Markets go risk-on after more Chinese intervention
Erik Bregar of Exchange Bank of Canada - InsideFutures.com - Tue Feb 04, 9:23AM CST

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A couple of negative coronavirus headlines out of the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) was enough to make markets go into risk-off again during NY trade yesterday. CDC said it confirmed the second person-to-person transmission of the virus and it also said its preparing as if the coronavirus is the next pandemic. The US 10yr yield fell swiftly back to Fridays lows, crude oil prices fell another 3%, and USDCAD blasted through the 1.3250s resistance level.

All this is being dialed back today howeverafter China unleashed another liquidity bazooka overnight. A day after injecting 1.2 trillion yuan into repo markets, the PBOC injected another 400bln. The USDCNY fix was set at 6.9779, which was much lower than the yuan's official close yesterday above 7.0000. What is more, we saw two Chinese state media outlets urge investors not to panic over the plunge in mainland markets a day earlier. Moreherefrom CNBC.If we combine this with last nights RBA statement (that didnt seem too concerned about the coronavirus outbreak) and this mornings better than expected January Construction PMI out of the UK, traders have a lot of positive soundbites they can point to for todays risk-on moves. Global equities, crude oil, the Chinese yuan and commodity currencies are rallying while bonds, gold, the JPY, and even the EUR (given its recent correlation to gold) are declining.

USDCAD has pulled back to test chart support in the 1.3270s as a result andtraders are now awaiting the US Factory Orders data for December at 10amET (+1.2% MoM expected vs -0.7% previously).

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Yesterdays CDC driven risk-off move got EURUSD back into the 1.1050-80s range by the NY close, but the overnight pressure on gold prices and some looming option expiries at the 1.1030-40 strikes for today (1blnEUR) are now pulling the market back below it. We think this technical development now introduces a relatively wider trading range that could see the market retest support down in the 1.1010-20s. We could see a little bit of influence on the market this morning from the US Factory Orders report but we think the overall risk tone, and how it affects US yields/gold prices, will be the dominant driver for EURUSD as we head intotomorrows final January Services PMI report for Germany (3:55amET).

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Sterling recorded an awful close yesterday by ending NY trade well below chart support in the 1.3030-40s. This was the cue for more sellers to enter in the overnight sessionand their mission de-jour seemed to be taking out sell stops below the 1.2960s in early London trade. We saw a bounce in GBPUSD once this was over and then a recovery rally after the UK reported a better than expected Construction PMI number for January (48.4 vs 46.6). This rally has since extended all the way back to the 1.3030-40s and this area is now acting as resistance on the charts.

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The Australian dollar is finally bouncing this morning, andwe think this because the Reserve Bank of Australia indeed didnt raise any alarm bells with regard to the coronavirus in its post-meeting press release yesterday. In the midst of announcing an expected hold to Australian interest rates, the RBA said the coronavirus outbreak will temporarily weigh on domestic growth, and thatit is too early to determine how long-lasting the impact will be. Full press releasehere. Traders vaulted the market off the 0.6770-80s support level and theyre nowbattling it out at trend-line chart resistance in the 0.6720s (where buyers have failed twice already in early European trade today).

The OIS market is still retaining a modest easing bias for the RBA heading into the March 3rdmeeting (23% odds), but this statement doesn't give us anyimpression that the Australian central bank is in a rush to anything right now.With interest rates having already been reduced to a very low level and recognizing the long and variable lags in the transmission of monetary policy, the Board decided to hold the cash rate steady at this meeting.We think a NY close above the 0.6720s could spur further short covering from the fund community.

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USDJPY

Dollar/yen is rallying handsomely this morning as traders with a risk-on thesis have plenty of supporting arguments to cling to today. We now have over 20k infections and 426 deaths in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, a nation in urgent need of medical supplies, and now 41 casinos shutting down in Macau just to be safe, but dont worrythe Chinese authorities say not to panic.

Its sort of comical to think that the Chinese can intervene their way out of the economic side effects of the coronavirus outbreak, but for the time being we think its not wise to fightthe headlines. Markets continue to be extremely headline driven and will take whats reported at face value...and so we have to as well, without over-analyzing. The US 10yr yield has now broken back above last Thursdays chart resistance level in the 1.58% region. USDJPY has overshot the new 108.60-109.00 range we talked about yesterday. Over 1.1blnUSD in options expire this morning at the 109.00 strike and we think this could keep the market anchored to current levels until we get the next headline.

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Charts: Reuters Eikon

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