The second economic crisis in just 12 years, coming as the wound from the first crisis has healed, has pushed policy to the event horizon of the macro. Never in history have global interest rates been pushed so hard towards zero. Moreover, there are massive increases in fiscal deficits on top of historically high debt levels.

Aggressive policy action in the first half of 2020 by central banks and governments has engineered a strong rebound in equity markets. The general belief is that humankind will overcome the Covid crisis with less damage than from the financial crisis in 2008. Global equities have fully succeeded to recover their losses during the pandemic’s first wave. However, the global corporate earnings collapsing by 56% – catapulting the P/E ratio to 27.7x at current price levels.

Expectations are high. Estimates suggest a 106% jump in quarterly earnings, which will then continue to climb until reaching a new all-time high in the fourth quarter of next year. If the corporate sector delivers this rebound in earnings, the global equity market will be valued at 19.3x earnings in 2021. Not an unreasonable valuation provided the alternatives in bonds.

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Will the US economy be back into growth?

The New York Fed Weekly Activity Index, a real-time tracker of US economic growth, has revealed a V-shaped recovery since late April: although it is still at -5% as of mid-September. At the current trajectory, the US economy will be back into growth territory before the year-end.

The number of permanent job losses has jumped from 1.2 million before Covid to 3.41 million in August 2020. This is high but still, nothing compared to 2008. The number of job losses then jumped from 1.49 million to 6.82 million (and that was from a lower labor market size than today). According to CPB, world trade volume rebounded 7.6% m/m in June and is on track to continue the rebound. This indicates that things are normalizing, even though global trade is in its worst period since the GFC.

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All eyes on inflation and volatility

According to our analysis, there is the probability of a rebound of corporate earnings to pre-Covid levels within the next 18 months, but the long-term growth rate from that point on is much more uncertain. In both financial markets and the economy, the two most important factors for investors over the coming decade will be inflation and volatility.

US equities may start the week on hopes that a stimulus deal will be forthcoming and as US earnings season is set to get underway in earnest this week with the large financials in the spotlight. Most Fibonacci retracements have fallen on this latest rally as the focus will soon shift to the all-time highs for the major indices – for the Nasdaq 100 at 12,423 and the S&P 500 at 3,576. 

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The AUD/NZD pair might fall in the near term, according to the daily and weekly charts. The MACD is still positive, but there is a sign of retracement in the near term. The Stochastic oscillator might be near the top at the moment on the weekly chart. Moreover, a triangle has already formed on the weekly chart.

The most important data of this week:

August 12

RBNZ rate decision  (0.25% expected); (0.25% previous)

RBNZ Press Conference

August 13            

Australia employment change (40k expected); (211k previous)

                                     rate  (7.8% expected); (7.4% previous)

August 14

RBA Gov Lowe speech

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Nasdaq 100 

Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) : Friday’s session saw notable contrast in the closing levels for the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, which closed near the lows of the day. The S&P 500 generally clawed back of the lost territory from early in the session.

The Nasdaq 100 technicals look more precarious as the attempt at new local highs above 11,540 was beaten back in Friday’s session. Both indices are settled near the key 21-day and 55-day moving averages (11,240 for Nasdaq-100 and 3,340 for the S&P500). The shorter moving average is crossing below the longer one in today’s pre-market.

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AUD/USD

AUD/USD - an RBA meeting on Monday night is not generating widespread anticipation of any policy shift. There had been some noise recently on the prospects of a small additional cut to the current 0.25% policy rate. Governor Lowe has said that he would like the Australian dollar lower. However, he didn’t seem to indicate any urgency to do anything about it. Some commodity prices prominent in Australia’s export mix have suffered weakness recently. The AUD/USD has held above 0.7000 and is now likely to reach the key 0.7200-50 area. With a rally and close above this level indicate that the downside threat has likely been averted for now.

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WTI Crude Oil 

WTI Crude Oil (OILUSNOV20) - have  bounced following the weekly drop since June as the market focus on an apparent improvement in the health of Donald Trump than the rising supply from Libya and concerns about the sustained recovery in consumption. The current range-bound trading behavior reveals a market that remains torn between short-term weakness against the expectations for growth, the timing of which, however, continues to be delayed. The essential area of resistance in Brent remains the band from $42.5/b to $43.25/b. The support continues to be found towards $39/b.

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The EUR/AUD pair may go down, according to the daily chart. The stochastic indicator may soon start the downtrend. The MACD may also go down after many days staying positive, and the price is still below EMA 100, on the daily chart.
The weekly chart also shows a downtrend in the long term. The stochastic indicator stays near the top, and the RSI oscillator is still below 50. The price also remains below EMA 20 and EMA 50 on the weekly chart.

The most important data of this week:
August 4
RBA rate decision (0.25% expectation); (0.25% previous)
August 5
Employment Change (-2% expectation); (-0.7% previous)
Rate (5.8% expectation); (4.2% previous)
Eurozone PMI Composite (54.8 expectation); (48.5 previous)
August 7
RBA Statement on Monetary Policy

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GBP

The GBP went from strength to weakness and then partially back to strength again yesterday on the crossfire of conflicting news stories. The recent bounce in sterling was on the softening tone domestically on Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill. Then a sterling sell-off materialized in the wake of the Bank of England meeting recently, when the bank made it clear that was conferring with regulators on the practical requirements for the implementation of negative rates, even if it signaled that it was happy with where rates are at present. The news saw a 2-year swaps price as much as 5 basis points lower and the forward expectations are now for a BoE policy rate of -0.1%. Likely more important for sterling than negative rates is whether the UK can hammer out a post-Brexit transition trade deal on reasonable terms with the EU, and on that front, we suddenly saw the first set of positive headlines in a long while.
The UK side called the latest informal talks “useful” and the EU’s Von Der Leyen told the FT that she is convinced a deal can be done. NIRP is only profoundly negative if the immediate trigger is hard Brexit terms, while less so if it is because the UK economy is merely following other economies into a new phase of weak Crude oil found a bid following the recent sharp correction and break below the trend that had prevailed since June. Driving the recovery has been upbeat economic data from China and the U.S., the world's biggest consumers, along with a general improvement in the risk appetite after U.S. mega-cap stocks found support.

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Commodities
Most important last week was the strong verbal intervention given by Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, following the OPEC+ meeting. He opened the meeting with a forceful condemnation of members that try to get away with pumping too much crude.
Potentially a sign of frustration that OPEC+ production cuts have yet to deliver a strong recovery. The minister was probably also trying to prevent increased short selling amid what the IEA, OPEC, and BP call a fragile demand recovery at a time of very high spare capacity and inventories. Since July when fundamentals, but not the price, started to weaken the gross short held by hedge funds in WTI and Brent crude oil has more than doubled to 235 million barrels.
While short-sellers may move the market for a short period, fundamentals will always be the main driver. While the recent 15% correction in Brent crude oil helped to bring the price more in line with current fundamentals, a recovery from here needs more than verbal intervention, despite it coming from the world’s biggest producer on second-round virus risks. 

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Gold and Silver were traded slightly higher last week, despite some midweek softness after the FOMC delivered nothing new and U.S. stocks challenged support. The Fed has promised rock-bottom rates for longer than three years. The initial cross-market reaction with lower stocks and a stronger dollar raised some concerns that the Fed’s toolbox has started to look empty, with the element of surprise no longer there.

The lack of fresh input from bonds and the dollar has meant that algorithmic trading systems, often trading correlations between markets, have moved to the driving seat, thereby creating an unusually positive correlation between gold and stocks. Correlations work as a trading strategy to a point. The very short-term direction may be dictated by the stock market.

 The combination of inflation protection attracting demand, the positive views on when a vaccine against Covid-19, and the outlook for a weaker dollar will become available are all too optimistic. With these developments in mind and the potential for a very difficult U.S. election period ahead, we see a long-term bullish outlook for gold. Meanwhile, in the short term, the performance of U.S. mega-caps and the dollar hold the key to the direction. As a result, it is likely to see the two-month consolidation period being extended further. 

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The EUR/USD pair will continue to rise in the near term. According to the daily chart, the RSI oscillator stays above 50, and the price remains above EMA 20, EMA 50, and EMA 100. A potential target for this pair is 1.15 level in the medium-term. 1.15 was the spike high following the initial covid-19 fears when the global stock markets started to sell-off. The uptrend is also confirmed by the weekly chart. The RSI oscillator is above 50, and the price stays above EMA 20, EMA 50, and EMA 100, on the weekly chart.

The most important data of this week:

July 14

Germany CPI YoY (0.9% expectation); (0.6% previous)

                        MoM (0.6% expectation); (-0.1% previous)

Germany ZEW Economy Sentiment (60 expectation); (63 previous)

US CPI YoY (0.6 expectation); (0.1% previous)

July 15

ECB Interesr rate decision (0% expectation); (0% previous)

July 17

Eurozone CPI YoY (0.8% expectation); (0.9% previous)

                      MoM  (0.3% expectation); (-0.1% previous)

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USA

Tech stocks and energy names dragged all three major US stock indices into the red last week. The Nasdaq Composite fell hardest, losing 4.1%. Moreover, the slump took the Nasdaq into correction territory on Tuesday, as the index has fallen more than 10% from its record high set less than a week earlier. Tesla closed the week 10% lower, Amazon fell 5.4%, and Apple was down 7.4%, as investors questioned the fragility of the tech sector’s recent runup and opted to take profits. The price of crude oil dropping below $40 once more was also another source of pain in the financial markets. Chevron and Exxon Mobil also lost more than 5% over the week, while exploration names such as Occidental and Apache fell by double-digits.

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UK

London-listed stocks recorded gains last week. The significant tensions between the United Kingdom and the European Union over Brexit sent the value of the pound tumbling. Sterling fell from close to $1.33 on Monday to $1.28 by the weekend. Any movement for sterling tends to lead to a positive result for UK share prices, given the high percentage of revenues that large listed British stocks make overseas in different currencies. The FTSE 100 added 4% over the week. On the other hand, the FTSE 250 – which has more of a domestic-overseas balance – added 1.2%. Several FTSE 100 names gained more than 10% last week, including miner Rio Tinto, insurer Aviva, and JD Sports Fashion. It was a good week for miners in general, with Glencore and Anglo American both posting gains of close to 10%. At the other end of the spectrum, British Airways parent International Consolidated Airlines Group suffered another tough week, falling by more than 10%, with its year-to-date loss standing at 68.9%.

Last week the ECB kept policy unchanged at its monthly meeting and did not push back against EURUSD strength.

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The Band of Canada kept policy unchanged, as well as its GoC bond purchase commitment of a minimum C$5bn per week. 

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The USD/CHF pair might continue to fall in the medium term, according to our daily and weekly analysis. The price stays below EMA 20, EMA 50, and EMA 100, on the daily chart. The RSI indicator stays below 50, and the Stochastic oscillator may soon be negative on the daily chart. According to the weekly chart, the RSI indicator stays below 50, and the price remains below EMA 20, EMA 50, and EMA 100. The price moves into a downtrend line range.

The most important data from this week:
June 24
US GDP QoQ (-5% expectation); (+2.1% previous)
June 26
US Core Price Index YoY (+0.9% expectation); (+1% previous)
US Michigan Consumer Sentiment (June) (79 expectation); (72 previous)

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The EUR/JPY pair might fall in the medium term. According to the daily chart, the RSI oscillator is near the overbought level (72). The MACD indicator continues for the moment the positive trend but soon will become negative. The Fibonacci level has already reached 76% on the daily chart. Moreover, on the weekly chart, the Stochastic oscillator remains near the top level, and the RSI oscillator stays at 65, near the overbought level.

The most important data of this week:

August 17

Japan GDP YoY (-27.2% expectation); (-2.2% previous)

                    QoQ  (-7.6% expectation); (-0.6% previous)

August 19

Eurozone inflation YoY (1.2% expectation); (0.8% previous)

                              MoM  (-0.5% expectation); (0.3% previous)

August 20

ECB minutes

August 21

Japan inflation YoY (0.1% expectation); (0.00% previous)

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The US Crude Oil price might fall in the near term. The price will go below EMA 50 and EMA 100 on the daily chart. The MACD is already into negative territory on the daily chart. According to the weekly chart, the stochastic oscillator started the retracement. The price stays below EMA 20, EMA 50, and EMA 100 on the weekly chart.
Adding pressure to prices, the U.S. Federal Reserve said U.S. unemployment was set to reach 9.3% at the end of 2020. It would take years to fall back, while interest rates were expected to stay near zero at least through 2021.

The most important data from this week:
June 17
US Crude Oil stocks change -2.279 ml previous
distillate change -1.568 ml previous
imports change +1.04 ml previous 

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