FX Breakout Monitor: EM and gold moving the most

Forex 4 minutes to read

John Hardy

Head of FX Strategy

Summary:  The yen has picked back up its safe haven status after a pronounced bout of weakness last week, a rather whiplash-inducing development, while G10 FX moves remain muted relative to the gyrations in risk sentiment. EM currencies are a different story, with the ruble in bad shape as oil markets came unglued again today on top of the weak risk sentiment.


Today’s Breakout monitor

The FX Breakout Monitor is a concise PDF overview of all current and recent price breakouts for the short and medium term for major FX pairs and spot silver and gold.

A PDF of today’s Breakout Monitor

Below is a snapshot of the full list of currency pairs we track for the breakout monitor. It is amazing to note the “sea of blue” in the ATR heatmap for the currency pairs in the G10 universe, with EURNOK the first pair to register an elevated “light orange” high ATR reading – no surprise to see gold as the only other instrument showing up as elevated on the ATR heatmap. Notice the EM weakness evident at the bottom of the table, as well as another EURCHF break lower (if it closes below 1.0610 today).

Source: Bloomberg and Saxo Group

The gold move extended aggressively today, but one of the biggest moves relative to recent volatility was in the ruble, as we look at below. And we continue to watch USDJPY for signs of a full reversal back lower as last week’s breakout hasn’t let to follow through higher and has seen deep backfilling amidst a backdrop of weak risk sentiment and strong safe haven bonds.

Today’s Breakout Highlight: USDRUB
Besides gold, the largest mover on the day in relative volatility terms was the Russian ruble in our universe, as the ruble exploded above 64.00 as it more firmly took out the 200-day moving average and likely on the pronounced further weakness in crude oil prices on top of the weak risk sentiment to start the week. As well, it is worth noting that the crude oil forward curve remains below the current spot price out into 2022, so the market is expecting weak demand to stretch a way over the horizon for now. The ruble was a popular carry trade until earlier this year so there may be plenty more downside risk from a positioning angle if oil prices continue lower from here.

Source: Saxo Group
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