Fed effectively goes all-in by signaling unlimited QE
Erik Bregar of Exchange Bank of Canada - InsideFutures.com - Mon Mar 23, 9:48AM CDT

ANALYSIS

USDCAD

There was an uneasiness to global markets in the overnight session as traders digested more negative coronavirus news over the weekend, a scheduled vote before the US Senate on the US coronavirus relief package this morning, and possible news from an emergency G20 meeting now underway; but the US central bank is attempting to come to the rescue yet again now by effectively announcing that it has gone "all in". The Fed has just announced open-ended treasury/MBS purchases, a term asset-backed loan facility (TALF), two new bond/loan facilities for large corporations, and a main street business lending program to support eligible SMEs. Full press releasehere.

The surprise news worked for a little bit. The US 10yr yield dropped 12bp initially, the S&P futures traded +3% after being locked limit -5% last night, and the USD was sold across the board. USDCAD re-tested the 1.4350 resistance level it broke above on Friday and the May oil futures bounced 4% higher. However, all this excitement is now fading.

This weeks economic calendar will be focused on the flash global PMI reports, which will be freshest look at how business sentiment is faring so far in the month of March. The Australian and Japanese numbers come out tonight; and the European and US figures come out tomorrow. Canada just reported its January Wholesale Trade numbers at +1.8% MoM vs -0.2% expected and +0.9% previously, but again we think traders are ignoring this because its all pre-coronavirus. On the coronavirus front, anxiety continues to grow as the death count in Italy surpassed Chinas on the weekend and as lockdowns went into effect for New York and California. Ordered lockdowns for the UK, Australia and New Zealand are rumored to be next. The IOC is finally considering postponing the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games.

The latest Commitment of Traders (COT) report from the CFTC showed the leveraged funds flipping from a net short to a net long USDCAD position during the week ending March 17, which is not shocking considering the markets move to the 1.42s during that window of time, but were a bit surprised that they were not long more as of last Tuesday. Well probably see this reflected in Fridays COT update.

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EURUSD

Euro/dollar quickly popped back towards the 1.08 handle on the back of the Feds surprise open-ended QE announcement this morning, but its now falling back. The German government just signed off on a 750blnEUR economic package to battle the economic fallout expected from the coronavirus outbreak as well, but we think this news got lost in the Fed headlines. Were truly seeing unprecedented stimulus measures being taken this morning, but it still remains to be seen if this can help EURUSD arrest its downward trajectory. We think the markets momentum is still down so long it stays below the 1.0820s.

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GBPUSD

Sterling bounced 150pts on the Feds 8am announcement this morning, but it remains well below the 1.1700 mark which it lost in NY trade on Friday and it seems to still be hungover from Fridays failed attempt to confirm a bullish outside day above 1.1790. Rumors are circulating the UK will be the next nation to force new lock-down laws upon its citizens. Moreherefrom Sky News.

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AUDUSD

The Australian dollar remains volatile. It traded weaker again overnight on the back of the limit down move in US stock futures and its gotten a boost back into the green this morning following the Fed's "QE-forever" announcement. We think the 0.5720s to the 0.6020s will be the pivotal price range for AUDUSD to start the week, and we believe tonights flash Australian PMIs for March (to be released at 6pmET) may get more attention than usual.

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USDJPY

Dollar/yen is pulling back from its overnight highs as the Fed tries to prop up everything for as long as necessary now, but were still seeing buyers on dips below 110.00. The 3-month USDJPY cross currency basis swap has narrowed to -82 bp and the EURUSD version has narrowed to -8 bp, but againwere seeing a market that appears to be once again resisting whatever monetary authorities through at it. The US 10yr yield has now completelyreversed its 12bp dip on the Fed announcement, which is not good news at all for global bond markets.

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Charts: Reuters Eikon

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