Caixan Manufacturing PMI lifts sentiment overnight, but markets now bracing for potentially negative US NFP

ANALYSIS

USDCAD

Dollar/CAD closed above 1.3160 yesterday after US yields stablished in afternoon trade. A stronger than expected Caixan Manufacturing PMI for October out of China spurred some broad, risk-on, USD selling in Asian markets last night, which then saw USDCAD probe back towards the 1.3140s. This optimism is being dialed back a bit now as traders await the US Non-Farm Payrolls report for October, which could be bad due to the GM strike. The consensus estimate is for +89k new jobs, wage growth of +0.3% MoM / +3.0% YoY, and an unemployment rate of 3.6%. Key chart support today lies in the 1.3130s, then the 1.3100 level. The upside levels to watch are the 1.3180s and then the 1.3220-30s (should we get a better than expected report).

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USDCAD DAILY

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USDCAD HOURLY

DEC CRUDE OIL DAILY

DEC CRUDE OIL DAILY

EURUSD

The EUR bulls are not giving up hope yet, despite yesterdays failed breakout attempt above the 1.1160s. The 1.1140s held into the NY close yesterday and we saw buyers emerge at this level yet again in London trade today. We think weaker than expected US NFP numbers could be the catalyst for a clean break to the upside for EURUSD, however todays raft of massive option expiries could complicate the post report market reaction. Over 3blnEUR rolls off at the 1.1150 strike and over 5blnEUR is set to expire at 1.1200, all at 10amET.

EURUSD DAILY

EURUSD DAILY

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EURUSD HOURLY

DEC GOLD DAILY

DEC GOLD DAILY

GBPUSD

Sterling didnt have a great NY close by virtue of GBPUSD slipping below the 1.2950 level, but the risk-on move from the beat on the Chinese Caixan Manufacturing PMI did the trick and got the market back above it. Buyers then emerged on the dip in London trade, and we now have a GBPUSD market poised to benefit from a weak US NFP report. Similar to EURUSD however, there are massive option expiries today to consider for GBPUSD today, likely Brexit-day hedges (recall Oct 31stwas supposed to be the day the UK left the EU). Over 1blnGBP rolls off at the 1.2950 strike and over 2.4blnGBP is set to expire at the 1.2900 level.

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GBPUSD DAILY

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GBPUSD HOURLY

EURGBP DAILY

EURGBP DAILY


AUDUSD

The Aussie has displayed a very similar chart pattern to both EURUSD and GBPUSD in overnight trade, with the saving grace for bulls being the markets continued ability to hold the 0.6890s. The Chinese Caixan Manufacturing PMI for October was reported at 51.7 vs 51.0, which was the strongest showing of private, SME manufacturing sentiment since February 2017. Over 1.4blnAUD in options expire at the 0.6900 strike at 10amET this morning.

AUDUSD DAILY

AUDUSD DAILY

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AUDUSD HOURLY

USDCNH DAILY

USDCNH DAILY


USDJPY

Dollar/yen continues to flounder around chart support in the 107.90s this morning as the broader markets brace for a potentially disappointing US Non-Farm Payrolls report. US 10yr yields remain below the 1.70%, which is not great technically speaking. Yesterdays daily candle for the S&P 500 futures (which was not technically a bearish outside side) doesnt look all that pretty as well. The US reports its October ISM Manufacturing PMI at 10amET this morning and the consensus expectation here is for 48.9.

USDJPY DAILY

USDJPY DAILY

USDJPY HOURLY

USDJPY HOURLY

US 10YR BOND YIELD DAILY

US 10YR BOND YIELD DAILY

Charts: Reuters Eikon


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