Yen Selloff Intensifies Again, Canadian Dollar Outperforms

Selloff in the Japan Yen continued this week and intensified in Asian session today. The move came as global benchmark treasury yields powered up, including those in the US, Germany and UK. For now, commodity currencies are the stronger ones for, followed closely by Dollar. European majors are generally weak.

Technically, Canadian Dollar appears to be leading the race for now, with help from WTI crude oil which is staying at around 108. In particular, AUD/CAD is extending the decline from 0.9514. Further fall is expected as long as 0.9357 support turned resistance holds, for 0.9169 support. Reactions from there would decide while whole rebound from 0.8906 has completed too. At the same time, attention will be on whether USD/CAD would break through 1.2519 minor support to confirm underlying strength of CAD, for the near term at least.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.60%. Hong Kong HSI is down -1.89%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.12%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.57%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is up 0.0021 at 0.247. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.11%. S&P 500 dropped -0.02%. NASDAQ dropped -0.14%. 10-year yield rose 0.034 to 2.862.

US 10-year yield hit three-month high, 3% next

US 10-year yield surged to as high as 2.868 overnight, highest since late 2018, before closing at 2.862. The up trend continued in anticipation of more rate hike from Fed, as well as the start of balance sheet runoff ahead. The development in yields provided additional selling pressure on Yen, with BoJ’s cap on 10-year JGB yield at 0.25%.

Technically, further rise is expected in TNX as long as 2.646 support holds. Next target is 3% handle. Meanwhile, it should be reiterated that TNX could be considered successfully taking out multi-decade falling channel resistance decisively. Next key hurdle is 3.248 resistance (2018 high). If TNX could surge pass this resistance with power, it would really mark the start of a “new era”.

Fed Bullard wants rates above neutral in Q3

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said yesterday, “we want to get to neutral expeditiously, I guess is the word of the day. I’ve even said we want to get above neutral as early as the third quarter and try to put further downward pressure on inflation at that point.”

As for the May FOMC meeting, “more than 50 basis points is not my base case at this point,” he said. “I wouldn’t rule it out, but it is not my base case here.”

Bullard also reiterated that he would like to see interest rate at 3.50% by the end of the year. “You can’t do it all at once, but I think it behooves us to get to that level by the end of the year,” he said.

RBA minutes; Developments have brought forward liking timing of rate hike

In the minutes of April 5 meeting, RBA said, inflation in Australia had “picked up” and a “further increase was expected” with measures of underlying inflation in the March quarter expected to be above 3%. Wages growth had “picked up” too but “had been below rates likely to be consistent with inflation being sustainably at the target.” These developments have “brought forward the likely timing of the first increase in interest rates. ”

“Over coming months, important additional evidence will be available on both inflation and the evolution of labor costs. Consistent with its announced framework, the Board agreed that it would be appropriate to assess this evidence and other incoming information as it sets policy to support full employment in Australia and inflation outcomes consistent with the target.”

RBNZ Orr: It’s more about hiking sooner rather than more

RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr said in an IMF event, “we’ve been acting reasonably aggressively to tighten monetary conditions. We’ve provided strong forward guidance that we expect to be doing more rate rises over coming quarters.”

But he also noted, “that was more about doing it sooner rather than believing we have to do more,” he said. “It’s just getting on with it so people can understand what we are about.” Back in February, RBNZ projected that OCR would peak at 3.25% at the end of 2023.

Raising rates too high and “you really run the risk of having a sharper than needed slowdown in economic activity,” he said. “On the other hand, if you go too slow its inflation expectations that will get away from us.”

“At the moment, the balance of risks as far as the monetary policy committee is concerned is very much weighted to constraining those inflation expectations in the medium term,” he said. “We know the long-term cost of letting inflation expectations get away.”

Looking ahead

The economic calendar is empty in European session. Canada housing starts and foreign securities purchases, US housing starts and building permits will be featured later in the day.

GBP/JPY Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 164.78; (P) 165.10; (R1) 165.56; More…

GBP/JPY’s up trend continues today and hits as high as 166.38 so far. Intraday bias remains on the upside for 61.8% projection of 150.96 to 164.61 from 159.02 at 167.46 (which is close to 167.93 long term fibonacci level). Break will pave the way to 100% projection at 172.68. On the downside, below 164.61 minor support will turn intraday bias neutral and bring consolidations first, before staging another rally.

In the bigger picture, up trend from 123.94 (2020 low) is still in progress, and notable support from 55 week EMA affirms medium term bullishness. Next target is 61.8% retracement of 195.86 (2015 high) to 122.75 (2016 low) at 167.93. Sustained break there will be a long term bullish signal, and could pave the way back to 195.86. This will now remain the favored case as long as 150.95 support holds.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
22:30 NZD Business NZ PSI Mar 51.6 48.6 48.9
01:30 USD RBA Meeting Minutes
04:30 JPY Industrial Production M/M Feb 0.10% 0.10%
12:15 CAD Housing Starts Y/Y Mar 249K 247K
12:30 USD Building Permits Mar 1.83M 1.86M
12:30 USD Housing Starts March 1.74M 1.77M
12:30 CAD Foreign Securities Purchases (CAD) Feb 13.49B

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