Macro Morning: Boing


Some days the data matters and others it doesn’t. When markets are volatile it is difficult to know which day it will be but it seems that last night was one of those ones when US stocks investors at least grabbed the better than expected data with both hands and ran with it. FX traders on the other hand simply went with the technicals proving once again that fundamentals are but one part of the story and sometimes not even the dominant narrative.

Anyway before we get to the specifics of the data flow in the US and Europe it is worth noting that the IMF shaved 0.2% off its expectation for global growth across the course of 2013 from 3.5% to 3.3%. Still not bad growth but Europe is expected to contract and the US has had a slight haircut to 1.9% growth. Japan gets an uplift – no doubt due to a much weaker yen helping things along – but overall it is still a slow growth developed world as the graphic below from shows.

IMF growth forecasts

Looking at the data flow the ZEW economic sentiment survey in Germany had a huge miss falling from 48.5 to 36.3 and way way below the 42 expected. The current situation part of the survey also fell heavily from 13.6 to 9.2 while the Euro wide sentiment survey also tanked from 33.4 to 24.9. In the US it was a different story however with the Housing Starts release showing a bigger than expected jump of 7% in March against 1.4% expected. Industrial production was also higher up 0.4% against expectations of a 0.2% increase and capacity utilisation up a smidge as well.

So the US got its lead over Europe’s economic growth outlook confirmed and reports by Goldies, Coke, Johnson and Johnson and Blackrock – all big names – showed that profits were stronger than expected. After the bell Yahoo has reported better profits but Intel disappointed.

So with gold off its lows the preconditions were there for a US stock rally and at the close the Dow finished up 158 points or 1.08%, the Nasdaq rose 1.51% and the S&P rose 23 points or 1.46% to 1575. In Europe as noted it was a different economic and market story with the FTSE down 0.61%, the DAX fell 0.38%, the CAC dropped 0.66% while in Madrid and Milan fell 0.81% and 0.61% respectively.

Interestingly, the FX players didn’t care about the data or the fact that it paints a backdrop where the US dollar should have smashed the euro lower – the reality is that sometimes, often, in FX data just doesn’t count on any given day. On other days it’s all that matters. Consistent across either day however will be technicals and technical traders – as we always say, if you are trading FX then technicals are fundamental.

eur, eurusd, euro, euro (eur) price quote

So as you can see in the chart above even though euro had no right fundamentally to be rallying it is and it has. Getting back to using technicals you may not believe in them and you may like to anchor in fundamentals but if you do not watch technicals and market positioning as part of your process – even if just because you know others are watching them – then you should donate half your account to charity and put the other back in the bank. You’ll still be 50% better off than if you trade and ignore technicals. Key level above is the 50% at 1.3226.

The Aussie also had a technically driven rally which caused me to change my view from looking for a retest of 1.0250/60 yesterday morning to tweeting around 1.45 yesterday afternoon that I thought the AUD and AUDJPY would head to 1.0385/1.04 and 101.30/60 respectively and went long AUD 1.03353.

aud, audusd, australian dollar, australian dollar price quote, audusd 4 hour

On other markets USDJPY continued its rally off our slow moving average and the previous box and sits at 97.65 this morning. Some further rallies might be expected today. Crude was higher and corn, wheat and soybeans rose 2.63%, 1.33% and 1.04% respectively.

We can’t not talk about gold and the fact that the low of $1320 is just $8 off the important $1312 level I talked about yesterday morning. For the moment the fact that gold bounced off this it seems clear I wasn’t the only one watching that level and we’ll see if gold can build a base above this level. Presently it looks encouraging but if this level goes then its $1200 or below.


CPI in New Zealand and the Westpac Leading Index in Australia before a fairly quiet data night and then the Beige Book early doors tomorrow morning.

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  1. But surely, any market price has all the data and analysis in it – Fundamental and Technical. So any movement from the current price must be driven by an occurrence unexpected by the market. So that 50% you mention is as much at risk from technical analysis as it is from no analysis!

    • Deus Forex Machina

      C’mon Janet – if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Only slightly used, 90 years old joins north and south Sydney 🙂

      But seriously the whole EMH stuff is bunkum as we have seen countless times over the years and particularly if trading and speculation is your business.

      But imagine if I grant you that EMH is real then technicals are not inconsistent with that as the “new information” could be as simple as a technical level breaking and the sellers or buyers piling in.

      Without technicals you are trading you are driving on unfamiliar roads without your GPS



      • So show me the chart you did on Monday that had the bomb episode plotted. Technical analysis is as important to you as it isn’t to me. It give you a reason to ‘do something’ in the absence of anything else. I don’t have a problem with that. It’s often the impetus that is needed just to put that dollar to work after many thrashings of an unexpected nature. But that, to me, is all it is. A record of what happened, and a chance to see why. Like your chart will show you Boston, today, in a way I doubt it did before. As I’ve said previously: if it works for you, that’s all that matters.

        • Deus Forex Machina

          You will notice that I did not and have not mentioned Boston in either yesterday or today’s analysis.

          As awful as it is it had nothing to do with gold tanking – if markets were efficient it should have seen gold rally as the old safe haven meme played out but that didn’t happen. Equally the Aussie was already under pressure regardless of Boston and Euro went down yesterday and up today – go figure.

          Anyway we simply have different views so no point continuing.



          • Greg. The last time I read you gold projection it was for it to test $1624 ( or something like that). Then we had the Goldman’s note, and a few commentators muttering about Cyprus, and still I saw nothing from you altering your short term view that gold was to test higher levels. Certainly nothing about a $200 collapse in the price. Of course I may have missed it, in which case my apologies, but I doubt it.

          • Deus Forex Machina

            Understood – not everything I write ends up here:

            Have a look at the Gold tab on my “trading” website

            You’ll see that I’ve been Uber bearish gold for a while.

            As for the $1624 I thought it was $1619 and when it couldn’t get through after Cyprus I bailed on it.

            Either way no matter but if anyone is readin this stream it is another reminder that we do our best here but as traders we do change our views (sometimes in a few hours like yesterday on the Oz) so none of my posts should ever be taken as anything than my view and an expression of my view at time of writing.



          • Deus Forex Machina

            Oh by the way – I had $1312 as a target but not for a second did I think it would get here this soon.

            Its one of the reason I have price targets not time and price predictions – that is too too hard.

  2. Great wrap Greg, thanks again.

    Shorting gold/silver so far has been trade of the year…although I wonder if there’s more volatility ahead in other markets.

    Love this time of year!