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The British pound catches a bid following this month’s unemployment data

The market’s focus today will be around the US inflation data as described in the CPI reports. The start of the US session is an hour after the release, so we should be aware of any gaps between last night’s US closing price level and today’s US opening price. The rebound in the equities markets last night has now created a decent weekly opening range to trade from, with a break of yesterday’s low very bearish in my opinion. The US dollar is mixed at the start of the London session and the pound could be the safest long this morning.

Market Brief

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe last night gave a speech during the Asia-Pac session and stated that while the outbreak of the coronavirus Delta variant is a significant setback for the Australian economy, he still believes economic growth will be stronger again in 2022. At the last monthly RBA board meeting, the central bank went ahead with their tapering of assets to keep borrowing rates low but was perceived to be more dovish as they reduced to $4 billion rather than the expected $5 billion. However, it will review this program in February rather than November as earlier announced.

"By February we will know more about how the economy is responding to the easing of restrictions than we will know in November."

The AUDUSD has struggled to get above the 20 and 50 daily exponential moving averages, so we could be in for a dip to one of the balance areas or maybe the recent swing low to see if more buyers can be attracted to this pair. If there were to be a significant drop in the US dollar index, that may be enough to get the Aussie moving higher for those looking for reasons to stick with a long position.

The Australian dollar is relatively weak against the other currencies in the heatmap while the GBP is the strongest. The commodity pairs are generally red, so this is a moderately risk-off start to the day until the yen confirms that there is a move into the safe-havens.

The GBPUSD found support at the projected weekly pivot yesterday and following on from the good UK unemployment data which showed the rate fell to 4.6% in Q2 2021, in line with market expectations, the pound is trading above yesterday’s highs and heading towards 1.389 level that we have had on the charts for a week.

Again, for this currency pair to reach the significant swing highs and show a trend reversal, the DXY will need to drop. UK average earnings came in as expected and the unemployment rate is still above the pre-pandemic levels. Good news came in from the claimant count for unemployment change, which was down -58.6k showing a more resilient employment forecast.

The Japanese yen is under pressure after industrial production data showed a decrease of 1.5% month-on-month. The figure was in line with expectations with July’s index coming in at 100.4. On a monthly basis, the index of shipments and the inventories index both contracted by 0.6%, while the inventory rate grew by 1.2%.

Following on from hurricane Ida which caused an estimated $20-$30 billion worth of damage, the hurricane season continues with hurricane Nichols. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Tuesday that Hurricane Nicholas had made landfall along the Texan coast, with "heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surge ongoing." The storm's classification was officially upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane not long before landfall, with wind speeds of 75 mph.

This afternoon the markets will be focusing on the US inflation data, with CPI month-on-month and core CPI likely to show inflation maintaining above target levels.

If CPI stays above 5.4% the markets will renew their calls for a Fed November taper, anything less will make the US dollar seem a little less attractive.


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