USD drop below the 104 mark (USDIndex 103.70), Stocks led the rise in Asian equity indexes, with news that the PBOC made the largest cash injection in three months. Yields (+3.17%) up as markets continue to weigh recession risks and central bank outlooks. Oil corrected at 107.46, Gold higher and BTC steady. Russia defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since 1918. The grace period on two eurobond coupons worth around $100 million expired on Sunday, according to Bloomberg, which means the country is officially in default.
- USDIndex down to 103.70 yesterday before slipping back to 104.00 now.
- Equities – Hang Seng rallied 2.5%, the CSI300 is up 1.3%, while JPN225 and ASX closed with gains of 1.5% and 1.9% respectively, the latter boosted also by energy companies. GER30 and UK100 futures are up 0.5% and US futures have pared earlier losses and are posting fractional gains.
- Yields 10-year is up 3.8 bp at 3.17%, the 10-year Bund yield has gained 4.1 bp and is at 1.47% as markets continue to weigh recession risks and central bank outlooks.
- Oil & Gold higher to $107.60 and $1,835.16 respectively. – Brent saw levels below USD 112 amid concern of waning demand amid slowing world growth
- Bitcoin flat at $21,227.
- FX Markets – EURUSD is at 1.0556, USDJPY fractionally above 135, Cable trades at 1.2290 now, ranging since Friday.
Today – Focus is on US Durable goods but also on the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index data on Thursday for further confirmation that price pressures remain heated. Chinese factory activity data due to be released later this week could provide a guide as to whether the world’s second-largest economy is finding momentum again after the disruption caused by strict COVID-19 lockdown measures.
Biggest FX Mover @ (06:30 GMT) GBPAUD (+0.83%). Rallied from 1.7650 to 1.7765. MAs aligning higher, MACD histogram at neutral, RSI 54.63 & rising, H1 ATR 0.00324, Daily ATR 0.01633.