Daily Market Outlook - Monday, February 19

“Quiet Start, With US Offline For Presidents Day”

China's markets did not show the anticipated enthusiasm after the break, with only modest gains in stocks so far. During the Lunar New Year holiday, tourism revenues surged by 47% compared to the previous year, with over 61 million rail trips taken. However, this increase was partly due to a weak season last year. The country's central bank chose not to cut rates again on Sunday, which may limit downward pressure on the Yuan. Despite this, analysts believe there is potential for further policy stimulus due to the looming threat of deflation. China's blue chip index increased by 0.5% on top of its 6% pre-Lunar New Year rally, but it is still down 1% for the year and 43% from its peak in 2021. In contrast, Japan's Nikkei has risen almost 15% so far this year, coming close to its all-time peaks reached in 1989. Despite this surge, Nikkei's market capitalization is still relatively low at 683 trillion yen ($4.55 trillion), comparable to the combined market cap of Nvidia and Apple, and well below the S&P 500's $42 trillion. The market cap of the Nikkei is also not much higher than the total cash held by Japanese companies, many of which trade at a discount to book value. 

Looking at Nvidia, the upcoming results will test its high valuations and a price-to-earnings ratio of at least 96. The chipmaker's $570 billion increase in market cap this year represents over a quarter of the S&P 500's gains, so any disappointment would have a significant impact on the entire index. Options suggest that there is a risk of the shares swinging by 11%, or $200 billion, in either direction based on the results.

The primary focus in the market remains centered on when and how much central banks will cut interest rates. Last week, market optimism regarding the timing of interest rate reductions was somewhat subdued. Particularly in the US, the anticipation for early spring rate cuts has diminished, with the first cut now fully expected only by the June policy meeting. While the expectation for rate cuts throughout the year still persists, it has decreased from the initial projection of around five quarter-point cuts at the beginning of the year to at least three. Similarly, expectations for rate reductions in the UK and Eurozone have also diminished, with the UK expected to lag behind the other markets in the extent of rate cuts.

Looking ahead to the upcoming week, although data releases will be quieter compared to the previous week, there are several scheduled speeches from central bank policymakers. These speeches will be closely monitored for any indications of shifts in policy intentions in response to recent economic data. Today, however, is relatively quiet on both the data and speeches fronts in the US, largely due to Presidents' Day being observed as a public holiday.

 

Overnight Newswire Updates of Note

  • US Plans To Send Weapons To Israel Amid Push For Cease-Fire Deal

  • Israel To Launch Rafah Offensive Unless Hostages Home By Ramadan

  • China’s Premier Li Urges ‘Forceful’ Action To Boost Confidence

  • China Holds Key Rate Steady As Yuan Limits Room For PBoC Moves

  • China Stocks Struggle To Rally At Reopen Despite Upbeat Data

  • UK Home Asking Prices Rise As Mortgage Relief Spurs Activity

  • France Lowers Its 2024 Economic Growth Forecast To 1%

  • Dollar Steady As Sticky Inflation Dents Rate Cut Expectations

  • Oil Dips From Three-Week High On Lingering Concerns Over Demand

  • Goldman Lifts S&P 500 Target To 5,200 On Profit Expansion

  • Apple Set To Face Near EUR500 Million EU Fine In Spotify Row

(Sourced from Bloomberg, Reuters and other reliable financial news outlets)

 

FX Options Expiries For 10am New York Cut 

(1BLN+ represent larger expiries, more magnetic when trading within daily ATR)

  • USD/JPY: 144.00 ($1.16b), 150.00 ($786.3m), 143.65 ($380m)

  • EUR/USD: 1.0640 (EU508.9m), 1.0650 (EU430.5m), 1.0930 (EU350.4m)

  • USD/CNY: 7.3000 ($616.9m), 7.2000 ($611.2m), 7.1500 ($481.5m)

  • USD/CAD: 1.3815 ($1.94b), 1.3595 ($1.48b), 1.3700 ($1.26b)

  • AUD/USD: 0.6460 (AUD593.7m), 0.6525 (AUD554.4m)

  • EUR/GBP: 0.8540 (EU573.8m)

  • USD/MXN: 18.41 ($469.7m), 17.95 ($440.2m), 18.80 ($319.2m)

  • GBP/USD: 1.2550 (GBP390m)

  • USD/KRW: 1310.00 ($348.6m)

  • Speculators have significantly reduced their remaining euros for sale. Traders had a short position of $12 billion when EUR/USD hit 1.0781 at the beginning of February. Since then, speculators have reduced that position by $5 billion. The EUR/USD dropped to 1.0695 while traders cut their long positions. However, the pair has since rebounded, reaching 1.0788 on February 19. Volatility has decreased, indicating a lower likelihood of future movements. The 1.0750 mark has been the focal point of trading activity for the past year. The possibility of EUR/USD breaking out of the 1.05-1.10 range is diminishing.

 

CFTC Data As Of 13/02/24

  • British Pound net long position is 50,472 contracts.

  • Japanese Yen net short position is -111,536 contracts.

  • Bitcoin net short position is -1,921 contracts.

  • Swiss Franc posts net short position of -6,014 contracts.

  • Japanese Yen net short position is -111,536 contracts.

  • Equity Fund managers raise S&P 500 CME net long position by 17.391 contracts to 930,253.

  • Equity fund speculators trim S&P 500 CME net short position by 39.481 contracts to 384.474.

 

Technical & Trade Views

SP500 Bullish Above Bearish Below 4975

  • Daily VWAP bullish

  • Weekly VWAP bullish

  • Above 5040 opens 5086

  • Primary support 4900

Primary objective is 5120

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EURUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.08

  • Daily VWAP bullish

  • Weekly VWAP bearish

  • Above 1.109 opens 1.10

  • Primary resistance 1.0950

  • Primary objective is 1.0650

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GBPUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.2683

  • Daily VWAP bearish

  • Weekly VWAP bearish

  • Above 1.27 opens 1.2770

  • Primary resistance  is 1.2785

  • Primary objective 1.2429

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USDJPY Bullish Above Bearish Below 149.50

  • Daily VWAP bullish

  • Weekly VWAP bullish

  • Below 149.50 opens 148.70

  • Primary support 145.85

  • Primary objective is 152

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AUDUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below .6590

  • Daily VWAP bullish

  • Weekly VWAP bearish

  • Below .6500 opens .6420

  • Primary support .6525

  • Primary objective is .6260

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BTCUSD Bullish Above Bearish below 51000

  • Daily VWAP bullish

  • Weekly VWAP bullish

  • Below 48500 opens 46500

  • Primary support  is 44390

  • Primary objective is 54000

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