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US Housing & Consumer Confidence Sag

Mar 26, 2019 21:57 | by Adam Button

US treasury yields bounced on Tuesday as risk trades returned and the yen fell across the board. But soft economic data and a strong auction raised fresh concerns. The Australian dollar was the top performer while the yen lagged. The RBNZ decision is up next--but later than the usual time. Below is the week's video for Premium subscribers outlining the next possible steps after closing all of our index shorts.

One of the big market questions is whether central banks will ease in the year ahead, specifically the Fed. The market is pricing in a 68% chance of a cut by year end. A better way to phrase the question might be: Is the economy weakening. Because with 2% growth the Fed isn't going to cut rates.

On that front, Tuesday's macro news were worrisome. US consumer confidence data from the Conference Board fell to 124.1 compared to 132.5 expected. That remains at an elevated level but it's trending in the wrong direction. At the same time, housing continues to be a drag with starts falling to 1162K in Feb from 1210K expected.

The bond market had attempted a solid bounce with yields up 5 bps across the curve but most of that was wiped out midway through the day in an extremely strong 2 year auction. The results underscore that real money is happy to receive 2.40% for two-years rather than rolling over cash rates.

Looking ahead, the RBNZ decision is at 0100 GMT. That's about 4 hours later than the usual time in a change that will put the announcement at a more-liquid time of day. The consensus is for no change from the 1.75% cash rate but there is a real possibility of dovish messaging.

The event to watch later in the day will be the indicative votes from UK parliament. They will include 16 different questions and aren't binding but could help break the deadlock. Or more likely, underscore the seemingly impossible divisions. Yet there was some fresh hope Tuesday with ERG members shifting toward May but that was countered by signs the DUP will is unwilling to compromise.

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RBNZ Rate Decision
1.75% 1.75% Mar 27 1:00
RBNZ Rate Decision
Mar 27 1:00
CB Consumer Confidence
124.1 132.1 131.4 Mar 26 14:00

الاسترليني لا يزال يتحدى المشككين

Mar 26, 2019 16:02 | by Ashraf Laidi

منذ آخر تحليل لي للجنيه الإسترليني منذ أسبوعين على هذه المدونة، اكتسبت العملة البريطانية أكثر من ثلاثمائة نقطة مقابل الدولار الأمريكي. لماذا حدث هذا، على الرغم من أن البرلمان البريطاني لم يقر بعد عن خطة رئيسة الوزراء “تيريزا ماي” للخروج من الاتحاد الأوروبي؟ التحليل المفصل

Brexit Ticks Away

Mar 26, 2019 13:44 | by Adam Button

GBP is the strongest performing currency of the day due to 2 developments (Rees-Mog hint and PMs likely nearing a 2nd referendum). More on this below. The DAX short has been closed with a 220-pt gain. There are 7 remaining Premium trades currenty in progress, all of which are in the green.

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Brexit Ticks Away - Performance 26 Mar 2019 (Chart 1)

Last night, Parliament voted to take control of the Brexit process from PM May, outlining options such as: holding a second referendum, keeping UK in the EU customs union, existing without a deal and revoking Brexit.

This morning, Brexiteer and ERG chief Jacob Rees-Mogg said expressed his readiness to back Theresa May's Brexit deal, inidcating that her plan is better than not leaving at all.

If this deal is dead, as it appears, then it's tough to envision a way for May to continue governing. It will also leave her party deeply divided in advance of a leadership contest. At best, a compromise candidate could emerge that somehow would be able to shepherd through May's deal with only cosmetic changes. More likely is a prolonging of uncertainty, another referendum or a general election.

Cable's fluctuations remain part of traders' daily order, but the formation of higher-lows over the past week maintains the balance in the bulls' favour. At this point, the market could cheer any semblance of a plan or a way forward because the bulls have little to cling to at the moment.

Looking ahead, the main data point to watch in North American trade on Tuesday will be the March consumer confidence report. All signs point to a better tone and the consensus is for a rise to 132.1 from 131.4 but it will take an especially strong report to reverse the cynicism borne of the inversion of the yield curve.

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CB Consumer Confidence
124.1 132.1 131.4 Mar 26 14:00

GBP Awaits May's Speech, Risk back off

Mar 25, 2019 13:59 | by Adam Button

Global indices are back in the red and GBP pushes near the session high ahead of a speech from PM Theresa May due at 11:30 Eastern/15:30 London/GMT regarding the govt's next plans on Brexit-related vote. Optimism resurfaces on chatter about optimism towards a 3rd vote. All currencies are up against USD since the start of the Asian session, except for JPY and CAD. Gold and silver are at the top. Chicago Fed's Evans said it was understandable to be nervous about the inversion of the yield curve, reiterating it is time to pause on interest rates this year. The Premium short in DOW30 was closed on Friday at 25530 from Tuesday's entry at 25900 for 370-pt gain. Below is a snapshot of the  chart & tech rationale for the trade.

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GBP Awaits May's Speech, Risk back off - Premium Sample Dow Mar 22 2019 (Chart 1)

Over the weekend, reports of a UK Cabinet coup have circulated with May to be forced out and replaced with pro-EU deputy David Lidington.Lidington denied the report on Sunday and senior ministers rallied behind May so the coup could be put to rest quickly but the lack of cohesion suggests deep undercurrents of trouble and little prospect that May will be able to rally the support to get her deal through parliament.

May can't technically be forced out because she won a leadership challenge in December, but if Cabinet abandons her and her deal hopes evaporate then she might prefer a quiet exit. Lidington is staunchly pro-Europe so a change might be positive for the pound on hopes for a long Article 50 extension or withdrawal. Most likely he would simply be a caretaker PM until Conservatives could hold a leadership contest. That's something that could stoke a civil war within the party and lead to renewed GBP selling.

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With regards to the inversion of the yield curve: There are various ways to measure it (10y-2y, 5y-3y or 10y-3m). On Friday, yields on the US 3-month T-bill are below that of the 10-year. It may have only been a momentary blip but other parts of the curve out to 5 years are certainly inverted. Such a move preceded the past 6 US recessions by an average period of 313 days.

The inversion and huge rally in bonds from Wed-Fri belie deep worries about the global and US economy. The S&P 500 fell 54 points to close out the week with the market closing at the lows.

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FOMC's Evans Speaks
Mar 26 10:30
MPC Member Broadbent Speaks
Mar 26 11:00

ندوة مساء الثلاثاء مع أوربكس

Mar 25, 2019 13:30 | by Ashraf Laidi

ماذا يمكنك أن تتعلم من صفقاتك الناجحة والخاطئة؟ انضم لندوتي الالكترونية  يوم الثلاثاء 26 مارس، 10 مساءً بتوقيت مكة المكرمة. للمشاركة من جميع الدول ما عدا السعودية للمشاركة من السعودية فقط

ندوة مساء الثلاثاء مع أوربكس - Orbex Webinar Cover Mar 26 2019 (Chart 1)