Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Euro Surged On Hawkish ECB Minutes, Dollar To Look Into CPI

Risk appetite continued to be generally strong. DOW closed up 205.6 pts, or 0.81% overnight to 25574.73. and NASDAQ were up 0.7% and 0.8% respectively. All hit new record highs. Positive sentiments continue in Asian session with gains in China and HK markets even though weakens mildly on recent Yen strength. also extended recent rally to as high as 64.77 and is set to test 65 handle. Gold is firm, consolidation around 1320, as is back under pressure. The greenback will look into today’s CPI reading for direction.

Euro on ECB

Euro jumped sharply yesterday the December ECB minutes signaled that policymakers might begin changing the forward guidance in coming months in response to a better macroeconomic backdrop. As the minutes noted, “the view was widely shared among members that the Governing Council’s communication would need to evolve gradually… if the economy continued to expand and inflation converged further towards the Governing Council”s aim. The language pertaining to various dimensions of the monetary policy stance and forward guidance could be revisited early in the coming year”. Moreover, the minutes suggested that the members noticed “a gap appeared to be emerging between favorable economic conditions and a policy stance that remained in a crisis configuration”. More in Hawkish ECB Signals To Revisit Forward Guidance As Recovery Pace Accelerates.

The news sent above 1.2 handle while is also back pressing 0.89. But remains in near term decline despite a relatively weak recovery. is also still limited below 1.1777 resistance. Underlying strength in Euro remains to be confirmed.

Fed Dudley warned tax cuts will come at a cost

A key Fed official, New York Fed President William Dudley warned that the Republican’s tax cuts “will come at a cost. After all, there is no such thing as a free lunch”. He said that “the economy has considerable forward momentum, monetary policy is still accommodative, financial conditions are easy, and fiscal policy is set to provide a boost. But, there are some significant storm clouds over the longer term”. He added further that “keeping the economy on a sustainable path may become more challenging” for the Fed due to the risk of “overheating.”

Earlier in the week, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan also said that the short-term boost from the tax cuts to the economy will eventually “tail off”. The government would be saddled with more debt in the future and “it would create a future headwind for economic growth”.

On the data front

China trade surplus widened sharply to USD 54.7b, or in term CNY 362b. US CPI and retail seals will bee the main focus for today.

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