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Forex Market Commentary and Analysis (27 July 2010)

The euro depreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the single currency tested bids around the US$ 1.2950 level and was capped around the $1.3045 level.  The common currency continues to orbit the psychologically-important US$ 1.3000 figure as traders weigh an improving eurozone sovereign outlook against a deceleration in U.S. economic activity.  Dealers reacted to last Friday’s eurozone bank stress tests results by pushing the euro back above the US$ 1.3000 figure on the perception the European banking system should be able to withstand additional dislocations in the sovereign credit market.  European Central Bank officials talked up the stress tests late last week and yesterday, suggesting the eurozone received more than a passing grade.  Data released in the eurozone today saw the June M3 money supply increase 0.2% y/y and the ECB’s bank lending survey will be released tomorrow.  German data saw the August GfK consumer confidence survey climb significantly to 3.9 from the prior reading of 3.6 and the June import price index was up 0.9% m/m and 9.1% y/y.  Provisional July CPI data will be released tomorrow.  French data saw total June jobseekers off 8,600, an indication of an improving labour market there.  In U.S. news, dealers reacted negatively to a lower-than-expected July consumer confidence print of 50.4, compared with the previous revised total of 54.3.  These data suggest consumer spending may be relatively weak as final private demand is limited by current sentiment.  Other data saw the July Richmond Fed manufacturing index decline to +16 from the prior print of +23 while the May S&P/CaseShiller home price index was up 0.47% m/m and 4.61% y/y.  MBA mortgage applications, June durable goods orders, and the Fed’s Beige Book will be released tomorrow.  Philadelphia Fed President Plosser yesterday suggested the current economic situation does not warrant additional Fed stimulus but added the FOMC is prepared to move if and when needed.  Euro offers are cited around the US$ 1.3265 level. 



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The yen depreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested offers around the ¥87.90 level and was supported around the ¥86.80 level.  Dealers pushed the yen lower today on expectations Bank of Japan could ease monetary policy further.  Demand for Japanese government bonds remains strong and this is a signal that many investors expect Japanese yields could fall further.  There is still talk the government may look to protect the psychologically-important ¥85 handle by selling yen for U.S. dollars or other currencies in what would be the country’s first official yen-selling intervention in several years.  Many BoJ-watchers believe the central bank will maintain its ultra-accommodative monetary policy for at least two more years.  Japanese banks have been investing in longer-dated debt and the swaps market to record profits as yields on five-year JGBs move lower.  Data released in Japan overnight saw the June corporate service price index decline 1.0% y/y, lower than the previous -0.8% May result and the latest evidence that deflation remains a major problem for the Japanese economy.  The Nikkei 225 stock index lost 0.07% to close at ¥9,496.85.  U.S. dollar bids are cited around the ¥86.29 level.   The euro moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as the single currency tested offers around the ¥114.10 level and was supported around the ¥112.75 level.  The British pound moved higher vis-à-vis the yen as sterling tested offers around the ¥136.65 level while the Swiss franc moved lower vis-à-vis the yen and tested bids around the ¥82.30 level. In Chinese news, the U.S. dollar depreciated vis-à-vis the Chinese yuan as the greenback closed at CNY 6.7784 in the over-the-counter market, down from CNY 6.7790.  Data released in China overnight saw the June leading index decline to 102.84 from the revised prior tally of 103.25.  People’s Bank of China reported China’s economic fundamentals remain “good” and said the recent deceleration in economic growth will likely stabilize. 


The British pound appreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as cable tested offers around the US$ 1.5575 level and was supported around the US$ 1.5440 level.  Cable reached its strongest level since February 2010 as traders reacted positively to a surprise +33 print in July CBI reported sales, up from the prior reading of -5.  Additionally, none of the £355 million in corporate bond securities Bank of England said it would purchase in its twice-weekly program was tendered today, the first time investors did not seek a BoE bid since March.  This is indicative of improving sentiment in the credit markets.  A perceived relaxation of terms in the Basel 3 capital accord terms is also supporting sterling.   The key functions of the Financial Services Authority will be relegated to the BoE. Cable bids are cited around the US$ 1.5270 level.  The euro depreciated vis-à-vis the British pound as the single currency tested bids around the £0.8345 level and was capped around the £0.8415 level.



The Swiss franc depreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested offers around the CHF 1.0635 level and was supported around the CHF 1.0480 level.  Data released in Switzerland today saw the June UBS consumption indicator improve to 1.810, up from the revised May result of 1.712 and its highest level since July 2008. Swiss unemployment remains at about half the level as the eurozone’s rate and this is resulting in positive economic activity.  There is some speculation Swiss National Bank may have intervened by selling francs today given the significant move lower for the currency but SNB would not confirm this speculation.  U.S. dollar offers are cited around the CHF 1.0980 level.  The euro appreciated vis-à-vis the Swiss franc as the single currency tested offers around the CHF 1.3795 level while the British pound moved higher vis-à-vis the Swiss franc and tested offers around the CHF 1.6525 level.


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