Asian Open: Yields weigh on equities, Oil rolls over
Matt Simpson March 18, 2021 6:10 PM
Bond yields continued to rise overnight, taking the US dollar with it and sending equity markets broadly lower once more.
- Australia's ASX 200 futures are down -12 points (-0.18%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 6,733.90
- Japan's Nikkei 225 futures are down -310 points (-1.03%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 29,906.75
- Hong Kong's Hang Seng futures are down -211 points (-0.72%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 29,194.72
UK and Europe:
- The UK's FTSE 100 futures are down -29 points (-0.43%)
- Euro STOXX 50 futures are down -13 points (-0.34%)
- Germany's DAX futures are up 103 points (0.71%)
Thursday US Close:
- The Dow Jones Industrial fell -153.07 points (-0.46%) to close at 32,862.30
- The S&P 500 index fell -58.66 points (-1.48%) to close at 3,915.46
- The Nasdaq 100 index fell -413.234 points (-3.13%) to close at 12,789.14
Indices fall under the weight of higher yields
The US 30-year yield rose to its highest level since July 2019 at 2.53%, whilst the 10-year hit 1.75%, its higher level since December 2020. Market chatter has continued float the idea of it rising to 2% easier than some expect, and its recent trajectory suggest this could be the case.
The Nasdaq 100 led Wall Street lower, which has generally been the case over recent times when yields rise aggressively. Having shed -3.1% during its most bearish session in three weeks, it is now considering a break below 12,755 support.
The Russell 2,000 fell -2.9% and produced a second volatile bearish engulfing candle over three sessions. Closing beneath its 10-day eMA, it did manage to find support at its 20-day eMA, but the daily candles could suggest this correction isn’t over just yet.
After just one session above 33k initially printing another record high, the Dow Jones reversed its course and closed the session slightly lower with a bearish pinbar. A break below 32,781 warns of a correction.
The VIX (Volatility Index) rose by 2.5 points to a four-day high of 21.7 after (ironically) opening at its lowest level since January 2020.
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BOE stick to their dovish guns
GBP/USD once again rolled over at 1.4000 as the Bank of England (BOE) kept policy unchanged and reiterated their dovish stance. And the British pound also had the stronger dollar to contend with. The base rate remains at 0.1% and their bond purchases at 875 billion pounds, which is no surprise, but traders were seemingly positioned for a slightly less dovish meeting given concerns over rising inflation to remain elevated among some voting members. You can read a complete review in Joe Perry’s analysis: BOE hedges comments from January’s meeting: GBP/USD
The dollar dominates the session for forex traders:
The US dollar index (DXY) recouped most of Wednesday’s post-FOMC losses and held above the 100-day eMA and 91.94 support levels. And if yields continue to rise, we expect the dollar to remain bid (supported).
- EUR/USD again rolled over beneath the 1.2000 handle, and essentially trading within a volatile daily range between 1.19 – 1.20. But, if prices do break beneath the 1.1882 low, traders should note that the 200-day eMA sits around 1.8500 which makes the reward to risk ratio undesirable on the daily timeframe for bears around current levels.
- AUD/USD’s break above 0.7837 resistance was brief at best and fell back to its 10-day eMA around 0.7758. If the selling is to persist then the next support level is around 0.7700/10.
- If you want choppy price action then look no further than NZD/USD, as it is alternated between bullish and bearish candles over the past six days. Although, if a stronger dollar is here to stay, we’d prefer to see a break below 0.7096 support before assuming bearish continuation.
- Between AUD and NZD, the Kiwi dollar is the weaker of the two under current conditions (rising yields), which has allowed AUD/NZD to rise to 1.0843 highs and is considering a bullish breakout. Should prices break higher then next major resistance level awaits at 1.0895.
NZD/CAD set to break beneath its 200-day eMA?
A strong bearish trend has developed on NZD/CAD’s daily chart since it topped out just above 0.9300. After months of underperformance, the Canadian dollar is now the favoured commodity FX major relative to AUD and NZD.
Prices are meandering around the 200-day eMA, and a trading range has been carved out around the 0.9000. But if prices break beneath this week’s low, we could assume the bears are back in control. Of course a caveat here is if oil prices continue to fall (CAD weakness) and yields also fall, which could help NZD/CAD retrace higher.
- A break below 0.8926 suggests momentum has realigned with the daily trend.
- The bias remains bearish beneath the 0.9016 high if prices break lower.
- The 0.8848/71 highs and 0.8753 lows are our next bearish targets.
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Commodities: Oil bulls flee at the highs
It was quite the selloff for oil prices overnight, with WTI and brent falling over 7% and 8% respectively. And having closed lower for its fifth consecutive day with increasingly bearish momentum, we suspect could be headed for a sixth. A rise in COVID-19 cases across Europe at a time when over a dozen countries have suspended the use the AstraZeneca’s vaccine has spooked oil bulls at the multi-month highs (although reports just in say Germany and France are to resume its use). Regardless, oil prices were arguably I need of a correction given the effective straight-line rally it has enjoyed over the past nine months anyway.
Gold produced a bearish outside candle below 1760 resistance after stopping just shy of our bullish target. Yet we have been on guard for a swing high around current levels, given the significance of the 1760/64 resistance zone. If bearish momentum resumes the next major support level for bears to target is around 1700.
Up Next (Times in AEDT)
The conclusion of the Bank of Japan’s meeting (BOJ) is the main event today. They will have concluded their formal review of their monetary policy framework, which currently consists of negative interest rates, yield curve control and asset purchases. According to some reports, they are considering widening the range their JGB’s (Japanese government bonds) to allow yields to move +/- 0.25% around their target (currently at +/- 0.2%) with the intention of steepening the yield curve.
Retail sales for Canada are the main economic event in tonight’s US session, although we suspect yields may continue to dominate sentiment as we head into the weekend. Although a stronger-than expected print could help push NZD/CAD lower.
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