Stocks Continue Higher Amid Rising Prices

Asian markets are mixed and European bourses have opened up in similar fashion. That said, global equity indices are still sitting near to record / cycle highs as the Fed’s patient message continues to mean the stimulus punchbowl are still being passed around.

We had another reminder this morning about rising price pressures with China’s producer prices increasing at their fastest pace in 13 years. Soaring commodity prices as well as a low base effect after being in negative territory for most of last year has seen the index jump in recent months. This will add to global inflationary pressures and perhaps more action from the Chinese government economic planning agency who last month warned of “excessive speculation” in commodity markets and a crack down on monopolies.

Majors rangebound

Expect more quiet trade in dollar crosses today ahead of the US CPI data and ECB meeting tomorrow. Sterling is trapped in a 1.41-1.42 range with the reopening delay not unduly worrying markets that much. June 21 has been in the minds of many in the UK, but a postponement of a couple of weeks is being signalled by the government.


The swissie has been attracting buyers this week ahead of the ECB meeting tomorrow with USD/CHF back into its descending channel after venturing north last week above 0.9050. Bear will target the cycle low at 0.8930 unless the US inflation data prints to the topside of estimates.

Bank of Canada to stand pat

After shifting to a hawkish bias at its last meeting in April with the signalling of a rate rise in late 2022 and a second taper of its QE program, the leading hawkish central bank of the moment is set to wait for more post-lockdown data before continuing on its merry way to policy normalisation. A positive tone is expected from the Bank of Canada with an impressive vaccine rollout and strong CPI figures offset by two months of disappointing jobs data.

USD/CAD continues to consolidate above long-term support around 1.20. Any rebounds have been lacking in momentum with prices only moving above 1.22 on one occasion since mid-May. A downside break needs to develop sooner rather than later though as otherwise a deeper retracement may come into play.

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Lukman Otunuga is a research analyst at FXTM. A keen follower of macroeconomic events, with a strong professional and academic background in finance, Lukman is well versed in the various factors affecting the currency and commodity markets. Lukman provides in-depth analysis on the global currency and commodity markets and is often quoted by leading international media outlets such as: MarketWatch, CNBC, NASDAQ, Reuters, AFP, The Guardian and Yahoo. Prior to joining FXTM, Lukman spent two years as a research analyst with international currency broker FXCM, where he focused on a technical and fundamental analysis of the global currency, commodity, and stock markets. Lukman was also responsible for leading educational seminars for international and local high net worth individuals, and has published a series of educational articles on forex trading with City A.M. Lukman holds a BSc (hons) degree in Economics from the University of Essex, UK and an MSc in Finance from London School of Business and Finance, where he studied corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and the role of international financial institutions