ForexLive European FX news wrap: Dollar, yen gain on softer risk mood 0 (0)

Headlines:

  • Aussie and kiwi technicals begin to crack again
  • USD/JPY pulled back towards 135.00 as the weekend draws near
  • GBP/USD has its sights set on 1.2000 again
  • Reminder: It will be a US holiday on Monday
  • Eurozone June preliminary CPI +8.6% vs +8.4% y/y expected
  • Eurozone June final manufacturing PMI 52.1 vs 52.0 prelim
  • UK June final manufacturing PMI 52.8 vs 53.4 prelim

Markets:

  • JPY leads, AUD lags on the day
  • European equities lower; S&P 500 futures down 0.6%
  • US 10-year yields down 2.4 bps to 2.950%
  • Gold down 1.1% to $1,786.92
  • WTI crude up 2.4% to $108.31
  • Bitcoin up 2.1% to $19,140

The selling in equities continues to play out even as we begin the new month/quarter, and that is weighing on the overall mood in markets. The 4th of July weekend coming up in the US may not leave much appetite for a switch in sentiment, so there’s that to consider for now.

In any case, stock futures were heavily sold coming into European trading with S&P 500 futures falling down by 45 points, or 1.3%, before cash markets opened in Europe. That set up for a sour time when the opening bell struck but stocks managed to pare some losses with regional indices turning higher for a brief period.

But as we look towards US trading now, risk appetite is sapped again and European stocks are lower with US futures modestly softer as well. S&P 500 futures are down 22 points, or 0.6%, currently.

The mood in Treasuries also pointed to a more risk-off tendency with yields keeping lower again. 10-year Treasury yields are keeping below 3% and that continues to keep the yen more bid ahead of the weekend.

USD/JPY fell from 135.20 to 134.75 early on before picking up to keep around 135.10-30 levels at the moment.

Elsewhere, the dollar strengthened across the board with the pound and the antipodeans suffering a brutal beatdown. GBP/USD fell hard from 1.2130 to 1.2030 while AUD/USD and NZD/USD are both facing key technical breaks to the downside with the former slipping by 120 pips to below 0.6800 (weakest since June 2020) and the latter down 85 pips 0.6156 (weakest since May 2020) on the day.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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Gold tumbles below $1,800 to fresh lows since January 5 (1)

The drop in the middle of May was thwarted as buyers held their ground at the $1,800 mark before the daily close. But now with the dollar going from strength to strength, even gold is finding it tough to stay afloat as commodities in general (industrial metals especially) are struggling over the past few weeks. It looks like precious metals are being hit hard this week with silver down 3% today to below $20 and its lowest since July 2020. Meanwhile, platinum has fallen to $860 and that is the lowest since November 2020.

Going back to gold, there is some light support around the swing region at $1,780-82 but further support is only seen out at the swing region around $1,753-59. Beyond that, the September 2021 lows around $1,721 will be the next target before $1,700.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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GBP/USD has its sights set on 1.2000 again 0 (0)

You’d be hard-pressed to find a day where the pound isn’t acting somewhat like a commodity currency these days. On a day where the aussie and kiwi are slumping as the technicals start to crack, the pound is also struggling being dumpstered.

Cable is down 0.9% to 1.2064 now as sellers resume the downside momentum and go in search of a push towards 1.2000 again.

Although the risk mood has improved considerably since the start of the session, there hasn’t been much change to sentiment in the major currencies space. The aussie and kiwi are hammered hard while the dollar and yen are firmer across the board. That is weighing on cable with a drop of over 100 pips today.

As mentioned before in the past two weeks, the defining range for cable is between 1.2000 and 1.2400. It looks like we could see sellers poised to try and test the former and a break below that will exacerbate further weakness for the pair with the March 2020 lows between 1.1410 to 1.1500 next in the firing line.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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Unsuccessful Bitcoin Pump 0 (0)

Bitcoin was
down 7.2% on Thursday, ending it at around $18,800. Ethereum lost 8.7%, while
other leading altcoins in the top 10 fell from 4.4% (BNB) to 10.6% (Dogecoin).
However, Bitcoin greeted the new day, month and half-year with buying. In a
thin market early in the day with Asia predominantly active, this spurred the
price up 11% to $20,800, quickly deflating to $19,400.

 

In other
words, we see attempts to create the appearance of buying the dip in bitcoin.
Still, the rise in price entails increased selling – a typical sign that
institutional and market professionals are “dumping” the asset to retail
investors guided by the price chart.

 

By Friday,
the cryptocurrency fear and greed index remained unchanged at 11 points
(“extreme fear”).

 

Bitcoin
intensified its decline on Thursday after breaking the $20,000 level. BTC
tested 11-day lows near $18,600 amid a plunge in stock indices.

 

Last month
was one of the worst for bitcoin, with BTC losing 41% of its value, falling
short of historical trends.

 

In terms of
seasonality, July is considered a relative success for BTC. Over the past 11
years, bitcoin has ended the month up seven times and down four times. The
average rise was 22%, and the average decline was 9%. In the first case, BTC
could end July at around $23,000. In the second, it could end July at about
$17,000.

 

According to
Deutsche Bank, Bitcoin could recover to $28,000 by the end of 2022 on the back
of a likely rally in US equities.

 

JPMorgan
Bank believes the crypto market could bottom out soon, after which bitcoin and
other crypto-assets will consolidate. Most traders with margin positions have
already washed out of the market.

 

We continue
to maintain our position that there remains a sellers’ advantage, and the
slowest of them will be careful to sell the crypto market on upside attempts.

 

According to
BitInfoCharts, bitcoin’s fall from historic highs has stripped some 75% of
investors (82,600) of their millionaire status.

 

Pantera
Capital founder Dan Morehead is confident that it’s too early to talk about a
“bottom” of the market. He expects several more defaults by companies in the
sector shortly – similar to the story of Three Arrows Capital.

 

OTC
cryptocurrency dealer Genesis Global Trading could face hundreds of millions of
dollars in losses due to the loss of liquidity of counterparties Three Arrows
Capital and Babel Finance.

 

Lee Reiners,
director of the Center for Global Financial Markets at Duke University in North
Carolina, believes digital currencies have no real value and should be banned.

 

This article was written by FxPro’s Senior Market Analyst Alex
Kuptsikevich.

 

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Equities look to salvage some hope before the weekend 0 (0)

European indices have pared the early declines while US futures have trimmed the drop from earlier with S&P 500 futures now down just 8 points, or 0.2%, after having been down by around 45 points earlier. Here’s a look at the equities space:

  • Eurostoxx +0.1%
  • Germany DAX +0.3%
  • France CAC 40 +0.4%
  • UK FTSE +0.2%
  • S&P 500 futures -0.2%
  • Nasdaq futures -0.3%
  • Dow futures -0.1%

There’s not much of a catalyst for the turnaround but at least investors are not throwing in the towel just yet with there being some slight optimism. I’m still skeptical of the overall mood until we see what Wall Street has to offer, especially with the long weekend looming just around the corner.

This article was written by Justin Low at www.forexlive.com.

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