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The forex markets are generally steady in Asian session today, as traders are still holding their bets ahead of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech. US stocks staged a rebound overnight, but there was little reaction elsewhere. For the week, commodity are currently the strongest, led by Aussie. European majors are the worst performers, led by Euro. Dollar and Yen are mixed.

Technically, 10-year yield breached 3.101 resistance this week but couldn’t sustain above there so far. Rejection by 3.101, followed by break of gap support at 2.952, will suggest that corrective pattern from 3.483 is already starting a third leg down towards 2.525 low. In this case, USD/JPY could be dragged down as a corresponding move. Nevertheless, firm break of 3.101 will send TNX towards 3.483, taking USD/JPY higher for a test on 139.37.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 0.69%. Hong Kong HSI is up 0.70%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.09%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.36%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.007 at 0.223. Overnight, DOW rose 0.98%. S&P 500 rose 1.41%. NASDAQ rose 1.67%. 10-year yield dropped -0.080 to 3.026.

Fed Bullard: Front-loading rate hike could show you are serious about inflation fighting

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard reiterated he would like interest rate to be raised from current 2.25-2.50% to 3.75-4.00% by the end of the year. He added that “front-loading” these rate hikes could “show you are serious about inflation fighting.”

“A baseline would probably be that inflation will be more persistent than many on Wall Street expect, and that’s going to be higher for longer and that’s a risk that is underpriced in markets today,” Bullard added.

Fed George: Too soon to decide September’s rate hike

Kansas City Fed President Esther George told CNBC it’s “too soon to say” regarding September’s rate hike, “because we have some important data that’s coming up.”

“I don’t think we know yet where [the terminal rate for interest rates] may have to settle out, but it will be higher than it is today for sure,” she said.

“We still have high inflation. We saw some easing in the July numbers, but I think it remains broad-based, so there is more work to be done,” George said.

Fed Harker wants rate to get above 3.4%, open to higher

Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker told CNBC, “I’d like to see us get to, say, above 3.4% – that was the last median in the SEP (Summary of Economic Projections) – and then maybe sit for a while.”

“But if the data says we need to keep increasing, we keep increasing. We’ve got to get inflation under control. That is Job One,” he added.

As for September meet, “whether it’s 50 or 75 I can’t say right now,” he said. But he noted that a 50bps hike is still a “substantial” one.

Looking ahead

Germany Gfk consumer sentiment and Eurozone M3 money supply will be released in European session. Later in the day, US will publish personal income and spending with PCE inflation, and goods trade balance.

USD/CHF Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.9605; (P) 0.9641; (R1) 0.9670; More

Intraday bias in USD/CHF remains neutral at this point. Outlook is unchanged that triangle correction from 1.0063 could have completed at 0.9369 already. Above 0.9691 will resume the rise from 0.9369 and target 0.9884 resistance next. Break there will argue that larger up trend is ready for resumption through 1.0063. On the downside, below 0.9551 minor support will dampen this view and turn bias back to the downside for 0.9369 support instead.

In the bigger picture, current development suggests that up trend from 0.8756 (2021 low) is still in progress. Sustained break of 1.0063 will target 100% projection of 0.9149 to 1.0063 from 0.9369 at 1.0283, and then 1.0342 (2016 high). For now, this will remain the favored case as long as 0.9369 support holds, even in case of deep pull back.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT
Ccy
Events
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Revised
23:30
JPY
Tokyo CPI Core Y/Y Aug
2.60%
2.50%
2.30%
06:00
EUR
Germany Gfk Consumer Confidence Sep
-31.5
-30.6
08:00
EUR
Eurozone M3 Money Supply Y/Y Jul
5.60%
5.70%
12:30
USD
Personal Income M/M Jul
0.60%
0.60%
12:30
USD
Personal Spending M/M Jul
0.40%
1.10%
12:30
USD
PCE Price Index M/M Jul
1.00%
12:30
USD
PCE Price Index Y/Y Jul
6.80%
12:30
USD
Core PCE Price Index M/M Jul
0.30%
0.60%
12:30
USD
Core PCE Price Index Y/Y Jul
4.70%
4.80%
12:30
USD
Wholesale Inventories Jul P
1.50%
1.80%
12:30
USD
Goods Trade Balance (USD) Jul P
-99.0B
-98.6B
14:00
USD
Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Aug F
55.2
55.1

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