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Displaying results for week of May 02, 2021

Gold Glows Ahead of US & Canada Jobs

May 6, 2021 22:17 | by Adam Button

US and Canada jobs data are due, with gold and GBP clearly edging higher vs USD. GBP awaits the results of the Scottish Elections, which will likely be finalised on Saturday. Gold and silver broke into key levels as the Bank of England was the latest central bank to fear tapering more than its shadow. The BoE performance on Thursday was a mess as officials tapered and at the same time desperately tried to avoid saying they tapered. US non-farm payrolls and Canadian jobs are due up next (more below) The following are selections from the WhatsApp Broadcast Group, with yesterday's insights to go long XAUUSD at 1781 targetting 1791 and the follow-up to target 1811 upon the break of 1801. Clients were also forewarned ahead of the BoE decision for a preliminary drop towards before the subsequent rebound.

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Gold Glows Ahead of US & Canada Jobs - Whatsapp May 6 2021 (Chart 1)

Cable traded in an 80 pip range in minutes after the BoE announcement as traders and algos were left confused by a statement that was more or less unchanged followed a minute later by the monetary policy report, which said the pace of QE purchases could be slowed somewhat. Cable initially dropped to 1.3858 then spiked to 1.3940 – both session extremes.

It was a communication mess, largely because Bailey was frightened (no other way to put it) to admit to anything like tightening or signal that it's on the horizon. There appears to be a strong school of thought outside of the Bank of Canada that markets and the economy can't handle any taper talk. Given the enormous improvements in the global economy, it's all getting a bit ridiculous.

Outgoing chief economist Andy Haldane dissented in favor of a real taper. His comments with it emphasize a different possible approach, noting that there's evidence of a rapidly recovery economy and good reason to believe it will be maintained.

The risk is that by being overly cautious, central bankers will fall behind the curve. A brighter outlook along with associated inflation risks are a big part of the gold recovery. It rose to the best levels since February on Thursday, rising $30 to $1815.

Further evidence of economic strength could come in jobs reports from the US and Canada up next. Non-farm payrolls are expected at exactly 1 million but digging through the estimates, there's a clear skew higher. There's every reason to believe there was massive hiring in April, notwithstanding the disappointing ADP print (it also underestimated March jobs by nearly half). Economists tend to get gun shy when predicting extremes so there's room for an upside reading, with some bolder economists calling for 2m jobs. The unemployment rate is expected to ease to 5.8% from the prior 6.0%, while average hourly earnings edging up to zero from -0.1%.

In Canada, it's a different picture as many parts of the country went in a tight lockdown in April that has continued. The consensus is between -150K & -160K. The loonie is trading at 4-year highs though, and is looking beyond this tough stretch, so this datapoint is likely to be ignored.

موعدنا الآن في غرفة شركة إكس أم لجلسة الأسواق

May 6, 2021 13:50 | by Ashraf Laidi

ننتظركم الآن الساعة الخامسة مساءا بتوقيت مكة في غرفة إكس إم مع أشرف العايدي .أنقر على الرابط للمشاركة
موعدنا الآن في غرفة شركة إكس أم لجلسة الأسواق - Xm Banner Room 2Pm Uk 4 Pm Saudi (Chart 1)

مجموعة الواتساب الخاصة

May 5, 2021 15:57 | by Ashraf Laidi

تفضل الى الفيديو الإرشادي لتكوين إسم مستخدم لأكتمال عملية الإشتراك

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مجموعة الواتساب الخاصة - Whatsapp Arabic Explainer (Chart 1)

فيديو عن الإسترليني و أحداث يوم الخميس

May 5, 2021 15:46 | by Ashraf Laidi

كيف يمكن تداول الإسترليني مع قرار البنك المركزي الانجليزي والانتخابات الاسكتلندية؟ وماذا تعني أغلبية حزب اسكتلندا القومي و قرار مشتريات الأصول للجنيه الإسترليني؟ التفاصيل في هذا الملخص مع فيديو أشرف العايدي


A Taste of Tapering

May 5, 2021 15:19 | by Adam Button

 An ill-advised comment from the former Fed chair gave markets a taste of what's coming when US tapering and rate hikes begin. Although Yellen later rectified her comments (see below), it was a preview of the inevitable. The US dollar led the way on the day while the kiwi lagged. The US services ISM carried the same theme to its manufacturing counterpart, showing weaker than expected headline number (62.7 vs 64.1) but higher inflations and bottlenecks. The ADP survey on private sector missed expectations with 742K vs exp 850K from prev 565K. 

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A Taste of Tapering - Citi Surprise Index May 5 2021 (Chart 1)

In a bizarre episode of a former Fed official lacking self-awareness, Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that rates might have to rise to keep the economy from overheating. As current Treasury Secretary and former Fed chair, that comment carried weight and it sent risk trades reeling and the US dollar higher.  

Yellen later clarified her inflation statements, saying "it's not something I'm predicting or recommending...If anyone appreciates the independence of the Federal Reserve, I think that person is me.”

Some of that unwound later in the day. The context of her comments was that spending was going to rise and that higher borrowing costs are a side-effect but her line was poorly delivered, particularly from a Fed chair who was cautious with her words. 

The market reaction was telling as the dollar spiked to session highs and equities – particularly tech – were at one point in line for their worst day of 2021.

Powell no doubt understands that he's about to enter a minefield. The odds-on date for a true tip towards a taper is Jackson Hole in August. However we should expect a trickle of Fed Presidents and perhaps a governor signaling that before it comes. What's daunting is that signaling a taper is just the first step; the time lag before execution is vital. Then the challenge will be on rate hikes.

Of course, the Fed has sketched out a rough plan via the dot plot and its communication but rarely in economic history have plans worked out. Things happen and forecasting is hard. The Bloomberg commodity index hit its highest since 2011 on Tuesday and inflation talk is non-stop. Expect many more hiccups like the one we saw Tuesday in the months ahead, and some that are much more severe.


Supply Crunch-Time

May 4, 2021 14:58 | by Adam Button

Are supply shocks officially in?  Monday's US ISM manufacturing report missed estimates but the reason why was more worrisome than the miss itself. US March factory orders rose 1.1%, lower than the expected +1.3%. The chart below shows CAD and GBP are the strongest currencies in G10 FX this year, followed by AUD in 3rd place. JPY and gold are the weakest. A new Premium trade has just been posted. There are currently 3 Premium trades in progress, all are in FX. 

Supply Crunch-Time - Performance May 4 2021 (Chart 1)

The ISM manufacturing index was at 60.7 in April compared to 65.0 expected. That's still a healthy level but it's a significant miss and led to a round of US dollar weakness.

However we would caution reading this report as a sign of faltering demand. Repeated comments in the report highlighted supply chain problems including semiconductors, steel and workers. The survey showed 11 positive comments for every negative one compared to an 8:1 ration in March.

“In 35 years of purchasing, I've never seen everything like these extended lead times and rising prices,” one comment in the report said.

A big drag in the Q1 GDP report released last week was falling inventories. This report highlights the ongoing contraction there with companies unable to restock and continuing to draw down supplies. That will be a further headwind in Q2 but those will eventually be rebuilt.

In the meantime, companies are finding increasing pricing power – something Warren Buffett highlighted on the weekend.

It's still early but we sense that we're heading into a new chapter in the reopening where shortages are the main problem. It may have started with Ford last week who said it would miss production targets due to the semiconductor shortage. If those shortages hit at the same time as demand reopening creates more price-insensitive buying, it could lead to a spike in inflation to above the Fed's comfort zone.


May Marches In

May 3, 2021 13:17 | by Adam Button

Risk trades to a step back to end April but it was a strong month overall. We will have a look at May seasonal patterns. The Canadian dollar was the top performer last week while the yen lagged. CFTC positioning data showed the market slowly warming up to CAD. Last week's Premium trade is in the green and Friday's FX trade to the WhatsApp Broadcast Group is +80 pips in the green. Today is a Bank holiday in the UK, but will be a BUSY WEEK for GBP with the Bank of England meeting raising the debate over the tapering of asset purchases and Scottish Elections, with the latest speculation on Scotland Independence. US ISM manufacturing is next, followed by a Powell speech. 

Economic data continued to point to economic strength on Friday as the expectations component of the UMich consumer sentiment survey was strong while the income line in the PCE report rose 21.1% in March on stimulus payments.

Month end flows may have led to some profit taking but a study showing a single vaccine shot may not offer adequate protection from covid variants also weighed.

The new month kicks off with some strong seasonal patterns. Cable is a particularly notable one – it's fallen in May for 11 straight years. We may have seen some front-running of that with Friday's drop down to 1.3810.

Another theme is dollar strength. At the start of the year, everyone was a dollar bear and that turned out to be a terrible idea, especially after the Georgia primary. The dollar gave back some ground in April but May has been the best month for the DXY for the past 20 years.

On the soft side, it's the second-worst month for the kiwi. For equities the traditional 'sell in May and go away' doesn't hold up. The S&P 500 has risen in May in 7 of the past 8 years.

CFTC Commitments of Traders

Speculative net futures trader positions as of the close on Tuesday. Net short denoted by - long by +.

EUR +81K vs +81K prior

GBP +29K vs +25K prior

JPY -49K vs -60K prior

CHF -1K vs +2K prior

CAD +16K vs +13K prior

AUD -1K vs -2K prior

NZD +7K vs +4K prior