DXY Slides, AUD Jumps, Stocks Soar; US PCE Index Slows

The Dollar
Index (DXY) extended its slide, easing 0.20% to 101.58 from 101.77 after a key
US inflation rate rose to its smallest increase since November 2020. The US
Personal Consumption Price Index (PCE) rose just 0.2% in April down from the
previous month’s 0.9% and lower than economist’s forecasts at 0.8%.


report is the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation indicator. On an annual
basis, US PCE eased to 6.3% from 6.6%. US April Core PCE, which strips volatile
food and energy costs, was up 4.9% year-on-year, from 5.2%. Wall Street stocks
soared with the DOW settling 1.49% higher to 32,587 (32,097 Friday) while the
S&P 500 gained 2.04% to 4,053 (3,973).


The rise in
risk sentiment boosted the Australian Dollar (AUD/USD) up to 0.7160 from 0.7097
Friday, finishing as best performing FX. The Kiwi (NZD/USD), considered the
smaller cousin to the Aussie, rallied to 0.6535 (0.6485 Friday). Sterling
(GBP/USD) edged higher to 1.2615 from 1.2600 on Friday while the Euro (EUR/USD)
saw modest gains, finishing at 1.0737 (1.0720 Friday).


Against the
Japanese Yen, the Greenback (USD/JPY) dipped to 127.00 from 127.12. The Dollar
was lower against most of the Asian and Emerging Market Currencies. USD/CNH
(Dollar-Offshore Chinese Yuan) slid to 6.7310 from Friday’s opening at 6.7650.
Against the Singapore Dollar, the Greenback dipped to 1.3700 from 1.3732 while
USD/THB (Dollar-Thai Baht) fell to 34.07 (34.22).


Global bond
yields were mostly lower. The benchmark US 10-year treasury rate dipped to
2.74% (2.75%). Germany’s 10-year Bund yield was last at 0.96% from 0.99%.


economic data released on Friday saw Japan’s Tokyo Core CPI in May up at 1.9%,
matching April’s rise of 1.9%, but lower than median estimates at 2.0%.
Australia’s April Retail Sales rose 0.9%, matching estimates (0.9%) but lower
than March’s 1.6%. Spain’s April Retail Sales rose to 1.5% from a previous fall
of -4.1%, beating forecasts of -1.9%.


US monthly
Core PCE rose 0.3% from a previous 0.3%, matching expectations at 0.3%. US
April Personal Spending climbed to 0.9%, beating estimates at 0.7% while
Personal Income dipped to 0.4% from expectations at 0.5%. The University of
Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index fell to 58.4 from 65.2, and lower than
forecasts at 59.1.


EUR/USD – Against the broadly
weaker US Dollar, the shared currency climbed to 1.0737 at the close of trade
on Friday, up from its open at 1.0720. Overnight, the EUR/USD pair traded to a
fresh monthly high at 1.0765, before easing to settle lower. Overnight low
traded was at 1.0725.


AUD/USD – The Australian Battler
rebounded against the generally softer Greenback and improved risk sentiment.
At the close of New York, the AUD/USD pair settled at 0.7160 (0.7097 Friday).
Overnight high traded for the Aussie Dollar was at 0.7169.


USD/JPY – In more subdued, end of
week trade, the Greenback dipped to 127.00 from Friday’s open at 127.12.
Overnight, the USD/JPY pair traded to a high at 127.17 while the overnight low
recorded was at 126.95.


GBP/USD – The British Pound rose
modestly against the Dollar to 1.2615 from 1.2600 Friday. Overnight high traded
was at 1.2668 while the overnight low recorded was at 1.2593. There were no
major economic data releases out of the UK on Friday.


On the
Lookout: Ahead
of this week’s economic data dump, today’s calendar is light. There are no
major data releases out of Australia, New Zealand, and Asia today. US markets
will be partially open as the country celebrates its Memorial Day holiday.
Europe kicks off with German April Import Prices (m/m f/c 2% from a previous
5.7%; y/y f/c 32% from 31.2 % – ACY Finlogix). Switzerland follows with its May
KOF Leading Indicators (f/c 102.3 from previous 101.7 – ACY Finlogix).


The Eurozone
is next with its May Economic Sentiment Index (f/c 104.9 from 105.00 – ACY
Finlogix), Eurozone May Industrial Sentiment (f/c 7.5 from previous 7.9 – ACY
Finlogix). Germany follows with its Preliminary May Inflation Rate (m/m f/c
0.5% from 0.8%; y/y f/c 7.6% from 7.4% – ACY Finlogix). Canada rounds up
today’s data releases with its Current Account (f/c +CAD 3.2 billion from
previous -CAD 0.8 billion – ACY Finlogix).


ahead this week, Wednesday (1 June) sees Australia’s CPI and China’s Caixin
Manufacturing PMI. Thursday (2 June) in early Sydney sees the Bank of Canada’s
Interest rate meeting where the BOC is expected to hike its overnight rate for
the second consecutive time. Friday (3 June) sees the US Non-Farms Payrolls
report. The US also releases its Treasury Currency Report.


Perspective: Expect a tentative start to all markets in Asia today. The
risk-on theme should see Asian stocks to a firm start. In FX, the US Dollar
will trade mixed, albeit with a generally softer bias. US treasury bond yields
finished lower with the benchmark 10-year rate down 10 basis points from a week
ago. The Dollar Index (DXY) finished at a one month low on Friday at 101.50. A
moth ago, the DXY was at 103.70.


The drop in
the US PCE, which is known to be the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation
indicator, may see the US central bank consider a pause in its rate increases.
From inflation, markets will now focus on the US employment report for April
which will see any further Greenback weakness limited. Expect FX volatility,
which took a breather on Friday, to pick up again this week. Keep those tin
helmets handy.


EUR/USD – The shared currency had
a good bounce on Friday, finishing in New York at 1.0737 (1.0720 Friday).
Overnight, the Euro soared to a one-month high at 1.0765 before easing. For
today, immediate resistance lies at 1.0750 followed by 1.0780 and 1.0810. On
the downside, we find immediate support at 1.0700, 1.0670 and 1.0640. Look for
consolidation today in a likely range of 1.0670-1.0770. Prefer to sell rallies.


AUD/USD – The Aussie Battler
jumped to an overnight high at 0.7170 in choppy trade before settling to close
at 0.7160 in New York. Immediate resistance today lies at 0.7180 followed by
0.7210 and 0.7240. On the downside, we can find immediate support at 0.7120
followed by 0.7090 and 0.7060. Look for the Aussie to consolidate, likely range
0.7090-0.7170. Preference is to sell rallies.

(Source: Finlogix.com)


USD/JPY – Against the Japanese
Yen, the Greenback edged lower to 127.00 from 127.12 on Friday. Overnight low
traded was at 126.70 while the high recorded was at 127.40. On the day, we can
find immediate support at 126.70 followed by 126.40. Immediate resistance lies
at 127.30 followed by 127.60 and 127.90. Look for this currency pair to trade a
likely 126.70-127.70 range today. Preference is to buy dips.


GBP/USD – Sterling also
benefitted from overall US Dollar weakness, closing at 1.2615 from Friday’s
open at 1.2600. Overnight high traded was at 1.2638. For today, we can find
immediate resistance at 1.2640 followed by 1.2670 and 1.2700. Immediate support
lies at 1.2590, 1.2560 and 1.2530. Look for further choppy trade in this
currency pair, with the likely range today between 1.2570-1.2670. Preference is
to sell into Sterling strength.


Have a good
trading week ahead all. Happy Monday.


This article was written by Michael Moran, ACY Senior
Currency Strategist at ACY Securities.


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