Market Update – May 16/2022

Written by Andria Pichidi

USD started the week off its 20-year highs. China data disappointed –industrial production down -2.9% y/y in April, while retail sales plunged -11.1% y/yChina kept MLF and repo rate rates unchanged. The PBOC disappointed hopes for further easing in light of lockdown measures and kept the MLF policy rate unchanged once again. Stock markets mostly managed gains, but mainland China bourses struggled, after a weak data round that highlighted the negative impact of the country’s zero Covid policy (CSI300  -1% but Nikkei -0.3%). Yields had fallen to their lowest levels in a couple of weeks, which was seen as overdone given inflation remains elevated and the Fed will be maintaining a hawkish policy stance to bring pressures under control. Oil corrected to $108 whilst Gold dipped to $1804.

  • USDIndex steady at 104.60.
  • Equities – USA500 turned lower (0.6%) at 3984 now, USA100 fell 0.5%. EUROSTOXX 50 and UK100 futures both eased 0.3%. 
  • Yields corrected, with a -1.3 bp correction in the 10-year Treasury rate, which is currently at 2.906%.
  • Oil also corrected as China jitters clouded over the demand outlook, and USOIL dropped back to currently $108.10 from levels over $111 earlier in the session.
  • Gold slump continued with a test of the key $1800 floor.
  • Bitcoin languishes at $29K now, after bouncing to $31K early in the morning.
  • FX markets – EURUSD sideways between 1.0390 to 1.0415,USDJPY eased to 128.70 and Cable continues to struggle; returned to 1.2200 area.  AUD lower in Asia.  

Overnight – Shanghai aiming to reopen broadly and allow normal life to resume from June 1. Markets in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia were closed for holidays.

Today – The calendar includes the second reading for Eurozone Q1 GDP, which is likely to confirm the quarterly growth rate at 0.2% q/q. BoE Monetary Policy Report Hearings. NY Fed’s Williams will take part in a moderated discussion. The Empire State is expected to fall to 16.0 in May after surging 36.4 points to 24.6 in April.

Biggest FX Mover @ (06:30 GMT) CADJPY (+1.44%) Rallied to 1.2980 before pulling back again to 1.2900 lows. Now back to 1.2938.  MAs aligning lower but not bearishly crossed yet, MACD signal line & histogram holds below 0, RSI 44 & declining, H1 ATR 0.00225, Daily ATR 0.01077.

About the author

Andria Pichidi

Having completed her five-year-long studies in the UK, Andria Pichidi has been awarded a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bath and a MSc degree in Mathematics, while she holds a postgraduate diploma (PGdip) in Actuarial Science from the University of Leicester.

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