US dollar extends gains against risk currencies

Risk unwound as geopolitical risk ramped up on the Russia/Ukraine front. 

Source: Bloomberg

This saw traders overlook news that a Gaza ceasefire was agreed. President Putin reportedly ordered his government to investigate retaliatory sanctions against the EU and US. There is also renewed build-up of Russian troops at the Ukraine border resulting in fears of Russia invading Ukraine.

While risk unwound, the other key theme in the FX space was US dollar strength as traders focused on the best ISM non-manufacturing reading since December 2005. Fed members Mr Lacker, Mr Fisher and Mr Plosser have all sounded a hawkish tone recently and the market is certainly starting to pay attention.  Later in the US we have June trade balance and further data beats will only fan the hawkish bias.

Kiwi drops on dairy and jobs

One pair I’m watching closely at the moment is NZD/USD. The Kiwi is struggling on the back of a plunge in Fonterra's global dairy trade (GDT) price index. The plunge has been blamed on lack of Chinese participation due to excess inventories seems. With jobs numbers out of New Zealand missing estimates this morning, there could be room for further near term weakness. While the unemployment rate came in at a better than expected 5.6% (versus 5.8%), employment change missed estimates at 3.7%, while the market was expecting 4%.

The pair has struggled ever since breaking the key uptrend support on July 25 and looks like it is on the verge of extending these losses. This uptrend support line had been in place since February and with the RBNZ now looking like it’ll pause on rates for a while, there is room for further NZD downside. The next key level for NZD/USD is at 0.8400 which is where June lows were.

This information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.

CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen. 79% van de retailbeleggers lijdt verlies op de handel in CFD’s met deze aanbieder.
Het is belangrijk dat u goed begrijpt hoe CFD's werken en dat u nagaat of u zich het hoge risico op verlies kunt permitteren.
CFD’s zijn complexe instrumenten en brengen vanwege het hefboomeffect een hoog risico mee van snel oplopende verliezen.