Asian stock markets: Nikkei down 0.15 %, Shanghai Composite gained 0.75 %, Hang Seng lost 0.05 %, ASX 200 up 0.05 %
Commodities: Gold at $1294 (-0.25 %), Silver at $17.64 (-0.40 %), WTI Oil at $48.15 (-0.10 %), Brent Oil at $50.10 (-0.10 %)
Rates: US 10-year yield at 2.16, UK 10-year yield at 0.99, German 10-year yield at 0.26
News & Data
Australia GDP q/q 0.3 % vs 0.2 % expected
Australia GDP y/y 1.7 % vs 1.5 % expected
Australia GDP Capital Expenditure -0.6 % vs 2.5 % previous
Australia GDP Final Consumption 0.6 % vs 0.7 % previous
Australia AIG Construction Index 56.7 vs 51.9 previous
Asian stocks wary ahead of risk events this week, dollar struggles – RTRS
Oil eases on oversupply, but Mideast tension and falling U.S. stocks support – RTRS
Risk appetite remains low ahead of tomorrow’s events which could rattle the markets. Former FBI chief Comey will testify about his conversations with US President Trump, the ECB will decide on interest rates and UK voters are heading to the polls.
Gold is benefiting from the uncertainty. It reached a high of $1294 overnight, and it is likely that resistance at $1300 will be tested soon. A break above that level would signal a rally towards $1350.
EUR/USD consolidated in a 1.1260-80 range in Asia. It is unlikely that the pair will break above 1.13 resistance ahead of the ECB meeting tomorrow. Until then, further consolidation seems likely. No changes in rates or QE are expected from the central bank, but EUR longs are hoping that the ECB will have a slightly hawkish tone following solid economic data in the recent months.
Volatility in the GBP pairs will increase as the election day approaches. The key levels to watch are 1.2840 and 1.2780, as well as 1.2940 and 1.30 to the topside. Meanwhile, USD/JPY remains weak. The risk-off sentiment has pushed the pair to a low of almost 109. The charts are suggesting further losses are ahead, but much will depend on the outcome of tomorrow’s events.