Daily Market Outlook - Thursday, April 11

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After receiving mostly negative signals from Wall Street on Wednesday, Asian stock markets are mostly trading down on Thursday. This comes as hopes for a quick interest rate cut by the US Fed diminish following the release of data showing a larger than anticipated rise in US consumer price inflation in March. The inflation data also led to a sharp increase in treasury yields. The Japanese market is experiencing a significant decline on Thursday, continuing the losses from the previous session. This is in response to the overall negative trends seen on Wall Street the previous night. The Nikkei 225 has dropped below the 39.4k handle, with declines in major index components and technology stocks being partially balanced by gains in financial stocks.

In the UK, the RICS survey shows continued growth in housing activity, with the headline price balance reaching its highest level since October 2022 for the sixth consecutive month. No further UK releases are scheduled until tomorrow's release of monthly GDP data, where a flat month-on-month outcome is expected for overall GDP in February. Despite this, a positive Q1 performance is likely, given January's 0.2% GDP growth, indicating a return to growth post a mild recession late last year. A scheduled address by Bank of England MPC member Greene will also be monitored by traders. Positioned on the more hawkish end of the MPC policy spectrum, Greene cautioned in the Financial Times today that rate cuts are not a done deal just yet.

Today's focus is on the European Central Bank's monetary policy update. It is expected that the interest rates will remain unchanged at 4.00% for the fifth consecutive meeting. There are no anticipated revisions to the economic forecasts during this session. Following the policy decision, the press conference will be monitored by Euro traders. In the Eurozone, headline CPI inflation dropped to 2.4% in March, the lowest since July 2021, while the core measure (excluding energy and food) reached a two-year low of 2.9%. President Lagarde may suggest a potential interest rate cut at the next meeting on June 6th, depending on sustained evidence of declining inflation, particularly in wage growth and service prices. Market attention will also focus on any indications of further policy easing in the latter half of the year, with three ECB rate cuts fully priced in by markets.

Stateside, the latest producer price inflation figures will provide insights into pipeline pressures. Expectations point towards above-consensus outcomes for today's data, including a 0.5% month-on-month increase for the headline measure incorporating energy. Market focus will also include speeches from several Fed policymakers in the aftermath of yesterday’s inflation print. 

Overnight Newswire Updates of Note

  • US Warns Of Imminent Attack On Israeli Assets By Iran Or Proxies
  • China Consumer Prices Stall With Industry Stuck In Deflation
  • Japan's Top Currency Diplomat Kanda Says Recent Yen Moves Rapid
  • Japan's Suzuki Won't Rule Out Steps To Respond To Excessive FX Moves
  • BoE's Greene: UK Services Inflation Remains Much Higher Than In The US
  • UK Estate Agents Report Third Consecutive Monthly Rise In Demand
  • Yen Tumbles To 153 Against Dollar On US Inflation
  • Oil Prices Rise 1% As Traders Brace For Possible Iran Strike Against Israel

(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)

  • EUR/USD: 1.0700 (2.53BLN), 1.0720-25 (607M), 1.0745-55 (1.7BLN)
  • 1.0775-85 (1.03BLN), 1.0800-10 (2.63BLN), 1.0815-25 (2.0BLN)
  • 1.0850-55 (1.0BLN), 1.0865 (1.54BLN)
  • USD/JPY: 151.00-05 (2.54BLN), 151.20 (373M), 151.50-60 (480M)
  • 152.00-10 (2.0BLN), 152.50-55 (740M), 153.00 (505M)
  • USD/CHF: 0.9000-10 (460M), 0.9025 (340M), 0.9070 (249M)
  • 0.9200 (240M). EUR/CHF: 0.9825-35 (273M)
  • GBP/USD: 1.2515-25 (860M), 1.2540-50 (564M), 1.2570-75 (600M)
  • 1.2650 (397M), 1.2775 (350M)
  • AUD/USD: 0.6430 (940M), 0.6475-85 (768M), 0.6520-25 (400M)
  • 0.6580-85 (520M), 0.6600 (590M), 0.6625-35 (765M)
  • NZD/USD: 0.5955 (1.42BLN), 0.6105 (2.94BLN), (588M)
  • USD/CAD: 1.3540-55 (1.08BLN), 1.3560-75 (588M)
  • 1.3600-10 (807M), 1.3765 (567M)
  • AUD/JPY: 100.50 (351M)
  • The uncertainty surrounding U.S. interest rates will boost the dollar, as it is the highest yielding major currency and a secure place to hold cash while waiting for clearer signals on rate direction. Expectations for interest rates have fluctuated greatly in the past nine months, with initial beliefs in high rates lasting long, but now a projected gradual decrease starting in March 2023. Following the March CPI report, less than 50 basis points of easing is expected this year, with the first cut not anticipated until September. The view that rates would remain high for an extended period, as predicted last summer, has proven to be accurate, making the U.S. interest rate remaining above 5% throughout 2024 appealing. Dollar buyers are attracted to its liquidity and its status as the world's reserve currency, making it a safe haven in uncertain times. However, the main risk for dollar investors is the increasing speculation on its rise, which could lead to a sudden drop if there is intervention by the Bank of Japan.

CFTC Data As Of 29/03/24

  • Bitcoin net long position is 160 contracts
  • Swiss Franc posts net short position of -22,370 contracts
  • British Pound net long position is 43,414 contracts
  • Euro net long position is 16,794 contracts
  • Japanese Yen net short position is -143,230 contracts
  • Equity fund managers cut S&P 500 CME net long position by 26,140 contracts to 930,132
  • Equity fund speculators trim S&P 500 CME net short position by 83,217 contracts to 365,684

Technical & Trade Views

SP500 Bullish Above Bearish Below 5200

  • Daily VWAP bearish
  • Weekly VWAP bullish
  • Below 5140 opens 5118
  • Primary resistance 5230
  • Primary objective is 5118

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EURUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.08

  • Daily VWAP bearish
  • Weekly VWAP bearish
  • Below 1.0690 opens 1.0630
  • Primary support 1.0690
  • Primary objective is 1.0685  

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GBPUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below 1.2620

  • Daily VWAP bullish
  • Weekly VWAP bearish
  • Below 1.2570 opens 1.2510
  • Primary support  is 1.25
  • Primary objective 1.25  

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USDJPY Bullish Above Bearish Below 151.50

  • Daily VWAP bullish
  • Weekly VWAP bullish
  • Above 152 opens 153.50
  • Primary support 145.85
  • Primary objective is 153.50

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AUDUSD Bullish Above Bearish Below .6600

  • Daily VWAP bullish
  • Weekly VWAP bearish
  • Below .6580 opens .6520
  • Primary support .6477
  • Primary objective is .6700 

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BTCUSD Bullish Above Bearish below 68000

  • Daily VWAP bearish
  • Weekly VWAP bullish
  • Below 68000 opens 67250
  • Primary support  is 63000
  • Primary objective is 78000

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