USD - USD Down 3.7% against the EUR this Year
The Dollar Index traded near the weakest level in almost a year against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners as record low borrowing costs encouraged investors to sell the greenback and buy higher-yielding assets. The index was at 77.002, after dropping yesterday as much as 0.7% to 76.803, the lowest level since Sept. 26, 2008.
The USD continues to suffer downward pressure as investors continue to anticipate that the global economy is emerging from recession, which makes them more willing to sell Dollars and invest in riskier currencies and commodities. At the same time, while the Fed's program helped pull the U.S out of the recession, it also pumped a lot of Dollars into the economy and with the continuous rise in the unemployment rate it is unlikely the Fed will raise interest rates any time soon.
Abundance of supply of USD, and a very low return on Dollar denominated assets due to the low interest rate, makes the greenback highly unappealing to investors; possibly replacing the JPY as the carry trade currency of choice.
The release of the Trade Balance and the Unemployment Claims figures is due to be released today at 12:30 GMT. With the unemployment numbers expected to show some improvement, a worse than expected result might help reverse some of the Dollar's recent losses.
EUR - EUR Maintains Momentum, Stays above $1.4500
The EUR has maintained its momentum Wednesday after breaking through its tight summer ranges on Tuesday, particularly the $1.4450 price level. The EUR continued to trade above $1.45 pushing briefly above $1.46; its highest level in more than nine months.
Late Wednesday, the EUR was at $1.4553 from $1.4499 late Tuesday. The EUR was at 134.02 Yen from 133.73 Yen. The U.K. Pound was at $1.6532 from $1.6499.
The EUR is benefiting from a belief that the Euro-Zone economy is improving at a higher pace than the U.S economy which lends support to the common currency. Furthermore, the EUR appears to be a popular choice as an alternative, higher yielding currency than the USD.
The U.K's MPC rate statement and Official Bank Rate is expected at 11:00 GMT. While the rate is not expected to change, the statement is highly important and is likely to have great affect on the GBP. Last month's surprise decision to increase the quantitative easing program set the GBP plummeting against its major currency counterparts. A similar announcement today could do the same.
JPY - Yen at Strongest Level in 7 Months against the USD
Japan's currency gained 0.8% against the Dollar, trading at 91.61; the highest level since Feb.17. The Yen declined 0.2% against the EUR, to 133.98 per EUR. The Yen's support arises from the fact that it is slowly being replaced by the Dollar as the preferred currency for carry trades.
However, as the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is hesitant about allowing the currency to appreciate without further substantial improvement in the economy, the Yen may have trouble's remaining at such a high level since there isn't much economic foundation behind this rise.
With no major news release from Japan today, the JPY's movements will likely be determined by news from the U.S and Europe.
Crude Oil - OPEC to Maintain Production Quotas
Crude Oil's price continues its advance for a fourth day with the contract for October delivery trading up 31 cents, or 0.4%, at $71.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) early morning trading today.
The advance was supported by OPEC's statement to keep oil production quotas unchanged on an expectation that the world economic recovery will keep prices near $71 a barrel. It seems that both consumers and producers are quite comfortable with the $65 to $75 price range. The drop in Dollar value also helped boost oil prices since Crude Oil, which is Dollar denominated, is now cheaper for holders of other currencies. Oil also serves as a protective investment against inflation caused by a weaker Dollar.
Today's release of Crude Oil Inventories is expected to show another drop of 1.5 million barrels, the third drop in four weeks. If results are better than expected we might see another boost for oil prices.
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Key Overnight Developments
• Japanese Corporate Goods Prices Disappoint, Signal Continued Deflation
• Australian Jobs Report Disappoints, Weighs on RBA Rate Hike Expectations
The Euro moved slightly higher in overnight trading, adding 0.1% against the US Dollar. The British Pound followed suit, testing as high as 1.6563 against the greenback.
Asia Session Highlights
Japan’s Domestic Corporate Goods Price Index printed flat in August, showing producer prices continued to shrink at a record annualized rate of -8.5%. Economists had expected prices to grow 0.2% from the previous month to bring the year-on-year figure up to -8.4%. Prices of imported goods led the way lower, down -34.6% from a year before, with raw materials (particularly petroleum and coal) registering the largest losses at -0.8% on the month and -44.1% in annual terms. The outcome foreshadows continued downward pressure on consumer prices, which shrank for the sixth consecutive month in July, hinting that deflation is set to become entrenched once again in the world’s second-largest economy. This is a dire prospect: if consumers and businesses expect prices to be lower in the future, they will perpetually delay spending and investment waiting for the best possible bargain, bringing economic growth to a virtual standstill. At this point, a rebound in exports seems like the only saving grace for the economy, which looks like a distant prospect for the moment considering recent Current Account data but may be helped if the policies of the incoming DPJ government result in a weaker Japanese Yen.
Australia’s labor market data proved disappointing: although the Unemployment Rate remained unchanged at 5.8%, the economy shed 27,100 jobs in August, much more than economists expected. Worse still, the drop was driven by a -30.8k decline in full-time positions, marking the fourth consecutive month of large double-digit losses. More of the same is likely going forward: a survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg forecasts the jobless rate will rise to average 6.25% this year and 7.9% in 2010. Job losses will weigh on incomes and trim consumption, threatening Australia’s nascent economic rebound. Data released just yesterday revealed that retail sales unexpectedly fell in July as the impact of the government’s A$20 in cash handouts began to fade while higher borrowing costs undermined lending. Indeed, the past two days have amounted to a profound wake-up call for financial markets: traders that had been pricing in a 45% chance that the RBA will raise interest rates by 25 basis points in October just three days ago now see just a 16% chance of such an outcome.
Euro Session: What to Expect
Currency markets will be focused on the interest rate decision from the Bank of England in European trading hours, with Mervyn King and company all but sure to keep benchmark borrowing costs unchanged at 0.5%. The release’s market-moving potential hinges entirely on the statement accompanying the announcement, with traders paying keen interest to anything that hints at the future course of the bank’s quantitative easing program. Last month’s release proved pivotal as the BOE took an unexpected turn into dovish territory, expanding their asset-buying scheme by 50 billion pounds: indexes measuring traders' 1-year BOE rate hike expectations and the average value of the British Pound against a trade-weighted basket of top currencies both topped out on the very same day. On balance, it seems unlikely that policymakers would make significant changes now, preferring to first see what happens after last month’s actions have been allowed to work through the economy. However, it is important to note that the BOE had largely failed to affect lending to the real economy having spent 125 billion on quantitative easing prior to the most recent expansion. It seems unlikely that pouring another 50 billion into the program will make much of a difference, leading us to speculate that perhaps the bank’s actions had been intended to establish expectations of a dovish bias, cushioning the impact of a more dramatic change to current policy.
Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Analyst
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