CAD traders awaiting Canadian Retail Sales & CPI data
Erik Bregar of Exchange Bank of Canada - InsideFutures.com - Fri Oct 19, 8:06AM CDT
Summary
  • USDCAD:All eyes are on Italian debt markets this morning as the BTP/Bund yield blew out +338bp in early trading today. This caused some mild risk off flows (USD positive) at the start of European trade, but USDCAD had already pulled back to trend-line support in the 1.3050s after rejecting trend-line resistance at the 1.3080s earlier. Italian bond spreads have since come back in, which has allowed equities to perk back up and USD sellers back in. USDCAD has now lost the 1.3050s and appears en-route to the 1.3000-1.3010 support region ahead of the Canadian Retail Sales and CPI figures out shortly at 8:30amET. Traders are expecting +0.3% MoM for August Retail Sales and +0.2% ex. Autos. The consensus is +2.7% YoY for September CPI, 0.0% MoM, and +2.0% YoY on core CPI. Expect pressure into 1.2960-80 on good numbers, a bounce up to yesterdays highs on weak numbers, and chop around 1.3050 if we getmixed results.

  • EURUSD:Euro/dollar is trying to bounce with Italian bonds at this hour, as the BTP/Bund spread trades back down to +329bp, but the Italian budget drama with the EU is far from over. More here. USDCNH stalled at the psychological 6.95 level earlier today despite another slight rise in the USDCNY fix last night, which is helping somewhat. We think EURUSD could drift higher to more option expiries at the 1.1500 strike today, but the market needs to hold the 1.1460s. Resistance today is 1.1490s, then the 1.1530s.

  • GBPUSD:Sterling is sitting directionless this morning after the market fell apart again yesterday. The EU summit has come and gone with no progress on Brexit, and if anything we have more uncertainty now. See here, from the BBC, for a nice summary. Open interest at the CME jumped over 5k contracts yesterday, suggesting new shorts piled in. While a close above the 1.3030s (support) would stem the selling temporarily and perhaps give us a bounce, we think the fund shorts remain in charge here sub 1.3100.

  • AUDUSD:Aussie/dollar is trading 0.5% higher again this morning as traders continue to play the 0.7100-0.7150 range. The fact that the market bounced off 0.7090 support just as USDCAD faded resistance in the 1.3080s, in our opinion, helped foment the move this morning. Seeing USDCNH back off 6.95, and now EURUSD and the S&Ps bounce with Italian bonds appeared to be the catalyst for the next wave higher around the 7am hour. We still think the fund short position looks vulnerable here. China reported Q3 GDP of +6.5% YoY last night, slightly less than the +6.6% consensus. Copper has just spiked 1% higher, regaining the 2.76 handle with authority. We continue to observe a bullish inverted head & shoulders pattern on the copper daily, which would gather more validity with a close above 2.80.

  • USDJPY:Dollar/yen has clawed back all of yesterdays losses as we speak, toying with fund longs that appeared to liquidate yet again during yesterdays equity driven selloff down to 111.90-112.00. The BOJs Kuroda spoke overnight, but didnt offer much of substance for markets. With another 1blnUSD+ of options expiring at 112.50 today and EURJPY now breaking down technically (sub 129), we think USDJPY might wander here a little bit.

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