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    Risk aversion high ahead of NFP

    Market Brief

    G10 Advancers and Decliners vs USD
      JPY 0.26
      DKK 0.11
      EUR 0.11
      SEK 0.04
    CHF -0.02  
    GBP -0.04  
    NOK -0.17  
    CAD -0.29  
    NZD -0.67  
    AUD -1.33  
    Global Indexes Current Level % Change
    Nikkei 225 Index 16106.72 -0.25
    Hang Seng Index 20197.41 -1.23
    Shanghai Index 2927.02 -2.34
    FTSE futures 6060.5 -0.14
    DAX futures 9796.5 -0.33
    SMI Futures 7694 -0.24
    S&P future 2040 -0.19
    Global Indexes Current Level % Change
    Gold 1279.79 0.16
    Silver 17.32 -0.16
    VIX 15.91 -0.87
    Crude wti 43.97 -0.78
    USD Index 93.69 -0.1


    Risk appetite disappeared in the Asian session ahead of the critical US payroll report. Today's read should provide potential indication for the position of the US in its growth cycle. Asian regional equity markets were weaker as the Shanghai composite and Hang Seng index fell -1.94% and -1.31%. ASX was in the green, rising 0.23% as the RBA statement of monetary policy signalled that the bank is likely to ease next month. USD was broadly strong against G10 and commodity linked currencies. EURUSD traded in a choppy tight range between 1.1390 and 1.1410 with no directional indication. As news of the RBA report hit the wires AUDUSD collapsed from 0.7470 to 0.7385. With markets only pricing in a 10% probability of a Fed rate hike in June current downside in USD feels stretched. In Japan, April Services Sector PMI dropped to 48.9, the weakest read in two years from 49.9 in March. Plenty of chatter from Fed members provided entertainment for traders. Fed’s Kaplan suggested that the Fed was still struggling to understand how close the US was to full unemployment. Fed’s Lockhart said it is not realistic to shift from the current 2% inflation target, while Fed’s William commented that he is optimistic about their 2% inflation goal. And finally, Fed’s Bullard steered clear of comment direction regarding monetary policy, instead stating that last year’s “taper tantrum” induced volatility was due to ineffective monetary policy. All solid headlines, but nothing in terms of new insight or market moving.

    The RBA’s Statement of Monetary Policy indicates that the bank was prepared to ease policy further. The RBA has revised its inflation forecasts lower by 1pp for the end of 2016. This means that inflation will scrape near the bottom of the RBA 2-3% target band. Our view is that June and August will be both live meetings for the potential of 50bp being removed from the already historically low cash rate 1.75% by summer’s end. We remain bearish on the AUD in light of further downside risk to interest rates and would materialise our view through a short AUDJPY trade (targeting 77.59 reaction low).

    In the European session, traders will be watching Spanish industrial production figures, German construction PMI and Poland central bank rate discussions. However the main event will undoubtedly be the US payroll report. FX volatility is likely to remain subdued until the critical release. Payroll growth is expected to decelerate to 200k consensus from 215k prior read, however given the ADP and ISM labor complaint we anticipate noteworthy downside risks. We forecast a number closer to 180k, which should keep the overly short USD position safe. However, an upside surprise in NFP will have an asymmetrical response in USD as traders will quickly need to recalculate the probability of a rate hike in June. Falling participation rates should push the unemployment rate to 4.8%. We expect that the cyclical slowdown seen in incoming economic data, driven by weak international conditions, will begin to play into the strong US labor markets. While USD shorts are heavy we see no sustainable fundamental rationale for holding USD currently. When the smoke clears from today's payroll read we expect EURUSD bullish momentum will reengage heading back towards the 1.1616 resistance.

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