Flight to safety flows lead the forex market today
The JPY is the strongest and the AUD is the weakest as North American traders enter for the day. The moves in the forex, are the usual flight to safety ones. The USD and the CHF are just behind the JPY as the strongest. The commodity currencies are getting hit. China worries from regulation along with Covid concerns are drivers. The Fed minutes showed the Fed is moving toward a taper, timing is still not set in stone but possible by year end. Next week, Fed Chair Powell speaks at Jackson Hole (August 26-28). The market will certainly be focused on his words for any clues to a more specific taper schedule. He may defer to the September meeting too, and if there is more unrest in the market and the risk of the Delta variant increase, it may feed into his more dovish hands. Stocks are lower for the 3rd day in a row (Nasdaq for the 4th). The treasury yields are lower with the benchmark 10 year yield down about 5 basis points. For the time being today, it is flight to relative safety flows.
At 8:30 AM ET/1230 GMT, the weekly US unemployment claims will be released with expectations of 362K vs 375K last week. The jobless claims coincides with the typical payroll survey period.
The Philly Fed manufacturing index will also be released with expectations of 23.2 versus 21.9 last month.
In Canada the ADP nonfarm employment change estimate will be released last month the jobs data showed a -294.2 K value.
Later at 10 AM ET/1400 GMT, the US leading index is expected to show a 0.7% gain. Mortgage delinquencies will also be released. Last month the number came in at 6.38%.
No Fed members are expected to be speaking today, but you never know when one may show up in the media.
Looking at other markets as the North American session begins:
- Spot gold is trading near unchanged at $1787.08
- Spot silver is down $0.16 or -0.68% at $23.32
- WTI crude oil futures are down $1.53 or -2.37% at $63.05. That’s the lowest level since May 21
- Bitcoin is trading down around $500 and $44,168
In the premarket for US stocks, the major indices are trading lower
- Dow -351 points after yesterday’s -382 point decline
- S&P index -40 points after yesterday’s -47.81 point decline
- NASDAQ -106 points after yesterday’s -130 point decline
In the European equity markets, the major indices are tumbling lower:
- German DAX -1.9%
- France’s CAC -2.68%
- UK’s FTSE 100 -2.0%
- Spain’s ibex -1%
- Italy’s FTSE MIB -1.8%
In the US debt market, the tenure yield is down -4.8 basis points. The 30 year bond yield is down -5.9 basis points.
In the European debt market, yields are mostly higher despite the run lower in stocks. No flight into the relative safety of the German 10 year today.