Dollar/CAD is slumping lower to start the week as another wave of cautious Brexit optimism sweeps over markets. Its not coming though from the passage of Boris Johnsons new Brexit deal (which got delayed by the UK House of Commons on Saturday), but instead from no-deal relief in our opinion after Boris Johnson was forced to send the EU a letter formally requesting an Article 50 extension (more on this below). We also think some positive comments from Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, about China and the US making substantial progress at recent trade talks, is helping the risk-on mood this morning. All this is seeing US equities and yields trade higher, while the USD trades broadly lower. USDCAD has resumed lower and is now testing some psychological support at the 1.3100 level.
This weeks calendar should feature some Brexit volatility to start as Boris Johnson tries to once again bring his new deal to a vote. Canadians are going to the polls today, although we dont think the expected election results will have much effect on the markets. The economic data docket features Canadian Retail Sales for August and the widely followed Q3 Business Outlook Survey from the Bank of Canada tomorrow, Canadian Wholesale Trade for August on Wednesday, and US Durable Goods for September on Thursday. Fridays final round of Fed-speak (before the Feds blackout period) didnt do much to dispel the odds of a further rate cut from the FOMC when it meets next on Oct 30. The odds now stand at 88% that they go another 25bp. Contrast this to the Canadian OIS market, which is saying the Bank of Canada stands pat on interest rates on Oct 30.
The CFTCs latest report on speculative positioning at the CME showed the funds aggressively adding new short USDCAD positions in the aftermath of the stellar Canadian employment report on Oct 11th; something that we think this adds validity to the markets recent slide. The chart technicals also continue to suggest further deterioration for USDCAD, if we look at the markets swift move back below 1.3200 last week and its attack of the 1.3100 level so far this week.
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It feels like euro/dollar traders are trying to figure out what to do next this morning. This weekends Brexit vote hype was essentially put on hold and hawkish viewpoints surrounding this weeks ECB meeting appear to be getting challenged this morning by another negative outlook on the German economy from the Bundesbank. Some large option expiries are also in play this morning between 1.1150 and 1.1160, which seems to keeping the market stuck for the moment.
This weeks main events will be the October flash manufacturing PMIs out of Germany and the Eurozone early Thursday, followed by the ECB meeting later that day, where we think traders will be yearning for an update following last months shock QE announcement. How divided is the governing council now on the topic of asset purchases? Will the ECB increase its issuer limits? (an unresolved sticking point that sort of cancelled out the dovishness of Draghis QE announcement). What other ideas does the ECB have to convince the market its inflation efforts will work in the event EU governments dont start spending? We think the ECB is a sitting duck here, and this is one of the reasons EURUSD continues to rally. After liquidating both long and short positions, it was revealed by CFTC that the funds at CME kept their net short EURUSD position unchanged during the week ending Oct 15th.
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Sterling appears to be benefiting from the perception that no-deal Brexit risk went down this weekend. Super Saturday turned out to be a super dud, as the UK House of Commons instead voted on the Letwin amendment, which withholds approval of the Brexit deal until parliament passes detailed legislation to ratify it. In the meantime, Boris Johnson was forced on Saturday to request a Brexit extension from the EU to January 2020 under the Benn Act and EU sources have already reportedly signaled a willingness to grant it. They want to see first however what happens in the UK this week. Boris Johnson is now trying to get House Speaker Bercow to re-schedule Saturdays vote for today, and if that fails the talk is hell table the full withdrawal agreement bill (ie. all the details) so long as its not subject to amendments. While one could make the argument that perhaps GBPUSD has run too far, too fast while the political deadlock within the UK hasnt changed at that much, one could also rationalize that theres more to go simply based on the fact that the fund net-short GBP position at CME (which took a serious 500pt hit during the week ending Oct 15th) continues to hold on to losing bets.
The Aussie continues higher to start the week after last Thursdays bullish technical breakout, lingering thoughts of the hawkish comments from the RBAs Lowe and some cautiously optimistic news on the Brexit and US/China trade front over the weekend all combine to frustrate the fund net-short AUD position. Being short the Australian dollar is simply not paying off for this large and influential segment of FX marketplace and we think this could be the fuel the propels the market higher though the 0.6900 level at some point here. Australia reports its flash October manufacturing PMI data on Wednesday night.
Dollar/yen has begun the week with a cautiously bid tone as the world waits in limbo to see what happens next on Brexit. This weeks price action may also see some influence from the stock market as the US Q3 corporate earning season kicks into high gear. It looks like the funds at CME finally starting throwing in the towel on their short USDJPY bets during the week ending Oct 15. After liquidating shorts and adding longs, the funds have now flipped to a net long USDJPY position for the first time since late June.
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