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Forex Today: Aussie jumps on RBA’s Lowe

Cautious optimism prevailed across the financial markets in Asia on Monday, following the weekend news that the US-China trade talks have kicked-off heading into the Trump-XI meeting at the G20 Summit later this week. However, escalating US-Iran geopolitical tensions kept the investors slightly unnerved while the US dollar continued to trade on the back foot across its main competitors, as Treasury yields lagged amid dovish Fed rate expectations.

The top performer this session was the Australian dollar that jumped on the upbeat remarks from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) Governor Lowe. The AUD/USD pair rallied 0.50% to reach fresh multi-day tops at 0.6961. Meanwhile, its OZ peer, the NZD/USD pair also followed suit and traded firmer around the 0.66 handle. The USD/JPY pair recovered from a dip to near 107.30 region amid firmer S&P 500 futures. But the further upside appeared capped near 107.50 amid a broadly weaker US dollar. The USD/CAD pair also suffered moderate losses on higher oil prices. Gold prices on Comex held onto last week’s gains and kept its range above the key 1400 level.

Main Topics in Asia

Trade: United States should drop its win-at-all-costs mentality – People’s Daily/Reuters

US to impose major new sanctions on Iran – Bloomberg

Erdogan dealt stunning blow as Istanbul elects rival candidate – BBG

Australian economists explore QE options – Bloomberg

RBA’s Governor Lowe: risks to global economy are tilted to downside

RBA’s Lowe: Don’t ‘really understand’ markets – AFR

WTI clings to monthly top as geopolitics play their parts

Gold technical analysis: 1433 comes as the Aug 2013 highs

Chinese assistant foreign minister: G20 should ensure unity and cooperation

PBOC’s Deputy Governor: Some countries have limited room for monetary policy easing

Chinese Vice CommerceMin: Hopes US can use spirit of free trade to remove unilateral measures on Chinese firms

Asian stocks cautiously bid on US-Sino trade talks

China’s CommerceMin: Discussions between Chinese and US trade teams are underway

NZIER: RBNZ should keep rates on hold this week

USD/IDR: Rupiah shrugs-off upbeat Indonesian trade data

Key Focus Ahead

We have a quiet start to the G20 week ahead, with the macro calendar docket data-sparse this Monday. The German IFO survey will be released at 0800 GMT, which will be closely eyed, especially after a sharp deterioration in the German ZEW Economic Sentiment Index. Meanwhile, all eyes will remain on the UK political scenario and US-China trade talks, in absence of fresh first-tier economic releases from both the UK and the US docket.

However, the ECB-speak and a couple of US regional data will offer some trading impetus in the day ahead.

EUR/USD trades above 200-day MA ahead of German IFO survey

The path of least resistance is on the higher side and the pair will likely rise well above 1.14 later today if the German IFO survey for June, scheduled for release at 08:00 GMT, show signs of green shoots in the Eurozone’s largest economy.

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GBP/USD: UK’s political plays can act as the key catalysts amid latest upswing

Even if the US Dollar (USD) weakness has helped the GBP/USD pair to remain strong around 12-day high, the pair lacks fresh catalysts in order to extend its latest upswing heading into the UK open this Monday.

The Week Ahead: Cutting to the Quick

The most important data point for the eurozone next week is the flash CPI reading.  Unchanged data is the story.  Draghi was clear: if conditions do not improve, the ECB needs to provide more stimulus.

GBP/USD Forecast: Boris Johnson may unleash the bears after the Fed fed the bulls

The economic calendar features a testimony by the BOE’s Carney early in the week – where he is likely to repeat the messages, he conveyed in the rate statement.

 

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