10:00 GMT- Apr 13 (global-view.com) The forex trading focus today is still on the debt situation in Greece with the government issuing 26- and 52-week bills a short while ago. These auctions were well over subscribed but the yields, 4.55% and 4.85%, were seen as high when the government will have to step forward and borrow longer term funds. The EU backstop package announced yesterday would provide funds at 5.00%. Analysts are saying that it is inevitable that the government will be forced to tap this source of funds or partially default within a year. The EURUSD is off its highs of the day on the news.
The EURUSD is now steady in the day and the EURGBP is down. The GBPUSD is up. The Greek short-term bill auction was well subscribed but its yield was disappointingly high.
In the U.K., the general election is May 6. The vote has markets waiting every day for new headlines. This goes on for the next three weeks. Although most polls favor the Tories, opinion poll results have been mixed.
We still maintain a cautiously bearish bias for the EURUSD and GBPUSD. The EURGBP is a toss-up.
The EURCHF is down. Some report that the SNB has changed tactics and that it has has been in the markets supporting the EUR vs. the CHF much of the time. The recent relentless weakness of the EUR vs. the CHF continues to be a bad omen for the EUR.
The USDJPY pair is easier, and the EURJPY cross is up. The government continues to pressure the Bank of Japan to stimulate growth and favors an easier exchange rate. Some traders have been focused intently on the Japanese vs. U.S. 2-yr note spread (only the U.S. 2-yr moves much).
Chatter that there is a lot of yen waiting in the wings ready to be sold persists. We remain bullish USDJPY, but EURJPY is a tough call. Some say that an expected CNY revaluation would give the JPY a lift, but we would be surprised if the exchange rate is raised by more than a token amount.
The commodity currencies (CAD, AUD and NZD) are mixed. Recent comments by Canadian Finance Minister Flaherty recently suggest little concern about the strength of the currency. A strong currency eases the pressure from the central bank to tighten policy too early. Oil and gold are down. We continue to favor the AUD and CAD from a fundamental perspective.
Far East equities closed easier. European bourses are down modestly. U.S. equities are lower. In U.S. Treasuries, many are watching the psychological 4.00% level in the 10-yr note. The U.S. 10-yr was last 3.84%, 0 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.
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