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Asia Morning FX – AUD and EUR surge, USD takes a hit post FOMC, BoJ ahead

16 June 2023 By Lachlan Meakin


USD tumbled in Thursday’s session in the wake of a dovish Powell presser (relative to statement/dot plots) saw the Dollar bears in charge. This, coupled with a hawkish ECB and mixed US data saw DXY fall from highs of 103.38 in the European morning to a low of 102.08, with the psychological 102 level the next obvious support. A hawkish ECB, where they hiked rates by 25bp and signaled more to come, saw the sell off accelerate. A risk on equity session and US data causing US Treasury yields to tumble, also weighing on the Dollar.

EUR rallied in wake of the ECB 25bp hike and the accompanying hawkish statement and presser where ECB President Lagarde strongly suggested another hike is likely in July, saw EURUSD pushing through the 1.0950 level to the upside and entering the April/May “chop zone” where some volatility could be expected.

JPY was marginally lower against the USD in a volatile session, despite overall Dollar weakness and lower UST yields. Risk on sentiment seeing haven outflows as well as traders positioning themselves for today’s possibly interesting BoJ meeting saw the USDJPY perform an impressive (almost) round trip from highs of 141.50 in the European morning back to 140.08 at the start of the Asian session. Today’s BoJ meeting could be the usual non-event, but there is a chance of a BoJ surprise in their Yield curve control policy as they did in December ’22 which would see some big moves in the JPY.

Against a market risk on background AUD and NZD both saw impressive gains with AUD being the clear outperformer. AUDUSD surging through resistance to test the big level at 0.6900 from lows of 0.6768. A blowout Australian employment report along with continued talk of Chinese stimulus buoying AUD. NZDUSD was also firmer on the day but with NZD hampered by weak GDP data on Thursday the AUDNZD cross pushed decisively higher to hit a high of 1.1043, within a whisker of June highs.

Gold prices surged off their post-FOMC lows after breaching the 1938 support level, lower yields and a weak USD seeing XAUUSD firmly back into its trading range after the false breakout to the downside.

Today’s main risk event will be the Bank of Japan monetary policy statement, it could be a fizzer or it could be fireworks, there will be no in-between in my opinion. If the status quo is maintained as far as monetary policy is concerned there should be minimal market impact, if the BoJ does surprise by tinkering with any of their policies then some extreme volatility in Japanese bonds and the JPY is a probability.

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