Asian Stocks Rise

A Beat on US NFP Data Spurs Markets Higher Despite Trade Tensions

The mood is mainly positive due to better US job creation is seen in the NFP data which has carried stocks higher despite headwinds such as escalating trade disputes between the US and a plethora of other countries. Canadian PM Trudeau has called for the imposition of US trade tariffs on Canadian products an affront and announced retaliatory measures. China said it would tear up any trade deal with the US if they impose tariffs against China. The risk is that sentiment shifts and catches traders off balance as volatility increases. AUD outperformed today as data beat across the board with AUDUSD up 0.77% to 0.76230.

UK Markit Manufacturing PMI (May) came out at 54.4 against an expected headline number of 53.5 and 53.9 prior. The data beat the consensus and the previous number but remains weak following the high created in December at 58.2. New order inflows, strengthening job creation and demand were factors in the outperformance. EURGBP fell from 0.87996 to a low of 0.87854 following this data release.

US Non-Farm Payrolls (May) came in at 223K against an expected 188K from a prior 164K which was revised down to 159K. This measures the change in the number of employed people in May and shows a strong beat despite the revision in the prior data. The Unemployment Rate (May) was 3.8% against an expected 3.9% with a prior reading of 3.9%. Average Hourly Earnings (YoY) (May) was 2.7% against an expected 2.7% against 2.6% previously. Average Hourly Earnings (MoM) (May) was 0.3% against an expected 0.2% from 0.1% previously. Labour Force Participation Rate (May) was 62.7% against an expected 62.6% from a prior reading of 62.8%. This data shows that there has been an increase in earnings but it has still not accelerated past 0.3%. This would lead to an increase in inflation which markets have reacted negatively to recently. GBPUSD rallied from 1.32832 to a high of 1.33370 after these data releases.


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At 13:30 GMT, Canadian Markit Manufacturing PMI (May) was 56.2 against an expected 55.4 from the previous 55.5. This data has exceeded the peak from February of 55.9, when it matched the April 2017 number. The last four readings have shown a softening in the data setting expectation for this reading to fall again but the unexpected beat sent the USDCAD price lower to support at 1.29581 before recovering to 1.29842 after the data release.

  • EURUSD is up 0.33% overnight, trading aroun1.16961.
  • USDJPY is up 0.13in the early session, trading at around 109.639
  • GBPUSD is up 0.22% this morning trading around 1.33721.
  • Gold is down –0.11% in early morning trading at around $1,291.55
  • WTI is unchanged this morning, trading around $65.75

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Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets, having worked in London, New York, Toronto, Singapore & Australia. His early career saw him as an Interbank Trader, Futures Trader & Voice Broker before he moved to electronic trading in the early 2000s. With extensive knowledge of leverage platforms and instruments and as the Chief Market Strategist at FxPro, Ed provides in-depth Fundamental and Technical Analysis, as well as frequent market insights on multiple asset classes, to the benefit of FxPro clients.