Europe Open, ECB, EUR/USD, COVID-19 Talking Points:

  • Lower-than-usual trading volumes made for a relatively timid APAC trading session
  • ECB announces record 1.3 trillion uptake of TLTRO program to support credit markets
  • EUR/USD perched at support as technical studies suggest a further decline may be on the cards.

Asia-Pacific Recap

A slight risk-on tilt, in a relatively timid Asia-Pacific session early, saw Asian equities follow US futures marginally higher.

Preliminary retail sales data for Australia forecasting a possible 16.35 rise in May pushed the local currency higher against its major counterparts, as the haven-associated Japanese Yen and US Dollar declined.

Developments in the US-China trade war after the close of the ASX sent risk assets soaring as Beijing plans to set up purchases of US farm goods, after a positive meeting between diplomats from both sides in Hawaii.

S&P 500 futures surged alongside the commodity-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars, as the US Dollar and Japanese Yen plunged.

Looking ahead, Canadian retail sales for April and speeches from various members of the Federal Reserve, including Chair Jerome Powell, headline the economic docket.

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Source – Trading View

Arizona Registers Biggest One-Day Jump in COVID-19 Cases

The exponential increase of novel coronavirus cases in several US states continues to fuel secondary outbreak concerns, as Arizona reported its biggest one-day rise and Californian Governor Gavin Newsom enforces the use of face masks.

Outside of the US, China’s coronavirus expert recommended that lockdown measures in Beijing remain until the capital city is “virus-free for at least two weeks” and Italy recorded an increase in cases above the 7-day average.

A continued increase in cases as economies gradually emerge from hibernation, may fuel risk aversion moving forward with an increase in local hospitalization rates possibly triggering a retreat from risk-associated assets.

Global Daily New Cases of COVID-19

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Source – John Hopkins University (JHU)

Record 1.3 Trillion ECB TLTRO Pickup Stabilizes Credit Market

In line with forecasts of an uptake “in the order of 1.4 trillion”, ECB Executive Board member Isabel Schnabel announced the European Central Bank injected credit markets with 548.5 billion of liquidity overnight, as TLTRO III.4 (as mentioned in yesterday’s preview) resulted in 742 banks borrowing a total of 1.3 trillion in 3-year loans to “support lending to the real economy”.

Targeted long-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) with “rates as low as -1%” result in the central bank essentially paying lenders to ensure they continue to provide credit to companies and households, as the Eurozone attempts to recover from its steepest contraction on record.

EUR/USD Slides Towards Uptrend, ECB Announces €1.3 Trillion in TLTROs

Risk appetite may be fuelled by the confirmation of adequate demand to “reduce the potentially adverse impact of tightening market-based funding conditions on lending” as Italy’s largest bank, UniCredit, and four of the five biggest banks in Spain borrow the maximum amount available to support their local economies.

Yields on Portuguese, Italian and Spanish 10-year government bonds reinforce this sentiment, declining to the lowest levels since March as the flood of liquidity helps to stabilize the Bloc’s higher-risk credit markets.

However, this surge of liquidity and easing of regulations does come with a degree of risk should the economic recovery shudder to a halt, as the increasing accumulation of sovereign debt could lead to a situation similar the 2012 debt crisis.

EUR/USD Slides Towards Uptrend, ECB Announces €1.3 Trillion in TLTROs

Source – Trading View

Euro Perched at Support as the RSI Tests Key Uptrend

EUR/USD continues its slide towards its 6-week uptrend after slicing through range support extending from the December highs (1.1220 – 1.1240).

With the momentum indicator snapping its constructive uptrend, there remains a bearish tilt to price as the RSI falls back to its lowest levels since early May.

The RSI may provide an early indication of future direction as a breakdown of the uptrend from late-February could possibly ignite selling pressure.

Support at the convergence of the 6-week uptrend and 61.8% Fibonacci (1.1167) will be pivotal for buyers, with a break possibly clearing a path back to the 200-day moving average (1.1055) and April high (1.1039).

EUR/USD Daily Price Chart

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Source – Trading View

— Written by Daniel Moss

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