Australian dollar leads virus bubble blowoff

See the latest Australian dollar analysis here:

Macro Morning

DXY was strong last night as EUR wilted:

The Australian dollar roared versus DMs:

And EMs:

Gold was hit:

Oil missed the memo:

But metals got it:

And miners:

EM stocks gapped higher:

Junk was stable:

All safe havens were hosed:

And stocks were bid to the moon. Behold Nasdaq record highs!

Westpac has the data wrap:

Event Wrap

US Dec. factory orders rose 1.8%m/m (est. +1.2%, prior revised to -1.2%m/m from -0.7%m/m) but the more important ex-transport level was stronger, rising 0.6%m/m (est. +0.1%m/m, prior revised to +0.2%m/m from +0.3%m/m).

The GDT dairy auction resulted in a 4.7% fall in prices overall, with whole milk powder down 6.2% (close to earlier futures market predictions), skimmed milk powder down 4.2%, and butter up 0.2%.

Updated coronavirus statistics show confirmed cases total 20,708 worldwide (20,483 in China), of which 4% have recovered, 13% are in critical condition, and 427 have died (425 in China).

Event Outlook

NZ labour data for Q4 should reflect a balanced market, with unemployment remaining at 4.2% which is around a neutral rate, and wages rising 0.5% in the quarter.

RBA Governor Lowe speaks on ‘The Year Ahead’ in Sydney. Market participants will be focused on the Governor’s assessment of the risks to the outlook, both domestic and global.

Euro Area retail sales are forecast to reverse part of their 1.0% November jump in December, falling 0.5%.

In the US, a partial reversal in recent import weakness is expected to see the trade deficit widen in December. ADP private payrolls meanwhile are expected to show a moderation in job growth coming into 2020. The ISM non-manufacturing survey will also likely point to a softening outlook for jobs, but momentum in the services sector should remain robust overall.

US growth is rebounding on its red hot hosuing market, as expected:

With great scope for more:

And the fire power:

Plus affordability:

The problem is, China is imploding:

But in the intiial stages the liqudity is extreme:

Which only blows stocks higher:

Welcome to the virus blowoff bubble of 2020. I have seen this kind of set up before. In 2008 as the world galloped towards the sub-pime cliff, and in 1999 as it careened towards the bust. On both occasions markets took a bright idea and extrapolated it forever into the future.

It is not certain that we will rerun these today as the Chinese shutdown gets progressively worse chasing the virus. The CCP might win or some miracle drug appear. What we can say is that right now the trend is towards failure on both fronts.

So do not be fooled. The virus outcome in China is all that matters to this wild bid and the direction of the Australian dollar.

David Llewellyn-Smith

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  1. This bubble bust is going to be one for the ages.

    Also, private mortgage lenders in the US have demanded that lending criteria be relaxed again ie. we’re heading back to low doc, no doc, NINJA loans, so the housing bubble there may have a last hurrah. And why not, when the Taxpayer will come running to bail you out. Again.

      • The RBA kept dropping rates while I was saving which kept pushing house prices higher and return on my savings lower. Now that I’m about to exchange from $USD to $AUD I finally want them to actually drop rates and they go on hold suddenly, despite bush fires and corona virus. Every step I get undermined by the RBA.

        • They are chunts, no two ways about it.

          Still the AUD right now is the lowest it’s been in a decade except for last Friday and Monday when it was even lower! So all things being equal it’s still not so bad.

          • Agree, so I’m happy to transfer now if I can, but as you probably know CurrencyFair doesn’t always transfer right away.

  2. Issue for the ages now will be cashflow.
    $5 mill at 1%pa = $50k pa.
    Or risk it all for 2% pa?

  3. Link below is probably the best I’ve read on the virus. Its just not that serious a virus with 2% being an overstated death rate, doesn’t negate the economic fall out of course. Considering the virus doesn’t like warm weather, it raises the possibility come June July August the global centre of the pandemic will be southern Aus and NZ, with their big Chinese populations and winter when everywhere else is warm.

    • Everything about the way the Chinese government is responding to this virus suggests that they know something about it that the rest of the world so far does not. Another 14 days and the picture should become clearer

    • He routinely sells stock to fund His space biz

      Didn’t mean to deify bezos on plane and CBf fixing which is funny as the time taken to explain that….

  4. Thus, in this story, the counterfeiting of $1 bills is highly unusual, for it’s an indicator that profit is not the primary motivation of whomever was ultimately behind the operation. But if currency were selected as the principal means of circulating as a biowarfare platform, it makes eminent sense, for $1 bills circulate widely and quickly, from the change in the grocery store line to tips given in restaurants, and so on.

    • Can’t argue with “the seizure itself suggests that the US customs was already on the lookout for something.” as damning evidence. Customs is a poker group, right?