Jeffrey Lacker, the hawkish president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, said he is worried inflation could surge unless the U.S. central bank raises interest rates faster than his fellow policymakers anticipate. Most of the Fed’s policymakers see the central bank raising rates three times this year.
The market ignored hawkish comments from Lacker. The dollar wallowed near seven-week lows in Asian trade on Tuesday, pressured by concerns about the impact of U.S President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade stance.
The benchmark 10-year yield posted its biggest one-day drop in more than two weeks as concerns about the fallout of Trump’s tough stance on trade spurred safe-haven demand for bonds.
Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that an excessively strong dollar was negative in the short term, which put additional pressure on the dollar.
The situation has not changed a lot from yesterday. We see a small retreat in the morning of the European trade, but this does not change an overall bullish structure.
Yield spread between German and U.S. 10-year bonds
EUR/GBP: May must get parliament approval to trigger Brexit
Britain’s pound surged to its highest in five weeks against the USD on Monday as investors priced in a defeat for the government in its appeal against a ruling that forces it to consult parliament before formally triggering EU exit talks in March.
Today the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must get parliament’s approval before she begins Britain’s formal exit from the European Union. We see a ‘buy the rumor, sell the fact’ reaction today as GBP weakens after the court decision.
Recent macroeconomic data from the UK has been broadly mixed, with upbeat wage growth figures offset by weaker hiring and investment numbers. Official national retail sales released on Friday saw the biggest fall since April 2012, dropping 1.9% mom in December.
The EUR/GBP is close to the rising December-January trendline and a close below this trendline may signal a deeper downward move. EUR/GBP bulls need a break above 0.8663/80 resistance area to feel more comfortable with their positions.
Yield spread between German and British 10-year bonds
AUD/USD: Technical analysis suggests a corrective move in the coming days
The Australian dollar touched two-and-a-half month highs on Tuesday as the greenback wallowed on concerns about the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade stance. Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies even as China’s influence in the region rises.
CPI numbers tonight in Australia are set to confirm the general theme seen in the fourth quarter 2016 in most countries, i.e. an acceleration of inflation, mostly driven by higher oil prices and therefore boosting primarily the headline indices.
The Aussie dollar has run very fast so far this month, which may trigger some profit taking from time to time, especially if macroeconomic data disappoint.
The AUD/USD struggles to hold gains on rallies toward 0.7600. A doji candlestick on Friday and long upper wick on today’s candle suggest a corrective move may be coming.
Yield spread between Australian and U.S. 10-year bonds
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