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Dollar Soars Broadly after All-Round Strong NFP

Dollar soars broadly, together with benchmark treasury yields, after an all around strong non-farm payroll report. At the same times US futures tumble, apparently on expectations Fed’s tightening pace will continue with such healthy job market. The greenback is now the strongest one for the week and the question is, whether it could break through some key near term levels before weekly close.

Technically, the most important level to monitor is 1.0095 minor support in EUR/USD. Firm break there will argue that medium term down trend is ready to resume through 0.9951 low. GBP/USD has already made progress on breaking 1.20623 minor support. USD/JPY also breaks 134.58 minor resistance. These two are both Dollar positive developments.

In Europe, at the time of writing, FTSE is down -0.34%. DAX is down -0.34%. CAC is down -0.71%. Germany 10-year yield is up 0.070 at 0.873. Earlier in Asia, Nikkei rose 0.87%. Hong Kong HSI rose 0.14%. China Shanghai SSE rose 1.19%. Singapore Strait Times rose 0.40%. Japan 10-year JGB yield dropped -0.0125 to 0.163.

US NFP grew 528k in Jul, unemployment rate down to 3.5%, strong wage growth

US non-farm payroll employment grew strongly by 528k in July, well above expectation of 250k. That’s also much higher than the average gain of 388k over the prior 4 months. Total non-farm employment has also reached its pre-pandemic level.

Unemployment rate dropped from 3.6% to 3.5%, better than expectation of 3.6%. Participation rate dropped -0.1% to 62.1%.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.5% mom in July, above expectation of 0.3% mom.

Canada employment dropped -30.6k in Jul, unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9%

Canada employment dropped -30.6k in July, much worse than expectation of 25.0k growth. Services-producing jobs dropped -53k or -0.3% while goods-producing jobs rose 23k or 0.6%.

Unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9%, below expectation of 5.0%, but matched the historic low reached in June. Total hours worked were down -0.5%. Average hourly wages was up 5.2% yoy.

BoE Bailey: Businesses concerned about hiring, not raising prices

BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said at the Today Programme that the real risks is import inflation from energy and food becomes “embedded”. As firms are not struggling to raise prices, inflation would be comes worse when its embedded.

“The first thing they (businesses) want to talk to me about is that businesses have trouble hiring people, and that is still going on. They’re also saying to us actually they’re not finding it difficult to raise prices at the moment. That can’t go on,” he said.

Bailey also said the interest rates are not going to go back to pre-2008 financial crisis levels. Additionally, “we don’t think that the rolling back of QE and the sale of assets is going to have a big impact on market interest rates”.

BoE Pill: We need flexibility on rates according to circumstances

BoE Chief Economist Huw Pill told Bloomberg Television, the BoE is not “behind the curve” on tightening.

But he added that investors should not assume there will be another 50bps rate hike in September. “Given the uncertainties we face, I think we need flexibility either to go further, or to stay where we are, and the pace at which we go further to be varied according to circumstances,” he said.

Australia AiG services rose to 51.7, two-speed sector emerges

Australia AiG Performance of Services rose 2.9 pts to 51.7 in July. Sales jumped 7.4 to 49.3. However, employment dropped -2.9 to 52.4. New orders rose 1.7 to 50.6. Supplier deliveries rose 5.9 to 47.6. Input prices rose 5.3 to 74.3. Selling prices dropped -3.8 to 63.4.

Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group, said: “We are seeing a ‘two-speed’ services sector emerge as businesses contend with labour shortages and rising interest rates. Business & property and personal services grew dramatically in July, while retail & hospitality and logistics fell dramatically. Chronic labour shortages and a super-charged winter spike in absenteeism are large and growing challenges for labour-intensive service industries. And rising interest rates are dampening consumer sentiment, casting a shadow over consumer-facing sectors.”

USD/JPY Mid-Day Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 132.31; (P) 133.37; (R1) 133.97; More…

USD/JPY’s rebound from 130.38 resumes after brief retreat. Break of 134.58 resistance suggests that correction from 139.37 has completed. Intraday bias is back to the upside for retesting 139.37 high. On the downside, below 132.50 minor support will resume the correction from 139.337 through 130.38 instead.

In the bigger picture, a medium term top should be in place at 139.37, on bearish divergence condition in daily MACD. Fall from there could be correcting whole up trend from 101.18 (2020 low). While deeper decline cannot be ruled out, outlook will stays bullish as long as 55 week EMA (now at 121.84) holds. Long term up trend is expected to resume through 139.37 at a later stage, after the correction finishes.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT Ccy Events Actual Forecast Previous Revised
22:30 AUD AiG Performance of Services Index Jul 51.7 48.8
23:30 JPY Labor Cash Earnings Y/Y Jun 2.20% 1.90% 1.00%
23:30 JPY Overall Household Spending Y/Y Jun 3.50% 1.50% -0.50%
05:00 JPY Leading Economic Index JunP 100.6 101.2 101.2
06:00 EUR Germany Industrial Production M/M Jun 0.40% -0.20% 0.20%
06:45 EUR France Trade Balance (EUR) Jun -13.1B -12.3B -13.0B -12.9B
08:00 EUR Italy Industrial Output M/M Jun -2.10% -0.30% -1.10%
12:30 USD Nonfarm Payrolls Jul 528K 250K 372K 398K
12:30 USD Unemployment Rate Jul 3.50% 3.60% 3.60%
12:30 USD Average Hourly Earnings M/M Jul 0.50% 0.30% 0.30% 0.40%
12:30 CAD Net Change in Employment Jul -30.6K 25.0K -43.2K
12:30 CAD Unemployment Rate Jul 4.90% 5.00% 4.90%
14:00 CAD Ivey PMI Jul 60.3 62.2

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