2022-12-02 07:50:00


Over done Powell-reversal plus month end flows pushed  the risk as well as equities too far. Powell did acknowledge  slowing in  pace of hikes but his core message was stubbornly high core inflation, particularly in the core services ex-housing category. This category is largely driven by wages and an area where the Fed struggles to see labour supply improving anytime soon. 

ISM mfg index`s first contractionary reading in 2-1/2 years, with weak details throughout the report. (Markets were looking for a worse ISM number after the poor regional data).Core PCE price index climbed 5.0% y/y in Oct after rising  5.2% in Sep.Continuing claims are over 1.6 million and with Challenger report, showing a big reversal in the last few months, - a weakening economy

Risk-on flows may eventually be tripped up when weakening economic data reverts to being seen as bad news and  may become risk aversion medium-term with Europe and China facing greater  risk than  U.S this winter. Moreso ,Thinning December markets and seasonal dollar weakness and hence its not prudent to draw any conclusive evidence for the medium term USD trajectory.

EU edges towards a USD 60 price cap on Russian seaborne oil.Will be interesting to see how the mechanics of the cap work in reality. Unlikely Close above 1.0511 50% 2022 fall targets 1.0615, late June range high

SSEC +0.2% amid China reopening hopes.
USD/CNH consolidates slightly higher to 7.0572 from 7.0390.Ceiling of Bollinger downtrend channel 7.0692 caps intraday.

Sterling catapulted above the key 200 dma hurdle at 1.2155 that had deterred buyers last week. Prices also traded above the 50% Fibo of the 2021-22 downtrend and August`s swing high at 1.2285/915 intraday.

Japanese importer, pre-weekend demand eyed intoTokyo fix today.Price probing final 76.4% Fibo of 130.40-151.94 rise at 135.48.
Monday`s 137.50 low a fair point to fade if correction occurs.

Carry erosion & Trade deficit dynamicsdo not get altered with weaker Overseas dollar . Despite the massive transfer of wealth from savers to borrowers over the last 3 years, CAGR  GDP growth of very meek  1.80% is a macro concern beyond the headlines .However USDINR on  the  verge of entering Bollinger downtrend channel at 81.08 close below today will impart bearish chart bias for near term.