Australia Dollar rebounds notably after RBA surprised markets by sticking to its tapering plan. Kiwi appears to be a touch stronger, but Aussie is not far away. Yen is also firm on falling treasury yields. On the other hand, Canadian Dollar is trading generally lower as oil price retreated. Dollar is following as next weakest and then Sterling.

Technically, while Aussie rebounds, there is no confirmation of underlying bullishness yet. At least, AUD/USD will have to break through 0.7443 resistance. EUR/AUD will also have to break through 1.5925 support. Otherwise, selling in Aussie could still come back any times.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is down -0.73%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.43%. China Shanghai SSE is down -0.28%. Singapore Strait Times is down -0.72%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.009 at 0.012. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.28%. S&P 500 dropped -0.18%. NASDAQ rose 0.06%. 10-year yield dropped -0.065 to 1.174.

RBA maintains tapering plan, left rate unchanged

RBA maintained cash rate target unchanged at 0.10%. Also, target for April 2024 government bond yield was also kept at 0.10%. More importantly, it maintained the tapering plan unchanged. Weekly purchases will be lowered from AUD 5B to AUD 4B starting early September, until at least mid-November.

RBA also pledged to “maintain its flexible approach to the rate of bond purchases”. The conditions for rate hike is not expected to be met before 2024.

The central bank said the outlook for the coming months is “uncertain” and depends up on the “evolution of the health situation and the containment measures”. Then, the central scenario is for the economy to grow by “a little over 4 per cent over 2022 and around 2½ per cent over 2023.”

Unemployment is expected to trend lower to 4.50% at the end of 2022, and then 4.0% at the end of 2023. Inflation is expected to be at 1.75% over 2022 and than 2.25% over 2023.

Fed Waller: Depending on job growth, could be ready to announce tapering in Sep

Fed Governor Governor Christopher Waller told CNBC that if August and September jobs report show growth in 800k range, that would be “substantial progress”. Fed could then be “ready to do an announcement in September” on tapering asset purchases.

“That depends on what the next two job reports do,” he added. “If they come in as strong as the last one, then I think you’ve made the progress you need. If they don’t, then you’re probably going to have to push things back a couple months.”

“In my view, with tapering we should go early and go fast in order to make sure we’re in position to raise rates in 2022 if we have to,” he said. “I’m not saying we would, but if we wanted to, we need to have some policy space by the end of the year.”

Waller also expected inflation to return to normal once the impacts of the pandemic wane. “My concern is just anecdotal evidence I’m hearing from business contacts, who are saying they’re able to pass prices through. They fully intend to. They’ve got pricing power for the first time in a decade,” he said. “Those are the sorts of issues that make you concerned that this may not be transitory.”

US 10-year yield tumbled on delta concerns

US benchmark treasury yields dropped sharply overnight on concern of the spread of delta variant in the country. According to latest CDC data, There were more than 72k new COVID cases a day on average in the US in the last seven days. That’s a level not seen since February. The fall in treasury yield lifted Yen generally higher, in particular against Dollar.

10-year yield dropped -0.065 to close at 1.174, after dipping to as low as 1.151. The development suggests that corrective fall from 1.765 is probably resume to resume through 1.128 low. Still, we’d continue to expect strong support between 0.985/1.134 (50% and 61.8% retracement of 0.504 to 1.765) to contain downside to finish off the correction eventually.

Elsewhere

Japan Tokyo CPI core rose to 0.1% yoy in July, above from 0.0% yoy, above expectation of 0.0% yoy. Monetary base rose 15.4% yoy, below expectation of 20.5% yoy.

Looking ahead, Swiss SECO consumer climate and Eurozone PPI will be released in European session. Canada will release PMI manufacturing later in the day. US will release factory orders.

AUD/USD Daily Report

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.7335; (P) 0.7358; (R1) 0.7387; More…

AUD/USD is still staying in consolidation from 0.7288 and intraday bias remains neutral first. Near term outlook stays bearish with 0.7443 support turned resistance intact, and further decline is in favor. On the downside, break of 0.7288 will resume the whole fall from 0.8006 and target 161.8% projection of 0.8006 to 0.7530 from 0.7890 at 0.7120 next. On the upside, break of 0.7443 will bring stronger rebound to 0.7530 support turned resistance instead.

In the bigger picture, rise from 0.5506 medium term bottom could have completed at 0.8006, after failing 0.8135 key resistance. Correction from there could target 0.6991 cluster support (38.2% retracement of 0.5506 to 0.8006 at 0.7051). We’d look for strong support from there to bring rebound. However, sustained break of this level would argue that the whole medium term trend has indeed reversed.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
23:30 JPY Tokyo CPI Core Y/Y Jul 0.10% 0.00% 0.00%
23:50 JPY Monetary Base Y/Y Jul 15.40% 20.50% 19.10%
1:30 AUD Building Permits M/M Jun -6.70% -4.50% -7.10%
4:30 AUD RBA Interest Rate Decision 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%
7:00 CHF SECO Consumer Climate Q3 -5 -7
9:00 EUR Eurozone PPI M/M Jun 0.90% 1.30%
9:00 EUR Eurozone PPI Y/Y Jun 10.30% 9.60%
13:30 CAD Manufacturing PMI Jul 56.5
14:00 USD Factory Orders M/M Jun 1.10% 1.70%



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