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Trump believes discussions with China will be very successful. Expects outcome in 3-4 weeks


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ANALYSIS

USDCAD

Dollar/CAD is trading bid this morning as the broader USD waffles around in overnight trade. Risk sentiment has recovered somewhat after President Trump said he believed discussions with China will be very successful and that he expects an outcome in three or four weeks. The S&Ps are bouncing 20pts higher, USDCNH has faded off its highs in the 6.9140s, and USDJPY has recouped all of yesterdays losses. None of this is hurting the broader USD all that much however, and so we continue to be on guard for the next negative bombshell. It appears Saudi Arabian installations were the target of seven drone attacks from Yemeni Hothi rebels in overnight trade, and this is seeing June crude oil prices trade 1.4% higher (but this is not hurting USDCAD all that much either). Todays North American calendar doesnt feature any notable data releases, and so we think USDCAD traders try to build upon yesterdays progress above the 1.3450-60 level.

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USDCAD DAILY

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USDCAD HOURLY

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JUN CRUDE OIL DAILY


EURUSD

Euro/dollar hasnt done much in overnight trade but its now starting to see some selling as NY trading gets underway today. Yesterdays gold inspired rally unraveled suddenly when risk assets took another leg lower heading into the London close, and were now seeing EURUSD trade more in lockstep with the broader USD today as opposed to the precious metal. Germany reported its final April CPI figure this morning at +2.1% YoY, which was in-line with expectations. It also reported its ZEW survey for the month of May, but these numbers were arguably mixed (weaker than expected on the Economic Sentiment read but better than expected on the Current Situation read). Dollar/yuan, while trading off yesterdays highs, still looks bid in our opinion (which should be EURUSD negative). We think EUR traders need to decide what theyre going to trade off here and stick to it, but its quite possible todays 1.1blnEUR option expiry at 1.1240 could delay the decision making for one more day. Trend-line chart support at the 1.1220s has just given way, and this is now leading to some more EURUSD selling. The talk is deputy Italian PM Matteo Salvini has just said that his country is ready to break EU fiscal rules in order to improve labour market conditions.

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EURUSD DAILY

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EURUSD HOURLY

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GBPUSD

Sterling has been a snooze fest in London trade so far today as traders toy with both sides of trend-line chart support in the 1.2930s. The EURGBP cross tried to break above chart resistance in the 0.8680s earlier, but this has now failed. This mornings slightly weaker than expected UK employment report for March didnt ruffle too many feathers, because the BOE hands are tied with Brexit we feel. Wages grew only +3.2% 3M/yr vs +3.4% and the headline job gain was +99k vs +140k expected. We think the 1.2930s will remain the pivot for price action heading into mid-week. Staying below this level could see the market test the 1.2890s, whereas moving back above it may give some longs the confidence to re-enter.

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GBPUSD DAILY

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GBPUSD HOURLY

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EURGBP DAILY


AUDUSD

The Australian dollar is flirting with a break of trend-line support this morning at 0.6940 as the broader USD sees demand heading into NY trade. The Salvini comments appear to be the driver right now. Last nights slightly weaker than expected April NAB survey was a non-event for traders. Tonight brings Australias Westpac Consumer Confidence numbers for May (8:30pmET), along with the Q1 Wage Price index (9:30pmET). We think the entrenched fund short position remains in charge, and we think the lack of chart support in the market here until the 0.6850s could make the market vulnerable to significant downside.

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AUDUSD DAILY

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AUDUSD HOURLY

JUL COPPER DAILY

JUL COPPER DAILY


USDJPY

Dollar/yen has recovered handsomely from the 109.05-15 support level that got tested during yesterdays global risk-off wave. The S&P futures popped higher last night following Trumps more upbeat comments on US/China trade negotiations, and this has helped USDJPY as well. We think the fund longs dodged a bullet yesterday by avoiding the abyss below the 109 handle, and we think we may now see traders gun for Sundays opening gap in the high 109.80s, provided US equites hold up.

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USDJPY DAILY

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USDJPY HOURLY

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S&P 500 DAILY

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