrictions to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. This is leading to an exodus from the single currency. However, it still remains to be seen if the ECB will respond to the renewed COVID-19 restrictions.

It is clear that the central bank's governor,  President Christine Lagarde, still expects inflation to “increase further until the end of the year.” However, she also expressed her concerns of moving too soon. “We must not rush into a premature tightening when faced with passing or supply-driven inflation shocks” she explained when talking to the Frankfurt European Banking Congress. “An undue tightening would represent an unwarranted headwind for the recovery,” she added.

The ECB's next meeting is not until December 16 where President Lagarde will be expected to “focus on the medium term, not on current inflation numbers.” There is a contrast there to that of the Fed.  The dollar set a 16-month high against the euro on Monday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was nominated for a second four-year term by President Joe Biden.

The dollar index against a basket of currencies DXY rose 0.40% on the day to 96.468, the highest since July 2020. Traders will now look to when the Fed will release minutes from its Nov. 2-3 meeting on Wednesday, which will be evaluated for any new indications that Fed officials are becoming more concerned about stubbornly high inflation.

Meanwhile, analysts at TD Securities argued that Gold prices are now vulnerable to a deeper consolidation. ''The yellow metal's prices have been buoyed by rising stagflationary winds, which ultimately catalyzed a breakout from a multi-month downtrend from all-time-highs amid a significant wave of CTA short covering and an increase in Chinese appetite for gold,'' they said.

XAU/EUR technical analysis

The price is on the verge of a move to the 50% mean reversion area that has a confluence with the prior resistance at the start of the year near $1,590. However, the M-formation is a reversion pattern, so the price could be expected to move back to the neckline of the pattern near $1,630 first. The 38.5% Fibonacci has already been met, after all, and this price could be subject to an imminent correction. With that being said, the daily candle is strongly bearish, so momentum is with the bears. 

17:09
S&P 500 prints fresh record highs in the 4740s as investors cheer Powell reappointment
  • The S&P 500 printed fresh record highs in the 4740s as investors cheered Fed Chair Powell’s reappointment.
  • The Nasdaq 100 was initially higher, but downside in growth names amid higher bond yields has pulled the index lower.

US stock markets rallied to fresh record highs as investors cheered the appointment of Fed Chair Jerome Powell for a second term. The S&P 500 lept as high as the 4740s immediately following the 1430GMT US cash open, though since fallen back to about 4710, with on-the-day gains of about 0.2%.

The Nasdaq 100 index, which also lept higher at the open to nearly touch 16.8K for the first time, has since fallen back under 16.5K and is now trading down by 0.5% on the day. Underperformance in the duration-sensitive index is not surprising given the sharp rise in US government bond yields in response to Powell’s renomination as Fed chair. Duration-sensitive stocks, or growth stocks, are those whose valuation is disproportionately based on expectations for future earnings growth rather than on current earnings, thus leaving this valuation sensitive to changes in bond yields. Higher bond yields raise the opportunity costs of holding growth stocks.

The less growth/duration-sensitive stock exposed Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rallied 0.6%, boosted amid a sharp rise in banking names. The S&P 500 financials index was up nearly 2.0% on Monday, boosted amid the sharp rise in US bond yields.

Status-quo, Stability

Markets cheered US President Joe Biden’s decision to select Powell for a second term as Fed Chair, as it maintains the status quo at the bank with regards to policy plans. According to Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab, “markets like predictability ... while Brainard may have been a fine choice, the markets would not know what to expect from her even though the general consensus was that it meant lower rates for longer”.

 

17:03
US President Biden preparing to announce SPR release with other countries as soon as Tuesday - Bloomberg

US President Joe Biden is reportedly preparing to announce a release of crude oil reserves from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) alongside several other countries as soon as Tuesday, said a Bloomberg reporter on Monday according to Reuters. 

The countries likely to release crude oil reserves alongside the US include China, India, South Korea and Japan, with the latter four all major importers of energy. 

The report follows earlier reports suggesting that OPEC+ might be willing to adjust their own output policy if the US and other nations release oil reserves. In other words, they may delay planned output hikes, which will reduce any bearish impact a sychronised global oil reserve release will have on prices. 

Market Reaction

Front-month WTI futures have been choppy in recent trade, swinging between the $75.00 per barrel and $77.00 levels amid the conflicting headlines. 

16:40
United States 2-Year Note Auction up to 0.623% from previous 0.481%
16:38
USD/JPY closes to 115.00 as Fed Chair Powell got nominated by US President Biden USDJPY
  • USD/JPY remained subdued in the overnight session, but in the Powell news, rallied 60 pips.
  • On Friday, Fed’s Waller and Clarida expressed their interest in a faster bond taper, in the case of accelerating inflation.
  • High US Treasury yields closing to the 1.60% threshold lifted the USD/JPY pair.

The USD/JPY edges higher during the New York session, trading at five-year tops, up 0.59%, trading at 114.67 at the time of writing. The market sentiment is upbeat, spurred by US President Biden renominating the Fed Chair Jerome Powell for a second term. Also, some Fed policymakers expressed that they would like to increase the pace of the bond taper, worried that inflation could get out of their hands.

In the overnight session, the USD/JPY pair remained subdued within the 114.00-114.27 area. However, during the American session, the renomination of Fed Chairman Powell increased investors’ confidence, lifting US major equity indices in tandem with US Treasuries and the buck.

As the New York session progresses, the US Dollar Index, which measures the buck’s performance against a basket of its peers, advances 0.43%, sitting at 96.45, clinging to the 96.40 threshold. Further, rising US Treasury yields benefit the greenback. The 10-year benchmark note rate is up to five basis points, up to 1.593%, thus boosting the USD against the Japanese yen.

USD/JPY Price Forecast: Technical outlook

In the daily chart, the USD/JPY depicts an upside bias. The daily moving averages (DMA’s) reside below the spot price, though approaching an interest level around the 114.70-115.00 area, unsuccessfully broken three times. However, a daily break above the 115.00 figure would open the door for further gains. The first resistance would be December 2016 swing highs around 118.66.

On the flip side, the first support would be the November 19 high at 114.53. A break under that level would expose 114.00, followed by the November 19 low at 113.58.

 

16:34
European Monetary Union Consumer Confidence came in at -6.8, below expectations (-5.5) in November
16:33
United States Existing Home Sales (MoM) above expectations (6.2M) in October: Actual (6.3M)
16:19
Gold Price Analysis: XAU/USD slumps beneath 21DMA at $1822, amid hawkish reaction to Powell’s renomination
  • Spot gold dropped as low as $1810 on Monday amid a hawkish reaction to the new of Powell’s renomination.
  • Prices have since recovered a tad to the $1820 area, but remain capped by the 21DMA.

Spot gold (XAU/USD) saw a sharp sell-off on Monday, with prices slumping from the $1840 region to print session lows just above $1810, before recovering back to around $1820. The drop was triggered by news of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s reappointment for a second term as Fed Chair. At present, spot gold trades with on the day losses of about 1.8% and is now under its 21-day moving average (which resides at $1822) again for the first time since 4 November. This level will now act as resistance and, with the US dollar strengthening and US bond yields surging, gold bears will likely eye a move towards the $1800 level and a test of the 200 and 50DMAs which sit just below its either side of $1790.

Hawkish bond market reaction

US bond markets reacted hawkishly to the news of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s renomination for a second term as Fed Chair. This is not so much because Powell is viewed as a hawk, but more so because Lael Brainard, who was the main alternative contender for the position, is seen as much more dovish than Powell. A Fed headed by Brainard would essentially be expected to keep rates lower for longer, so the hawkish market reaction is mostly about pricing out this dovish risk.

The 2-year yield rose as much as 6bps to its highest levels since March 2020 above 0.55%, the 5-year rose as much as 8bps to its highest levels since February 2020 at close to 1.30% and the 10-year rose over 5bps to just under 1.60%. But at the same time as nominal US bond yields have moved higher, inflation expectations have also fallen, a reflection of greater confidence in a Powell-led Fed’s ability to fulfill its inflation mandate in the medium-term. 5-year breakeven inflation expectations dropped back about 5bps to close 3.0%, while 10-year breakevens fell by a similar amount to under 2.60% for the first time since 10 November.

The rise in US nominal yields despite a drop in inflation expectations can be explained by a sharp rise in US real yields. The 5-year TIPS yield rallied by over 12bps to close to -1.70%, while the 10-year TIPS yield was up 10bps to close to -1.0%, a reflection of a market keen to unload inflation protection. That eagerness to unload inflation protection in part explains the drop in gold which is seen by many investors as an effective long-term inflation hedge. But higher bond yields also weigh on gold in that a rise in real yields increases the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding precious metals, which explains gold’s typically negative correlation to real yields.

The hawkish market reaction also, unsurprisingly, boosted the US dollar, with the DXY hitting fresh year-to-date highs just shy of the 96.50 mark. This makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive to purchase for the holders of other currencies, thus reducing demand via the exchange rate avenue.

16:05
ECB's Villeroy: We should end PEPP net purchases in March 2022

In an interview with Boersen Zeitung, European Central Bank Governing Council member and head of the Bank of France François Villeroy de Galhau reiterated his expectation that the current "hump" in inflation is transitory. As a result, he said, that means we should be patient and vigilant and that premature tightening would be a mistake. 

From today's perspective, he continued, we should end PEPP net purchases in March 2022, though what the ECB does beyond March 2022 remains up for discussion, with a decision to be taken in December. He noted that an increase in the pace of purchase under the APP is a possibility, but not a necessity. 

Market Reaction

EUR/USD continues to trade in the 1.1250 region and has not reacted to Villeroy's remarks. 

15:28
USD/CAD climbs, closing into 1.2700 as Biden reappoints Fed Jerome Powell USDCAD
  • USD/CAD rallies as Jerome Powell renomination seems that would be a continuation in the Fed monetary policy.
  • The US Dollar Index climbs to 16-month  new highs, above 96.40.
  • An absent economic data from Canada keep investors focused on the dynamics around the US economy.

The USD/CAD begins the week on the right foot, advances during the New York session, trading at 1.2680 at the time of writing. In the overnight session, the greenback was steady. However, in the last hour, it is rallying as US President Joe Biden reappointed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for a second term. Also, nominated Lael Brainard, the other candidate, to a Vice-Chairman role.

US Dollar advances as Fed Chairman Powell got renominated

Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback’s performance against a basket of six rivals, advances 0.39%, sitting at 96.44, its highest level reached since July 2020, underpinned by rising US bond yields, as the market sees the reappointing of Powell as a continuation to the current monetary policy.

Further, in the last couple of weeks, investors seem convinced that the Fed will hike rates by the middle of 2022. Powell renomination cemented those expectations as the US 10-year Treasury yield is up a half percent, closing onto the 1.60% threshold. Further, in the last week, Fed policymakers have expressed their interest in increasing the QE’s reduction pace, so the US central bank could have room to maneuver as inflation keeps posting new highs in subsequent months.

Also, the Loonie failed to capitalize on higher crude oil prices, as the Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) advances 0.71%, trading at $76.05, at press time.

An absent economic docket in Canada has weighed on the CAD, as investors focus on the US dollar dynamics. On the US front, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index for October rose 0.76, better than the September -0.18 reading.

Therefore, throughout this week, USD/CAD could appreciate. Robust US macroeconomic data on the last couple of weeks, and the Fed’s preferred gauge for inflation, the PCE, would be featured in the week. A higher reading could increase the chances of the US central bank acting to tackle elevated prices, thus boosting the greenback.

USD/CAD Price Forecast: Technical outlook

The USD/CAD is trading above Friday’s high at 1.2661, which now acts as support. The 1-hour chart depicts the pair’s upward bias, though it finds strong resistance at the R1 pivot point around 1.2681, retreating towards current levels. The 1-hour simple moving averages (SMA’s) reside below the spot price, so corrections lower in the near term could be viewed as buying opportunities for USD bulls.

Resistance levels are located at 1.2700. The confluence of a downslope trendline in the daily chart and the September 29 high at 1.2774 would be challenging to overcome on the way to 1.2800.

On the flip side, the first support would be the November 19 high at 1.2661, followed by the 100-SMA at1.2605.

 

15:07
US: Existing Home Sales increase by 0.8% in October

Following an increase of 7.0% in September, Existing Home Sales in the US rose by 0.8% in October, taking the rolling 12-month sales number to 6.34M homes, according to data published by the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

The report also showed that the median existing home price was $353,900 in October, up 13.1% YoY. 

Market Reaction

FX markets have not reacted to the latest US housing numbers, just as they were not expected to. The DXY is currently trading at fresh year-to-date highs just under 96.50, boosted recently amid the news of Jerome Powell's renomination as Fed chair. 

15:02
Euro area Consumer Confidence falls to -6.8 in November vs. -5.5 expected

Consumer confidence in the euro area weakened in November with the European Commission's Consumer Confidence Indicator falling to -6.8 (flash) from -5.5 in October. This reading came in slightly worse than median forecasts for -5.5.

The data reflects an uptick in Covid-19 infections in the Eurozone over the last few weeks. The final consumer confidence indicator, released later in the month, will likely show further deterioration to reflect the imposition in recent days of lockdown restrictions. 

Market Reaction

The data has not impacted FX markets, with EUR/USD trading just under 1.1250, just above year-to-date lows printed earlier in the session in the 1.1230s. 

15:00
United States Existing Home Sales Change (MoM): 0.8% (October) vs previous 7%
14:56
EUR/USD prints fresh YTD lows under 1.1250 as Powell renominated as Fed chair EURUSD
  • EUR/USD printed fresh YTD lows on Monday in the 1.1230s after Powell’s renomination as Fed chair.
  • Markets reacted hawkishly as dovish Brainard bets were priced out and participants bet on a hawkish Fed shift.
  • The pair has since recovered back above the 1.1250 mark.

EUR/USD has seen choppiness in recent trade, dropping from around 1.1280 to fresh year-to-date lows in the 1.1230s, before rebounding back above 1.1250, where it trades lower on the day by about 0.3%. The sharp drop in recent was triggered by the news that the White House has decided to reappoint current Fed Chair Jerome Powell for a second term. Lael Brainard, currently a member of the Fed’s Board of Governors and was also touted for the position as Fed Chair, will take the position as Vice Chair of the Fed.

Hawkish reaction as Powell renominated

The move lower in EUR/USD reflects a broader hawkish market reaction to the news of Powell’s renomination. US 2-year yields rose as much as 6bps to fresh highs since March 2020 above 0.55% and the 5-year yield surged nearly 8bps to hit its highest since February 2020 at not far from 1.30%. Meanwhile, the December 2022 eurodollar future (a proxy for market expectations for the Federal Funds rate) dropped 10bps to fresh year-to-date lows at 98.965, having closed last Friday at 99.065. That implies markets are pricing 10bps in addition rate hikes by the end of next year now that Powell has been renominated for a second term.

This reflects an unwind in “dovish risk” presented by a possible Brainard nomination. A Fed under Brainard would have been expected to (by most market participants) to have a higher tolerance for a more prolonger overshoot on its inflation target and to place more emphasis on the labour market recovery. It may also reflect the fact that, with his renomination all-but secured (he should easily be approved as Fed Chair again in the Senate), Powell can now shift hawkishly on policy without fear of upsetting the White House.

EUR/USD on the ropes

A rebuilding of hawkish Fed expectations adds to the growing pile of reasons to favour further EUR/USD downside. As the pandemic in Europe worsens and Germany gets closer to locking down (Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for tougher restrictions), the Eurozone economy is expected to take a hit in Q4 2021. This adds more reasons for the ECB to be dovish. The bank was already dovishly insisting that it would not react to what it sees as a transitory spike in inflation and can now use lockdown/pandemic related-economic weakness to further justify this stance. Some are calling for the PEPP QE programme to be extended in March, given that the emergency phase of the pandemic will not yet be deemed over (a condition for the ending of the programme).

The next area of key support resides in the 1.1140-1.1170 region, an area that will be closely watched by many of the bears. But technicians do note that EUR/USD is now heavily oversold, with its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) score now back under 30.00 again. A technical correction in the coming days back to the 1.1300s could be on the cards, but may ultimately be seen as an opportunity to reload shorts.

14:25
AUD/USD pulls back under 0.7250 as Powell renomination prompts dollar strength AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD has dropped back from highs in the 0.7270s to under 0.7250 after Powell’s renomination as Fed Chair.
  • Dollar strength represents an unwind of dovish Brainard bets, as well as bets on a hawkish Fed shift.

AUD/USD has reversed lower from previous session highs in the 0.7270s, amid a knee-jerk strengthening of the USD after the announcement from the White House that Jerome Powell would be nominated for a second term as Fed Chair. AUDUSD has now slipped back to the 0.7240s, where it still trades with on-the-day gains of about 0.15%. Analysts said that AUD outperformance on Monday could be to do with stronger iron ore prices, as well as positive reopening news in the region.

According to Westpac; “the A$ should remain under modest pressure given further weakness in Chinese steel prices/ super weak October steel production data, the continued slide in coal markets, the more dovish RBA Governor’s speech to the ABE last week, European Covid cases/ lockdowns, rising tension on the Russia/ Ukraine border, weakness in EM currencies, plus the stronger US$”. In terms of specific levels, the bank states that “a test down to the 0.7170/ 0.7220 region remains the next objective while gains will be capped by the 0.7290/ 0.7310 region”.

Powell renomination prompts hawkish reaction

The hawkish kneejerk reaction (i.e. dollar strengthening) to the news of Powell’s renomination reflects an unwind of dovish bets on a Brainard nomination. Had Brainard been nominated to the position of Chairman, the expectation amongst market participants would have been that there would have been a greater tolerance for high inflation and a greater emphasis on patience and returning to pre-Covid-19 employment levels.

Now that he has secured the renomination, some analysts have facetiously joked that Powell might now turn more hawkish, as some other Fed members have judging by recent rhetoric. Whilst this was initially presented by some as a joke, the reaction in bond markets to Powell’s renomination suggests that market participants truly are now betting on some sort of hawkish shift at the Fed. 2-year US yields are now up more than 6bps on the day to fresh post-pandemic highs above 0.55%.

 

14:03
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD slides below $1,830, fresh two-week low
  • Gold witnessed selling for the third successive day and retreated further from multi-month tops.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations, elevated US bond yields and a stronger USD weighed on the metal.
  • Fresh COVID-19 jitters could help limit losses and warrant caution for aggressive bearish traders.

Gold extended last week's retracement slide from the $1,877 area, or a five-month peak and lost additional ground for the third successive day on Monday. The XAU/USD continued drifting lower through the early North American session and dropped to fresh two-week lows, around the $1,830 region in the last hour. US government bonds witnessed fresh selling amid growing market acceptance that the Fed will need to act more decisively to slow inflation. In fact, the yield on the two-year US Treasury note, which is highly sensitive to interest rate expectations, held steady near the highest level since March 2020. This turned out to be a key factor that drove flows away from the non-yielding yellow metal.

Meanwhile, hawkish Fed expectations, along with rising US bond yields continued acting as a tailwind for the US dollar. This, along with a generally positive tone around the equity markets, further acted as a headwind for dollar-denominated commodities, including gold. That said, concerns about the economic fallout from new COVID-19 restrictions in Europe could benefit the precious metal's safe-haven status and help limit deeper losses. Austria said that it would be the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown to tackle rising infections, while Germany warned that it may follow suit. This, in turn, warrants some caution for aggressive bearish traders.

The US economic docket features the only release of Existing Home Sales and is unlikely to provide any meaningful impetus to gold prices. This might further hold back traders from placing fresh directional bets ahead of this week's key US macro releases – flash PMI prints on Tuesday, the Prelim Q3 GDP (second estimate), Durable Goods Orders and Core PCE Price Index on Wednesday. Apart from this, the FOMC monetary policy meeting minutes on Wednesday will play a key role in influencing the near-term USD price dynamics and provide a fresh impetus to the commodity. Hence, it will be prudent to wait for a strong follow-through selling before confirming that the metal has topped out already and positioning for a deeper corrective pullback.

Technical outlook

Even from a technical perspective, the XAU/USD, so far, has managed to hold its neck above the $1,834-32 strong horizontal resistance breakpoint. The mentioned hurdle-turned-support should act as a key pivotal point for traders, which if broken decisively might prompt some technical selling. Gold might then accelerate the decline towards testing the next relevant support near the $1,810-08 region before eventually dropping to the $1,800 round figure.

On the flip side, the $1,848-50 area now seems to have emerged as immediate strong resistance. Some follow-through buying has the potential to push spot prices beyond the $1,863-65 intermediate hurdle, towards testing a multi-month high level of $1,877 touched last Tuesday.

Levels to watch

 

14:01
Breaking: US Pres. Biden nominates Jerome Powell as Fed chair

White House announced on Monday that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was nominated for a second four-year term by President Joe Biden.

Lael Brainard, who reportedly was the other top candidate for the position, will become the new vice-chair, the press release further revealed. 

Market reaction

The dollar gathered strength against its major rivals on this announcement and the US Dollar Index was last seen reading at its highest level since July 2020 at 96.28, rising 0.22% on a daily basis.

Key takeaways as summarized by Reuters

"Powell has provided steady leadership during an unprecedentedly challenging period."

"Brainard has played a key leadership role at the Fed."

"Powell and Brainard share the administration’s focus on ensuring that economic growth broadly benefits all workers."

"Powell and Brainard have advanced key priorities that Biden shares including addressing financial risks from climate change, staying ahead of emerging risks to financial system."

"US meeds steady, independent and effective leadership at the fed so it can advance goals of keeping inflation low and prices stable."

"Biden has full confidence in Powell and Brainard's experience, judgement and integrity to continue delivering on those mandates."

"Biden still has three fed seats to fill, including vice chair for supervision, and intends to make those starting in early December."

"Biden is committed to improving diversity in the board's composition."

"Biden is confident Powell and Brainard's focus on keeping inflation low, prices stable and delivering full employment will make US economy stronger than ever before."

13:41
US: Chicago Fed National Activity Index rises to 0.76 in October from -0.18

The October Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI), released by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, rose to 0.76 from -0.18 in September, its highest since April 2022. That follows an improvement seen in other October sentiment surveys, such as ISM and Markit's PMI surveys, which showed economic conditions improving on the month. Covid-19 infections dropped back at the end of Q3/start of Q4 and most economists expect the US economy to accelerate into the year's end. Another rise in Covid-19 infections does pose a risk, however. 

Market Reaction

FX markets did not react to the latest release. 

13:35
USD/HUF hits 18-months highs above 328.00 as CEE currencies weighed by lockdown fears
  • USD/CHF went above 328.00 for the first time since May 2020 on Monday amid Europe lockdown fears.
  • Interest rate hikes from Hungary’s central bank have failed to prevent a weakening of HUF in recent weeks.

USD/HUF hit fresh 18-month lows on Monday, with the pair briefly eclipsing 328.00 for the first time since May 2020, up slightly more than 0.5% on the day. The more heavily traded EUR/HUF pair hit a fresh record higher above 370.00 for the first time ever. Central European currencies have been under pressure at the start of the week amid concerns about lockdowns in the region scuppering the prospect for continued economic growth. The Polish Zloty hit its weakest versus the euro since 2009.

On Monday, Austria became the first nation in Central/Western Europe to implement a full lockdown on all of its citizens. The Czech Republic, meanwhile, implemented new rules saying only those who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months can enter restaurants or use other services.

A rapid rise in interest rates in Hungary and Poland has not been enough to stem recent currency weakness, seemingly reflecting concerns that the two countries’ central banks may risk failing to fill their inflation mandates in the medium-term. For reference, the YoY rate of CPI in Hungary hit 6.5% in October, while the Hungarian central bank lifted interest rates by 30bps to 2.1% last week, with rates now having been lifted by 1.5% since June. Concerns about the region returning to lockdown may well encourage the Hungarian central bank not to hike interest rates as market participants deem appropriate to address inflation risks, risking further HUF weakness.

The next psychologically important level eyed by the bulls for USD/HUF is at 330.00. If this breaks, then the pair could see a run towards record highs just above 340.00. The backdrop of a strong dollar amid strong US data and an increasingly hawkish Fed suggests that such a move might only be a matter of time.

 

13:30
United States Chicago Fed National Activity Index increased to 0.76 in October from previous -0.13
13:19
Strong dollar not emerging in positioning data – ING

The dollar’s appreciation in November still hasn’t emerged in CFTC FX positioning data that continues to show most G10 currencies’ net positions rising against USD, explains Francesco Pesole – FX Strategist at ING.

Key Quotes:

“November has so far been a month dominated by a strengthening of the dollar across the board, but this has however not translated into a rise in USD net positioning as reported by the CFTC. USD net aggregate positioning versus reported G10 currencies (i.e. G9 excluding NOK and SEK) 
was unchanged in the last weeks of October and the first week of November, and then inched lower (now at +9.8% of open interest) in the week ending 16 November.”

“The surprise increase in USD net shorts was largely due to the jump in JPY, CAD and AUD net longs, which more than offset the slight decrease in EUR net positioning and the drop in GBP net positioning.”

“It is not uncommon to see CFTC FX positioning lag the moves in the spot market, and we can reasonably expect an increase in USD net-longs across the board in the next CFTC COT report.”

13:09
Fed: Biden administration to announce decision on Fed Chair today - Punchbowl

The Biden Administration is set to announce whether or not it will renominate current Fed Chair Jerome Powell for a second-term pick, Lael Brainard, on Monday, according to Punchbowl, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the move. 

Powell remains the heavy favourite to secure the nomination, according to most political betting sites. Smarkets implied odds for the renomination of the current Fed Chair currently stand at just over 66.0%. 

Market Reaction 

Markets have not seen any reaction to the news that the announcement could come sooner than expected, but could be choppy on the actual announcement. 

13:02
AUD/USD Price Analysis: Sticks to gains above mid-0.7200s, not out of the woods yet AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD staged a goodish rebound from the 0.7225 area or multi-week low.
  • The set-up favours bearish traders and supports prospects for additional losses.

The AUD/USD pair maintained its bid tone heading into the North American session and was last seen hovering near the top end of its daily trading range, just above mid-0.7200s.

A generally positive tone around the equity markets turned out to be a key factor that extended some support to the perceived riskier aussie on the first day of a new week. This, along with a subdued US dollar price action, assisted the AUD/USD pair to recover a part of Friday's losses to the lowest level since October 6.

From a technical perspective, last week's downfall confirmed a near-term bearish break below an upward sloping channel extending from the 0.7100 neighbourhood, or YTD low set in August. This, in turn, supports prospects for an extension of the recent sharp pullback from levels just above mid-0.7500s, or a multi-month high.

The bearish outlook is reinforced by the fact that the AUD/USD pair is trading well below technically significant moving averages – 100 and 200-day SMA. Apart from this, bearish technical indicators are still far from being in the oversold conditions on the daily chart and further add credence to the near-term negative bias.

Hence, any subsequent positive move might still be seen as a selling opportunity and runs the risk of fizzling out rather quickly near the 0.7300 mark. This should now act as a key barrier for the AUD/USD pair, which if cleared might trigger a short-covering move and allow bulls to challenge 100-DMA, around the 0.7355-60 region.

On the flip side, the 0.7225 area now seems to have emerged as immediate support. This is followed by the 0.7200 mark. Some follow-through selling will validate the bearish breakdown and turn the AUR/USD pair vulnerable to accelerate the fall towards the 0.7140-35 intermediate support en-route the 0.7100 round-figure mark.

AUD/USD daily chart

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Technical levels to watch

 

12:48
GBP/USD rangebound under 1.3450 as flash PMIs, more BoE speak eyed GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD is rangebound under 1.3450 despite a slightly more dovish sounding BoE’s Bailey over the weekend.
  • The pair awaits FOMC minutes, the Fed Chair nomination, UK flash PMIs and more BoE speak this week.

GBP/USD is rangebound just to the south of 1.3450 at the start of what is likely to be quite a busy week for the pair. On the USD side of the equation, FOMC minutes are out on Wednesday and the Fed Chair is likely to be nominated by Tuesday, both of which could see choppiness in the buck. Meanwhile, UK flash November PMIs are out on Tuesday and speeches from BoE officials are smattered throughout the week. Liquidity conditions in FX markets are likely to be thin from Thursday onwards, given the closure of US markets on Thursday for Thanksgiving and then the expectation many will remain on holiday on Friday.

For now, GBP/USD is content to range within 1.3420-1.3450ish parameters. Support is at 1.3400 in the form of last week’s lows, while there is resistance around 1.3500 in the form of last week’s highs. The pound has shrugged off commentary from Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey over the weekend, even though the governor was not as hawkish sounding on inflation as he has come across in past weeks. He noted that the risks to the bank’s inflation forecasts are two-sided, which some analysts took as a sign that the bar for a rate hike in December is a little higher than previously thought.

The latest commentary, plus the ongoing worsening of the outlook for the European economy, is seeing GBP Short-Term Interest Rate (STIR) markets reduce expectations for a 25bps rate hike in December. December 2021 sterling LIBOR futures currently trade close to 99.80, having spent most of the last two weeks around 99.75. That implies markets are pricing 5bps less in monetary tightening in December (10bps rather than 15bps). That can loosely be interpreted as STIR markets suggesting a 2/3rds chance of a rate hike in December, down from it being fully priced last week. Another rate hold in December from the BoE presents a clear downside risk to GBP.

Elsewhere, that the UK’s Covid-19 situation remains stable. The seven-day moving average infection rate remains about 40K, close to where it has spent most of the last two months. PM Boris Johnson reiterated on Monday that nothing in the data shows the UK should move to “Plan B” Covid-19 health restrictions. In terms of the latest on the Brexit front, talks on both the access of French fishermen to UK water and on the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol rumble. The European Commission said on Monday morning there had been some progress no fishing, but that talks were moving too slowly and called for an intensification of discussions.

 

12:27
EUR/CHF has dropped into 5-year lows at 1.0448 – Commerzbank

According to Karen Jones, Team Head FICC Technical Analysis Research at Commerzbank, the EUR/CHF cross could target 1.0255/35, or the April 2015 low in the long term.

Key Quotes:

“EUR/CHF has sailed through the 1.0505 2020 low and remains under pressure. This introduces scope to the 1.0255/35 April 2015 low and 50% retracement of the move 2015-2018. Rallies will find nearby resistance at the 1.0590 downtrend. Additional resistance lies at 1.0629, the November 2020 low and the 2016 low and the 1.0696 19th August low.”

“A close above 1.0938 the mid-September high is needed to negate our longer term negative bias (not favoured).”

12:11
EUR/USD struggles near multi-month low, well below 1.1300 mark EURUSD
  • EUR/USD was seen consolidating its recent losses to the lowest level since early July 2020.
  • Rising COVID-19 infections in Europe weighed on the euro amid sustained USD buying.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations, elevated US bond yields held the USD near a 16-month peak.

The EUR/USD pair remained on the defensive through the mid-European session and was last seen trading with modest losses, around the 1.1275-70 region.

The pair, so far, has struggled to register any meaningful recovery and remained well within the striking distance of a 16-month low touched on Friday. The shared currency remained on the defensive amid worries about the economic fallout from the return of COVID-19 restrictions in Europe.

Austria said that it would be the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown to tackle rising infections, while Germany warned that it may follow suit. This could provide the European Central Bank with another reason to go slow on tightening its monetary policy.

Conversely, the US dollar stood tall near the highest level since July 2020 and remained well supported by hawkish Fed expectations. In fact, the Fed funds futures indicate the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move in July 2022 and a high likelihood of another raise by November.

The market speculations were reaffirmed by a fresh leg up in the US Treasury bond yields, which, in turn, acted as a tailwind for the greenback. The fundamental backdrop supports prospects for further losses, though oversold conditions held back traders from placing fresh bearish bets.

Nevertheless, the EUR/USD pair seems vulnerable to prolong its bearish trajectory and any recovery attempt might still be seen as a selling opportunity. Traders now look forward to the release of the Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index and the US Existing Home Sales data for a fresh impetus.

Technical levels to watch

 

12:03
Germany's Merkel: COVID situation worse than anything so far

The coronavirus situation in Germany is worse than anything they have seen so far, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, per Reuters.

Merkel further added that tighter curbs are needed.

Market reaction

These comments don't seem to be having a significant impact on risk sentiment. As of writing, Germany's DAX 30 Index was virtually unchanged on the day at 16,177. In the meantime, the shared currency stays on the back foot at the start of the week with the EUR/USD pair trading in the negative territory below 1.1300.

11:07
Germany's Bundesbank: German inflation just below 6% this month

In its monthly report published on Monday, Germany's Bundesbank said that it expects inflation in Germany to be just below 6% in November, as reported by Reuters.

Additional takeaways

"Germany's headline inflation seen well above 3% for longer, core inflation substantially above 2%."

"The economic recovery will likely take a breather."

"From today's standpoint, GDP could tread water in the autumn quarter of 2021."

"Macroeconomic conditions also point to stronger wage increases for collective bargaining agreements to be renewed in the near future."

Market reaction

These comments don't seem to be having a significant impact on the shared currency's market reaction. As of writing, the EUR/USD pair was posting small daily losses at 1.1280.

10:18
Silver Price Analysis: XAG/USD bulls look to seize back control, move beyond $25.00 awaited
  • Silver caught fresh bids near the $24.50 resistance breakpoint, now turned support.
  • The set-up seems tilted in favour of bulls and supports prospects for further gains.
  • A sustained break below the $24.00 mark is needed to negate the positive outlook.

Silver attracted fresh buying near mid-$24.00s on the first day of a new week and climbed back closer to the key $25.00 psychological mark during the early part of the European session.

From a technical perspective, the recent pullback from over a three-month high has been along a downward sloping channel. Against the backdrop of a strong from a 14-month low touched in September, the mentioned channel constitutes the formation of a bullish flag pattern on short-term charts.

The positive outlook is reinforced by the fact that technical indicators on the daily chart – though have been losing momentum – are still holding comfortably in the bullish territory. Adding to this, the emergence of dip-buying near a strong horizontal resistance breakpoint favours bullish traders.

Silver 4-hour chart

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This, along with the formation of an ascending channel on the daily chart, supports prospects for the resumption of the prior/well-established uptrend witnessed over the past two months or so. Some follow-through buying will reaffirm the constructive setup and pave the way for additional gains.

Silver daily chart

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The XAG/USD might then accelerate the move back towards testing the $25.35-40 region, or the highest level since August 5 set earlier this month. The momentum could push the white metal beyond the $25.60 intermediate resistance and allow bulls to reclaim the $26.00 round-figure mark.

On the flip side, the $24.50 region resistance breakpoint, now turned support, should continue to protect the immediate downside. This is followed by the $24.10-$24.00 confluence, comprising of 100-day SMA and the lower end of the ascending channel, which if broken will negate the positive bias.

Levels to watch

 

10:00
Belgium Consumer Confidence Index fell from previous 4 to 1 in November
09:53
USD/JPY clings to gains above 114.00 mark, lacks follow-through USDJPY
  • USD/JPY regained positive traction on Monday and reversed the previous session’s losses.
  • A positive risk tone undermined the safe-haven JPY and extended some support to the pair.
  • Fed rate hike bets, elevated US bond yields benefitted the USD and remained supportive.

The USD/JPY pair held steady above the 114.00 round-figure mark through the early part of the European session, albeit lacked any follow-through buying.

The pair regained positive traction on the first day of a new trading week and built on Friday's late rebound from a one-and-half-week low, around the 113.60-55 region. A generally positive tone around the equity markets undermined the safe-haven Japanese yen and turned out to be a key factor that acted as a tailwind for the USD/JPY pair.

Bulls further took cues from elevated US Treasury bond yields, bolstered by expectations for an early policy tightening by the Fed. In fact, the Fed funds futures indicate the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move by July 2022 and a high likelihood of another raise by November amid concerns about stubbornly high inflationary pressures.

The speculations were further fueled by Fed Governor Christopher Waller's comments, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates. This, in turn, assisted the US dollar to stand tall near a multi-month peak and extended additional support to the USD/JPY pair.

That said, growing anxiety over the impact of surging COVID-19 infections in Europe held traders from placing aggressive bullish bets and capped the upside for the USD/JPY pair. This, in turn, warrants some caution before positioning for a further near-term appreciating move in the absence of any major market-moving economic releases.

Moving ahead, traders this week will take cues from Wednesday's releases of Prelim US Q3 GDP print and Core PCE Price Index. This will be followed by the latest FOMC meeting minutes, which will influence the USD price dynamics. Apart from this, developments surrounding the coronavirus saga should provide a fresh directional impetus to the USD/JPY pair.

Technical levels to watch

 

09:52
Oil’s recent drop was excessive – Goldman Sachs

The recent declines in oil prices were "excessive", analysts at Goldman Sachs said in their latest note released on Friday.

Key quotes

“Oil market remains in a large deficit.”

“Reiterate $85/bbl Q4 21 average forecast.”

"The magnitude of the deficit is in fact on its own sufficient to absorb the currently perceived headwinds to the oil bull thesis, with lower prices in fact reducing the odds of a strategic release.”

“Concerns over Chinese growth, its property sector, and its impact on oil demand may have contributed to oil's fall but the move lower has "overshot" that risk.”

On oil reserves release, "Such a release would only provide a short-term fix to a structural deficit.”

"In fact, if such a release is confirmed and manages to keep oil prices depressed in the context of low trading activity into year-end, it would create clear upside to our 2022 price forecast."

  • WTI Price Analysis: 100-DMA guards the downside starting out a fresh week
09:34
WTI Price Analysis: 100-DMA guards the downside starting out a fresh week
  • WTI recovers a part of Friday’s sell-off, with eyes on oil reserves release.
  • The US oil is supported above the 100-DMA of $73.86 on the 1D chart.
  • RSI sees a fresh uptick but remains below the central line.

WTI (NYMEX futures) is making a recovery attempt on the $76 level after falling as low as $74.64 earlier in the Asian session on Monday.

With the rebound, the US oil reverses a small portion of Friday’s steep sell-off, led by the European covid lockdowns and a potential release of the oil reserve by major global economies, including the US, China and Japan.

From a short-term technical perspective, WTI has stalled its correction from multi-year peaks just above the 100-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at $73.86.

The rebound comes in tandem with the 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) also recovering from almost two-month lows.

Despite the renewed uptick in the RSI, the indicator continues to trade within the bearish territory, suggesting that any recovery is likely to remain short-lived.

A daily closing below the 100-DMA could open floors a sharp tumble towards the ascending 200-DMA at $69.42.

Ahead of that level, the $70 round figure could offer some reprieve to WTI buyers.

 WTI: Daily chart

Alternatively, any recovery attempts could meet the initial supply at the $77 level, above which the upward-sloping 50-DMA at $78.36 would get tested.

Should the recovery momentum sustain then WTI bulls could look out for the next resistance at the bearish 21-DMA at $80.45.

WTI: Additional levels to watch

 

09:07
GBP/USD flirts with daily low, just above 1.3400 mark GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD witnessed some selling for the second successive day on Monday.
  • Brexit woes acted as a headwind for the sterling amid sustained USD buying.
  • Fed rate hike bets, COVID-19 jitters held the USD near a multi-month peak.

The GBP/USD pair edged lower through the early part of the European session and dropped to a fresh daily low, around the 1.3420 region in the last hour.

The pair struggled to capitalize on Friday's modest bounce from the vicinity of the 1.3400 round figure, instead met with fresh supply on the first day of a new week. This marked the second successive day of a negative move and was sponsored by a combination of factors.

The deadlock over the post-Brexit arrangement in Northern Ireland and fishing rights overshadowed the prospects for an imminent interest rate hike by the Bank of England in December. This, in turn, continued acting as a headwind for the British pound amid sustained US dollar buying.

The key USD Index stood tall near multi-month highs amid growing acceptance that the Fed would be forced to adopt a more aggressive policy response to contain stubbornly high inflation. This was reinforced by elevated US Treasury bond yields, which continued underpinning the USD.

Apart from this, worries about surging COVID-19 cases further benefitted the greenback's relative safe-haven status and exerted some downward pressure on the GBP/USD pair. That said, the lack of any strong follow-through selling warrants some caution for aggressive bearish traders.

There isn't any major market-moving UK macro data due for release on Monday, while the US economic docket features the release of Existing Home Sales. Hence, the focus will remain on Brexit-related developments, which will influence the GBP and provide some impetus to the GBP/USD pair.

On the other hand, the US bond yields will drive the USD demand. This, along with the broader market risk sentiment should allow traders to grab some short-term opportunities around the GBP/USD pair.

Technical levels to watch

 

08:59
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD remains exposed to downside risks, $1,834 eyed – Confluence Detector
  • Gold price bounces from two-week lows but firmer DXY, yields weigh.
  • Gold bears keep their sight on $1,834 after breaching $1,850 on Friday.
  • Gold could stage a deep correction if $1,850 becomes resistance. 

Gold is struggling to find its feet on Monday, having hit the lowest levels in two weeks at $1,839 on Friday. The US dollar holds onto the recent gains, despite the improving market mood, as the Treasury yields rebound amid expectations of hastened Fed’s tapering. Given this scenario, gold remains vulnerable to additional downside momentum. Although bears could catch a breather ahead of Wednesday’s US data dump and FOMC minutes.

Read: Gold, Chart of the Week: Bears eye the 38.2% Fibonacci for the open

Gold Price: Key levels to watch

The Technical Confluences Detector shows that the gold price recovery remains capped below a powerful resistance at $1,848, which is the intersection of the Fibonacci 23.6% one-day and pivot point one-month R2.

The next upside target for gold bulls is seen at $1,852, where the Fibonacci 23.6% one-week, Fibonacci 38.2% one-day and SMA10 one-day coincide.

Strong resistance at $1,857 will then challenge the bearish commitments. That level is the confluence of the Fibonacci 61.8% one-day, Fibonacci 38.2% one-week and SMA5 one-day.

The pivot point one-day R1 at $1,861 will be the last resort for gold sellers.

Alternatively, a sustained break below the intraday low of $1,839, will call for a fresh decline towards the pivot point one-week S1 at $1,834.

The relevant support is seen at $1,829, the convergence of the pivot point one-day S2 and SMA100 four-hour.

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08:31
GBP/JPY surrenders modest intraday gains, hangs above 153.00 mark
  • GBP/JPY gained some positive traction on Monday, albeit lacked follow-through.
  • Brexit woes overshadowed hawkish BoE expectations and undermined the GBP.
  • Fresh COVID-19 jitters benefitted the safe-haven JPY and contributed to cap gains.

The GBP/JPY cross shot to a fresh daily high, around the 153.65 region during the early European session, albeit quickly retreated a few pips thereafter. The cross was last seen hovering near the lower end of its daily trading range, around the 153.20-15 region.

The cross gained some positive traction on the first day of a new week and built on Friday's goodish rebound from 100-day SMA support, around mid-152.00s. However, a combination of factors kept a lid on any further gains for the GBP/JPY cross, rather prompted fresh selling at higher levels.

The deadlock over the post-Brexit arrangement in Northern Ireland and fishing rights continued acting as a headwind for the British pound. Apart from this, surging COVID-19 cases in Europe benefitted the Japanese yen's safe-haven status and capped any meaningful upside for the GBP/JPY cross.

This, to a larger extent, offset an imminent interest rate hike move by the Bank of England in December and did little to provide any impetus to the GBP/JPY cross. That said, the recent repeated rebound from 100-day-SMA support warrants some caution for aggressive bearish traders.

There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release from the UK on Monday, leaving the GBP/JPY cross at the mercy of the fresh Brexit-related developments. This further makes it prudent to wait for a strong follow-through selling before positioning for any further losses.

Technical levels to watch

 

08:30
Hong Kong SAR Consumer Price Index above forecasts (1.5%) in October: Actual (1.7%)
08:01
Turkey Foreign Arrivals up to 99.25% in October from previous 59.45%
07:58
NZD/USD holds steady near 0.7000, awaits RBNZ on Wednesday for fresh impetus NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD attracted some dip-buying near the 0.6985-80 region on Monday.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations continued underpinning the USD and capped gains.
  • The market focus remains on the upcoming RBNZ policy meeting on Wednesday.

The NZD/USD pair reversed an intraday dip, albeit lacked any follow-through and for now, seems to have stabilized near the key 0.7000 psychological mark.

The pair attracted some buying in the vicinity of a monthly low and quickly recovered around 20 pips from the 0.6985-80 area touched earlier during the Asian session on Monday. The uptick lacked any obvious fundamental catalyst and remained capped amid the prevalent strong bullish sentiment surrounding the US dollar.

In fact, the key USD Index stood tall near the highest level since July 2020 and continued drawing support from growing market expectations for an early policy tightening by the Fed. Investors seem convinced that the US central bank would be forced to adopt a more aggressive policy response to contain stubbornly high inflation.

The Fed funds futures indicate the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move by July 2022 and a high likelihood of another raise by November. The speculations were further fueled by Fed Governor Christopher Waller's comments, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates.

That said, rising bets for yet another rate hike by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) acted as a tailwind for the NZD/USD pair. Hence, the market focus will remain on the upcoming RBNZ monetary policy meeting on Wednesday. Apart from this, the FOMC meeting minutes will help determine the near-term trajectory for the major.

In the meantime, traders might take cues from the US bond yields and the broader market risk sentiment. This, along with the only scheduled release of Existing Home Sales data from the US, might influence the USD price dynamics and provide some impetus to the NZD/USD pair, though traders would refrain from placing aggressive bets.

Technical levels to watch

 

07:19
USD/CAD consolidates in a range below mid-1.2600s USDCAD

  • USD/CAD lacked firm direction and remained confined in a narrow trading band on Monday.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations, COVID-19 jitters underpinned the USD and extended some support.
  • Rebounding crude oil prices benefitted the loonie and kept a lid on any further gains for the pair.

The USD/CAD pair extended its sideways consolidative move and remained confined in a range below mid-1.2600s heading into the European session.

A combination of diverging forces failed to assist the USD/CAD pair to capitalize on last week's gains to the highest level since early October and led to a subdued/range-bound price action on Monday. The US dollar stood tall near a 16-month peak amid expectations for an early policy tightening by the Fed and extended some support to the pair. That said, rebounding crude oil prices underpinned the commodity-linked loonie and capped the upside for the major.

The markets have been pricing in the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move by July 2022 amid persistent concerns about rising inflationary pressures. Moreover, the Fed funds futures indicate a high likelihood of another raise by November. The speculations were further fueled by Fed Governor Christopher Waller's comments, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates.

Hawkish Fed expectations were reinforced by elevated US Treasury bond yields, which, along with fresh COVID-19 jitters, underpinned the safe-haven greenback. The supporting factor, to a larger extent, was offset by a modest recovery in crude oil prices from a seven-week low touched earlier this Monday. Apart from this, a goodish pickup in the US equity futures failed to impress the USD bulls or provide any meaningful impetus to the USD/CAD pair.

Market participants now look forward to a relatively thin US economic docket, featuring the release of Existing Home Sales later during the early North American session. This, along with the US bond yields and the broader market risk sentiment, might influence the USD and provide some impetus to the USD/CAD pair. Traders will further take cues from oil price dynamics to grab some short-term opportunities around the major.

Technical levels to watch

 

07:19
EUR/USD Price Analysis: Downside bias remains intact, 1.1250 likely at risk EURUSD
  • EUR/USD looks south, with 1.1250 at risks amid firmer USD, yields.
  • Bearish RSI supports the potential move lower towards 1.1200.
  • 1.1300 is the level to beat for the EUR bulls for any meaningful recovery.

EUR/USD is seeing some fresh selling pressure, as we progress towards the European opening bells this Monday.

The US dollar remains firmer on the session, tracking the rebound in the Treasury yields across the curve.

From a broader perspective, the euro remains undermined against the greenback, courtesy of the divergence in the monetary policy outlooks between the Fed and the ECB.

The Fed is set to hike the interest rates around mid-2022 while the ECB policymakers have repeatedly denied talks of a rate increase any time next year.

Attention, therefore, now remains on this week’s FOMC minutes for any clarity on the Fed’s rate hike timings and the central bank’s tapering pace.

Meanwhile, looking at the currency pair on the four-hour chart, the 1.1250 target has been achieved last Friday, with the downside risks still intact.

At the time of writing, the spot is trading at 1.1268, down 0.16% on the day. If the strong support around 1.1250, the confluence of Friday’s low and the falling trendline, gets breached, then a test of the 1.1200 psychological level will be inevitable.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is holding the lower ground just above the oversold territory, suggesting that there is more room to the downside.

EUR/USD: Four-hour chart

On the flip side, any meaningful recovery will gain traction on recapturing the 1.1300 level.

The next critical upside barrier is seen at the bearish 21-Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 1.1317.

Further up, the 1.1350 psychological barrier will come into play.

EUR/USD: Additional levels to consider

 

07:00
Turkey Consumer Confidence down to 71.1 in November from previous 76.8
07:00
Denmark Consumer Confidence declined to -2 in November from previous 3.3
06:53
FX option expiries for November 22 NY cut

FX option expiries for November 22 NY cut at 10:00 Eastern Time, via DTCC, can be found below.

- EUR/USD: EUR amounts        

  • 1.1300-05 1b
  • 1.1350 954m

- GBP/USD: GBP amounts        

  • 1.3360-70 810m
  • 1.3395 425m
  • 1.3500 353m

- USD/JPY: USD amounts                     

  • 115.20-25 425m

- USD/CHF: USD amounts        

  • 0.9200-10 450m

- AUD/USD: AUD amounts

  • 0.7270 364m

- USD/CAD: USD amounts       

  • 1.2485-1.2500 1.3b
  • 1.2540 270m
  • 1.2650 500m
  • 1.2685 1b

- EUR/GBP: EUR amounts

  • 0.8360 507m

- NZD/USD: NZD amounts

  • 0.6955 365m
  •  0.7015-25 386m
  • 0.7100-05 700m
06:37
USD/INR Price News: Indian rupee’s downside appears limited amid impending bear cross
  • USD/INR rises for the second straight day despite falling oil prices.
  • US dollar’s gains boost the spot but impending bear cross warrants caution.
  • RSI remains below the midline, keeping the upside limited.            

USD/INR is building onto Friday’s recovery, as it heads towards 74.50 amid the recent strength in the US dollar across the board.

The covid resurgence in Europe bolstered the dollar’s safe-haven appeal while expectations of hastened Fed’s tapering lifted the Treasury yields, adding further to the greenback’s upside.

The Indian rupee bulls remain unimpressed by the recent correction in oil prices, which helps ease the Balance of Payments (BoP) worries for India.

Technically, USD/INR seems to have found acceptance above the 100-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at 74.30, extending its recovery from weekly lows of 74.02.

However, the bulls remain cautious, as the 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) sits beneath the midline, keeping the downside risks exposed.

Additionally, a looming bear cross, with the 21-DMA looking to pierce the 50-DMA from above, could likely limit the pair’s bullish potential.

On the upside, immediate resistance is seen around 74.50, the meeting point of the 21 and 50-DMAs.

USD/INR: Daily chart

Meanwhile, any pullback could see a retest of the 100-DMA, the previous resistance now support. Further down, Friday’s low will be on the sellers’ radars.

If that level gives way, then a drop towards the mildly bullish 200-DMA at 73.89 could be in the offing.

USD/INR: Additional levels

 

06:28
AUD/USD clings to modest recovery gains, around mid-0.7200s AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD gained some traction on Monday staged a modest rebound from multi-week lows.
  • A goodish pickup in the US equity futures extended support to the perceived riskier aussie.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations, COVID-19 jitters underpinned the USD and should cap the upside.

The AUD/USD pair edged higher heading into the European session and climbed back above mid-0.7300s, or a fresh daily top in the last hour.

Having found some support near the 0.7325 area, the AUD/USD pair gained some positive traction on Monday and recovered a part of the previous session's losses to the lowest level since October 6. The uptick was sponsored by a goodish rebound in the US equity futures and seemed rather unaffected by the prevalent bullish sentiment surrounding the US dollar. That said, the upside is likely to remain limited amid the return of COVID-19 restrictions in Europe.

Austria said that it would be the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown to tackle rising infections and Germany also warned that it may follow suit. This, along with hawkish Fed expectations, should continue to act as a tailwind for the safe-haven greenback and cap gains for the AUD/USD pair. This, in turn, warrants some caution before confirming that the recent downfall has run its course and placing aggressive bullish bets.

In fact, the markets have been pricing in the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move by July 2022 and the Fed funds futures indicate a high likelihood of another raise by November amid rising inflationary pressures. The speculations were further fueled by Fed Governor Christopher Waller's comments, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates.

Moving ahead, Monday's US economic docket features the only release of Existing Home Sales later during the early North American session. This, along with the US bond yields, might influence the USD price dynamics and provide some impetus to the AUD/USD pair. Traders will further take cues from the broader market risk sentiment to grab some short-term opportunities around the major.

Technical levels to watch

 

06:28
Forex Today: Greenback steadies near 2021 highs in quite start to the week

Here is what you need to know on Monday, November 22:

The greenback holds its ground early Monday after outperforming its rivals last week. The US Dollar Index (DXY) is moving sideways above 96.00 as investors await the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's National Activity Index and October Existing Home Sales data. The risk mood seems to be improving at the start of the week but market participants remain worried about the possible imposition of coronavirus-related lockdowns in Europe.

Hawkish comments from Fed officials provided a boost to the dollar ahead of the weekend. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida said that it may be appropriate in December to discuss accelerating the pace of asset purchase reductions. On a similar note, Fed Governor Christopher Waller argued that the Fed could start tapering by $30 billion from January and open the door for a rate hike as early as April.

The Shanghai Composite Index is up more than 0.5% despite some cautious remarks on the economic outlook. Liu Shijin, an advisor to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said on Monday that the Chinese economy could enter a period of “quasi-stagflation" with relatively slow growth and excessively high producer-price inflation. Meanwhile, US stock index futures are posting modest gains, suggesting that Wall Street's main indexes could open on a firm footing. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury bond yield is holding above 1.5% following Friday's decline. 

EUR/USD continues to have a difficult time staging a convincing rebound and trades below 1.1300. Later in the day, the European Commission will release the preliminary Consumer Confidence data for November.

GBP/USD fell sharply on Friday and erased the majority of its weekly gains. The pair stays relatively quiet around mid-1.3400s on Monday but the lack of progress in negotiations over Brexit's Northern Ireland protocol is not allowing the British pound to find demand.

Gold fell toward the lower-end of its weekly range on Friday and broke below $1,850 during the Asian trading hours on Monday. XAU/USD is likely to react to the fluctuations in the US Treasury bond yields in the absence of high-tier data releases. 

USD/JPY is trading in a very narrow band above 114.00 on Monday. Earlier in the day, the Japanese government has announced on Friday that the Cabinet approved a new fiscal stimulus package with spending worth JPY55.7 trillion.

AUD/USD stays afloat in the positive territory around 0.7250 and NZD/USD extends sideways grind above 0.7000. Risk flows seem to be helping the aussie and the kiwi stay resilient against the dollar.

USD/CAD consolidates last week's gains above 1.2600 as the oil selloff seem to be taking a break on Monday. After losing more than 4% on Friday, the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is trading flat a little below $76.00 in the early European session.

Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin climbed to $60,000 on Saturday but failed to gather enough bullish momentum to advance beyond that level. As of writing, BTC/USD was down more than 2% at $57,300. Following a rebound that lasted for two days, Ethereum turned south on Sunday and continues to push lower toward $4,000 on Monday.

06:07
US Dollar Index recedes from stiff resistance near 96.25 amid risk reset
  • DXY takes a breather after retesting 16-month tops on Friday.
  • Improving mood on the Asian indices caps the upside in the dollar.
  • RSI has turned lower, backing the pullback in the US dollar index.

US Dollar Index (DXY) is paring back gains, as the sellers return on Monday after a positive start to a new week.

The improving market mood could be linked to the latest down in the spot, as investors look past the resurfacing worries over covid curbs in Europe after Austria announced a nationwide lockdown last Friday.

Expectations of more stimulus coming in from China lifted the overall market mood, despite the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) leaving the loan prime rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.85% yet again.

Despite the retreat from higher levels, the downside remains cushioned, as the US Treasury yields snap its three-day downtrend and rebound 1% on the 10-year time frame.

Technically, the index needs to find a strong foothold above the horizontal trendline resistance at 96.25 to unleash the additional upside momentum.

The 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) has turned slightly lower while near 65.50, justifying the recent pullback in the price.    

If the correction picks up pace, then a further drop towards the bullish 21-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at 95.85 cannot be ruled out.

DXY: Daily chart

DXY: Additional levels 

 

05:30
Netherlands, The Consumer Confidence Adj fell from previous -10 to -19 in November
05:29
PBOC Adviser: Chinese economy could see a risk of ‘quasi-stagflation’

Liu Shijin, an advisor to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) warned on Monday, the Chinese economy could enter a period of ‘quasi-stagflation’.

Key quotes

“China’s economy could enter a period of “quasi-stagflation" with relatively slow growth and excessively high producer-price inflation.”

“Such a scenario is “very likely" if demand remains weak, producer prices stay high, corporate profits are squeezed, and existing risks in the economy are “released too quickly.”

“The possibility needs close attention - if it happens it will last into 2022.”

05:09
NZ PM Ardern: Country will move to new covid alert system from December 3

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday, the country will slowly shift away from the use of lockdowns and will allow all businesses to operate, beginning from December 3.

Key quotes

“All of New Zealand will move into the Covid-19 Protection Framework at midnight on Dec. 2, making Dec. 3 the first day the so-called traffic-light system will be operational.”

“Each region will then be put into red, orange or green settings depending on their vaccination levels and exposure to COVID-19.”

“Decisions on what color each region will move into will be confirmed on 29 November, giving regions time to drive up vaccination rates further.”

“Auckland will enter at red, and no region will start at the green.”

This comes after New Zealand recorded 205 new community cases on Monday and one death.

Market reaction

NZD/USD is battling 0.7000, unimpressed by the above comments, as it sheds 0.11% on the day. All eyes remain on the RBNZ rate hike decision for the next big move in the kiwi.

04:51
GBP/USD remains depressed below 1.3450 amid USD strength, Brexit woes GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD attempts a bounce but firmer USD caps the upside.
  • EU calls on Brexit minister to stop ‘political posturing’ over NI protocol.
  • BOE’s Bailey downplays inflation concerns, eyes on risk trends, Brexit.

GBP/USD is attempting a tepid recovery towards 1.3450 heading into the European open, as the risk sentiment improves. However, the further upside appears elusive amid stronger US dollar and persistent Brexit worries.

Brexit concerns loom

At the press time, the currency pair is recovering losses near 1.3445, having hit the intra-day lows at 1.3428 earlier on.

The latest uptick in the spot comes on the back of improving market mood, as the Asian equities jump back into the green after a negative opening while the S&P 500 futures rise 0.31% so far.

Markets seem to look past the resurfacing European COVID-19 concerns, as expectations of a faster Fed taper amid a strengthening US economy underpin the mood. However, the further recovery appears elusive, as the US dollar holds onto the recent gains alongside a rebound in the Treasury yields.  

On Friday, the US dollar rallied hard to retest the 16-month highs against its major peers after a risk-off wave gripped the financial markets on renewed concerns over a potential lockdown in Europe, in the face of coronavirus contagion. The major fell as low as 1.3408 on heightened demand for the safe-haven dollar.

Meanwhile, on the Brexit front, the European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič accused the UK Brexit Minister David Frost of ‘political posturing’ over the Northern Ireland (NI) protocol, citing ‘more urgency’ required in negotiations.

Investors digest the weekend’s comments from the Bank of England (BOE) Governor Andrew Bailey. Bailey said that inflation could be "elevated for longer" but there is also a chance that it does not prove as persistent as feared.

Next of relevance for the spot remains the US Existing Home Sales data for some fresh trading incentives. However, the broader market sentiment, Brexit headlines and the US dollar dynamics will continue to emerge as the main catalysts for the cable.

GBP/USD: Additional levels to consider

 

04:43
Gold Price Forecast: XAU/USD bounces off two-week low, Fed rate hike bets to cap gains
  • Gold attracted some dip-buying on Monday and stalled its recent corrective pullback.
  • Fresh COVID-19 jitters underpinned the safe-haven metal amid persistent inflation fears.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations, elevated US bond yields and stronger USD could cap gains.

Gold reversed an Asian session dip to near two-week lows and was last seen hovering near the top end of its daily trading range, just below the $1,850 level. The worsening COVID-19 situation in Europe turned out to be a key factor that benefitted traditional safe-haven assets and assisted the XAU/USD to attract some dip-buying on the first day of a new week. Austria said that it would be the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown to tackle rising infections, while Germany warned that it may follow suit. Apart from this, persistent concerns about rising consumer prices further underpinned the precious metal's appeal as a hedge against inflation.

That said, hawkish Fed expectations and a stronger US dollar might keep a lid kept a lid on further gains for gold prices. In fact, the Fed funds futures indicate the possibility for an eventual Fed rate hike move by July 2022 and a high likelihood of another raise by November. The speculations were further fueled by Fed Governor Christopher Waller's comments, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates. The prospects for an early policy tightening by the Fed continued acting as a tailwind for the US Treasury bond yields. This, along with the prevalent bullish sentiment surrounding the US dollar, should hold back traders from placing aggressive bullish bets around the dollar-denominated commodity.

Nevertheless, gold, for now, seems to have stalled its corrective pullback from a multi-month peak set last week and snapped two successive days of the losing streak. In the absence of any top-tier economic releases from the US, the USD price dynamics and US bond yields will continue to play a key role in influencing the non-yielding yellow metal. Traders will further take cues from developments surrounding the coronavirus saga to grab some short-term opportunities around the XAU/USD.

Technical outlook

From a technical perspective, spot prices managed to find some support ahead of the $1,834-32 strong horizontal resistance breakpoint. This should now act as a key pivotal point and help determine the next leg of a directional move. A sustained break below would prompt some technical selling and accelerate the fall towards the $1,808-07 region en-route the $1,800 mark.

On the flip side, some follow-through buying beyond the $1,850 level might trigger a short-covering move and push gold towards the $1,865 resistance zone. The next relevant hurdle is pegged near the $1,875-77 area (multi-month highs), above which the XAU/USD could aim to reclaim the $1,900 mark for the first time since June.

Gold daily chart

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Levels to watch

 

04:20
EUR/USD: Vulnerable to downside risks to Euro Area activity – Goldman Sachs EURUSD

Analysts at Goldman Sachs cut their forecasts for EUR/USD, now seen at 1.1400 and 1.1600 over the next three and six months respectively.

Key quotes

“Unless the upcoming preliminary PMIs show significant upside surprises.”

“We would expect markets to remain focused on downside risks to Euro Area activity. “

“We are therefore revising our 3m and 6m EUR/USD forecasts.”

04:02
EUR/USD seems vulnerable near multi-month low, just above mid-1.1200s EURUSD
  • EUR/USD languished near a 16-month low and was weighed down by a combination of factors.
  • Hawkish Fed expectations continued underpinning the greenback amid fresh COVID-19 jitters.
  • Oversold RSI held bearish traders from placing fresh bets, though any recovery seems elusive.

The EUR/USD pair remained on the defensive through the Asian session and was last seen trading around the 1.1270-65 region, just a few pips above a 16-month low touched on Friday.

A combination of factors continued weighing on the pair through the early part of the action on the first day of the week, albeit oversold conditions held back traders from placing fresh bearish bets. The US dollar remained well supported by the prospects for an early policy tightening by the Fed and was further boosted by fresh COVID-19 jitters.

Investors seem convinced that the US central bank would be forced to adopt a more aggressive policy response to contain stubbornly high inflationary pressures. The speculations were further fueled by comments from Fed Governor Christopher Waller, saying that the US central bank should speed up the pace of tapering to give more leeway to raise interest rates.

Meanwhile, Austria said it would be the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown amid surging infections and Germany could follow suit. This further benefitted the greenback's relative safe-haven status and acted as a headwind for the shared currency, which was also undermined by the fact that the ECB has been pushing back on market bets for tighter policy.

That said, RSI (14) has already fallen below the 30 mark and point to extremely overstretched conditions on the daily chart. This, in turn, was seen as the only factor that helped limit any further losses, at least for now. In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases on Monday, the EUR/USD pair remains at the mercy of the USD price dynamics.

Technical levels to watch

 

03:28
USD/JPY Price Analysis: Bulls remain hopeful while above critical 21-DMA USDJPY
  • USD/JPY jumps back on the bids in tandem with the US Treasury yields.
  • 21-DMA is the levels to beat for the bears, as risk-off mood lifts the USD.
  • RSI inches higher above the midline, more upside remains likely?  

USD/JPY is trading above 114.00, looking to extend Friday’s sell-off to weekly lows of 113.58, as the US Treasury yields rebound across the curve ahead of this week’s Fed minutes.

Expectations that the Fed could offer any hints on the timing of a rate hike fuel a renewed upside in the yields, in turn, benefiting the US dollar. The greenback also takes advantage of the prevalent risk-off market profile, courtesy of the concerns about European COVID-19 curbs.

Meanwhile, investors digest the latest comments from Japan on a potential oil reserves release. The broader market sentiment is expected to lead the way going forward.

USD/JPY’s daily chart shows that the price has managed to recapture the critical horizontal 21-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at 113.89.

On Friday, the major briefly dipped below the latter but managed to give a daily closing above it, keeping the buyers hopeful.

developing story ...

03:09
USD/CAD: In bullish consolidation around 1.2650 amid USD strength, weaker WTI USDCAD
  • USD/CAD bides times for the next leg higher, as USD remains firmer on the session.
  • Covid concerns weigh on WTI prices while boding well for the safe-haven USD.
  • All eyes remain on the FOMC minutes amid a quiet start to the week.

USD/CAD is tracking the ongoing strength in the US dollar across its main competitors, consolidating near seven-week tops, starting out a fresh week on the right footing.

The major got a double booster shot from the risk-averse market conditions on Friday, as the covid resurgence in Europe and risks of a potential lockdown weighed heavily on the market sentiment.

The resultant risk-off trading lifted the US dollar’s safe-haven demand while raising concerns over the demand for fuel, knocking off WTI prices to the lowest levels in seven-week below the $75 mark.

Meanwhile, the loonie buyers failed to benefit from the upbeat Canadian Retail Sales data. The Canadian consumer spending outpaced the market’s expectations on Friday, arriving at -0.6% MoM in September vs. -1.7% expected.

Looking ahead, the sentiment around the US dollar and oil prices will continue influencing the currency pair, as investors keep an eye on the latest covid updates amid a data-sparse economic calendar on Monday.

USD/CAD: Technical levels to watch out

 

02:39
China’s Pres Xi: Will jointly with ASEAN maintain region's continued peace, never seek hegemony

China's President Xi Jinping said at a summit on Monday, China Will jointly with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) maintain the region's continued peace, never seek hegemony.

Additional takeaways

China-ASEAN summit will help regional peace, stability, development

China, ASEAN led economic integration of East Asia's economy in past 30 years

China, ASEAN have got rid of shadow of cold war, jointly maintained regional stability.

China has been, is and will forever be ASEAN's 'good neighbour,' 'good friend', 'good partner'.

China as a big country will not 'bully' smaller countries.

  • AUD/USD Price Analysis: Bounces towards 0.7250 despite firmer US dollar

02:36
Japan’s Matsuno: No plan fixed yet for release from oil reserve

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday, they have “no plan fixed yet for release from oil reserve.”

He added that “Japan continues to pay attention to the global energy market trends impact upon the economy.” 

Last Thursday, Matsuno said that his government “will continue to watch the effect of soaring oil prices on Japan’s economy and urge oil-producing countries to increase output.”

Market reaction

WTI is trading almost unchanged on the day around $75.50, at the time of writing.

  • Oil is on the back foot in the opening sessions
02:30
Commodities. Daily history for Friday, November 19, 2021
Raw materials Closed Change, %
Brent 78.4 -3.2
Silver 24.586 -0.8
Gold 1846.857 -0.66
Palladium 2054.83 -3.45
02:29
AUD/USD Price Analysis: Bounces towards 0.7250 despite firmer US dollar AUDUSD
  • AUD/USD licks its wound after hitting six-week lows on Friday.
  • Renewed covid woes-led risk-aversion boosts the US dollar at the aussie’s expense.
  • The aussie tests key support on the daily chart, remains vulnerable.

AUD/USD is consolidating Friday’s steep losses below 0.7250, licking its wounds amid broad risk-aversion.

The markets remain in a risk-off mode, thanks to the covid resurgence in Europe and worries over the potential curbs to contain the virus. The flight to safety underpins the safe-haven demand for the US dollar while weighing on the higher-yielding aussie.

Further, the rise in the US Treasury yields amid Fed’s hawkish expectations heading into this week FOMC minutes also adds to the strength in the greenback against its major rivals.

In the day ahead, the covid updates worldwide combined with the US Existing Home Sales data will be eyed for fresh trading impetus.

Looking at AUD/USD’s daily chart, the pair is trying hard to defend the critical daily support line at 0.7225, where the October 6 low lies.

The next critical support is seen at the 0.7200 psychological level.

A sustained break below the latter will fuel a fresh decline towards the end-September lows of 0.7169.

AUD/USD: Daily chart

The 14-Day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is recovering from lower levels, currently flatlined around 35.26, suggesting that a minor correction could be in the offing.

For the rebound to pick up pace, the AUD bulls need to recapture 0.7250, above which Friday’s high of 0.7292 could get retested.

The next line of defense for the sellers is seen at 0.7351, where the 100 and 50-Daily Moving Averages (DMA) converge.

AUD/USD: Additional levels to consider

 

01:47
GBP/USD Price Analysis: Bears seeking a break of key 1.34 support GBPUSD
  • GBP/USD is consolidated in the opening session but the focus is on a test of 1.34 the figure. 
  • Bulls will need to see 1.3500 cleared for a run to 1.3550. 

GBP/USD is at a crossroads at this juncture considering the support structure, both horizontal and dynamic. The bulls could be looking to engage here which would see the price headed back towards 1.35 the figure again and potentially onward to 1.3550.

GBP/USD daily chart

On the downside, as illustrated above, a break of the support structure is what the bears will be looking for with a subsequent continuation of the dominant trend. 

GBP/USD H4 chart

On the 4-hour chart and on a break of support, bears could seek to engage with a restest of the area near 1.34 the figure that would be expected to act as resistance.  

01:31
China PBoC Interest Rate Decision remains at 3.85%
01:31
China keeps its 1-year loan prime rate unchanged at 3.85%

China keeps its 1-year loan prime rate unchanged at 3.85%, as expected and also keeps its 5-year loan prime rate unchanged at 4.65%, as expected. There has been no market reaction. 

About the rate decision

If the PBoC is hawkish about the inflationary outlook of the economy and rises the interest rates it is positive, or bullish, for the CNY. Likewise, if the PBoC has a dovish view on the Chinese economy and keeps the ongoing interest rate, or cuts the interest rate it is negative, or bearish.

USD/CNY outlook

Analysts at Danske Bank see strength in the CNY in the near term but during 2022 they expect CNY to weaken.

''a) We look for the trade surplus to come down on the back of the US consumers eventually buying fewer goods from China and b) rate increases from the Fed amid moderate easing measures by PBoC reinforces the divergence in policy rates.''

01:30
Schedule for today, Monday, November 22, 2021
Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
11:00 (GMT) United Kingdom CBI industrial order books balance November 9  
11:00 (GMT) Germany Bundesbank Monthly Report    
13:30 (GMT) U.S. Chicago Federal National Activity Index October -0.13  
15:00 (GMT) Eurozone Consumer Confidence November -4.8 -5.5
15:00 (GMT) U.S. Existing Home Sales October 6.29 6.2
21:45 (GMT) New Zealand Retail Sales YoY Quarter III 33.3%  
21:45 (GMT) New Zealand Retail Sales, q/q Quarter III 3.3%  
01:28
USD/CNY fix: 6.3952 vs. the estimate of 6.3880

In recent trade today, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan (CNY) at 6.3952 vs. the estimate of 6.3880 and the previous fix of 6.3825 as well as the prior close of 6.3866.

About the fix

China maintains strict control of the yuan’s rate on the mainland.

The onshore yuan (CNY) differs from the offshore one (CNH) in trading restrictions, this last one is not as tightly controlled.

Each morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sets a so-called daily midpoint fix, based on the yuan’s previous day closing level and quotations taken from the inter-bank dealer.

00:36
Oil is on the back foot in the opening sessions
  • WTI takes an early hit to start the week off on the downside.
  • Bears are pilling in on prospects of demand and supply-side risks.

WTI and Brent futures prices slumped around 3% on Friday. Today, the price of a barrel of spot oil in the Asian open is bleeding and down some 0.4% in terms of US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude. It slid from the $75.80 level to a low of $74.79 before recovering back to the current $70.40 mark 

Japan said on the weekend it was considering releasing oil reserves to help dampen prices and adding to the mix, there are demand concerns growing as COVID-19 cases surge in Europe. Firstly, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was ready to help counter soaring oil prices following a request from the United States to release oil from its emergency stockpile.

Additionally, news that Austria is entering into lockdown has sent energy prices tumbling as the resurgent mobility and travel driven demand expectations are at risk.

 TD Securities have noted, however, that Germany has ruled out a national general lockdown which eases some of the concerns. ''Broader and long-lasting lockdowns as a measure to encourage better vaccination rates in Europe will be a key demand risk to keep an eye out for this winter season, but the selloffs could ultimately prove to be overdone. Indeed, energy markets have recently shown a tendency to overestimate the impact of Covid related demand disruptions, with the Asian delta outbreak the latest example.''

''Still, we reiterate our view that global energy markets remain extremely vulnerable to a demand shock this winter, and the rise in natural gas prices could see expectations for demand from gas-to-oil-and-fuel-oil switching rise once again, particularly if winter is cold.''

 

00:15
Currencies. Daily history for Friday, November 19, 2021
Pare Closed Change, %
AUDUSD 0.72343 -0.53
EURJPY 128.675 -0.94
EURUSD 1.12887 -0.7
GBPJPY 153.25 -0.6
GBPUSD 1.3445 -0.34
NZDUSD 0.69932 -0.67
USDCAD 1.26476 0.42
USDCHF 0.92834 0.32
USDJPY 113.975 -0.24
00:12
NZD/USD is on te forex watchlist, RBNZ showdown this week NZDUSD
  • NZD/USD volatility is on the cards this week around the RBNZ.
  • 0.7220 and 0.6800 are daily swong levels eyed depending on the outcome. 

NZD/USD is sitting near 0.7000 in the open and seemingly resistant to the US dollar's strength despite the risk-off mood. On Friday, the pair shed around 20 pips but eld up relatively well as traders position for higher interest rates in New Zealand ahead of this week's Reserve Bank of New Zealand meeting.

''Whippy price action looks to be on the cards this week,'' analysts at ANZ Bank said noting that markets are split on whether the RBNZ will deliver a 25bp or 50bp hike on Wednesday. ''Fireworks are all but guaranteed no matter what they do,'' they added. 

''Markets seem to be becoming a bit glass-half-empty, and we wouldn’t be surprised if 25bps puts the NZD under pressure on the view that interest rate support isn’t as strong. Or ironically, 50bps might be viewed as the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back for the economy. But it might be a lot simpler than that: other countries are normalising too, and that could eat into New Zealand’s erstwhile lone star power.''

Meanwhile, analysts at TD Securities concede that 50 bps is a possibility given the surge in inflation expectations and the red-hot labour market. The analysts argue that the Bank risks missing its medium-term remit. ''If our baseline pans out, the Bank could signal a more rapid path to neutral,'' and this ''is likely over coming meetings once the economic recovery gains momentum as current COVID restrictions ease.''

NZD/USD technical analysis

The price is meeting support following the recent daily sell-off on USD bullish fundamentals. A break of the trendline support opens risk to the downside towards 0.6800 while a break of the recent highs should clear the way to the October highs near 0.7220. 

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