Germany may be considering a staggered deal on Greek aid. Greece will apparently be required to commit to at least one economic reform to win partial access to bailout funds. German Chancellor Merkel was reportedly quoted as saying “where there is a will there is a way. The goal is to keep Greece in the euro area”. The ECB has agreed to increase the Emergency Lending Assistance to Greek banks by 2.3 billion euros. According to Bloomberg the ECB is trying to strike a balance between keeping Greek lenders afloat and safeguarding the country’s central bank, which provides the aid, as the government veers toward a debt default. This is the biggest weekly increase since February 18th.
Standard & Poor’s downgraded Greek bonds deeper into junk status, questioning whether Athens can pay its debts. Reuters reported that Tsipras emerged early on Thursday from talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande to express confidence. “We decided to intensify the efforts to bridge the remaining differences and proceed, I believe, to a solution in the coming period.”
EURUSD traded most of the day yesterday below the 1.1380 resistance identified in my previous report with the result that yesterday’s candle formed a shooting star. There was a brief rally above the 1.1380 level yesterday with the pair creating a high print of 1.1386 but it wasn’t sustainable and rally failed. Most of the morning EURUSD was trading in a small range between intraday support and resistance levels. Market was truggling with an intraday resistance and created a shooting star in 60 min resolution after which it headed towards yesterday’s low at 1.1260 and at the time of writing is trading below it at 1.1244. In daily context the pair is trading close to a daily and weekly resistance which suggests that in the daily resolution the line of least resistance is down. The nearest significant daily support and resistance levels are at 1.1049 and 1.1380.
Currency Pairs, Grouped Performance (% Change)
This morning AUD and USD have been strong while almost all currencies are up against JPY and NZD. The NZD rate cut keeps the currency weak while USD strength might be just down to the technical picture of euro, the heaviest weighted currency in US Dollar Index. AUDNZD is the best performer this far today with a performance of approx. 0.80% as it continues a daily trend after breaking out of a sideways range yesterday. Other strong movers are USDPJY (found support yesterday) and AUDJPY that is moving higher after the pair reacted higher intraday from a support.
Main Macro Events Today
- RBNZ eased rates 25 bps to 3.25%, surprising expectations for a steady stance at 3.50%. This is the first cut since the 50 bp move in March 2011. The most recent policy shift was a 25 bp hike last July. Governor Wheeler said the action was taken to address low inflationary expectations and the weaker demand. And further easing may be necessary, according to the policy statement. The NZD dropped on the news.
- U.S. Retail Sales for May are out today and should reveal a 1.4% (median 1.2%) headline with the ex-autos figure up 1.0%. The big auto sales jump to 17.7 mln from 16.5 mln in April will be a major contributor as will the rebound in gasoline prices that we witnessed over the course of the month.
- U.S. Business Inventories for April are due today. The headline should have inventories up 0.2% (median 0.2%) with sales up 0.5% for the month. Data in line with this forecast would leave the Inventory to Sales ratio steady at 1.36 from last month. Retail inventories are expected to be up 0.1% in April.
- U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Preview: Claims data for the first week of June will be released on Thursday and should reveal a 280k (median 277k) headline, up from 276k last week. We expect claims to set a 279k average in June, down from a 274k average in May.
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