We are looking at a flat start to the markets but could have a change in sentiment when the US comes online. We are still risk-on but facing investor fatigue as we go into the last week of the earnings season.
- Yesterday the Sheriff of Nottingham (in the form of the US Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee) clearly had not read the movie script, and humbled Robinhood. But I am not sure we learnt anything new.
- Yesterday’s data showed that US jobless claims are still above 800k offsetting the surprising improvement in the latest PMI figures and the 5.3% jump in retail sales last month.
- Consumer prices in Japan stayed in deflationary territory while Flash estimates showed that Japan’s composite output index edged up in February to 47.6 from 47.1 but still below the 50-neutral mark.
- Copper prices surged to 3.97, the highest level before the pandemic and even before the US-China trade war.
- GBP/USD shrugged off disappointing UK retail sales data earlier this morning with the 1.40 level now in focus as the vaccine roll-out continues to support sentiment.
- A break lower in EUR/ GBP below April 2020 lows of 0.8677 is likely as a result of an increase in volumes during the London Fix and because of ongoing optimism regarding UK’s vaccination efforts relative to Europe.
- US Crude oil slipped below the $60 per barrel despite a sizeable 7.3 million barrel drop in stockpiles and we now expect a deeper downside correction following the end of the Texas energy tragedy.
- There are PMI readings for Germany, the Eurozone and the UK at 0830 GMT, 0900 GMT and 0930 GMT respectively and US PMI at 1445 GMT.
- EURUSD –Euro bulls looking to extend gains above 1.21 after Treasury Secretary Yellen’s call for bigger spending/stimulus which may weigh down on the USD moving forward. However, the single currency bulls are still not out of the water yet, as they need to clear above 1.2170 first, before we confirm further bullish domination.
- GBPUSD – The pound is only a few pips away from our 1.40 target, dismissing weak UK Retail Sales in January. The USD has once again begun to fade, suggesting that the latest rally might be another counter trend move and we are still heading lower. Once the bulls take out the 1.40, we will probably see 1.4050/41 in no time.
- USDJPY –Bullish momentum continues to fade for the third consecutive day, as the Dollar Index loses most of its recent gains amid the Fed’s ultra-accommodative monetary policy stance. Additionally, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reiterated the important of much bigger stimulus to avoid a huge downside on stocks and the economy. Today, the bears will likely take the price lower testing the 50-SMA.
- FTSE 100 – The FTSE100 is still dropping amid continued concerns the economic recovery could lead to a surge in inflation and interest rates, and after UK retail sales data released earlier this morning came way off estimates. Moreover, the rising British Pound is putting additional pressure on equities, with the UK benchmark now re-testing the 6580/6570 level which should provide some kind of support going forward. In the economic calendar today, services and manufacturing PMI’s are due at 0930 GMT.
- DOW JONES – Yesterday’s data showed that US jobless claims are still above 800k offsetting the surprising improvement in the latest PMI figures and the 5.3% jump in retail sales last month. The Dow Jones index dropped below our support at 31470 and back below the 200-period moving average, which is a near-term bearish signal. Today, US PMI and Existing Home Sales figures will give us an update on how things are going, but it seems that investors are becoming more defensive lately, as many growth stocks such as Apple and Tesla are taking significant damage, while several value-rich stocks like Microsoft and Intel are rising. Technical indicators today favour a downside move with 31400 and 31300 as next support levels as the 31470 level now turns resistance.
- DAX 30 – Weaker earnings across Europe and an increase in Americans seeking unemployment benefits weighed down on the German index, while better than expected PPI data provided some support in early trade today as investors await Markit Services and Manufacturing PMI for Germany and the Eurozone. 14000 next resistance target if price stays above the 13900 near-term support.
- GOLD – the sixth consecutive close in the red for the yellow metal, despite a weaker greenback and disappointing Initial Jobless Claims data – jumping to a 4-week high – and coming in at 861K vs. a 765K consensus and a 793K previous. Gold hit our support targets at 1770 and 1760 in yesterday’s session, holding above 1770 in early trade today, ahead of service and manufacturing PMI data from the Eurozone and the US.
- USOIL – A bigger than expected drawdown in EIA crude inventory of -7.258Mb vs. a consensus of -2.429Mb and a previous of -6.644Mb failed to keep WTI Crude oil above $61pbl, ending yesterday’s session in the red, retracing towards the $59 mark and the 200 period SMA after Texas production restarted and on news that the White House is ready to meet with Iran. $60 resistance level to direct today’s session with Baker Hughes US oil rig count data expected today.