With Japanese markets closed for the Marine Day national holiday, the focus of today's session in Asia has been on the release of China’s Q2 GDP and June activity data.
As widely predicted by economists and in Chinese press reports last Friday, annual growth slowed to 6.2% in Q2 from 6.4% in Q1, thereby confirming China’s growth is at its weakest level since the early 1990s. One of the peculiarities surrounding the quarterly release of Chinese GDP data is that it has printed within 0.1ppt of the median Bloomberg forecast every quarter since June 2015. Although the number has made headlines today, it shouldn’t come as a shock.
Providing a pleasant upside surprise, Chinese activity data for June including fixed asset investment, retail sales and industrial production all beat market expectations. Finally, some compelling evidence that the policy stimulus unleashed by Chinese authorities at the beginning of the year is gaining traction, which leaves the soft prints in April and May standing out as potential medium-term low points in the growth cycle. The chart below of Chinese retail sales year on year illustrates this point well.
In terms of market reactions, the AUD, which is part of the China complex is trading higher against the U.S. dollar and on most of the main cross rates. One cross rate in particular has caught the eye.
Technically, EURAUD is sitting right on the support provided by the neckline (1.6020) of a possible inverted head and shoulders top as viewed on the chart below. Should EURAUD break and close below the neckline 1.6020 area, and then below the support coming from the 200-day moving average 1.5970 area, it opens the way for EURAUD to revisit the 1.5683 low from mid-April.
As such, a short EURAUD trade is firmly on the radar in coming days ideally after the release tomorrow of the RBA meeting minutes and the Australian labour market report on Thursday.
Source Tradingview. The figures stated are as of the 15th of July 2019. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation
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