The improvement of risk appetite from the middle of last week, looked to be dissipating at the lack of progress towards a US/China trade agreement and reality taking over hope in the search for a Brexit deal. However, could it be that European politicians might actually cobble together a workable deal on Brexit that might put an end to (admittedly just the first stage of) this Brexit soap opera? As European trader get back to their desks this morning, news of overnight progress is awaited. Another spike higher on Sterling yesterday (+175 pips in an hour versus the US dollar) reflected growing anticipation that some sort of workable deal could be given the green light for the EU-27 to debate at this week’s EU Council meeting. Michel Barnier (EU chief Brexit negotiator) is the man whose hands lie the hopes of a deal. It was notable yesterday that major markets really took reaction to this too. A move out of safe havens and into higher risk. Weakening yen and gold were clear underperformers, whilst bond yields shot higher. It appears that Germany is the area to focus on for this, with 10 year Bund yields at two month highs and big gains on the DAX. FTSE remains a stock by stock play as domestic focused stocks jump at the expense of foreign revenue production. With around 70% of FTSE 100 earnings generated abroad, the spike higher on sterling remains a drag on the large cap index as a whole.
Wall Street closed strongly higher with the S&P 500 +1.0% at 2996, although there is a slight degree of caution back in the early US futures moves (-0.3%). Asian markets were broadly positive early today, with the Nikkei +1.2% whilst Shanghai Composite was -0.3%. European futures are looking a tad cautious with FTSE futures -0.4% and DAX futures -0.2%. In forex, there is a marginal risk negative but also USD negative move initially, although little real conviction. GBP has unwound slightly from yesterday’s spike gains, but nothing to suggest any direction. In commodities the mild risk negative and dollar negative move is helping to lend gold a degree of support whilst oil is consolidating.
Although it may not be at the forefront of traders’ minds, the UK tier one data keeps on rolling today, with inflation in focus. UK CPI for September is at 0930BST and is expected to show headline CPI increasing by +0.2% on the month which would take year on year to +1.8% (from +1.7% in August). Core UK CPI is also expected to tick higher in September, to +1.7% (from +1.5% in August). Inflation is also in focus for Eurozone data, with the final reading of September Eurozone HICP at 1000BST which is expected to remain at +0.9% (+0.9% flash). Final Core Eurozone HICP is expected to be confirmed at +1.0% (+1.0% flash, up from +0.9% final in August). The US consumer is again the key today with US Retail Sales (ex-autos) at 1330BST which is expected to grow by +0.2% for the month of September (after a flat 0.0% in August).
Chart of the Day – German DAX
A massive rally on DAX in the past week has now seen a breakout (on an intraday basis) to new 2019 highs. It seems that the prospect of a Brexit deal has the DAX bulls all giddy, resulting in another strong bull candle as a breakout above 12,655 has come. Although futures are a shade lower initially today, intraday weakness is being bought into now. There is technical upside potential too, with the momentum indicators accelerating into strong configuration. The daily RSI into the mid-60s, whilst a bull cross on daily MACD and Stochastics pushing above 80. A 950 tick two week rally in late August shows that the buying pressure can take the DAX on a big run once momentum takes hold. The bullish filling of another gap from yesterday’s open reflects the strength in the market now. The next step is to close a breakout above 12,655, however, initially today, the hourly chart shows 12,590/12,655 is now a near term support band that the bulls will want to hold. Holding above the old gap at 12,511 (and previous breakout at 12,495) will maintain near term bull control. Above 12,655 opens 12,740 as initial support but the July 2018 high of 12,887 is the next key resistance.
There was a decisive positive reaction on EUR yesterday to the news that a Brexit deal was progressing. The inference for the outlook on EUR/USD is that the recent recovery is on track. The two week uptrend was tested yesterday but just held on and with the market again closing above the $1.1000/$1.1025 breakout band, the outlook continues to improve. However, there is still a degree of consolidation to recent candles, which are hanging on rather than pressuring overhead supply. The strength of the medium term momentum configuration leaves a positive bias, but the need for a positive candlestick is growing now. Resistance at $1.1060 needs to be broken to open the next phase of recovery to then challenge the key resistance at $1.1100. Support is now in place with yesterday’s low at $1.0990 and a breach would begin to seriously question near to medium term recovery prospects.
Newsflow on the progress of a Brexit deal is everything for sterling over the coming days. Once more the hourly chart shows that we saw little real direction until news broke of potential for a deal this week and bang, sterling shot 175 pips higher. The market is now consolidating again, waiting for the next snippet of progress or possibly lack of. Huge bull candles in the past few sessions show the pathway since Thursday and Cable has added over 600 pips at its peak. Resistance at $1.2785 is being tested, but a breakout would open $1.3000. The market has just drifted off in the Asian session (on a lack of expected update from Brexit negotiations overnight). There is likely to be the next move at some stage this morning, so strap yourselves in for the next twist and turn of the roller coaster ride. Initial support at $1.2705 but technicals matter little at this stage.
The elevate prospect of a Brexit deal is having a key impact on risk appetite. A key turnaround in the outlook for a deal has driven Dollar/Yen to a decisive breakout above 108.50. This now means that the more considerable resistance of the early summer pivot at 109.00 is now to be tested. This is continuing a run of higher daily lows over the past six sessions, showing that intraday weakness remains a chance to buy. Momentum is well positioned for a test of 109.00, even if there has been a minor slip back in the early moves this morning. Weakness remains a chance to buy. The hourly chart shows a band of initial support 108.45/108.60 today whilst the bulls remain in control above 108.00. The resistance at 109.00 is crucial on a medium term basis as a breakout would be a four month high, but also be a decisive signal of ongoing recovery potential.