Forex Market Commentary and Analysis (12 July 2010)
The euro depreciated vis-√†-vis the U.S. dollar today as the single currency tested bids around the US$ 1.2550
level and was capped around the $1.2645 level. Renewed concerns about eurozone sovereign debt
and stress tests on eurozone banks pushed the common currency lower.Eurozone finance officials are convening in
Brussels today to discuss how much information should be published about the
ability of 91 European banks to absorb losses on sovereign debt holdings.These 91 banks represent approximately 65% of
Europe‚Äôs banking industry.Results on
stress tests are due on 23 July.Also,
the German media reported Germany has proposed a plan to permit the ‚Äúorderly
insolvency‚ÄĚ of countries that would force bondholders to forego claims against
their holdings.A so-called ‚ÄúBerlin Club‚ÄĚ
of nations would oversee insolvencies under Germany‚Äôs plan.The European Central Bank last week purchased
the least amount of bonds since its asset-purchase program began on 10
May.Data to be released in the eurozone
tomorrow inclue the EMU-16 July ZEW survey, German June wholesale prices, the
German July ZEW survey, and the French June consumer price index.Data released in France today saw the May
current account deficit widen to -‚ā¨4.5 billion.In U.S. news, Federal Reserve
Chairman Bernanke called for ways to stimulate small business lending, noting
borrowing is ‚Äúvery difficult‚ÄĚ for small businesses.Traders will pay attention to the Senate
confirmation hearings of three nominees for Fed governorships including San Francisco
Fed President Yellen who has been nominated to become the next Vice
Chairman.Data to be released in the
U.S. tomorrow include the May trade balance and June NFIB small business
optimism.Euro offers are cited
around the US$ 1.2830 level.
The yen appreciated vis-√†-vis the U.S. dollar today as the
greenback tested bids around the ¬•88.50 level and was capped around
the ¬•89.15 level. The big news in Japan
this weekend was the Democratic Party of Japan‚Äôs electoral loss in upper house
elections.DPJ‚Äôs loss may increase
pressure on Bank of Japan to enact more steps to counter deflation, possibly
including an increase in the amount of Japanese government bonds the central
bank purchases.One major reason why DPJ
lost the election involved Prime Minister Kan‚Äôs call for a national debate on
whether or not to raise the 5% sales tax to reduce the country‚Äôs debt.Kan will now be forced to involve smaller
political groups in his coalition to retain a political majority and pass
legislation.BoJ‚Äôs Policy Board convenes
this week and is expected to keep its benchmark overnight unsecured call rate
unchanged at 0.10%.Notably, core
consumer prices have fallen for fifteen consecutive months.Japan‚Äôs debt rating could be negatively impacted
by the DPJ‚Äôs loss because it could lead to political gridlock and an inability
to pass legislation that seeks to reduce Japan‚Äôs bloated debt.Data released in Japan today saw the June
domestic corporate goods price index decline 0.4% m/m and increase 0.5%
y/y.Data to be released tomorrow
include May industrial production, May capacity utilization, and June consumer
confidence.The Nikkei 225 stock index lost
0.39% to close at ¬•9,548.11.U.S. dollar
bids are cited around the ¬•86.29 level.The euro
moved lower vis-√†-vis the yen as the single currency tested bids around the
¬•111.10 level and was capped around the ¬•112.35 level.The
British pound moved lower vis-√†-vis the yen as sterling tested bids around
the ¬•132.55 level while the Swiss franc moved
lower vis-√†-vis the yen and tested bids around the ¬•82.95 level. In Chinese news, the U.S. dollar depreciated
vis-√†-vis the Chinese yuan as the greenback closed at CNY 6.7711 in the
over-the-counter market, down from CNY 6.7730. Data released in China overnight saw June NDRC
housing prices decrease to 11.4 from the prior reading of 12.4.These data are important because they mean
Chinese property prices ended fifteen consecutive months of gains and bank
lending was reduced last month.This
could lead to lower overall inflation.Chinese GDP for the April-to-June quarter is due to be announced on 15
July and many economists believe it may have exceeded 10% for a third
consecutive quarter.Other data released
overnight saw China‚Äôs foreign exchange reserves climb 0.29% in the second
quarter, the smallest increase in eleven years.China‚Äôs official reserve holdings are now about US$ 2.454 trillion.People‚Äôs Bank of China official Li Daokui
reported China‚Äôs H2 trade surplus will likely be in line with the surplus registered
in the first half.Data to be released
in China next week include the June trade balance.
British pound depreciated vis-√†-vis the U.S. dollar today as cable tested bids
around the US$ 1.4945 level and was capped around the US$ 1.5075 figure. Data released in the U.K. today saw Q1 gross
domestic product come in as expected at +0.3% q/q and off 0.2% y/y.Also, the Q1 current account deficit widened
substantially to -¬£9.6 billion from the previous print of -¬£1.7 billion.Data to be released tonight in the U.K.
include the BRC June retail sales monitor and the RICS June house price
balance.Data to be released tomorrow
include June CPI, June retail prices, May DCLG house prices, and June consumer
confidence.Cable bids are cited around
the US$ 1.4620 level.The euro depreciated vis-√†-vis the
British pound as the single currency tested bids around the ¬£0.8360 level and
was capped around the ¬£0.8420 level.
franc depreciated vis-√†-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested offers
around the CHF 1.0675 level and was supported around the CHF 1.0545 level. Data to be released in Switzerland tomorrow
include June producer and import prices while the July ZEW survey will be
released on Thursday.Swiss National
Bank President Hildebrand last week said he is ‚Äúclosely monitoring‚ÄĚ the franc,
adding its fluctuation has ‚Äúclearly increased.‚ÄĚ Most dealers believe SNB has been forced to intervene
less on account of all of the euro-denominated assets on its balance sheet but
some note the SNB will likely continue to intervene at opportune levels.U.S. dollar offers are cited around the CHF
1.0980 level.The euro depreciated vis-√†-vis the Swiss franc as the single
currency tested bids around the CHF 1.3300 figure while the British pound moved higher vis-√†-vis the Swiss franc and tested
offers around the CHF 1.5995 level.
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