Sunday 13 September 2020

Week to Sep 11th

Labor day short week, US Correction continues with risk-off trading, GBP down on Brexit

In a week where negative news (COVID relief, jobs print) was not balanced by anything positive, it was no surprise to see a risk-off second week of retreat in equities, and reversal back up in Gold. The dollar continued to recover from its two-year low last week, and would have probably gone further were it not for a strong showing from EUR after a hawkish ECB press conference.

Next week is the Fed rate decision meeting, which invariably moves both the dollar and markets. Also of heightened interest is the BoE decision, coming during a renewed interest by the markets in Brexit, as the Dec 31 deadline to do a deal approaches with little progress in sight. 

Mon Sep 7

Markets were closed in the US for Labor Day, but European markets rose, mainly in defensives. The dollar was up across the board, but the notable move was GBP, down sharply on fears than PM Johnson plans to override part of the existing agreement.

Gold fell slightly, and Oil was flat. The US bond market was closed.

Tue Sep 8

Last week’s rout continued today with sharp falls across the board, but particularly in tech stocks. TSLA plunged 21% its worst day ever, and FANG stocks underperformed NDX overall. Oil fell over 6% in line. This was a reaction to tech overvaluations, rather than any specific news, and was probably triggered by TSLA. USD was firmly up, except, as you would expect, against JPY, which along with Gold and Bonds were up. All assets in line for a classic risk-off day.

Wednesday September 9

There was a rebound today from yesterday’s drop and all indices were up. Notably tech and industrial stocks recovered in about equal proportions, typically 2/3 of the Tuesday drop. Oil and yields were up in line. The dollar was down, dipping as EUR bounced off August support lines, and Gold rose on the weaker dollar.

Thursday September 10

A disappointing Initial Jobless Claims figure, and a blockage by the Dems of the latest COVD recovery package put a damper on the market, which fell again today. Once again, tech fell further. The ECB left everything unchanged, and did not express any concern about appreciation, which was consider hawkish, and EUR shot up, but then faded. Together with a further decline in GBP, this left USD up for the day. Oil was down, and Bonds and JPY were up, both in line with equities, and Gold was down in line with the stronger dollar. An interesting comparison to Tuesday, a similar equity move, but an opposite direction for USD.

Friday September 11

The week ended quietly, with SPX flat, DJI slightly up, and NDX down. Similarly the dollar was flat today with little volatility, as was Gold, and Oil. Bonds were slightly up. The week closed with notable divergence, with US indices down, but foreign (particularly FTSE) up.


Unusually we had an index over 4% down (NDX) and one over 4% up (FTSE) this week, the latter due to the large fall in GBP, which was reflected in the largest forex move, EURGBP up 3.85%. Cryptos went back to sleep, and FANGs underperformed NDX, particularly AAPL down 7.41%.

I played safe buying AUDNZD, and safety only gets you small rewards, up 0.80% (7.12% running today 16 wins out of 31). I am backing reversion this week, selling EURGBP, which is overbought on the daily chart for the first time since March.

Note we use Google Finance data for daily movements, listing UUP as a proxy for DXY. All references to ‘the dollar’ are based on DXY. The equity and index prices are now based on the cash close each day.

NEXT WEEK (all times are GMT)

(Calendar High volatility items are in bold)

  • Fed Rate Decision week
  • UK and Japan rate decisions
  • Expect Brexit volatility
  • UK, EU and Canadian inflation

Monday September 14

There is a vote scheduled today on Boris Johnson's new 'internal market' bill which is at odds with the current agreement on Northern Ireland. EU leaders have said that if this passes, it will make a deal impossible. Otherwise, there is very little in scheduled news today.

09:00 Eurozone Industrial Production

Tuesday September 15

News from China and Europe, but nothing important from the US today. There is a rate decision in Poland.

01:30 RBA Meeting Minutes

02:00 China NBS Press Conference

02:00 China Industrial Production (YoY)(Aug)

02:00 China Retail Sales (YoY e-1.4% p-1.1%)

06:00 UK Unemployment (e3.9% p3.9%)

09:00 Eurozone ZEW Sentiment Survey

09:00 Germany ZEW Sentiment Survey

13:15 US Industrial Production (MoM)(Aug)

23:50 Japan Imports/Exports/TB

Wednesday September 16

The Fed rate decision today has a hold 100% priced, and it is unlikely that the current QE plan or dot plot will change. However, markets are always look for more. There is also a rate decision in Brazil. Markets are closed in Mexico.

06:00 UK CPI (YoY e1.3% p1.0%)

12:30 US Retail Sales (MoM e1.1% p1.2%)

12:30 Canada BoC CPI (Core YoY e0.9% p0.7%)

18:00 Fed Rate Decision/Statement

18:30 Fed Chair Powell Presser

22:45 NZ Q2 Final GDP (QoQ e-1.0% p-1.6%)

Thursday September 17

The Bank of England leads today, especially as Brexit rears its head again. There are also a rate decisions in South Africa and Indonesia.

01:30 Australia Jobs/Unemployment (Jobs e40k p114.7k)

03:00 BoJ Rate Decision/Statement (e-0.1% hold)

06:00 BoJ Presser

09:00 Eurozone CPI

11:00 BoE Rate Decision/Statement (e0.1% hold)

12:30 US Building Permits/Housing Starts

12:30 US Jobless Claims

12:30 Philly Fed Mfr Survey

23:30 Japan National CPI

Friday September 18

The main US release is the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Indicator. There is a rate decision in Russia. Markets are closed in Chile.

06:00 UK Retail Sales

06:00 Germany PPI

12:30 Canada Retail Sales (MoM e24.5% p23.7%)

14:00 Michigan Prelim CSI (e76 p74.1)

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