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Market Updates Ahead of China PMI, JOLTs, BoE Rate Hike, PCE Report, RBA Meetings

The Week Ahead: At A Glance

✅Prepare for an exciting week in the currency markets as the spotlight is on the Bank of England. Get ready to delve into the captivating forecast of the British Pound for GBP/USD and EUR/GBP.

🤔 Bank of Japan’s letdown may have impacted the Japanese Yen, but there’s hope for a comeback. What are the upcoming prospects for USD/JPY and GBP/JPY.

👊  Is the strong US Dollar here to stay? The upcoming PCE data could determine the Dollar’s fate.

🖐 Get ready for an exciting journey ahead as the Aussie takes center stage. Brace yourself for potentially significant changes in AUD/USD and AUD/JPY as the RBA meeting approaches.

🤑 Don’t miss out on the stock market developments this week! Keep a close watch on Apple and Amazon earnings, as well as the June U.S.

(JOLTs).  📊 These factors could bring some interesting movement to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100.

💡 The Euro had a turbulent end to the week, but things might be calming down. Keep an eye on EUR/USD and EUR/JPY as they recover losses and move forward. 🔥

EUR/USD falls from highs, remains above 1.1000

After climbing towards 1.1050 due to positive inflation and growth data from the Euro area, EUR/USD is now struggling to maintain its bullish momentum. With cautious market sentiment in the American session, the pair is retreating towards 1.1000 and trading in the lower half of its daily range.

From a technical perspective, it seems that the EUR/USD pair’s bullish potential is restricted.

USD/JPY Bounces Back Following BOJ’s Adjustment To YCC Policy

The recent adjustment by the BOJ in its yield curve control policy has led to a significant rebound in USD/JPY. Meanwhile, EUR/JPY and AUD/JPY are approaching strong resistance levels.

During its recent meeting, the BOJ maintained its target for the JGB 10-year yield but made a change in the rate of fixed-rate purchase operations. This adjustment indicates the bank’s willingness to allow a temporary increase in the yield.

While the BOJ remains committed to its inflation target, the rebound in USD/JPY suggests that the YCC tweak is not seen as a tightening signal but rather a way to manage the yield curve sustainably in a global environment of rising yields.

Volatility Continues as Chinese Manufacturing PMI Impacts Rand

After a volatile week, the South African rand is facing pressure from weak Chinese manufacturing PMI data. This has had a significant impact on commodity-linked currencies like the ZAR due to their close trading relationship with China. As a result, the ZAR is trading approximately 0.85% lower against the US dollar (USD/ZAR)

Looking ahead, the performance of the US dollar will be a key driver for the week. Data such as the US ISM services PMI and Non-Farm Payroll reports will be closely watched, especially in light of the recent dovish tone from the Federal Reserve. Any signs of weakness in the US labor market could further weigh on the USD.

Stay informed with TraderFactor’s Economic Calendar.

The Aussie Surges on Positive Chinese Manufacturing Data, But Questions Loom Ahead of RBA Meeting

The Australian Dollar saw a brief surge before settling near its starting point, following strong Chinese manufacturing data that exceeded expectations.

This data has sparked optimism that China, the world’s second-largest economy, may be on the path to recovery after the pandemic.

In May, Chinese manufacturing PMI came in at 49.3, beating the anticipated forecast of 48.9. The non-manufacturing PMI also performed well at 51.5, although slightly below the forecast of 53.0. The combined composite PMI read is 51.1, slightly lower than the previous reading of 52.3.

The market places significant importance on manufacturing PMI due to its implications for overall economic activity.

The China PMI indices are based on a survey of 3,000 manufacturers, mostly large firms, and a reading above 50 is seen as a positive sign for the country’s economic outlook.

The Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) set the Yuan reference rate at 7.1305, lower than market estimates of 7.1532.

Following the positive data, the mainland China’s CSI 300 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI) indices reached a 2-month high, building on last week’s strong rally.

While the data bodes well for Australian exporters, all eyes will be on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) monetary policy meeting this week. There is uncertainty surrounding whether the RBA will tighten rates or not.

Economists only slightly favors a 25 basis point rate hike, but the interest rate futures market sees only a very minimal chance of an increase in the cash rate.

By focusing on the Aussie’s response to the Chinese manufacturing data and highlighting the upcoming RBA meeting, the rewritten content captures attention and provides clarity in a concise manner.

Traders Expectations Ahead of BOE Rate Hike

Bank of England (BoE) expected to raise interest rates by 25bps this week, boosting the British pound. Confidence in the hike is reflected in a 68% probability according to money market pricing.

Despite mixed economic data within the UK, inflation is moderating, supporting the expectation of a rate increase.

In addition to the BoE decision, today’s key focus is on eurozone core inflation and GDP flash releases. The European Central Bank (ECB) has hinted at possible rate hikes in the future, citing positive GDP indicators from Spain, France, and Germany.

The US dollar remains strong following Friday’s core PCE figures, signaling limited recessionary fears. However, upcoming data on ISM services PMI as well as Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) will provide further insight into the current dovish narrative surrounding the US economy.

FAQs On Why Traders Should Follow Economic Events

Why is it important for traders to follow market analysis?

Traders need to stay informed about market trends, patterns, and factors that can impact asset prices. Market analysis helps them make informed trading decisions.

How does tracking economic events benefit traders?

Economic events such as interest rate decisions, GDP reports, and employment data can significantly impact currency values. Traders who follow these events can identify trading opportunities and manage risks effectively.

What role does news play in trading?

News can have a profound impact on financial markets. Traders who stay updated with the latest news can anticipate market movements and adjust their strategies accordingly.

How can earnings releases affect currency values?

Earnings releases provide insights into the financial performance of companies. Positive earnings can boost investor confidence, leading to a stronger currency, while negative earnings can have the opposite effect.

What impact can China PMI data have on currency markets?

China PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) data reflects the health of the manufacturing sector. Stronger PMI readings indicate a robust economy, potentially strengthening the Chinese currency.

Why do traders pay attention to central bank meetings? 

Central bank meetings often involve policy decisions, including interest rate changes. These decisions can have a significant impact on currency values, making them vital for traders to monitor.

How does a Bank of England (BOE) rate hike affect the currency? 

A BOE rate hike signals tightening monetary policy, which can attract foreign investments and strengthen the currency.

What is the significance of PCE data for traders? 

Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) data is a key measure of consumer spending. Higher PCE figures indicate increased economic activity, potentially strengthening the currency.

How does the US jobs data report (JOLTs) influence currency markets? 

The US jobs data report provides insights into the labor market, including job openings and turnover rates. Strong employment figures can boost investor confidence and strengthen the US dollar.

Why should traders follow multiple releases and events? 

Traders need to consider a range of economic releases and events to get a comprehensive view of market conditions. By analyzing multiple factors, they can make better-informed trading decisions.

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  • Phyllis Wangui

    Phyllis Wangui is a Financial Analyst and News Editor with qualifications in accounting and economics. She has over 20 years of banking and accounting experience, during which she has gained extensive knowledge of the forex, stock news, stock market, forex analysis, cryptos and foreign exchange industries. Phyllis is an avid commentator on these topics and loves to share her insights with others through financial publications and social media platforms.