Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gold prices have posted small losses

Gold prices have posted small losses in the Wednesday session. In the North American session, the spot price for an ounce of gold is $1278.34, down 0.14% on the day. On the release front, the focus was on consumer indicators. CPI and Core CPI matched the forecasts, with gains of 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively. Consumer spending reports were a mix – retail sales gained 0.1%, below the estimate of 0.2%. Core Retail Sales came in at 0.2%, beating the forecast of 0.0%. As well, the Empire State Manufacturing Index slowed to 19.4 points, well short of the estimate of 25.3 points. This reading marked a 4-month low.
Gold is showing volatility on Wednesday. The metal pushed to a high of $1289.50, its highest level since October 20. However, the metal has given up these gains in the North American session, after the release of retail sales and CPI. We could continue to see movement from gold, as investors keep a close eye on the tax overhaul bill which is on its way to Congress. If the bill gains steam, we are likely to see the dollar move higher, which could weigh on gold prices.
Although consumer price index numbers remain weak, there was better news from producer price index reports on Wednesday. Core PPI and PPI remained unchanged at 0.4%, beating their estimates. PPI increased at an annualized rate of 2.8%, its fastest gain since February 2012. Inflation levels are being closely monitored by the Federal Reserve, as stronger inflation levels would likely result in a rate hike in early 2018. The markets are very bullish on higher rates, with a December hike priced in at 93% and a January raise priced in at 89%.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

EUR/CHF up to 1.18

 Strong eurozone fundamentals and Swiss National Bank's ongoing aim to keep the Swiss franc away from investors' safe haven appetite will push EUR/CHF up to 1.18 in six months and to 1.20 at the end of 2018, says Rabobank. EUR/CHF is last down 0.1% at 1.1574. "The combination of strong growth, low rates and relatively stable politics in the eurozone means that from an investors' perspective this could be as good as it gets." This provides support for the euro and at the same time takes away some investor appetite for the Swiss franc. Moreover, low inflation in Switzerland means the SNB will likely continue its loose monetary policy, says Rabobank.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Canadian dollar

The Canadian dollar continues to show a lack of movement this week. In the Tuesday session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2903, up 0.51% on the day. In economic news, Canadian GDP declined 0.1%, short of the estimate of +0.1%.  On the inflation front, the Raw Materials Price Index dropped 0.1%, missing the forecast of 0.4%. Later in the day, BoC Governor Stephen Poloz testifies before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in Ottawa. In the US, today’s key event is CB Consumer Confidence, which is expected to climb to 121.1 points. Wednesday is a busy day, with the US releasing two key events – ADP Nonfarm Payrolls and ISM Manufacturing PMI. As well, the FOMC will release its monthly rate statement.
Canada’s economy contracted in August, surprising the markets, which had expected a small gain. The decline of 0.1% was the first drop since October 2016. The soft reading has pushed USD/CAD above the 1.29 line at the start of the North American session. The Canadian dollar is on the verge of dropping to a 10-week low,and has endured a miserable October, slipping some 3.5 percent.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Risks for USD/JPY are growing, Societe Generale says

Risks for USD/JPY are growing, Societe Generale says, given that Japanese economy is improving steadily and "the U.S. dollar is on a secular downtrend." Japan would rather have a weaker currency to improve its economy and drive inflation up, but since the economy is getting slightly better, SocGen sees potential for the yen. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to win the Sunday elections, but "Abenomics [which targets a weak yen] is losing its impact on the yen." USD/JPY is down 0.4% at 112.50. "USD/JPY has become a hostage to U.S. bond yields and Fed expectations," SocGen adds.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EUR/CHF rises 0.1% to a two-week high

EUR/CHF rises 0.1% to a two-week high of 1.1526 on Tuesday, according to Factset, as investors shrug off risks relating to the possibility of Catalan independence while concerns about the German election result diminish, Morgan Stanley says. It notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU and CSU sister party have agreed on immigration policies and talks on forming a coalition with the FDP and the Greens are due to start next week. Morgan Stanley adds that EUR/CHF "should break higher with Spanish-Catalan tension de-escalating." Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is due to speak later on Tuesday and is expected to reveal his position on Catalonia's independence. EUR/CHF last up 0.1% at 1.1517

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Labor Department

The number of claims drawn by workers longer than a week rose 2,000 to 1.938 million in the week ended Sept. 23. Data on continuing claims are released with a one-week lag.
The Labor Department on Friday will release its September jobs report, which could also show hurricane-related distortions. Economists have predicted a modest 80,000 new nonfarm jobs and an unemployment rate steady at 4.4%. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands aren't counted in national employment data, though the storm-battered territories were included in Thursday's jobless-claims figures.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

EUR/USD to rise to 1.1820

EUR/USD to rise to 1.1820 in the next 24 hours, potentially boosted by the European Central Bank minutes, which are due for release on Thursday. "ECB-watchers will be waiting for the minutes of the ECB Sep 7th meeting ... for signs as to what the ECB tapering plans may be on October 26th," it says, adding: "We slightly favour EUR/USD climbing back to the 1.1820 area over the next 24 hours." The ECB is expected to reduce the EUR60billion monthly total of bond purchases, but the question is by how much and when. The market is also looking at whether the central bank will set a deadline for its quantitative easing program. EUR/USD last up 0.2% at 1.1766.