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FX market on hold ahead of NFPs

- Concerns are growing about the Fed's ability to achieve its 2% inflation target
- Today's US payrolls will be closely scrutinized
- Negatives rates, or QE4, or both should not be ruled out
- We are bullish on EURUSD and believe that policy divergence has come to end
As expected the Bank of England maintained its benchmark rate at a record-low 2% (even Ian McCafferty switched his hawkish vote). The MPC revised down its growth projection to 2.2% from 2.5% for 2016 and to 2.4% from 2.7% for 2017. As expected, the MPC also trimmed the inflation forecast to 0.4% from 0.7% for 2016 and to 1.2% from 1.5% for 2017 as wage pressure remained subdued and energy prices continue to weigh. Initially, the market sent the pound sterling lower amid the unanimous decision to leave rates unchanged. However, Mark Carney’s comments were less dovish than anticipated by investors, which helped the pound to bounce back to its pre-announcement levels. All in all, both the comments and the revised projections were in line with market expectations. In Tokyo, GBP/USD stabilised at around 1.4550, consolidating this week's 2.3% gains.
The much awaited US job report is due later today. After December’s strong figure (292k), the US economy is expected to have created 190k private job in the month of January. However, we have the feeling that the market is paying less and less attention to the data from the job market as it seems there is a sort of disconnection between the upbeat stats from the job market and the rest of the economic data, which present a much gloomier picture. Apart from this we are convinced that a solid pick-up in wage pressure would definitely help to boost USD demand. EUR/USD validated the break of the 1.11 resistance and is currently taking a breather just below 1.12 as traders await the release of the job report.
***Yann Quelenn, market anayst: “Over the last two days, the dollar has endured its biggest loss since July 2013. The EURUSD is trading slightly below 1.1200. Indeed, there are growing concerns about U.S. fundamentals and in particular the ability of the Fed to achieve 2% inflation. Today’s payrolls will be closely scrutinized especially after the solid ADP last Tuesday. 190k jobs creations are expected vs 292k a month before. For the time being, the better jobs conditions have not pushed inflation up despite the fact that it was widely expected. Markets are pricing in worse economic conditions in the U.S. amid issues regarding the true state of the U.S. economy. If inflation does not clearly pick up then the Fed will not have much room to act to achieve its dual mandate. Fed Chair Yellen has announced that she is not very convinced about negatives rates and their effectiveness. She should also admit that massive QEs are also far from being efficient. But passivity is not an option so negative rates, or QE4, or both seems to be the direction in which we are heading. We are bullish EURUSD as we believe that policy divergence is coming to an end for 2016.”***
In Australia, the Aussie’s reaction to latest developments was muted as neither the poor retail sales read nor the hawkish RBA’s statement seemed to have any influence on AUD/USD. After surging more than 2% since Monday morning, the Aussie is consolidating at around $0.7180.
In the equity market, returns were mixed in Asia with the Japanese Nikkei down 1.32% and the broader Topix down 1.43%. In mainland China, both the Shanghai and Shenzhen Composite paired losses, down 0.63% and 1.15% respectively. However, the rest of the Asian regional market were trading in positive territory with Singapore’s STI up 2.22%, the Indonesian JCI up 2.60% and the Indian Sensex up 0.73%. In Europe, equity futures are roughly flat.
Today traders will be watching foreign currency reserves from Switzerland; industrial production and orders from Sweden; industrial production from Norway; IBGE inflation from Brazil; trade balance, NFP, unemployment rate and participation rate from the US; unemployment rate from Canada.

Friday, 05 Feb, 2016 / 9:14

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