Australian Dollar is leading commodity currencies higher again, on the back of positive market sentiment. The Aussie is additionally support by better than expected GDP data, which affirms the case for more RBA rate hike. Canadian Dollar is also firm, awaiting BoC’s hawkish rate hike. Yen is the worst performing one, following the rally in treasury yields. European majors are also weak, but by a distant to Yen. Dollar is mixed in the middle and would probably need some very strong non-farm payroll data to revive its strengthen.
Technically, AUD/JPY’s upside acceleration, as seen in 4 hour MACD, affirms the case that it’s resuming medium term up trend. Further rally is expected as long as 91.57 minor support holds. Break of 94.00 will add more weight to this case and target 95.73 high and above. At the same time, focus will be on when CAD/JPY would break through 102.93 high to confirm up trend resumption.
In Europe, at the time of writing, FTSE is down -0.11%. DAX is up 0.35%. CAC is up 0.16%. Germany 10-year yield is up 0.0221 at 1.145. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei rose 0.65%. Hong Kong HSI dropped -0.56%. China Shanghai SSE dropped -0.13%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.36%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0039 to 0.236.
Eurozone unemployment rate unchanged at 6.8%, EU at 6.2%
Eurozone unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.8% in April, above expectation of 6.7%. EU unemployment rate was also unchanged at 6.2%.
Eurostat estimates that 13.264m men and women in the EU, of whom 11.181m in the Eurozone, were unemployed in April 2022. Compared with April 2021, unemployment decreased by 2.543m in the EU and by 2.175m in the Eurozone.
Eurozone PMI manufacturing finalized at 54.6, 18-month low
Eurozone PMI Manufacturing was finalized at 54.6 in May, down from April’s 55.5. That’s the lowest level in 18 months. Looking at some member states, the Netherlands dropped to 18-month low at 57.8. Austria dropped to 16-month low at 56.6. Ireland dropped to 15-month low at 56.4. France dropped to 7-month low at 54.6. Greece dropped to 14-month low at 53.8. Italy dropped to 18-month low at 51.9. Nevertheless, Germany rose to 2-month high at 54.8.
Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence said: “Euro area manufacturers continue to struggle against the headwinds of supply shortages, elevated inflationary pressures and weakening demand amid rising uncertainty about the economic outlook. However, the manufacturing sector’s deteriorating health has also been exacerbated by demand shifting to services, as consumers boost their spending on activities such as tourism and recreation.
UK PMI manufacturing finalized at 54.6, companies face a barrage of headwinds
UK PMI Manufacturing was finalized at 54.6 in May, down from April’s 55.8. S&P Global said output grew at seven-month low. Consumer goods sector was hit by weaker consumer demand. Input cost and output price inflation remained elevated.
Rob Dobson, Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: “The rate of expansion in UK manufacturing output eased to a seven-month low in May as companies face a barrage of headwinds. Factories are reporting a slowdown in domestic demand, falling exports, shortages of inputs and staff, rising cost pressures and heightened concern about the outlook given geopolitical uncertainties. The consumer goods sector was especially hard hit, as household demand slumped in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis.
“With both input costs and selling prices rising at rates close to April’s peaks, the surveys suggest that there is no sign of the inflationary surge abating any time soon. Manufacturers continue to report issues getting the right materials, at the right time for the right price, and energy prices remain a major concern.”
BoJ Wakatabe: Necessary to persistently continue with monetary easing
BoJ Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe said in a speech, “since rises in energy and food prices are mainly caused by cost-push factors from abroad, it is desirable to respond to them through measures other than monetary policy.”
“Possible options include fiscal policy and energy policy to reduce Japan’s dependence on petroleum and natural gas,” he added.
For monetary policy, “it is necessary to persistently continue with monetary easing and thereby continue to steadily support the virtuous cycle in the economy and maintain an environment in which wages rise,” he said.
“In addition, if downside risks to the economy materialize, the Bank should not rule out taking the necessary additional easing measures without hesitation.”
Released from Japan, PMI manufacturing was finalized at 53.3 in May, down from April’2 53.5. S&P Global noted softer expansions in production and incoming new business. Supply chain disruption encouraged firms to bolster safety stocks. Input prices rose at fourth-fastest pace in survey history.
Capital spending rose 3.0% in Q1, below expectation of 3.7%.
China Caixin PMI manufacturing rose to 48.1, still in contraction
China Caixin PMI Manufacturing rose from 46.0 to 48.1 in May, below expectation of 49.4. Caixin said output and new orders both declined at slower rates. Suppliers’ delivery times continued to lengthen markedly. Output charges fell, despite further rise in costs.
Wang Zhe, Senior Economist at Caixin Insight Group said: “The negative effects from the latest wave of domestic outbreaks may surpass those of 2020. It’s necessary for policymakers to pay attention to employment and logistics. Removing obstacles in supply and industrial chains and promoting resumption of work and production will help to stabilize market entities and protect the labor market. Also, the government should not only offer support to the supply side, but also put subsidies for people whose income has been affected by the epidemic on the agenda.”
Australia GDP grew 0.8% qoq in Q1, price deflator highest since 1988
Australia GDP grew 0.8% qoq in Q1, above expectation of 0.6% qoq. GDP also grew 3.3% through the year. Nominal GDP rose 3.7%. The GDP implicit price deflator increased 2.9%, the fastest rate since March quarter 1988.
The terms of trade rose 5.9%, with export (+9.6%) and import prices (+3.5%) both up strongly. Strong demand for Australia’s mining and agricultural commodities amidst supply constraints in other producing nations contributed to the rise in export prices.
The domestic final demand implicit price deflator rose 1.4%. This was the strongest growth since the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax, reflecting high levels of demand and increased input costs.
Also from Australia, AiG performance of manufacturing index dropped sharply from 58.5 to 52.4 in may.
USD/CAD Mid-Day Outlook
Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.2624; (P) 1.2656; (R1) 1.2682; More…
Intraday bias in USD/CAD remains on the downside. Decline from 1.3075 is in progress for 1.2401 support. . Firm break there will argue that whole rebound from 1.2005 has completed. Deeper fall would then be seen to retest this low. On the upside, above 1.2763 minor resistance will mix up the near term outlook and turn intraday bias neutral first.
In the bigger picture, focus stays on 38.2% retracement of 1.4667 (2020 high) to 1.2005 (2021 low) at 1.3022. Sustained break there should confirm that the down trend from 1.4667 has completed after defending 1.2061 long term cluster support. Further rise would then be seen towards 61.8% retracement at 1.3650. However, rejection by 1.3022 will maintain medium term bearishness. Break of 1.2005 will resume the down trend from 1.4667 and that carries larger bearish implications too.
Economic Indicators Update
AiG Performance of Mfg Index May
BRC Shop Price Index Y/Y Apr
Capital Spending Q1
Manufacturing PMI May F
GDP Q/Q Q1
Caixin Manufacturing PMI May
Germany Retail Sales M/M Apr
SVME PMI May
Italy Manufacturing PMI May
France Manufacturing PMI May F
Germany Manufacturing PMI May F
Eurozone Manufacturing PMI May F
Manufacturing PMI May F
Eurozone Unemployment Rate Apr
Manufacturing PMI May
Manufacturing PMI May F
BoC Interest Rate Decision
ISM Manufacturing PMI May
ISM Manufacturing Prices Paid May
ISM Manufacturing Employment Index May
Construction Spending M/M Apr
Fed’s Beige Book