NY Open: Twenty pounds of headlines
Markets started the day in a confusion of incoming news as ECB chatter met with trade talk updates and US macro data. EURUSD took it on the chin and dropped from 1.1270 to 1.1235.
Both the CNY and the Chinese CSI 300 index continue to trend lower with the firm USD weighing on emerging markets as a whole while China feels the particular burn of trade war fears and weak sentiment regarding its capacity for economic growth.
"Things are not good [in China] and the complacency in Europe and the US is mind-blowing," stated Saxo Bank Head of Equity Strategy Peter Garnry in a note released this morning.
"China remains the biggest risk to global markets," Garnry adds.
In stocks, AAPL became the world's first trillion-dollar firm by market capitalisation Thursday while Toyota's latest earnings showed the firm exceeding expectations on profits while fretting Chinese demand and the impact of tariffs.
"We continue to be underweight automotive, EM, China, semiconductors while staying overweight healthcare, software/internet, and staples," says Peter Garnry.
In forex, Saxo Bank Head of FX Strategy John Hardy reports that the market is broadly ignoring Thursday's hawkish hike from the Bank of England while shifting to the apparent view that the Bank of Japan statement earlier this week in fact represented a net tightening.
"This move is more visible in non-USDJPY pairs on the dollar's strength," says Hardy.
Finally, Hardy says that EURUSD may finally be gaining some downside momentum with a move out of a recent triangle formation (see chart below).
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