10:00 GMT- Apr 7 (global-view.com) Forex markets are digesting the slew of items released over the past few days after the Easter break. News highlights today have been the outcome of the Bank of Japan policy meeting (rates unchanged) and Services PMIs from Europe (flash estimate revised higher) and U.K. 9weaker than expected. Highlights from the U.S. today will be the outcome of the 10-yr bond auction and a speech by Fed Chairman Bernanke. The EURUSD yesterday had been weighed down by a report on the Greek sovereign debt front which has not seen any follow through today. As noted yesterday, USD sentiment has already been developing positively, but that improved sentiment could be slowing today.
As for the FOMC minutes were released yesterday it seemed the central bank is starting to extricate itself from the extended period language straight-jacket. Such would be sensible if they are considering hiking rates in September or in 4Q10. We do not read much more in the notes.
The EURUSD is steady and the EURGBP is up. The GBPUSD has fallen after a weaker than expected U.K. March Services PMl. The Eurozone March flash Services PMI was revised higher. In the U.K., yesterday PM Gordon Brown formally called for a general election on May 6. Polls have been mixed. For the next month, the GBP will be vulnerable to the next headline.
The EURCHF is steady. The SNB surprised the market last Thursday after the EURCHF tumbled to new record lows. The central bank intervened not only in the EURCHF cross but in the dollar legs of that relationship as well. The chronic weakness of the EUR vs. the CHF continues to be a bad omen for the EUR.
The USDJPY pair is modestly higher, and the EURJPY cross is better. BOJ Governor Shirakawa said the economy has been picking up after its meeting today. Nevertheless, its focus remains on combating deflation. There remains persistent talk that much JPY are in the wings ready to be sold for various technical reasons.
.The risk trades continue to send mixed signals. The commodity currencies (CAD, AUD and NZD) are mixed. Comments by Canadian Finance Minister Flaherty late Tuesday suggested not too much concern about the strength of the currency. A major focus of his comments was the orderliness of the move. A stronger currency takes the pressure off the central bank to tighten policy. Oil and gold are lower.
Far East equities were higher. European bourses are mixed. U.S. equities are down. In U.S. Treasuries, the focus is on the 10-yr note and the psychological 4.00% level. The U.S. 10-yr was last 3.94%, -2 bps. Bonds are a counter to risk trades because risk investments must somehow be financed. When the cost of money moves up (higher interest rates), the return and allure of risk trades falls.
UPCOMING DATA HIGHLIGHTS:In North America , the Canadian Ivey PMI is due.U.S.releases weekly mortgage statistics, weekly crude and will hold a 10-yr auction.
Bernanke is slated to speak as well.
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