FX Trading focus: Market very extended in spots
As mentioned in Friday’s update, this market looks very extended on recent themes of commodity strength and JPY weakness. On Friday I pointed out that the Japanese Yen real effective exchange rate (adjusted for CPI inflation) is nearing its lowest ever from the 2015 time frame and this morning on the Saxo Market Call podcast I pointed out the remarkable advance in NOKJPY as an example of how extended that specific pair looks after ripping more than 10% higher in the space of less than two months. At the start of this week, we theoretically have fresh ammunition for JPY bears as US 5-year yields are rushing to new highs since just before the markets were cratered by the pandemic last year, while 10-year yields are back toward the recent cycle highs from last week. But note that 30-year US yields are still at the lower end of the range and an interesting counterpoint as the US yield curve from 5 to 30 years flattens aggressively. Certainly, USDJPY has reached a major chart point by having risen to the 114.50 area that provided resistance for much of 2017 and even parts of 2018.
Elsewhere, the kiwi got a big boost overnight on a very hot CPI reading – more in the NZDUSD chart below. And ECB President Lagarde at the weekend still wants to call inflation risks transitory, while Bank of England Governor Bailey said the bank “will have to act” on rates to counter inflation, further boosting short UK rates after a huge rise last week. He also said, by the way, that central bank policy doesn’t have the tools to deal with supply chain issues and that he still viewed the recent rise in inflation as temporary.
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After the very hot New Zealand Q3 CPI reading of 2.2% QoQ in particular (vs. +1.5% expected) and +4.9% year-on-year, the market expectations overnight for the November 24 RBNZ meeting ripped higher, taking expectations to about 50/50 of a 50 basis point move at that meeting. At the same time, we have covid restrictions in Auckland extended for another two weeks, though this doesn’t seem to affect RBNZ expectations. NZDUSD rallied sharply to the 200-day moving average and 0.7100 area before retreating on weak risk sentiment overnight, with the latter likely in control for whether the pair can break out of the choppy downtrend of the last many months.