Daily Market Outlook - Monday, Nov. 27

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Asia - At the beginning of the week, equity markets in the Asia-Pacific region were subdued due to geopolitical headlines dominating newsflow over the weekend. There was uncertainty over whether the Israel-Hamas truce would be extended beyond the initial four-day agreement. The Nikkei 225 wiped out its opening gains and participants digested Japanese Services PPI, which showed a slight acceleration. The Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp. declined due to soft Chinese Industrial Profits and concerns over shadow banking after Chinese authorities opened a probe into struggling shadow bank Zhongzhi. The PBoC's notice to strengthen financial support for private companies did little to spur risk sentiment. Overall, a quiet calendar added to the humdrum mood in the markets as the month-end approached.

Europe - The week begins with relatively subdued activity, with a focus on the CBI's November UK retail sector report providing insights into the sector's performance leading up to the festive season. The 'volume of sales' measure has consistently shown negative figures since May, likely continuing this month, resulting in high inventory levels for businesses. In the US, the October new home sales report is anticipated to reflect a decline in activity after a surprising surge in September, attributed to increased mortgage rates.

Later today, ECB President Christine Lagarde will address the European Parliament, emphasising the ECB's current stance of pausing to assess the impact of recent interest rate hikes, indicating a neutral position without a bias toward hiking or cutting in the near term. Overnight, ECB member de Cos and the BoE’s Ramsden will participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and The Bank of International Settlements on 'Inflation, Financial Stability, and Employment'. On the domestic front, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) is set to release its November shop price index, with an expected decrease in the annual rate, further fueling expectations of ongoing declines in the broader UK CPI inflation measure in the coming months.

US - Stateside, after a period of quiet, the U.S. economic calendar is becoming more active. The release of the core PCE price index, which is the Federal Reserve's preferred measure of inflation, will be the most important event. The G10 central bank calendar will be dominated by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's rate decision. The market is anticipating a 0.2% increase in the U.S. core PCE for October, which is a slight decrease from the previous month's 0.3%. Any deviation from this expectation could impact the Fed's projections. Additionally, the second estimate of Q3 GDP is expected to show a healthy 5.0% growth. Other data to be released includes ISM manufacturing PMI, final S&P Global manufacturing PMI, Chicago PMI, and a variety of housing data. Fed Chair Jerome Powell will also be speaking at a college event on Friday.

FX Positioning & Sentiment 

The foreign exchange and options markets have experienced a period of tranquillity following the recent decline of the US dollar. However, the upcoming week, filled with various data releases, may usher in heightened volatility in realised FX rates, consequently supporting implied FX option volatility. The focal point will be Thursday's PCE data, crucial for confirming perspectives on moderating US inflation and potential rate adjustments. Key releases throughout the week include jobless claims on Thursday, new home sales on Monday, consumer confidence on Tuesday, GDP on Wednesday, and ISM data on Friday. Additionally, Europe's data releases and New Zealand's central bank policy announcement on Wednesday will contribute to local currency risk. Despite the relatively stagnant FX rates this week, the exceptionally low 1-week realised volatility measures do not align with the diminished implied volatility in very short-dated options. Conversely, benchmark 1-month expiry implied volatility is unlikely to rebound from its prolonged lows, primarily influenced by its post-Christmas expiry, rendering this date less appealing.

FX Options Expiries For 10am New York Cut 

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

  • EUR/USD: 1.0845-50 (2.6BN), 1.0860-65 (440M), 1.0950 (935M), 1.1005 (787M)
  • USD/CHF: 0.8860 (419M), 0.8935 (247M)
  • GBP/USD: 1.2600 (338M)
  • EUR/GBP: 0.8700 (528M)
  • AUD/USD: 0.6480 (530M), 0.6600 (200M)
  • NZD/USD: 0.6050 (280M)
  • USD/JPY: 148.00-15 (800M)

Overnight Newswire Updates of Note

  • China Industrial Profit Growth Eases As Deflation Persists
  • Chinese Authorities Move On Asset Manager Zhongzhi After Defaults
  • China Says Multiple Pathogens Are Behind Spike In Respiratory Illnesses
  • Japan's Corp Service Inflation Climbs In Sign Of Broadening Price Pressures
  • Japan To Expand Tax Breaks On Stock Options - Nikkei
  • NZIER Shadow Board Recommends RBNZ Keeps OCR At 5.5% This Week
  • Australia To Introduce Legislation To Reform, Modernise RBA
  • Sunak Says Claims UK Heading For Austerity ‘Simply Unfounded’
  • Sterling Steady, Dollar Wobbles As Markets Brace For Post-Thanksgiving Buzz
  • JGB Yields Track US Peers Higher Ahead Of Bond Auctions, US Inflation Data
  • Oil Steadies After Three-Day Drop Ahead Of Postponed OPEC+ Meet
  • Gold Steadies As US Bond Auctions Set To Give Clues On Yields
  • China Stocks Fall, Leading Losses In Asia On Fragile Sentiment

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

Technical & Trade Views

SP500 Bias: Bullish Above Bearish Below 4540

  • Below 4519 opens 4485
  • Primary support 4420
  • Primary objective is 4600
  • 20 Day VWAP bullish, 5 Day VWAP bullish

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EURUSD Bias: Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.09

  • Below 1.08 opens 1.0750
  • Primary support 1.0650
  • Primary objective is 1.10
  • 20 Day VWAP bullish, 5 Day VWAP bullish

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GBPUSD Bias: Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.2550

  • Below 1.24 opens 1.2350
  • Primary support  is 1.2185
  • Primary objective 1.2690
  • 20 Day VWAP bearish, 5 Day VWAP bullish

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USDJPY Bias: Bullish Above Bearish Below 149

  • Above 149 opens 149.80
  • Primary resistance 147.30
  • Primary objective is 147
  • 20 Day VWAP bearish, 5 Day VWAP bearish

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AUDUSD Bias: Bullish Above Bearish Below .6520

  • Below .6500 opens .6420
  • Primary support .6330
  • Primary objective is .6620
  • 20 Day VWAP bullish, 5 Day VWAP bullish

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BTCUSD Bias: Bullish Above Bearish below 34000

  • Below 33600 opens 32400
  • Primary support  is 30000
  • Primary objective is 37000
  • 20 Day VWAP bullish, 5 Day VWAP bullish

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