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G20 Dropped Pledge Against Protectionism, Markets Shrugged Off

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The financial markets have mixed, or probably just little reaction, to the outcome of the G20 meeting in Germany over the weekend. Markets in Australia, South Korea traded mildly lower. Meanwhile, stocks in Hong Kong jumped. Japan is on holiday today. In the currency markets, Sterling is paring back some of last week's gain while Dollar stays generally weak. On the other hand, commodity currencies are trading broadly higher as led by Kiwi and Aussie. In other markets, Gold breaches last week's high and is extending rebound to as high as 1235 so far. WTI crude oil dips back to 48.3 as last week's recovery failed below 50. While RBNZ will meet this week, the main focus will turn back to economic data in most countries.

G20 dropped pledge on protectionism and climate change

In the communique released by the G20 countries during the weekend, they dropped the pledged to "avoid all forms of protectionism." Instead, they toned down to a much tamer version of "working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies." This is seen as a response to the protectionist approach of US president Donald Trump's administration. Yet, Trump didn't get the pledge to ensure "fair" trade neither. Meanwhile G20 also dropped the pledge on climate change. Regarding global recovery, G20 noted that "the pace of growth is still weaker than desirable and downside risks for the global economy remain. We reaffirm our commitment to international economic and financial cooperation."

US Mnuchin: past communique not necessarily relevant

US trade secretary Steven Mnuchin described the meeting as "incredibly productive". And, he emphasized that "what was in the past communique is not necessarily relevant from my standpoint." He said that "I understand what the president's desire is and his policies and I negotiated from there." He also said that the US believes in "free trade" but "we want to re-examine certain agreements".

French FM Sapin: there was disagreement within the G-20 between a country and all the others.

On the other hand, EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that "it is not the best meeting we've had, but we avoided backtracking." He hoped that "the wording will be different" at the July G20 meeting in Hamburg. German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble tried to talk down the changes and said it's untrue that officials failed to find the common ground. And Schaeuble said that "it's completely clear we are not for protectionism. But it wasn't clear what one or another meant by that."

French finance minister Michel Sapin said that he regretted that the discussions "didn't end in a satisfactory manner." But he noted that "there wasn't a G-20 disagreement, there was disagreement within the G-20 between a country and all the others." Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau said that "the Americans were doing what any new administration would do -- they were looking at the language through their lens." And, "their lens is: how can trade benefit the U.S.? Everyone else has the same lens, but every other country has the advantage of being at the previous meeting."

NZD/USD heading higher ahead of RBNZ

New Zealand dollar is trading high ahead of RBNZ rate decision later in the week. The central bank is widely expected to keep the OCR unchanged at 1.75%. Technically, NZD/USD formed a short term bottom at 0.6888 and rebounded strongly. The development argues that price actions from 0.7484 are merely forming a consolidation pattern. And that is, medium term rise from 0.6102 low is not completed yet. Further rise would now be seen back to 0.7128 near term resistance first. Break will pave the way for at least a test on 0.7374/7484 resistance zone.

Looking ahead...

Released today, New Zealand Westpac consumer confidence dropped to 111.9 in Q1. UK Rightmove house price rose 1.3% in March. Germany will release PPI while Canada will release wholesale sales later today. For the week ahead, RBA and BoJ will release meeting minutes. UK CPI could be a market moving data considering the hawkish BoE minutes last week. New Zealand will also face the test from trade balance. Meanwhile, Euro traders will look into Friday's PMIs.

  • Monday: German PPI; Canada wholesale sales
  • Tuesday: Australia house price, RBA minutes; UK CPI; Canada retail sales
  • Wednesday: BOJ minutes; Japan trade balance; US house price index, existing home sales
  • Thursday: RBNZ rate decision; German Gfk consumer sentiment; ECB bulletin; US jobless claims, new home sales
  • Friday; New Zealand trade balance; Eurozone PMIs; Canada CPI; US durable goods orders

AUD/USD Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.7671; (P) 0.7694; (R1) 0.7725; More...

Intraday bias in AUD/USD remains on the upside as the rise from 0.7490 is extending to as high as 0.7728 so far. As noted before, the whole rally from 0.7158 is likely resuming. Break of 0.7740 resistance will confirm this case and target 61.8% projection of 0.7158 to 0.7740 from 0.7490 at 0.7850 next. That coincides with key long term retracement level at 0.7849. At this point, we'd expect strong resistance from 0.7849/50 to limit upside and bring reversal. On the downside, below 0.7662 minor support will turn bias neutral first. But break of 0.7490 is needed to indicate reversal. Otherwise, outlook will stay bullish in case of retreat.

In the bigger picture, we're still treating price actions from 0.6826 low as a correction. And, as long as 38.2% retracement of 0.9504 to 0.6826 at 0.7849 holds, long term down trend from 1.1079 is expected to resume sooner or later. Break of 0.6826 low will target 0.6008 key support level. However, firm break of 0.7849 will indicate that rise from 0.6826 is developing into a medium term rebound, rather than a sideway pattern. In such case, stronger rise should be seek to 55 month EMA (now at 0.8169) and above.

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Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
21:00 NZD Westpac Consumer Confidence Q1 111.9 113.1
0:01 GBP Rightmove House Prices M/M Mar 1.30% 2.00%
7:00 EUR German PPI M/M Feb 0.40% 0.70%
7:00 EUR German PPI Y/Y Feb 3.20% 2.40%
12:30 CAD Wholesale Sales M/M Jan 0.40% 0.70%