FX Weekly Recap: July 31 – August 4, 2023


International development considerations and the prospect of “larger for longer” international rates of interest bought merchants promoting the comdolls and shopping for secure haven currencies this week.

USD probably the most positive aspects, helped together with larger bond yields from the U.S., however the euro outperformed as nicely.

Missed the key foreign exchange headlines? Right here’s what it’s good to know from final week’s FX motion:

USD Pairs

Overlay of USD vs. Major Currencies Chart by TV

Overlay of USD vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

The greenback misplaced in opposition to its counterparts (however JPY) on Monday as optimism over a tender touchdown within the U.S. elevated danger urge for food.

From then, USD merchants flipped focus to secure haven mode and was seemingly helped alongside by larger U.S. Treasury yields and “larger for longer” Fed hypothesis.

The greenback did endure a setback within the early Asian session on Wednesday after Fitch downgraded the U.S.’ credit standing however the Dollar however shortly stabilized by way of the Thursday session.

The foreign money gave again a few of its positive aspects after the U.S. NFP launch gave merchants a weaker-than-expected replace for July, however not sufficient to lose the highest spot by the Friday shut.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

ISM manufacturing PMI clocked in at 46.4 in July (vs. 46.0 in June), reflecting slower charges of contraction

Chicago Fed Pres. Goolsbee: “If you’re across the transition level, each assembly is a dwell assembly”

ADP Nationwide Employment Report for July: 324.0k (210.0k forecast; 455.0k earlier)

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Chicago PMI in July: 42.8 (43.0 forecast; 41.5 earlier)

Fed financial institution lending survey confirmed U.S. banks reporting tighter credit score, weaker mortgage demand in Q2 2023

JOLTS job openings declined by 34,000 to their lowest ranges since April 2021, with layoffs and resignations pointing to much less confidence within the labor market

Job cuts in July: 23.6K vs. 40.7K cuts in June

Credit standing company Fitch downgraded U.S. long-term credit score grade from AAA to AA+, citing “Anticipated fiscal deterioration over the subsequent three years, a excessive and rising basic authorities debt burden, and the erosion of governance relative to ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ rated friends during the last twenty years.

Atlanta Fed Gov. Bostic: “We’re in a section the place there may be some danger of overtightening

S&P International US Providers PMI for July: 52.3 vs. 54.4; “Inflationary pressures remained traditionally elevated in July, as service suppliers, specifically, continued to register marked will increase in enter prices and output expenses, typically attributed to hikes in wages.

ISM Providers PMI for July 2023: 52.7 vs. 53.9 earlier; costs index was up 2.7 to 56.8; employment index fell by -2.4 for 50.7

Weekly jobless claims rose by 6k w/w to 227k; persevering with claims rose by 21k to 1.7M; productiveness rose 3.7% q/q in Q2 vs. -2.1% in Q1; unit labor prices rose by 1.6% q/q vs. 4.2% q/q/ earlier

U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls for July: 187.0k (190.0k forecast; 185.0k earlier); Unemployment charge dipped to three.5% (3.6% forecast/earlier)

EUR Pairs

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Overlay of EUR vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

Regardless of combined PMI and company earnings reviews, the euro noticed among the “secure haven” motion within the first a part of the week as merchants centered on promoting “riskier” property just like the comdolls. The Euro space’s stronger-than-expected flash CPI learn seemingly introduced in fundie patrons, together with PMI updates signaling a possible stabilization in adverse enterprise sentiment.

The widespread foreign money took a chill capsule within the second half of the week because it traded inside ranges.

EUR ended the week larger in opposition to the foreign exchange majors, with exception to this week’s King of the Hill, the U.S. greenback.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

Euro Space flash client costs for July: 5.3% y/y (5.2% y/y forecast; 5.5% y/y earlier); Core CPI got here inline with June at 5.5% y/y (5.4% y/y forecast)

Germany’s unemployment charge unexpectedly fell from 5.7% to five.6% in July, with the variety of individuals out of labor reducing by a internet of 4,000 regardless of the businesses’ demand for labour remaining “strained.”

Euro Space unemployment charge for June 2023: 6.4% (6.6% forecast; 6.4% earlier)

Spain loses a internet of 11K jobs in July (vs. -38.2K anticipated, -50.2K earlier)


Germany’s commerce surplus widened from 14.4B EUR to 18.7B EUR in June as exports (+0.1% m/m) outpaced imports (-3.4% m/m)

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Germany’s retail gross sales for June: -0.8% m/m (0.0% m/m forecast; 1.9% m/m earlier)

Germany import costs for June: -11.4% y/y (-10.7% y/y forecast; -9.1% y/y earlier), largely attributed to decrease power costs

France’s HCOB manufacturing PMI fell from 46.0 to 45.1 in July, the bottom since Could 2020.

HCOB Eurozone Manufacturing PMI for July: 42.7 vs. 43.4 earlier

HCOB Eurozone Providers PMI Enterprise Exercise Index for July: 50.9 vs. 52.0 earlier; “the general charge of enter value inflation fell additional beneath its long-run common“; Employment development was sustained regardless of falling slowing enterprise exercise

European Central Financial institution Chief Economist Philip Lane sees inflation charge falling markedly in 2023, suggesting rates of interest could also be near peaking.

GBP Pairs

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With the markets eyeing the opposite main markets’ information releases, the British pound traded in huge ranges in opposition to its main counterparts.

The foreign money noticed some shopping for in opposition to the comdolls on Tuesday when the “riskier” property had been getting killed by danger aversion.

After which there’s the BOE’s “hawkish hike” on Thursday, which initially dragged GBP decrease earlier than merchants centered on the “hawkish” half and pulled the foreign money again as much as close to its open costs.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

Mortgage Approvals in June: 54.7K (47K forecast) vs. 51.1K in Could

M4 Cash Provide for June: -0.1% m/m vs. 0.3% m/m earlier

On Thursday, the BOE raised its key rate of interest by 25 bps as anticipated to five.25%; warned that rates of interest will seemingly keep excessive for a while.

S&P International / CIPS UK Building PMI for July: 51.7 vs. 48.9

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Nationwide: U.Ok. home costs dropped by 3.8% y/y in July, the most important decline since 2009

BRC: Costs in UK shops fell for the primary time in two years, down by 0.1% in July in comparison with June

U.Ok. S&P International/CIPS manufacturing PMI fell to 45.3 in July, its lowest studying since Could 2020, as contraction in output, new orders, and employment accelerated

S&P International / CIPS UK Providers PMI for July: 51.5 vs. 53.7; “one other robust rise in common value burdens was reported by service sector firms throughout July”

CHF Pairs

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Overlay of CHF vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

The Swiss franc noticed purple to start out the week, however discovered its footing shortly again into the Inexperienced as broad danger sentiment shifted strongly adverse late within the Tuesday U.S. session.

A disappointing enterprise survey replace dragged the secure haven decrease on Wednesday, however that was shortly reversed as franc merchants turned their consideration again to broad danger aversion sentiment, which dominated for the remainder of the week.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

SECO client sentiment solely up from -30 to -27 in July (vs. long-term avg of -6) as excessive costs continued to squeeze family budgets

Headline client inflation was down 0.1% m/m (1.6% y/y) as anticipated in July, core CPI dipped by 0.2% (-1.7% y/y)

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Procure manufacturing PMI contracts additional, down from 44.9 to 38.5 in July

AUD Pairs

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Overlay of AUD vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

Like different danger property, AUD gained pips throughout the board on Monday, seemingly benefiting from a sudden shift in expectations that the Reserve Financial institution of Australia could hike rates of interest by 25 bps on Tuesday.

However the RBA determined to maintain its rates of interest regular at 4.10% on Tuesday, and set the expectation that whereas open to additional hikes, future choices will probably be information dependent.  This seemingly sparked the downtrend within the chart above, which didn’t lose steam till Thursday when merchants stayed within the sidelines forward of the U.S. NFP report.

The Aussie was by no means capable of get better from the 1-2 punch of the dovish RBA occasion and broad danger aversion sentiment, ending the week as the largest loser among the many main currencies.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

Melbourne Institute’s inflation gauge confirmed 0.8% worth acceleration in July, a lot larger than June’s 0.1% uptick

Australia prints 11.32B AUD commerce surplus in June (vs. 11B AUD anticipated, 11.79B AUD in Could) as imports (-3.9%) shrank sooner than exports (-1.7%)

RBA Assertion on Financial Coverage highlighted the slowdown in inflationary pressures throughout June quarter however says charges could must go larger

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Risky Australian constructing approvals fell by 7.7% m/m in June after a 20.5% bounce in Could

RBA saved its charges unchanged at 4.10% in August. In its assertion, RBA shared that “Some additional tightening of financial coverage could also be required” however will “depend on the information.”

Retail gross sales quantity fell by 0.5% q/q in Q2, their third consecutive decline, as customers reply to cost-of-living pressures

RBA Assertion on Financial Coverage highlighted a slowdown in inflationary pressures in the course of the June quarter however says charges could must go larger

CAD Pairs

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With not quite a lot of main financial information out from Canada till Friday, CAD principally took its cues from crude oil worth actions, up till the intently watched Canadian jobs report.

It was internet inexperienced in opposition to the majors as larger oil costs offset the broad risk-off sentiment that dominated many asset lessons this week.

However on Friday, oil‘s robust rally larger wasn’t sufficient to offset a disappointing Canadian jobs replace that included internet job losses and a tick larger within the unemployment charge in July. We additionally bought the most recent Ivey PMI report signaling contractionary circumstances for companies, seemingly drawing in additional elementary sellers forward of the weekend.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

S&P International Canada Manufacturing PMI for July: 49.6 vs. 48.8 June

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Canada Employment Change for July: -6.4k (20.0k forecast; 59.9k earlier); unemployment charge: 5.5% vs. 5.4% forecast/earlier

Canada Ivey PMI for July: 48.6 vs. 50.2 earlier; Employment Index at 54.2 vs. 57.6 earlier; Costs Index at 65.1 vs. 60.6 earlier

NZD Pairs

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Overlay of NZD vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

There weren’t quite a lot of top-tier reviews from New Zealand this week, so NZD principally traded as a “danger” asset and countercurrency to its counterparts.

The comdoll began falling in opposition to “safer” bets as quickly as China printed a contracting Caixin manufacturing PMI in early Tuesday. Its promoting accelerated in the course of the U.S. credit standing downgrade earlier than finally settling into tight(ish) ranges within the second half of the week.  An argument will also be made that the bearish strikes had been in sympathy with the autumn within the Aussie, a behavioral sample typically seen, seemingly as a result of shut buying and selling and geographical relationship between New Zealand and Australia.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

ANZ’s enterprise outlook survey confirmed {that a} internet of 13.1% respondents anticipated the New Zealand financial system to worsen in July, an enchancment of 5 factors from June

The unemployment charge ticked up from 3.4% to three.6% in Q2 2023- a two 12 months excessive – as robust labour demand was met with extra individuals on the lookout for work

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

Dwelling-building consents dip by 2.6% q/q in Q2, all the way down to their lowest ranges since Q3 2020 as larger rates of interest and a property droop sluggish development

JPY Pairs

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Overlay of JPY vs. Main Currencies Chart by TV

Danger-taking and the BOJ intervening within the bond markets dragged the yen to its intraweek lows within the first half of the week.

Threats of “larger for longer” rates of interest narrative and international development considerations quickly took over the broader markets, nevertheless, and the secure haven quickly noticed shopping for assist in opposition to its main counterparts aside from the U.S. greenback.

🟢 Bullish Headline Arguments

Industrial manufacturing rebounded by 2.0% m/m in June (vs. 2.5% anticipated, -2.2% in Could) led by vehicles and digital gadgets

Retail gross sales grew by 5.9% y/y in June (vs. 5.4% anticipated, 5.8% in Could); month-to-month retail commerce is down by 0.4% (vs. 0.2% anticipated, 1.4% acquire in Could)

Japanese client confidence improved from 36.2 to 37.1 in July

The unemployment charge edged decrease from 2.6% to 2.5% in June, the bottom since January

🔴 Bearish Headline Arguments

On  Monday, BOJ reportedly purchased about 300B JPY (2B USD) price of bonds in an unscheduled operation after Japanese bond yields quickly surged to 0.605%, the very best since June 2014

Housing begins dropped 4.8% y/y in June (vs. -0.2% anticipated) after a 3.5% uptick in Could

BOJ’s June assembly minutes confirmed that members didn’t see an imminent must tweak YCC insurance policies regardless of doing so in July

On Thursday, BOJ launched a second unscheduled bond-buying operation, mentioned it will purchase 400B JPY ($2.8B) price of securities after the 10-year be aware hit a contemporary nine-year excessive of 0.65%

au Jibun Financial institution Japan Providers PMI for July: 53.8 vs. 54.0 in June; “Japanese service suppliers registered a discount in employment ranges for the primary time for the reason that begin of the 12 months”

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