Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Struggling Against Firm US Dollar

Gold futures are trading flat early Tuesday after posting a technical reversal the previous session following a test of its lowest level since August 11. With the trend down, the price action probably reflected short-covering and position-squaring since the bearish traders have to get out of the way before the real buyers can gain control. In other words, gold went up because weak short decided to bailout, not because of the presence of strong buyers.

At 03:13 GMT, December Comex gold traders are trading $1763.90, up $0.10 or +0.01%.

Monday’s short-covering rally was likely fueled by a dip in Treasury yields and some hedge buying tied to the steep sell-off in the global equity markets. The strong U.S. Dollar likely put a lid on the rally.

Gold did not go up because it is a safe-have asset. Gold is an investment, not a safe-haven. That’s old school thinking. The true safe-havens are U.S. Treasurys, the U.S. Dollar and the Japanese Yen. When there’s trouble like potential contagion from the financial turmoil coming out of China, investors want safety and liquidity. To some, gold is a safe-haven, but the liquidity can’t compare to the Treasury and foreign currency markets.

A few weeks ago I read some analysis on FXEmpire.com where a fellow was saying gold would rally during an upcoming stock market crash. On September 2, the benchmark S&P 500 Index hit an all-time high of 4545.85. On September 20, it reached a low of 4305.91. This is a 5.28% loss. On September 3, December Comex gold hit a high of $1836.90. On September 20, it hit a low of $1742.30. This is a 5.15% loss. So if you do the math, gold has outperformed the S&P 500 Index since September 3.

I’m being sarcastic, of course. My point is, the direction of gold is controlled by interest rates and at time the U.S. Dollar. Gold tends to react to stock market crashes when the Federal Reserve floods the financial system with massive amounts of liquidity. I don’t they’re going to do that now just one-day before the start of a two-day meeting where they will be discussing whether to begin pulling liquidity out of the market.

So if gold rallies from current price levels, the move will likely be fueled by short-covering and position-squaring. If the stock market drops another 5 to 10% over a short period of time, the Fed may have to do something, but they don’t have a lot of tools left in their toolbox with interest rates already sitting near zero.

The chances of a powerful gold rally are slim because I don’t think the Fed will lower rates because they can’t and I don’t think they are going to increase their bond purchases to provide more liquidity because they are close to reducing their massive stimulus program. At best, the Fed will leave its bond purchases at current price levels and take a pass on tapering until later in the year when the stock market could be more stable.

Even if gold does pop to the upside, it’s likely to be another shorting opportunity.

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Gold Recovers as Worldwide Equites Sell Off

The worldwide equity selloff began overseas and then continued into the U.S. equities markets. At its low today the Dow Jones industrial average was down 900 points before recovering. The Dow gave up 614 points in trading today and closed at 33,970.47, resulting in a net decline of 1.78%. The NASDAQ composite lost 2.19% and is currently fixed at 14,713.9030. The S&P 500 lost 1.70% and is currently fixed at 4357.73.

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As of 5:56 PM EDT gold futures basis, the most active December 2021 contract is currently up to $13.30 and fixed at $1764.70. Silver did sustain a mild selloff closing lower by 0.41%, and after factoring in today’s decline of a little over nine cents, it is currently fixed at $22.245.

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Reuters reported that “Wall Street plunged on Monday as fear of contagion from a potential collapse of China’s Evergrande prompted a broad selloff and sent investors fleeing equities for safety.”

They also added that “the equity selloff in the United States was a result of concerns of solvency of the Chinese property group Evergrande. “Gold rose on Monday as fears about the solvency of Chinese property group Evergrande sparked a flight to safe-haven assets, but gains were capped by strength in the dollar ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,762.66 per ounce by 1753 GMT. U.S. gold futures settled 0.8% higher at $1,765.40.”

The Chinese property to developers has accumulated over $300 billion in debt mostly with the Central Bank of China.

The Federal Reserve will meet tomorrow and begin September’s FOMC meeting, which will conclude on Wednesday. Market participants and traders hope to gain more clarity as to the timeline in which the Federal Reserve will begin to taper their monthly asset purchases of $120 billion (80 billion in U.S. debt and 40 billion in mortgage-backed securities).

There is genuine uncertainty as to what actions the Federal Reserve will take in regards to their current monthly asset purchases. Their asset balance sheet has swelled to above $8 trillion in assets. However, their primary focus has been upon maximum employment, a major component of their dual mandate which is maximum employment and annual inflationary levels of around 2%. They have let inflation run much hotter in lieu of achieving their maximum employment goal. Believing that the majority of the current level of inflation is transitory, the Federal Reserve has let inflation run to 5.3%, based upon the latest CPI numbers released last week.

However, the most recent jobs report was extremely disappointing and deeply below expectations and forecasts from economists polled by the Wall Street Journal. The expectation was that the August jobs report would indicate an additional 700,000+ new jobs added to payrolls, and the actual number was a tepid 235,000 new jobs added last month.

The weak August jobs report will be weighed against the most recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicated robust consumer spending last month, resulting in $618 billion, up 0.8%. Economists polled were looking for August consumer spending to be down between -0.8 to -1.8. If you strip out consumer spending on automobiles and trucks, the actual gain for the month of August is 1.8%.

These two reports show an interesting mix between new jobs added and consumer spending. While the jobs report was disappointing and weak at best, consumer spending rose far past the expectations given by economists. Therefore, the Federal Reserve will be faced with making a decision based on strong consumer spending and weak growth in jobs. That will certainly influence their decision as to when they will begin to taper.

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World Shares Tumble as China Evergrande Contagion Fears Spread

MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 2.09%, on pace for its biggest one-day fall since October 2020, as Wall Street’s major indexes sagged more than 2%.

Investors moved into safe havens, with U.S. Treasuries gaining in price, pulling down yields, and gold rising.

Shares in Evergrande, which has been scrambling to raise funds to pay its many lenders, suppliers and investors, closed down 10.2% at HK$2.28.

Regulators have warned that its $305 billion of liabilities could spark broader risks to China’s financial system if its debts are not stabilized.

“Investors are concerned that the Evergrande issue is going represent a domino,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management. “Investors are tending to sell first and look into it to later.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 787.6 points, or 2.28%, to 33,797.28, the S&P 500 lost 101.41 points, or 2.29%, to 4,331.58 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 408.25 points, or 2.71%, to 14,635.71.

Economically sensitive sectors, including financials and energy, were hit particularly hard.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 1.67%, with mining stocks sliding.

The selloff on Monday has seen a cumulative $2.2 trillion of value wiped off the market capitalization of world equities from a record high of $97 trillion hit on Sept. 6, according to Refinitiv data.

Worries over Evergrande follow a pullback in equities recently as investors worry over the impact of coronavirus cases on the economy, and when central banks will ease back on monetary stimulus.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is due to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday as investors look for when it will begin pulling back on its bond purchases.

Investors were also keeping an eye on other central bank meetings spanning Brazil, Britain, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

The dollar index rose 0.061%, with the euro unchanged at $1.1725.

The offshore Chinese yuan weakened versus the U.S. currency to its lowest level in nearly a month.

“We are seeing a classic flight to safety in the dollar until we get some sense of clarity on whether or not it is going to be an orderly or disorderly resolution to Evergrande,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington, DC.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 22/32 in price to yield 1.2972%, from 1.37% late on Friday.

The iShares exchange-traded fund tracking high-yield corporate bonds edged down 0.5%.

Oil prices fell but drew support from signs that some U.S. Gulf output will stay offline for months due to storm damage.

U.S. crude fell 2.18% to $70.40 per barrel and Brent was at $73.99, down 1.79% on the day.

Spot gold added 0.4% to $1,761.29 an ounce, rising off of a one-month low.

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(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf in New York and Tom Arnold in London; Additional reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru, Saikat Chatterjee in London, Karen Pierog and Chuck Mikolajczak in New York and Wayne Cole in Sydney; Graphic by Sujata Rao; Editing by Jane Merriman, Mark Potter and Jan Harvey)

China Evergrande Contagion Concerns Rile Global Markets

Shares in Evergrande, which has been scrambling to raise funds to pay its many lenders, suppliers and investors, closed down 10.2% at HK$2.28 on Monday, after earlier plummeting 19% to its weakest level since May 2010.

Regulators have warned that its $305 billion of liabilities could spark broader risks to China’s financial system if its debts are not stabilised.

World shares skidded and the dollar firmed as investors fretted about the spillover risk to the global economy. U.S. stocks were sharply lower, with the S&P 500 down nearly 2%.

A major test comes this week, with Evergrande due to pay $83.5 million in interest relating to its March 2022 bond on Thursday. It has another $47.5 million payment due on Sept. 29 for March 2024 notes.

Both bonds would default if Evergrande fails to settle the interest within 30 days of the scheduled payment dates.

In any default scenario, Evergrande, teetering between a messy meltdown, a managed collapse or the less likely prospect of a bailout by Beijing, will need to restructure the bonds, but analysts expect a low recovery ratio for investors.

Evergrande’s troubles also pressured the broader property sector, with Hong Kong-listed shares of small-sized Chinese developer Sinic Holdings down 87%, wiping $1.5 billion off its market value before trading was suspended.

Evergrande executives are working to salvage its business prospects, including by starting to repay investors in its wealth management products with real estate.

“(Evergrande’s) stock will continue to fall, because there’s not yet a solution that appears to be helping the company to ease its liquidity stress, and there are still so many uncertainties about what the company will do in case of a restructuring,” Kington Lin, managing director of Asset Management Department at Canfield Securities Limited, said.

Lin said Evergrande’s shares could fall to below HK$1 if it is forced to sell most of its assets in a restructuring.

“As of right now, I don’t see any systemic risk for the global economy from the Evergrande situation, but there doesn’t need to be any systemic risk in order for markets to be affected,” David Bahnsen, chief investment officer, The Bahnsen Group, a wealth management firm based in Newport Beach, Calif, said in emailed commentary.

There was some confidence, however, that the situation would be contained.

“Beijing has demonstrated in recent years that it is fully able and willing to step in to stem widespread contagion when major financial/corporate institutions fail,” Alvin Tan, FX Strategist at RBC Capital Markets, said in a research note.

DOLLAR BONDS

Despite mounting worries about the future of what was once the country’s top-selling property developer, analysts, however, have played down comparisons to the 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers.

“First, the dollar bonds will likely get restructured, but most of the debt is in global mutual funds, ETFs, and some Chinese companies and not banks or other important financial institutions,” said LPL Financials’ Ryan Detrick.

“Lehman Brothers was held on nearly all other financial institution’s books,” he said. “Secondly, we think the odds do favor the Chinese communist government will get involved should there be a default.”

Policymakers in China have been telling Evergrande’s major lenders to extend interest payments or rollover loans, but market watchers are largely of the view that a direct bailout from the government is unlikely.

The People’s Bank of China, its central bank, and the nation’s banking watchdog summoned Evergrande’s executives in August in a rare move and warned that it needed to reduce its debt risks and prioritise stability.

Trading of the company’s bonds underscore just how dramatically investor expectations of its prospects have deteriorated this year.

The 8.25% March 2022 dollar bond was traded at 29.156 cents on Monday, yielding over 500%, compared to 13.7% at the start of year. The 9.5% March 2024 bond was at 26.4 cents, yielding over 80%, compared to 14.6% at the start of 2021.

PROPERTY PUNISHED

Goldman Sachs said last week that because Evergrande has dollar bonds issued by both the parent and a special purpose vehicle, recoveries in a potential restructuring could differ between the two sets of bonds, and the process may be prolonged.

Investors, meanwhile, are increasingly worried about the contagion risk, mainly in the debt-laden Chinese property sector, which along with the yuan came under pressure on Monday.

The yuan fell to a three-week low of 6.4831 per dollar in offshore trade.

Hong Kong-listed Sinic, which saw massive selling pressure, has nearly $700 million in offshore debts maturing before June 2022, including $246 million due in a month — a bond which has tumbled to around 89 cents on the dollar.

Sinic has a junk rating from Fitch, which downgraded its outlook to negative on Friday.

Other property stocks such as Sunac, China’s No.4 property developer, tumbled 10.5%, while state-backed Greentown China shed around 6.7%.

Guangzhou R&F Properties Co said on Monday it was raising as much as $2.5 billion by borrowing from major shareholders and selling a subsidiary, highlighting the scramble for cash as distress signals spread in the sector.

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($1 = 7.7863 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Clare Jim; additional reporting by Tom Westbrook and Alun John; Writing by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam; Mark Potter and Alexander Smith)

Gold Price Prediction – Prices Experience Dead-Cat Bounce

Gold prices traded sideways and continued to experience a dead-cat bounce. The upward momentum was drained by the selloff last week. The rally in the dollar on Monday generated headwinds for gold prices as risk-off speed accelerates. U.S. Yields moved lower as the safety of U.S. treasury bonds lured traders. Gold prices have failed to become the security of choice during a risk-off period. The U.S. debt ceiling is approaching, which means that Congress needs to extend spending, or the government will shut down.

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Technical analysis

Gold prices consolidated and continue to form a bear flag pattern. This scenario is a continuation pattern that pauses before it refreshes lower. Generally, the recovery from a sharp selloff is muted forming a dead-cat bounce before prices start to move lower again. Prices remained below resistance seen near the 10-day moving average, at 1,782. Target support is seen near the August lows at 1,677. The 10-day moving average has crossed below the 50-day moving average, which means that a short-term downtrend is now in place. Short-term momentum has reversed and turned positive as the fast stochastic generated a crossover buy signal. Prices are oversold as the fast stochastic is printing a reading of 17, below the oversold trigger level of 20, which could foreshadow a correction.

Medium-term momentum has turned negative as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover signal. This sell signal occurs as the MACD line (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses above the MACD signal line (the 9-day moving average of the MACD line). The MACD histogram is printing in negative territory with a downward sloping trajectory which points to lower prices.

Gold Price Forecast – Gold Continue to Look at $1750 as Support

Gold markets have initially fallen during the course of the trading session on Monday but found enough support just below the $1750 level to show signs of support. This is an area that has been important more than once, so do not be surprised at all to see a little bit of a bounce. Nonetheless, it certainly looks as if there is much more interest in shorting gold than going long. That being said, a nasty candlestick like we had seen on Thursday is very rarely seen in a vacuum.

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If we break down below the lows of the Monday candlestick, then it is likely that we could go looking towards the $1680 level. The $1680 level has been a massive support level more than once, and therefore I think it makes for a good target. Rallies at this point in time still looks suspicious, at least until we can take out the 200 day EMA to the upside, and quite frankly we would need to see the US dollar get hammered. Until then, it is very unlikely that the gold markets can be bought.

Fading short-term rallies that show signs of exhaustion will be the way that I get involved in this market, as I do believe that the gold markets continue to show a favorability to the downside. Nonetheless, if we do take out the 200 day EMA, then I would have to believe that the market goes looking towards the $1835 level. Either way, keep an eye on the US Dollar Index chart, because it does tend to move in a negative correlation to what price does when it comes to the yellow metal.

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USD Bears Are Fresh Out of Honey Pots

With headline after headline attempting to knock the USD Index off of its lofty perch, I warned on Sep. 13 that dollar bears will likely run out of honey sooner rather than later.

I wrote:

While the USD Index was under fundamental fire in recent weeks, buyers eagerly hit the bid near the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. And after positive sentiment lifted the greenback back above the neckline of its inverse (bullish) head & shoulders pattern last week, the USDX’s medium-term outlook remains profoundly bullish.

More importantly, though, after the USD Index rallied by 0.63% last week and further validated its bullish breakout, gold, silver, and mining stocks ran in the opposite direction. And with the divergence likely to accelerate over the medium term, the swarm should sting the precious metals during the autumn months.

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Conversely, if the USD Index encounters resistance as it attempts to make a new 2021 high, gold, silver, and mining stocks could enjoy an immaterial corrective upswing. However, the optimism will likely be short lived, and it’s likely a matter of when, not if, the USD Index reaches the illustrious milestone.

Equally bullish for the greenback, with the USD Index’s technical strength signaling an ominous ending for the Euro Index, I warned on Sep. 13 that the latter faced a tough road ahead.

I wrote:

While I have less conviction in the Euro Index’s next move relative to the USD Index, more likely than not, the Euro Index should break down once again and the bearish momentum should resume over the medium term.

And after the Euro Index sunk below the neckline of its bearish head & shoulders pattern last week, lower lows remains the most likely outcome over the medium term.

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Adding to our confidence (don’t get me wrong, there are no certainties in any market; it’s just that the bullish narrative for the USDX is even more bullish in my view), the USD Index often sizzles in the summer sun and major USDX rallies often start during the middle of the year. Summertime spikes have been mainstays on the USD Index’s historical record and in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2018 a retest of the lows (or close to them) occurred before the USD Index began its upward flights (which is exactly what’s happened this time around).

Furthermore, profound rallies (marked by the red vertical dashed lines below) followed in 2008, 2011 and 2014. With the current situation mirroring the latter, a small consolidation on the long-term chart is exactly what occurred before the USD Index surged in 2014. Likewise, the USD Index recently bottomed near its 50-week moving average; an identical development occurred in 2014. More importantly, though, with bottoms in the precious metals market often occurring when gold trades in unison with the USD Index (after ceasing to respond to the USD’s rallies with declines), we’re still far away from that milestone in terms of both price and duration.

Moreover, as the journey unfolds, the bullish signals from 2014 have resurfaced once again. For example, the USD Index’s RSI is hovering near a similar level (marked with red ellipses), and back then, a corrective downswing also occurred at the previous highs. More importantly, though, the short-term weakness was followed by a profound rally in 2014, and many technical and fundamental indicators signal that another reenactment could be forthcoming.

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Just as the USD Index took a breather before its massive rally in 2014, it seems that we saw the same recently. This means that predicting higher gold prices (or the ones of silver) here is likely not a good idea.

Continuing the theme, the eye in the sky doesn’t lie. And with the USDX’s long-term breakout clearly visible, the wind still remains at the greenback’s back.

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The bottom line?

Once the momentum unfolds, ~94.5 is likely the USD Index’s first stop, ~98 is likely the next stop after that, and the USDX will likely exceed 100 at some point over the medium or long term. Keep in mind though: we’re not bullish on the greenback because of the U.S.’ absolute outperformance. It’s because the region is fundamentally outperforming the Eurozone, the EUR/USD accounts for nearly 58% of the movement of the USD Index, and the relative performance is what really matters.

In conclusion, the USD Index’s sweet performance left sour tastes in the precious metals’ mouths. And with the former’s bullish breakout signaling an ominous future for the latter, gold, silver, and mining stocks will likely confront new lows over the medium term. However, once the autumn months fade and the winter weather approaches, buying opportunities may present themselves. And with unprecedented monetary and fiscal policy likely to underwrite new highs in the coming years, the long-term outlook for gold, silver, and mining stocks remains extremely bright.

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Silver Price Daily Forecast – Silver Tries To Rebound As Demand For Safe-Haven Assets Increases

Support At $22.10 Stays Strong

Silver is currently trying to settle back above $22.30 while U.S. dollar is gaining some ground against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index has recently made an attempt to settle above the resistance at 93.40 but failed to develop sufficient upside momentum and pulled back towards 93.30. In case the U.S. Dollar Index gets above 93.40, it will head towards yearly highs near 93.75 which will be bearish for silver and gold price today.

Meanwhile, gold continues its attempts to settle back above $1750. Today, gold benefits from increased demand for safe-haven assets amid global market sell-off. Treasury yields have moved lower as traders rushed to buy U.S. government bonds, providing additional support to gold. In case gold manages to settle above $1750, it will move towards the resistance level at $1775 which will be bullish for silver.

Gold/silver ratio managed to settle above 78.50 and is moving towards the 79 level. Gold/silver ratio gained strong upside momentum, and RSI moved into the overbought territory. However, there is plenty of room to gain additional upside momentum in case the right catalysts emerge. If gold/silver ratio gets to the test of the 79 level, silver will find itself under more pressure.

Technical Analysis

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Silver tried to settle below the support level at $22.10 but lost momentum and moved back above $22.30. If silver settles above this level, it will move towards the resistance at $22.60.

A successful test of the resistance at $22.60 will push silver towards the next resistance level which is located at $22.90. If silver gets above $22.90, it will head towards the resistance at $23.20.

On the support side, silver needs to get back below $22.30 to have a chance to develop downside momentum in the near term. The next support level for silver is located near the recent lows at $22.10.

A move below $22.10 will open the way to the test of the support at $21.90. If silver manages to settle below this level, it will head towards the support at $21.65.

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Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Weak Recovery as Investors Rush into Other Safe-Haven Assets

Gold futures are edging higher on Monday after recovering from earlier weakness. The rebound in prices is being fueled by hedge buyers and a drop in Treasury yields, but gains are likely being capped by a stronger U.S. Dollar. The catalyst behind the selling is a sell-off in the global equity markets on fear of contagion due to financial market turmoil in China.

At 13:14 GMT, December Comex gold futures are trading $1759.10, up $7.70 or +0.44%.

Gold prices hit their lowest level since August 11 early Monday after safe-haven buying spiked the U.S. Dollar higher against a basket of major currencies. The move came as investors were monitoring events in the Asia-Pacific region particularly in China and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, investors were also on edge ahead of this week’s two-day Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting that could offer clues on when the central bank will start tapering its pandemic-era stimulus.

The gold market turned around and began to mount a recovery as global equity markets plunged. Investors began buying sovereign debt for protection, namely, U.S. Treasury notes and bonds. The move drove down Treasury yields, helping to support gold prices. Safe-havens like the Japanese Yen and U.S. Dollar were also in high demand.

What’s Shaking Up the Global Financial Markets?

A number of factors are driving investors out of riskier assets and into the traditional safe-havens – Treasury notes, Japanese Yen and U.S. Dollar. Gold is benefiting from the drop in yields but also from the plunge in the global equity markets.

Stock traders essentially need some place to park their profits so gold is in some ways benefitting from this. Liquidity is a major factor and gold isn’t as liquid as the three other safe-havens. Gold appears to be taking on more of a hedging role today. Traders may be buying gold as a hedge against a further decline in stocks.

The primary cause of the market turmoil on Monday is a steep drop in stocks in Hong Kong with shares of embattled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group to blame for the move. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 3.3% to close at 23,099.14. Shares of China Evergrande Group in the city plummeted 10.24%, after failing as much as 17% earlier.

Daily Forecast

December Comex gold futures are finding support inside a key technical area at $1757.40 to $1738.60.

The sell-off in the stock market and weaker Treasury yields could offer some relief for the beat-up asset which has fallen nearly $100 since September 3. However, we expect the selling to resume once the smoke clears.

In order to have a major rally in gold, the central banks would have to pump more liquidity into the financial markets, but that is not likely unless there is a 5-10% correction in the stock market. Although such a move is on the central bankers’ check list, most are worried about withdrawing stimulus from their economies than putting liquidity back in.

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Stocks Retreat Amid Global Sell-Off

All Eyes On China

S&P 500 futures are under significant pressure in premarket trading as traders focus on the potential collapse of China Evergrande Group, which has amassed more than $300 billion in liabilities.

Fears of another financial crisis coming out of Asia pushed global indices towards multi-week lows, but it remains to be seen whether the impact of a potential Evergrande default will have widespread consequences.

Traders are also nervous ahead of the Fed meeting, although Fed Chair Jerome Powell will likely try to calm markets and reiterate his usual dovish message on September 22.

Global Rush To Safety

The yield of 10-year Treasuries has moved away from recent highs and is trying to settle below 1.30% as traders buy U.S. government bonds to protect themselves from the potential correction in riskier markets.

The U.S. dollar is also moving higher due to its safe-haven status. The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the U.S. dollar against a broad basket of currencies, is trying to settle above the resistance at 93.40. In case this attempt is successful, it will move towards yearly highs near 93.75 which may put more pressure on stocks.

Interestingly, gold is gaining ground despite strong dollar as falling yields and demand for safe-haven assets have provided sufficient support. In this environment, gold mining stocks may rebound from yearly lows.

WTI Oil Tries To Settle Below The $70 Level

WTI oil is currently trying to settle below the support at the psychologically important $70 level as traders fear that Evergrande’s financial problems may have a notable negative impact on China’s economy and cut demand for oil.

Most other commodities are also under pressure, and the market mood is very bearish today. Premarket trading indicates that oil-related stocks will find themselves under huge pressure at the beginning of today’s trading session so traders should be prepared for fast moves.

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GOLD and Silver Elliott Wave Cycles Approaching Support

Back in August Gold made nice and impulsive rally away from 1685 lows, as seen on the 4-hour chart that we labeled as first leg A) of a three-wave recovery within higher degree wave D. So, with current three-wave A-B-C pullback for B), seems like gold may find the base soon, ideally here around 61,8% Fibonacci. retracement, which means that we have to expect another recovery within wave C) of D up to 1850 area, especially if price recovers back above 1782 region.

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Technically Gold is bouncing from lower Bollinger band and we can we bullish divergence on 4h GOLD chart, seems like Gold searches for the support.

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Silver is coming even lower in the 4-hour chart, now breaking even August lows, so we are tracking final wave 5 of a bigger ending diagonal (wedge) pattern that can find the support soon, ideally here in the 22 – 20 zone, but keep in mind that bulls could be back in the game only if we see a recovery back above 24.80 region.

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Daily Gold News: Monday, Sep. 20 – Gold Going Sideways Despite Stock Market’s Rout

The gold futures contract lost 0.30% on Friday, as it fluctuated following Thursday’s decline of 2.12%. On Thursday, it broke below the recent local lows as series of the U.S. economic data releases along with the rallying U.S. dollar led to a sell-off in precious metals. The yellow metal came back to $1,750 price level. This morning the market is extending a short-term consolidation along that support level, as we can see on the daily chart (the chart includes today’s intraday data):

Today gold is 0.2% higher, as it is trading slightly above $1,750 price level. What about the other precious metals? Silver is 0.1% lower, platinum is 1.8% lower and palladium is 3.0% higher. So precious metals’ prices are mixed this morning.

Friday’s Consumer Sentiment release has been slightly worse than expected at 71.0. Today we will get the NAHB Housing Market Index release at 10:00 a.m. But the markets will be waiting for Wednesday’s FOMC Monetary Policy Statement release.

Below you will find our Gold, Silver, and Mining Stocks economic news schedule for the next two trading days:

Monday, September 20

  • 10:00 a.m. U.S. – NAHB Housing Market Index
  • All Day, Canada – Federal Election
  • All Day, China – Bank Holiday

Tuesday, September 21

  • 8:30 a.m. U.S. – Housing Starts, Building Permits, Current Account
  • Tentative, Japan – Monetary Policy Statement, BOJ Policy Rate

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Paul Rejczak
Stock Selection Strategist
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Commodity Supercycle Sets New Record Highs – Where Next For Prices?

Commodities are currently on an unstoppable run with everything from the metals, energies to agriculture markets setting new record highs as the supercycle firmly gathers pace.

Last week, a wide number of commodities blasted through all-time highs.

Aluminium prices soared to 13-year highs. Nickel prices hit 7-year highs and Uranium prices surged to 9-year highs – surpassing a record 6-year high, set only a week ago.

The bullish momentum also split over into other commodities with Natural Gas rallying to a 7-year high. Sugar prices hitting 4-year highs and Lithium prices climbing to an all-time record high.

In total 27 Commodities ranging from the metals, energies to soft commodities have tallied up double to triple digit gains within the in the past year.

Uranium, Natural Gas and Lithium prices are up 219%, 240% and 215%, respectively.

But the best performing commodity, so far this year, is Crude Oil.

Crude Oil prices have quadrupled this year and are setting new record highs almost every month. Crude Oil prices are currently up over 287% from their 2020 lows.

There are plenty of reasons why commodities are on the move, but the key driver is rapidly surging global inflation, tightening supply, logistical bottlenecks and booming demand across many highly essential commodities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where are prices heading next? Watch The Commodity Report now, for my latest price forecasts and predictions:

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Say Bye-Bye to Major Supports. We May Not See Those Levels for a While

And it happened! The bears were talking about this for a long time and it finally happened; a bearish correction. The price broke the long-term up trendline on the SP500 and is aiming lower. The target for the drop is still far away, so it might be nice to buckle up.

The DAX also dropped like a rock after the breakout of the long-term up trendline and the neckline of the triple top formation. The next target: 14100 points.

Although indices are sliding, gold is not climbing higher. A stronger dollar is definitely not helping.

The GBPUSD came back inside the falling wedge pattern. That’s definitely negative.

The CADJPY is aiming for the 38,2% Fibonacci to test it as a crucial support.

The EURNZD is inside a small sideways trend. A breakout from it, will show us a direction.

The EURJPY has failed to create the inverse head and shoulders pattern and dropped lower.

The USDJPY bounced from the upper line of the triangle and brought us a sell signal with the target being on the lower line of this pattern.

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Erdogan’s Waning Patience: Four Questions for Turkey’s Central Bank

The bank has kept its benchmark rate at 19% since March, when Erdogan installed Sahap Kavcioglu as its latest governor. That makes it one of the highest policy rates in the world – although so too is Turkey’s inflation rate, which touched 19.25% last month.

Ahead of a monetary policy meeting set for 2 p.m. (11:00 GMT) on Thursday in Ankara, here are four key questions:

IS A RATE CUT COMING?

After months of hawkish talk that allowed the lira to recover from an all-time low in June, the central bank has changed its tune in the last few weeks.

On Sept. 1 conference calls with investors, Kavcioglu did not repeat a longstanding pledge to keep the policy rate above inflation. Two days later, data showed inflation did indeed surpass 19% https://tmsnrt.rs/3yTLHBq, leaving real rates negative.

Kavcioglu also began downplaying this “headline” inflation figure and instead stressed that a “core” measure – which is lower – is more appropriate given the fallout from the pandemic.

In a speech on Sept. 8, he said a near 30% spike in food inflation represents “short-term volatilities”, so the bank will focus more on the core measure that dipped to 16.76%. He added that policy was tight enough and predicted a falling price trend in the fourth quarter.

Investors have taken all this as a dovish turn that suggests that rate cuts are on the way. Some have warned of a “policy mistake” if they come too soon.

Fourteen of 17 economists polled by Reuters expect easing to begin in the fourth quarter, with two, including the Institute of International Finance, predicting it will start this week.

“Though most expect no rate cut, the bank’s new guidance suggests it would not be surprising to see one on Sept. 23 if it takes a slight deceleration in core inflation as permanent,” said Ozlem Derici Sengul, founding partner at Spinn Consulting, in Istanbul.

HOW LONG WILL ERDOGAN WAIT?

Many analysts say Erdogan appears to be growing impatient for monetary stimulus, given loans are expensive and he faces a tough election no later than 2023. A few say a prompt rate cut could even signal plans for an early vote.

In recent months, the central bank has urged patience due to unexpected inflation pressure brought on by rising global commodities prices and a surge in summer demand as pandemic restrictions eased.

Despite the risk of currency depreciation https://tmsnrt.rs/3neUCLN and stubbornly high inflation, Erdogan will likely get what he wants soon.

A self-described “enemy of interest rates”, he ousted the last three central bank chiefs over a 20-month span due to policy disagreements.

In June, Erdogan said he spoke to Kavcioglu about the need for a rate cut after August.

In early August, he said “we will start to see a fall in rates” given it was “not possible” for inflation to rise any more.

Market tensions “are set to increase as President Erdogan continues to pile on political pressure for rate cuts, while inflation pressures are building,” said Phoenix Kalen, global head of emerging markets research at Societe Generale.

WHEN WILL INFLATION COOL DOWN?

Annual headline inflation should remain high through October and begin to dip in November due to the base effect of a jump late last year, since which it has continued to rise.

The government forecasts inflation will drop to 16.2% by the end of the year, while Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank see 16.7%. That should provide a window for at least one rate cut in the fourth quarter, most analysts say.

Yet because Turkey imports heavily, further lira weakness could push inflation higher and complicate or even thwart any easing. High import costs were reflected in the 45.5% annual jump in the producer price index last month.

Another risk is that the U.S. Federal Reserve removes its pandemic-era stimulus sooner than expected, which would raise U.S. yields and hurt currencies of emerging markets with high foreign debt, like Turkey.

Analysts say the biggest problem is the central bank’s diminished credibility in the face of political interference, leading to years of double-digit price rises and little confidence that inflation will soon return to a 5% target.

Ricardo Reis, a London School of Economics professor who presented a paper this month at the Brookings Institute, found that Turkey’s “inflation anchor seems definitely lost” based on market expectations data from 2018 to 2021.

HOW ARE INVESTORS AND SAVERS PREPARING?

When Kavcioglu downplayed inflation pressure earlier this month, the lira weakened 1.5% in its biggest daily drop since May. It has depreciated nearly 15% since Erdogan replaced Kavcioglu’s hawkish predecessor Naci Agbal in March.

Foreign investors hold only about 5% of Turkish debt after reducing their holdings for years.

Still, some say that rebounds in exports, tourism revenues and in the central bank’s foreign reserves make lira assets more attractive.

“With inventories so low in Europe, I can’t see how exports are not going to continue to do well,” said Aberdeen Standard Investments portfolio manager Kieran Curtis.

“It does feel to me like there is more of a move towards loosening from the authorities (but) I don’t think anyone is expecting a cut at the next meeting,” he said.

In Turkey, soaring prices for basic goods such as food and furnishings have prompted individuals and companies to snap up record levels of dollars and gold. They held $238 billion in hard currencies this month.

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(Additional reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen in Istanbul and Marc Jones in London; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Gold Price Futures (GC) Technical Analysis – Short-Covering Over $1757.40, More Selling Under $1738.60

Gold futures are trading lower late in the session on Friday, but holding the previous session’s low. On Thursday the market fell nearly 3% to its lowest level since August 12 after an unexpected increase in U.S. retail sales raised expectations that the Fed may reduce its stimulus sooner, which also drove Treasury yields higher and a rally in the U.S. Dollar.

At 20:21 GMT, December Comex gold futures are trading $1752.70, down $4.00 or -0.23%.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note hit its highest level since July 14. Any rise in yields tends to translate to a higher opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets like bullion. Additionally, a rising U.S. Dollar will increase gold’s cost for buyers holding other currencies.

The Fed’s policy-setting committee will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daily December Comex Gold

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is down according to the daily swing chart. A trade through $1745.50 will signal a resumption of the downtrend. A move through $1810.60 will change the main trend to up.

The short-term range is $1677.90 to $1836.90. The market is currently testing its retracement zone at $1757.40 to $1738.60. Trader reaction to this zone is likely to determine the near-term direction of the market. Additional support is the long-term Fibonacci level at $1716.00.

The minor range is $1810.60 to $1745.50. Its 50% level at $1778.10 is the nearest upside target. This is followed by major resistance at $1795.00 to $1800.00.

Short-Term Outlook

The short-term direction of the December Comex gold market is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the retracement zone at $1757.40 to $1738.60.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over the 50% level at $1757.40 will indicate the presence of aggressive counter-trend buyers. This could trigger a rally into the pivot at $1778.10. Since the main trend is down, sellers are likely to come in on a test of this level. Taking it out will indicate the buying is getting stronger with $1795.00 to $1800.00 the next likely upside target area.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under the Fibonacci level at $1738.60 will signal the presence of sellers. This could trigger a further break into the long-term Fibonacci level at $1716.00, followed by the August 9 main bottom at $1677.90.

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The Week Ahead – Central Banks back in Focus with the BoE and the FED in Action

On the Macro

It’s a quiet week ahead on the economic calendar, with 37 stats in focus in the week ending 17th September. In the week prior, 62 stats had also been in focus.

For the Dollar:

Prelim private sector PMIs for September will be in focus on Thursday.

Expect the services PMI to be the key stat of the week.

Other stats include housing sector data that will likely have a muted impact on the Dollar and the broader market.

The main event of the week, however, is the FOMC monetary policy decision on Wednesday.

With the markets expecting the FED to stand pat, the economic and interest rate projections and press conference will be pivotal. FED Chair Powell prepped the markets for the tapering to begin this year. The markets are not expecting any hint of a shift in policy on interest rates, however…

In the week ending 17th September, the Dollar Spot Index rose by 0.66% to 93.195.

For the EUR:

It’s a relatively busy week on the economic data front.

Prelim September private sector PMIs for France, Germany, and the Eurozone will draw plenty of interest on Thursday.

While Germany’s manufacturing PMI is key, expect influence from the entire data set. Market concerns over the economic recovery have tested support for riskier assets. Softer PMI numbers would test EUR support on the day.

For the week, the EUR fell by 0.75% to $1.1725.

For the Pound:

It’s a relatively busy week ahead on the economic calendar.

On the economic data front, CBI Industrial Trend Orders and prelim private sector PMIs are due out.

Expect the services PMI for September to be the key stat on Thursday.

While the stats will influence, the BoE’s monetary policy decision on Thursday will be the main event.

Persistent inflationary pressure has raised the prospects of a sooner rather than later move by the BoE. Weak retail sales figures have made things less clear, however.

Expect any dissent to drive the Pound towards $1.40 levels.

The Pound ended the week down by 0.71% to $1.3741.

For the Loonie:

It’s another quiet week ahead on the economic calendar.

Early in the week, house price figures for August are due out. The numbers are not expected to have a material impact on the Loonie, however.

Retail sales figures for July, due out on Thursday, will influence, however. Another sharp increase in spending would deliver the Loonie with much-needed support.

The Loonie ended the week down 0.57% to C$1.2764 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of Asia

For the Aussie Dollar:

There are no major stats to provide the Aussie Dollar with direction.

While there are no major stats, the RBA monetary policy meeting minutes on Tuesday will influence. The markets will be looking for forward guidance following the latest lockdown measures.

The Aussie Dollar ended the week down by 1.05% to $0.7279.

For the Kiwi Dollar:

It’s another quiet week ahead.

Early in the week, consumer sentiment figures for the 3rd quarter will be in focus.

Trade data, due out on Friday, will be the key numbers for the week, however.

Away from the economic calendar, however, COVID-19 news updates will also be key.

The Kiwi Dollar ended the week down by 1.03% to $0.7040.

For the Japanese Yen:

It’s a relatively busy week on the economic calendar.

Inflation and prelim private sector PMIs are due out on Friday. We don’t expect the numbers to influence the Yen, however.

On the monetary policy front, the BoJ is in action on Wednesday. We aren’t expecting any surprises, however, as the Delta variant continues to deliver economic uncertainty.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.01% to ¥109.93 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of China

There are also no major stats due out of China for the markets to consider, with the Chinese markets closed early in the week.

On the monetary policy front, the PBoC is in action. We don’t expect any changes to the Loan Prime Rates, however.

The Chinese Yuan ended the week down by 0.34% to CNY6.4661 against the U.S Dollar.

Geo-Politics

Iran, China, and Russia remain the main areas of interest for the markets. News updates from the Middle East, in particular, will need continued monitoring following recent events in Afghanistan.

Gold Struggles as Concerns about Upcoming FOMC Meeting Mount

Gold futures basis the most active December 2021 contract opened on Monday at $1790 and is currently fixed at $1753.90. Today gold continued its decline, although only fractionally, declining $2.80 on the day.

GOLD SEPT 17 for KITCO

Yesterday’s meltdown of $41 in gold was a partial result of dollar strength however, that was responsible for only a small component of the decline. The primary cause of yesterday’s tumble was a direct result of the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly sales and food services report for August 2021. Analysts polled by various news sources had estimated that the report would show that retail sales had declined by a range of -0.8% to a decline of -1.8%. The actual numbers were the opposites of forecasts and predictions by economists.

The report showed that consumer spending increased last month by 0.7%, resulting in sales of $618.7 billion. A stronger indication of the robust retail sales in August can be seen if you strip out automobile and truck sales which would then result in consumer spending increasing by 1.8%. While the demand for automobiles and trucks was brisk it was supply limitations that those sales muted.

With the Federal Reserve set to begin their September FOMC meeting on Tuesday, September 21 the real question becomes how Federal Reserve members will interpret the recent data and their overall outlook of the economic recovery as it pertains to announcing when they will begin to taper their monthly asset purchases of $120 billion.

The data that they will be looking at is mixed. The jobs report for August came in exceedingly weak and well below expectations and forecasts by economists. Expectations for the U.S. Labor Department’s August jobs report were that 720,000 new jobs would be added to nonfarm payrolls. The actual report showed that only 235,000 new positions were added last month. Since the Federal Reserve has gone on record stating that maximum employment is their ultimate goal in their dual mandate which also includes keeping inflationary pressures around 2%. This should be the most important report when the Fed convenes next week to consider changes to their current monetary policy.

This week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their current numbers on inflation, the CPI (Consumer Price Index). The report indicated an increase of 0.3% in August on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.5% in July. This clearly illustrated that inflationary pressures have not abated significantly. The year-over-year inflationary rate did tick down from 5.4% to 5.3%. It must be noted that inflationary pressures above 5% are at their highest level since the recession of 2009.

The net result of all of the reports combined confirms that the U.S. economic outlook continues to contain an enormous amount of uncertainty. While the Delta variant of Covid 19 has begun to show declines in terms of daily cases reported in the United States. But there are still hotspots in the United States that are still rising at an alarming rate.

With a tepid August jobs report set against strong retail sales in August, Federal Reserve members have to face that economic growth is still coming in weaker than forecast but recovering nonetheless. This has put different Federal Reserve members divided as to when they will begin to taper their asset purchases. Chairman Powell did make a clear distinction between the timeline to initiate tapering and lift off of interest rate normalizations saying that the Federal Reserve has a different set of criteria for both of those components of their current extremely accommodative monetary policy.

According to MarketWatch, roughly half of the Federal Reserve’s 18 top officials support tapering “sooner than later.” However, “The other half of the Fed leadership have said they would like to see more data on the labor market before the threshold for tapering is met. They think it is still important to support demand in coming months as the economy regains its footing in the wake of the coronavirus.”

This puts Chairman Powell between a rock and a hard place to satisfy both the more hawkish and dovish top officials of the Federal Reserve. Even major analysts are divided on what they believe the Fed will announce next week regarding any guidance towards the onset of tapering. The only certainty that we know will emerge from next week’s FOMC meeting is an updated “dot plot,” which will include projected interest rates for 2024 for the first time.

Unmistakably this will be one of the most critical FOMC meetings this year in that it will give market participants a real glimpse further out in time than ever before.

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Gary Wagner

The Weekly Wrap – Economic Data and Policy Jitters Delivered a Boost for the Greenback

The Stats

It was a busier week on the economic calendar, in the week ending 17th September.

A total of 61 stats were monitored, which was up from 42 stats in the week prior.

Of the 61 stats, 21 came in ahead forecasts, with 27 economic indicators coming up short of forecasts. There were 13 stats that were in line with forecasts in the week.

Looking at the numbers, 29 of the stats reflected an upward trend from previous figures. Of the remaining 32 stats, 30 reflected a deterioration from previous.

For the Greenback, upbeat economic data and sentiment towards monetary policy delivered support in the week. In the week ending 17th September, the Dollar Spot Index rose by 0.66% to 93.195. In the previous week, the Dollar had risen by 0.59% to 92.582.

Out of the U.S

Early in the week, inflation figures were in focus.

In August, the annual rate of core inflation softened from 4.3% to 4.0% versus a forecasted 4.2%. While softer than expected, 4% continued to sit well above the FED’s 2% target, leaving tapering on the table.

Mid-week, industrial production and NY Empire State manufacturing figures were market positive.

On Thursday, retail sales, Philly FED Manufacturing PMI, and jobless claims figures were of greater interest, however.

In August, retail sales increased by 0.7% versus a forecasted 0.2% decline. Core retail sales jumped by 1.8% versus a 0.1% decline. In July retail sales had fallen by 1.1% and core retail sales by 0.4%.

Manufacturing numbers were also upbeat, with the Philly FED Manufacturing PMI increasing from 19.4 to 30.7 in September.

Jobless claims figures failed to impress, however, with sub-300k remaining elusive. In the week ending 10th September, initial jobless claims rose from 312k to 332k. Economists had forecast an increase to 330k.

At the end of the week, consumer sentiment improved, albeit moderately. In September, the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose from 70.3 to 71.0, falling short of a forecasted 72.0.

Out of the UK

It was also a busy week. Employment, inflation, and retail sales figures were in focus. The stats were skewed to the positive.

In August, claimant counts fell by a further 58.6k after having fallen by 48.9k in July. In July, the unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.6%.

The UK’s annual rate of inflation accelerated from 2.0% to 3.25 in August, also delivering Pound support.

At the end of the week, retail sales disappointed, however. Month-on-month, core retail sales fell by 1.2% in August, following a 3.2% slide in July. Retail sales fell by 0.9% after having fallen by 2.8% in July. Economists had forecast a pickup in spending.

In the week, the Pound fell by 0.71% to end the week at $1.3741. In the week prior, the Pound had fallen by 0.23% to $1.3839.

The FTSE100 ended the week down by 0.93%, following a 1.53% loss from the previous week.

Out of the Eurozone

Economic data included wage growth, industrial production, trade, and finalized inflation figures for the Eurozone.

Finalized inflation figures for Spain, France, and Italy were also out but had a muted impact on the EUR.

In the 2nd quarter, wage fell by 0.4%, year-on-year, partially reversing a 2.1% increase recorded in the previous quarter.

Industrial production and trade data were positive, however.

Production increased by 1.5%, reversing a 0.1% fall from June, with the Eurozone’s trade surplus widening from €17.7bn to €20.7bn.

At the end of the week, finalized inflation figures for the Eurozone were in line with prelim figures. The Eurozone’s annual rate of inflation accelerated from 2.2% to 3.0% in August.

For the week, the EUR fell by 0.75% to $1.1725. In the week prior, the EUR had fallen by 0.56% to $1.1814.

The CAC40 slid by 1.40%, with the DAX30 and the EuroStoxx600 ending the week with losses of 0.77% and 0.96% respectively.

For the Loonie

Economic data included manufacturing sales, inflation, and wholesale sales figures.

The stats were mixed in the week.

In July, both manufacturing sales and wholesale sales disappointed with falls of 1.5% and 2.1% respectively.

Providing support, however, was a pickup in the annual rate of inflation from 3.3% to 3.5%.

The pickup in inflationary pressure and rising oil prices were not enough to support the Loonie against the Greenback.

In the week ending 17th September, the Loonie fell by 0.57% to C$1.2764. In the week prior, the Loonie had fallen by 1.34% to C$1.2692.

Elsewhere

It was another bearish week for the Aussie Dollar and the Kiwi Dollar.

The Aussie Dollar fell by 1.05% to $0.7279, with the Kiwi Dollar ending the week down by 1.03% to $0.7040.

For the Aussie Dollar

Business and consumer confidence figures were in focus in the 1st half of the week.

In spite of the latest lockdown measures, the stats were skewed to the positive.

The NAB Business Confidence Index rose from -8 to -5 in August.

More significantly, the Westpac Consumer Sentiment Index increased by 2.0% in September. The index had fallen by 4.4% in August.

On Thursday, employment figures disappointed, however.

In August, full employment fell by 68k following a 4.2k decline in July. Employment tumbled by 146.3k, however, versus a forecasted 90.0k decline. In July, employment had risen by 2.2k.

According to the ABS,

  • The unemployment rate fell from 4.6% to 4.5%, with the participation rate declining from 66.0% to 65.2%.
  • Year-on-year, the number of unemployed was down by 298,000.

For the Kiwi Dollar

It was also a mixed week on the economic data front.

2nd quarter GDP numbers impressed, with the NZ economy expanding by 2.8%, quarter-on-quarter. The economy had expanded by a more modest 1.4% in the previous quarter.

On the negative, however, was a slide in the Business PMI from 62.6 to 40.1 in August. The figures reflected the impact of the latest lockdown measures on production, justifying the RBNZ’s decision to leave the cash rate unchanged.

For the Japanese Yen

It was a relatively quiet week, with the numbers skewed to the negative.

According to finalized figures, industrial production fell by 1.5% in July. While in line with prelim figures, this was a partial reversal of a 6.5% jump from June.

In August, Japan’s trade balance fell from a ¥439.4bn surplus to a ¥635.4bn deficit. Exports rose by 26.2%, year-on-year, after having been up by 37% in July.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.01% to ¥109.93 against the U.S Dollar. In the week prior, the Yen had fallen by 0.21% to ¥109.94.

Out of China

Fixed asset investment and industrial production figures were in focus mid-week.

There were yet more disappointing numbers from China for the markets to consider.

In August, fixed asset investment increased by 8.9%, year-on-year. This was softer than a 10.3% increase in July.

More significantly, industrial production was up by 5.3% in August versus 6.4% in July.

In the week ending 17th September, the Chinese Yuan fell by 0.34% to CNY6.4661. In the week prior, the Yuan had ended the week up by 0.18% to CNY6.4443.

The CSI300 and the Hang Seng ended the week down by 3.14% and by 4.90% respectively.