Sentiments Stabilized after Selloff, Downside Prospect for Weak Sterling

Risk sentiment appears to have stabilized in Asia a bit. The steep fall in Nikkei was just a post-holiday catch up. Yen and Swiss Franc are digesting gains but remain the strongest for the week. Sterling is indeed the worst performing so far, worse than even commodity currencies. Selling in European crosses is clearly weighing on the Pound. Overall, the markets could turn cautious for today, as bigger risk of FOMC meeting just lies ahead on Wednesday.

Technically, EUR/GBP’s rebound suggests that pull back from 0.8612 has completed. It might be ready to resume the rise from 0.8448, subject to reaction to 0.8612 resistance. At the same time, GBP/CHF is pressing 1.2656 support. Sustained break there should indicate that rise from 1.2467 has completed after rejection by 1.2790 near term structural resistance. In this case, GBP/CHF would target a test on 1.2467 support. That, together with break of 0.8612 resistance in EUR/GBP, could confirm return to weakness in Sterling in general.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is down -1.81%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.75%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.35%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up -0.0064 at 0.044. China is on holiday. Overall, DOW dropped -1.78%. S&P 500 dropped -1.70%. NASDAQ dropped -2.19%. 10-year yield dropped -0.061 to 1.309.

S&P 500 broke channel support, risks further decline

The selloff in US stocks overnight was a rather bearish development for the near term. S&P 500 gapped below 55 day EMA, and dive through medium term channel support without much hesitation. While it managed to pare back some losses to close at 4357.73, it’s capped below 4367.73 structural support.

The condition for a medium term correction is there with bearish divergence condition in daily MACD. That is, 4545.85 is possibly a medium term top, and fall from there is corrective whole rise from 3233.94 at least. For now, risk will stay on the downside as long as any recovery is capped by 55 day EMA (now at 4415.18). SPX could fall further, for the rest of the year, to 38.2% retracement of 3233.94 to 4545.45 at 4044.70 before finding a bottom.

RBA Minutes: Economy expected to bounce back as vaccination rates increase and restrictions are eased

In the minutes of the September 7 RBA meeting, it’s noted, “the outbreak of the Delta variant had delayed, but not derailed, the recovery.” The economy was “expected to bounce back as vaccination rates increase and restrictions are eased” but “there was considerable uncertainty about the timing and pace of the recovery, which was likely to be slower than experienced earlier in 2021”. In the central scenario, growth will return in Q4 and its “pre-Delta path in the second half of 2022”.

As a result of the delay in recovery and uncertainty about the future, “progress towards the Bank’s goals was likely to take longer and was less assured”. But at the same time, fiscal policy is “more appropriate” in dealing with a “temporary and sharp reduction in private sector incomes”. Hence, RBA decided to taper purchases to AUD 4B per week, but extend the period to mid February 2022.

RBA also reiterated its commitment to “maintaining highly supportive monetary conditions to achieve a return to full employment in Australia and inflation consistent with the target.” And it will not raise interest rate until 2024.

RBNZ Hawkesby: Employment at maximum sustainable level, price pressures to feed through

RBNZ Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby said in a speech, “while the demand side of the economy has been more resilient than expected when COVID-19 arrived, the disruption to the supply side of the economy has also been more prolonged than anticipated.” Also, the developments combined are “likely to have reduced the level of maximum sustainable employment”.

He reiterated that in the latest Monetary Policy Statement, it’s noted RBNZ had “more confidence that employment was already at its maximum sustainable level and that pressures on capacity would feed through into more persistent inflation pressures over the medium-term”.

Thus, the “least regrets policy stance” was to “further reduce the level of monetary stimulus so as to anchor inflation expectations and continue to contribute to maximum sustainable employment.” Also, ” whether or not a monetary policy response would be required in response to future health related lockdowns would depend on whether there was a more enduring impact on inflation and employment”

Looking ahead

Swiss trade balance and UK public sector net borrowing will be released in European session. Later in the day, Canada will release new housing price index. US will release building permits and housing starts, and current account.

GBP/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.3613; (P) 1.3684; (R1) 1.3726; More…

Intraday bias in GBP/USD remains on the downside as fall from 1.3912 in in progress. Larger decline form 1.4248 is likely resuming and break of 1.3570 will target 1.3482 key support level. Sustained break there will carry larger bearish implication and target 1.3163 fibonacci level. On the upside, above 1.3714 minor resistance will turn intraday bias neutral again first.

In the bigger picture, as long as 1.3482 resistance turned support holds, we’d still treat price actions from 1.4248 as a corrective move. That is, up trend from 1.1409 (2020 low) is in favor to resume. Decisive break of 1.4376 key resistance (2018 high) would indeed carry long term bullish implications. However, sustained break of 1.3482 will at least bring deeper fall to 38.2% retracement of 1.1409 to 1.4248 at 1.3164, or even further to 61.8% retracement at 1.2493.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:00 NZD Westpac Consumer Survey Q3 102.7 107.1
1:30 AUD RBA Meeting Minutes
6:00 CHF Trade Balance (CHF) Aug 4.50B 5.25B
6:00 GBP Public Sector Net Borrowing (GBP) Aug 14.5B 9.6B
12:30 CAD New Housing Price Index M/M Aug 0.80% 0.40%
12:30 USD Building Permits Aug 1.60M 1.63M
12:30 USD Housing Starts Aug 1.55M 1.53M
12:30 USD Current Account (USD) Q2 -187B -196B

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