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IC Markets Asia Fundamental Forecast | 11 June 2024

IC Markets Asia Fundamental Forecast | 11 June 2024

What happened in the U.S. session?

With no major economic news events overnight, demand for the dollar remained strong, keeping the dollar index (DXY) elevated to hit an overnight high of 105.38 before dipping under 105.20 by the end of the U.S. trading hours. Meanwhile, gold prices retraced higher to climb above $2,300/oz as this precious metal found some bid after last Friday’s sharp sell-off.

What does it mean for the Asia Session?

Tuesday marks the second day in a row where there are minimal major news releases throughout the day and traders could once again expect a relatively quiet day. The DXY was trading around 105.15 while gold hovered around $2,310/oz at the start of today’s Asia session.

The Dollar Index (DXY)

Key news events today

NFIB Small Business Index (10:00 am GMT)

What can we expect from DXY today?

The NFIB Small Business Index rose to 89.7 in April to mark the first increase of 2024. However, this reading continues to remain under the 50-year average of 98 for the 28th month in a row as small business owners remain historically very pessimistic. Cost pressures remain the top issue for owners as inflation hinders their business operations. Should May’s NFIB report disappoint market expectations, it could cause the dollar to lose some steam after a strong run-up since last Friday.

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Federal Funds Rate target range remained unchanged at 5.25% to 5.50% for the sixth meeting in a row.
  • The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2% over the longer run and judges that the risks to achieving its employment and inflation goals have moved toward better balance over the past year.
  • The economic outlook is uncertain, and the Committee remains highly attentive to inflation risks. Inflation has eased over the past year but remains elevated and in recent months, there has been a lack of further progress toward the Committee’s 2% inflation objective.
  • Recent indicators suggest that economic activity has continued to expand at a solid pace while job gains have remained strong, and the unemployment rate has remained low.
  • In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals.
  • The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on labour market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.
  • In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities. Beginning in June, the Committee will slow the pace of decline of its securities holdings by reducing the monthly redemption cap on Treasury securities from $60 billion to $25 billion.
  • The Committee will maintain the monthly redemption cap on agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities at $35 billion and will reinvest any principal payments in excess of this cap into Treasury securities.
  • Next meeting runs from 11 to 12 June 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bullish


Gold (XAU)

Key news events today

NFIB Small Business Index (10:00 am GMT)

What can we expect from Gold today?

The NFIB Small Business Index rose to 89.7 in April to mark the first increase of 2024. However, this reading continues to remain under the 50-year average of 98 for the 28th month in a row as small business owners remain historically very pessimistic. Cost pressures remain the top issue for owners as inflation hinders their business operations. Should May’s NFIB report disappoint market expectations, it could cause the dollar to lose steam after a strong run-up since last Friday and potentially lift gold prices during the U.S. trading hours.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


The Australian Dollar (AUD)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from AUD today?

The Aussie retraced higher to climb above the threshold of 0.6600 overnight and hit 0.6612 by the end of the U.S. session. This currency pair pulled back to trade around 0.6600 as Asian markets came online – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 0.6560

Resistance: 0.6640

Central Bank Notes:

  • The RBA kept the cash rate target unchanged at 4.35%, marking the eighth pause out of the last nine board meetings.
  • The CPI grew by 3.6% over the year to the March quarter, down from 4.1% cent over the year to December. Underlying inflation was higher than headline inflation and declined by less – this was due in large part to services inflation, which remains high and is moderating only gradually.
  • The central forecasts, based on the assumption that the cash rate follows market expectations, are for inflation to return to the target range of 2 to 3% in the second half of 2025, and to the midpoint in 2026.
  • In the near term, inflation is forecast to be higher because of the recent rise in domestic petrol prices, and higher than expected services price inflation, which is now forecast to decline more slowly over the rest of the year.
  • Inflation is, however, expected to decline over 2025 and 2026.
  • The path of interest rates that will best ensure that inflation returns to target in a reasonable timeframe remains uncertain and the Board is not ruling anything in or out.
  • Next meeting is on 18 June 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


The Kiwi Dollar (NZD)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from NZD today?

The Kiwi edged higher during the U.S. trading hours to rise above 0.6120. This currency pair hit 0.6132 before the start of the Asia session but it pulled back towards 0.6120 – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 0.6080

Resistance: 0.6170

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Monetary Policy Committee kept the OCR unchanged at 5.50% for the seventh meeting in a row and agreed that interest rates need to remain at a restrictive level for a sustained period to ensure annual headline CPI inflation returns to the 1 to 3% target range.
  • Restrictive monetary policy is contributing to an easing in capacity pressures while headline inflation, core inflation, and most measures of inflation expectations are continuing to decline. However, domestic inflation has fallen more slowly than expected and headline CPI inflation remains above the Committee’s target band.
  • Higher dwelling rents, insurance costs, council rates, and other domestic services price inflation have resulted in a slow decline in domestic inflation, posing a risk to inflation expectations.
  • GDP declined by 0.1% in the December 2023 quarter with economic growth having now been negative for four of the past five quarters. High interest rates have reduced household spending, as well as residential and business investment, despite very strong population growth. Recent indicators of economic activity have been weak, as expected.
  • Next meeting is on 10 July 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


The Japanese Yen (JPY)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from JPY today?

Yen weakness continues to pull USD/JPY higher as it climbed back above 157. This currency pair was trading around 157.20 as Asian markets came online – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 154.70

Resistance: 157.70

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Bank considers that the policy framework of Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing (QQE) with Yield Curve Control and the negative interest rate policy to date have fulfilled their roles. With the price stability target of 2%, it will conduct monetary policy as appropriate, guiding the short-term interest rate as a primary policy tool.
  • The Bank of Japan decided on the following measures:
    1. The Bank will encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1% while continuing its JGB purchases with broadly the same amount as before.
    2. In addition, the Bank will discontinue purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Japan real estate investment trusts (J-REITs) and will also gradually reduce the amount of purchases of CP and corporate bonds and will discontinue the purchases in about one year.
  • In a quarterly outlook, the committee revised higher CPI prints for FY 2024 to 2.8% from January’s projections of 2.4%, due to the waning effects of higher import prices and fewer government support measures.
  • For 2025, the board expects core inflation to hit 1.9%, slightly higher than its earlier estimates of 1.8%, reflecting a recent rise in oil prices.
  • Policymakers cut their 2023 GDP growth forecast to 1.3% from 1.8% and for FY 2024, the bank also slashed its GDP outlook to 0.8% from 1.2%, mainly reflecting lower private consumption.
  • Next meeting is on 14 June 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Medium Bullish


The Euro (EUR)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from EUR today?

The Euro found support around 1.0730 to stage a minor rebound and climb above 1.0750 overnight. This currency pair continued to rise at the beginning of the Asia session – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 1.0730

Resistance: 1.0800

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Governing Council today decided to lower the three key ECB interest rates by 25 basis points after nine months of holding rates steady.
  • Accordingly, the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will be decreased to 4.25%, 4.50% and 3.75% respectively, with effect from 12 June 2024.
  • Since September 2023, inflation has fallen by more than 2.5% and the inflation outlook has improved markedly while underlying inflation has also eased, reinforcing the signs that price pressures have weakened, and inflation expectations have declined at all horizons.
  • At the same time, despite the progress over recent quarters, domestic price pressures remain strong as wage growth is elevated, and inflation is likely to stay above target well into next year – the latest Eurosystem staff projections for both headline and core inflation have been revised up for 2024 and 2025 compared with the March projections.
  • Projections now show headline inflation averaging 2.5% in 2024, 2.2% in 2025 and 1.9% in 2026 while economic growth is expected to pick up to 0.9% in 2024, 1.4% in 2025 and 1.6% in 2026.
  • The Council also confirmed that it will reduce the Eurosystem’s holdings of securities under the pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP) by €7.5 billion per month on average over the second half of the year.
  • The Council is determined to ensure that inflation returns to its 2% medium-term target in a timely manner and will keep policy rates sufficiently restrictive for as long as necessary to achieve this aim and is not pre-committing to a particular rate path.
  • Next meeting is on 18 July 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


The Swiss Franc (CHF)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from CHF today?

Weakness in the franc has kept USD/CHF elevated as it remained above 0.8950 overnight. This currency pair was trading around 0.8970 at the beginning of the Asia session – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 0.8880

Resistance: 0.8990

Central Bank Notes:

  • The SNB eased monetary policy by lowering its key policy rate by 25 basis points, going from 1.75% to 1.50% in March.
  • For some months now, inflation has been back below 2% and thus in the range the SNB equates with price stability.
  • According to the new forecast, inflation is also likely to remain in this range over the next few years.
  • The forecast puts average annual inflation at 1.4% for 2024, 1.2% for 2025 and 1.1% for 2026, based on the assumption that the SNB policy rate is 1.5% over the entire forecast horizon.
  • Swiss GDP growth was moderate in the fourth quarter of last year and it is likely to remain modest in the coming quarters.
  • Overall, Switzerland’s GDP is likely to grow by around 1% this year.
  • Next meeting is on 20 June 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bullish


The Pound (GBP)

Key news events today

Labour Force Report (6:00 am GMT)

What can we expect from GBP today?

The U.K. will release its Labour Force report where the claimant count change is expected to increase from 8.9K to 10.2K in May to register a second consecutive month of rising claims. This forecasted figure of 10.2K would also mark the highest reading since July 2023. The unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at 4.3% along with the average earnings index rising at the same rate of 5.7% YoY. Should the report highlight signs of cracks in the labour market, Cable could come under strong selling pressures before the start of the European trading hours.

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a majority of 7-to-2 to maintain its Official Bank Rate at 5.25% for the sixth consecutive meeting.
  • Two members preferred to reduce the Bank Rate by 25 basis points to 5%, an increase of one from the previous meeting.
  • Twelve-month CPI inflation fell to 3.2% in March from 3.4% in February and is expected to return to close to the 2% target in the near term, but increase slightly in the second half of this year to around 2.5% owing to the unwinding of energy-related base effects.
  • CPI inflation is projected to be 1.9% in two years’ time and 1.6% in three years in the May Report. With respect to indicators of inflation persistence, services consumer price inflation has declined but remains elevated at 6% in March.
  • Following modest weakness last year, UK GDP is expected to have risen by 0.4% in 2024 Q1 and to grow by 0.2% in Q2, stronger than expected in the February Report. Despite picking up during the forecast period, demand growth is expected to remain weaker than potential supply growth throughout most of that period.
  • The MPC remains prepared to adjust monetary policy as warranted by economic data to return inflation to the 2% target sustainably and will therefore continue to monitor closely indications of persistent inflationary pressures and resilience in the economy as a whole, including a range of measures of the underlying tightness of labour market conditions, wage growth and services price inflation.
  • Next meeting is on 20 June 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


The Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Key news events today

No major news events.

What can we expect from CAD today?

Strong demand for the dollar drove USD/CAD as high as 1.3782 overnight before pulling back slightly by the end of the U.S. trading hours. This currency pair was trading around 1.3760 as Asian markets came online – these are the support and resistance levels for today.

Support: 1.3730

Resistance: 1.3790

Central Bank Notes:

  • The Bank of Canada reduced its target for the overnight rate by 25 basis points to 4.75% while continuing its policy of balance sheet normalization.
  • Canada’s economic growth resumed in the first quarter of 2024 after stalling in the second half of last year. At 1.7%, first-quarter GDP growth was slower than forecast in the MPR but consumption growth was solid at about 3%, and business investment and housing activity also increased.
  • Inflation remains above the 2% target and shelter price inflation is high but total CPI inflation has declined consistently over the course of this year, and indicators of underlying inflation increasingly point to a sustained easing.
  • CPI inflation has eased from 3.4% in December to 2.7% in April while the preferred measures of core inflation have come down from about 3.5% last December to about 2.75% in April and the 3-month rate of core inflation slowed from about 3.5% in December to under 2% in March and April.
  • In the labour market, businesses are continuing to hire workers as employment has been growing, but at a slower pace than the working-age population while elevated wage pressures look to be moderating gradually.
  • The Governing Council is closely watching the evolution of core inflation and remains particularly focused on the balance between demand and supply in the economy, inflation expectations, wage growth, and corporate pricing behaviour.
  • Recent data has increased the council’s confidence that inflation will continue to move towards the 2% target. Nonetheless, risks to the inflation outlook remain.
  • Next meeting is on 24 July 2024.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bullish


Oil

Key news events today

API Crude Oil Stock (8:30 pm GMT)

What can we expect from Oil today?

Oil prices were buoyed on hopes of higher seasonal demand for gasoline and potential purchases of crude by the U.S. government as it looks to refill its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). WTI oil climbed above the $77-mark overnight and was trading around $77.85 barrel this morning. Moving over to inventories, the API stockpiles unexpectedly rose by 4.1M barrels of crude and should there be another round of a surprise inventory build, oil prices could be capped later during the U.S. session.

Next 24 Hours Bias

Weak Bearish


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