Market Update – April 13 – Inflation & Earnings come into focus

Yields lost their bid, USD held onto gains, Stocks were lifted by the hot US CPI (8.5% at new 40-yr high headline data, only to close the day in the red as the CORE figure missed and suggested the top for inflation may be coming sooner than expected. JPY (weak data) & EUR (Putin saying talks at “dead-end”). NZD jumped as RBNZ raise rates by 50bp (largest in 22-years). Oil recovers $100, Gold moves higher again.

Stocks closed marginally lower after strong start. Asia markets stronger (Nikkei +1.68%) & UK & European FUTS marginally higher
Yields rally cooled, 10-yr from top at 2.836% to close at 2.727% & now at 2.738%.
EUR fell again after Putin comments.
USD holds bid, NZD broke 0.6900 briefly as RBNZ said they were not changing their outlook, but just bringing forward the rate hike cycle.
Oil  continued to recover and holds over $100 – Shanghai lockdowns ease further but record levels on new COVID infections nationwide. 

Biden said Russia has committed Genocide, (additional $750m military aid to Ukraine to  come) Putin said Russia will achieve its aims in Ukraine and that talks “have again returned to a dead-end situation for us”. Johnson & Sunak refuse to resign after being fined by the London Met. Police for breaking lockdown rules. More fines to come potentially.  Brainard, (Fed Vice Chair), Birkin & Bullard all agreed that aggressive rate hikes were required. However disagree what happens afterwards – Brainard – sees weaker inflation and a return to pre-pandemic conditions. Birkin & Bullard see inflation particularly wage inflation being “sticky” fro much longer.

Overnight JPY Machine Orders & Money Supply  miss significantly  –9.8% vs. -1.5%. China  Trade Balance (surplus) more than doubles, Exports beat, Imports surprisingly fall. UK Inflation at 30-yr high CPI, (7.0%) CORE (5.7%) RPI (9.0%) & PPI 19.2% – all stronger than expected.

USDIndex rallied to test new high 100.42 , trades at 100.34 now.
US Yields 10-yr closed lower at 2.727%, up again now to 2.824%.
EquitiesUSA500 -15.08 (-0.34%) at 4397. (A breach of 4400)  –  US500 FUTS 4418. TWTR (-5.38%) – Earnings Season kicks off today.
USOil – Trades at $100.30 following a rally to $102.00, Shanghai eases some lockdowns.
Gold – held $1950 yesterday and tested next resistance at $1975, back to $1970 now.   
Bitcoin continued to decline from key 45k to test 39k zone, recovered to 40k now. 
FX marketsEURUSD back to test 1.0810 earlier, (5-wk lows) now 1.0830. USDJPY breaks 126.00 trade at 126.15 and Cable sinks back to test 1.2985 as USD bid continues and very hot inflation data weighs. 

European Open – Asian stock markets mostly managed gains as markets digested US inflation data that weren’t quite as bad as feared, especially in the core reading.  Mainland China bourses struggled though, as hope of easing virus restrictions faded and after trade data showed unexpected weakness in imports, which left the trade surplus higher than anticipated, but added to concern that the domestic economy is struggling with the official “No-Covid” policy. The CSI 300 is currently down -0.3%, the Hang SEng up 0.6%, however, with tech stocks recovering. 

Today – US PPI, New Zealand Manufacturing PMI, BoC Policy Announcement, IEA OMR, Earnings from BlackRock, Delta Air Lines, JPMorgan.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) EURNZD (+0.77%) Recovering from 4-day decline to below 0.6900 at 0.6893 earlier to 0.6935 now. Next resistance 0.6950 & 0.6970. MAs aligned higher, MACD signal line & histogram moving higher but below 0, RSI 56.50 & rising, H1 ATR 0.00105, Daily ATR 0.00685.

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Stuart Cowell

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