Daily Observations:

US stocks fell with Treasuries, while the dollar pared its decline, after Fed officials stoked speculation over interest-rate increases despite evidence of uneven growth in the US.


  • The Fed’s New York President William Dudley said fed funds futures are under-pricing rate hikes, and tightening next month is possible. He further warned investors are underestimating and complacent about the need for rate hikes.
  • Atlanta’s Fed President Dennis Lockhart commented that the economy is strong enough for at least one more rate increase before the end of the year.
  • Headline CPI in July matched expectations and was stagnant from a month earlier, while core CPI rose 0.1% over the same period but was worse than the 0.2% rise expected. On a year-on-year basis, headline CPI was 0.8% higher, less than the 0.9% expected, while core CPI’s increment of 2.2% missed forecasts of 2.3% as well.,
  • Industrial production last month gained 0.7%, soundly beating the median consensus of 0.3%.
  • In a note to clients, Barclays says a recent shift in Fed rhetoric suggests policy is in “September or never” mode.
  • The FOMC is due to release its July meeting’s minutes tonight which could provide more clues regarding the trajectory of future rate hikes.
  • The S&P 500 Index fell 0.6% following Dudley’s comments last night. Phone and utilities shares led declines.
  • The US dollar pared its losses following hawkish comments from Dudley. The dollar had initially weakened to near 3-month lows after weaker-than-expected inflation numbers.
  • Yields on 10yr Treasuries rose 2bp to 1.57%, after rising 4bp during the previous session.


  • Manufacturing sales in June jumped 0.8% from a month earlier, recovering from the previous month’s decline of 1.0%. Economists were expecting a rise of 0.5%.


  • Consumer prices in July rose 0.6% from a year earlier, faster than the 0.5% predicted by analysts. Stripped of food and energy, prices increase 1.3% over the same period, missing the consensus estimate of 1.4%.
  • Input costs jumped an annual 4.3%, ending 32 consecutive monthly declines, while import prices jumped the most since 2011.


  • China’s regulators took another step toward opening their financial markets yesterday, unveiling the Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock connect, the second channel for foreign investors to buy the country’s stocks.
  • Authorities also said they will not be imposing the aggregate quota for the new stock connect when trading starts in the expected 4 months’ time. The cap between the existing connection of Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges was also removed.


  • Non-oil domestic exports slumped 10.6% in July from a year earlier, its deepest decline in 4 months. Economists were predicting a 2.5% drop.

Precious Metals:

  • Spot gold decline 0.9% to $1,341.11/Oz, paring yesterday’s gains.
  • A major consolidation chart pattern has developed over the past 2 weeks. The key resistance at $1,375/Oz remains, while the level at $1,310/Oz is the next significant support.
  • Silver for immediate delivery slumped 1.7% to $19.7160/Oz.


  • WTI futures expiring in September closed at its highest price in 5 weeks, 1.8% higher at $46.58/bbl, bolstered by a weaker US dollar and speculation that OPEC talks next month could result in a deal to stabilize prices via a freeze on output.
  • Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the nation was open to cooperating to stabilize markets after Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih commented talks in Algiers may result in action.



  • Spot 1.3438
  • USDSGD rebounded sharply, rising 0.4% to 1.3440 earlier today despite hitting an almost 2-month low of 1.3348 last night.
  • Weaker-than-expected exports numbers released this morning has increased speculation that the MAS could ease as soon as October.
  • The August high of 1.3493 acts as the next resistance point.



  • Spot 0.7675
  • AUDUSD slid 0.8% to 0.7661 earlier on the back of a stronger US dollar overnight.
  • The currency pair is currently trading around a previously-broken resistance level of 0.7650.



  • Spot 1.2872
  • USDCAD recovered most of its previous day’s 0.8% decline, gaining back 0.5% to 1.2894 earlier today.
  • The next key support remains at the 1.2800 handle.



  • Spot 6.6374
  • The PBOC sets its fixing rate higher for the third day at 6.6056 against the dollar.
  • USDCNH rose 0.2% to 6.6393, rebounding off the 6.6228 support level.



  • Spot 1.3024
  • Yesterday’s inflation pickup has driven GBPUSD past the 1.3000 level. The currency pair was 0.7% higher at 1.3071 earlier today.
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