Australian Dollar Sinks Alongside Commodity Prices As Post-FOMC USD Run Continues


Asia-Pacific markets look more than likely to end the week on a downbeat note as the post-FOMC market reshuffle continues. While the Treasury market appeared to moderate, with the benchmark 10-year note’s yield dropping nine basis points, the safe-haven US Dollar’s runup remained unencumbered. The DXY index briefly rose above the 92 handle before scaling back, although the USD-tracking index remains over 0.50% higher on the day.

Wall Street traders rotated into risk-sensitive technology stocks in the New York trading session, with the NDX-100 index making a fresh record high. Equity markets appearedrather resilient given the FOMC’s hawkish signaling on Wednesday, suggesting traders see enough runway left for growth until the projected rate hikes. It seems the “buy the dip” mantra is still alive and well.

Commodities are another story, however. The US Dollar’s surge higher is the most likely culprit weighing on the space. Given a large chunk of commodities purchasers deal in US Dollars, a rise in the Greenback results in fewer USDs being necessary to buy assets such as lumber and copper. That intrinsic repricing is what we are likely witnessing this week.

One notable breakdown within the commodities space as of late is lumber. The building material rose over 100% this year through May but started to tumble into June. Currently, prices are down over 50% since the May swing high and broke below the 200-day Simple Moving Average overnight, a testament to the bearish vigor beating prices down. The drop coincides with the Fed’s “transitory” outlook on inflation, although end-point user prices will likely take weeks, if not months to reflect the drawdown.

On the economic docket, the week will wrap up with a rate decision from the Bank of Japan (BoJ) at an unspecified time somewhere around midday in Tokyo. The Japanese Yen may however focus on other market developments given the central bank’s typically static stance on policy. Next week’s economic calendar is rather void of high-impact events, which will leave traders more susceptible to prevailing risk trends.

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