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Overall, the financial markets are steady in Asian session today. Russian invasion of Ukraine continues after the talks between two leaders yielded no breakthrough. Ukraine is holding on defending while isolation of Russia from the West intensified. In the currency markets, commodity currencies are attempting to break out from range. Aussie stays firm after non-eventful RBA while Loonie is awaiting tomorrow’s BoC hike. Euro and Sterling remain the weakest ones, and look vulnerable. Dollar turned softer with falling treasury yields. But Yen and Swiss Franc are holding on to gains.

Technically, a focus today is on whether selloff in Euro and Sterling against commodity currencies would pick up momentum. EUR/AUD is going to take on 1.5250/5354 medium term support zone soon and break will resume later down trend. EUR/CAD is also heading back to 1.4098 low. Meanwhile, GBP/CAD and GBP/AUD are both heading back to 1.6964 and 1.8123 supports respectively. Firm break of these levels will solidify near term bearishness.

In Asia, at the time of writing, Nikkei is up 1.48%. Hong Kong HSI is down -0.37%. China Shanghai SSE is up 0.22%. Singapore Strait Times is up 0.88%. Japan 10-year JGB yield is down -0.006 at 0.179. Overnight, DOW dropped -0.49%. S&P 500 dropped -0.24%. NASDAQ rose 0.41%. 10-year yield dropped 0.147 to 1.839.

RBA stands pat and be patient, AUD/JPY range-bound

RBA left cash rate target unchanged at 0.10% as widely expected. The board maintained that it “will not increase the cash rate until actual inflation is sustainably within the 2 to 3 per cent target range.”. For now, it is “too early to conclude that it is sustainably within the target range”, and RBA is “prepared to be patient”.

AUD/JPY is staying established after the release. Price action from 86.24 high are seen as developing into a sideway corrective pattern, with rise fro 78.77 as the second leg. That is, further rally is in favor as long as 81.99 support holds. Break of 84.27 will target 100% projection of 78.77 to 84.27 from 80.34 at 85.84. However, even in this case, upside should be limited by 86.24 high to bring another falling leg to complete the three-wave corrective pattern.

Meanwhile, break of 81.99 support will argue that it’s developing into a deeper correction, instead of a sideway pattern. Deeper fall should then be seen through 80.34 to 78.77 and below.

Australia AiG manufacturing rose to 53.2, edged back into expansion

Australia AiG Performance of Manufacturing Index rose 4.8 pts to 53.2 in February. Production rose 2.7 to 54.6. Employment dropped -1.9 to 43.5. Average wages rose 1.4 to 64.9. Input prices dropped -6.7 to 75.6. But selling prices rose 1.4 to 64.9.

Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group said: “Australia’s manufacturing sector edged back into expansion during February following the sharp labour and supply chain disruptions of the December-January period. Price and wage pressures continued in February with some easing in the pace of increase in input prices. At the same time, selling prices accelerated suggesting further recovery of earlier cost increases.”

Japan PMI manufacturing finalized at 52.7, new orders stagnates and input prices rose

Japan PMI Manufacturing was finalized at 52.7 in February, down from January’s 55.4. Markit said there was renewed fall in output amid near-stagnation in new orders. Input prices rose at sharpest pace since August 2008. Stocks of purchases had survey-record increase amid delays and shortages.

Usamah Bhatti, Economist at IHS Markit, said: “February PMI data pointed to a softer expansion in the Japanese manufacturing sector. The rate of growth eased to a five-month low, however, amid a renewed reduction in production levels and a broad stagnation in new orders… input price pressures intensified further, with average cost burdens rising at the sharpest pace in thirteen-and-a-half years… manufacturers commented that the degree of optimism regarding the 12-month outlook for output eased to a six-month low in February… This is broadly in line with the IHS Markit prediction for industrial production to grow 5.9% in 2022.”

China Caixin PMI manufacturing rose to 49.1 in Feb, returned to growth

China Caixin PMI Manufacturing rose from 49.1 to 50.4 in February, above expectation of 49.5. Caixin said output returned to growth amid quickest rate in new work for eight months. Pandemic continued to weigh on export sales. Business confidence picked up to the highest since last June.

Wang Zhe, Senior Economist at Caixin Insight Group said: “Overall, manufacturing activity expanded in February. Supply recovered, while demand more clearly improved. The level of optimism about the future business outlook increased further. However, the job market remained under high pressure. And we still need to keep an eye on inflationary pressure.

Looking ahead

Germany retail sales and CPI flash will be released in European session. Eurozone will release PMI manufacturing final. UK will also release PMI manufacturing final, mortgage approvals and M4 money supply. Later in the day, Canada will release GDP while US will release ISM manufacturing and construction spending.

EUR/CHF Daily Outlook

Daily Pivots: (S1) 1.0248; (P) 1.0314; (R1) 1.0352; More….

EUR/CHF’s breach of 1.0277 suggests resumption of recent decline and intraday bias is back on the downside. Sustained trading below 1.0298 will extend larger down trend and target 61.8% projection of 1.0936 to 1.0298 from 1.0610 at 1.0216. On the upside, above 1.0366 minor resistance will delay the bearish case and turn intraday bias neutral first. But overall outlook will stay bearish as long as 1.0610 resistance holds.

In the bigger picture, long term down trend from 1.2004 (2018 high) is still in progress. Next target is 61.8% projection of 1.2004 to 1.0505 to 1.1149 at 1.0223. Sustained break there will target 100% projection at 0.9650. In any case, break of 1.0610 resistance is needed to be the first sign of bottoming. Otherwise, outlook will remain bearish.

Economic Indicators Update

GMT
Ccy
Events
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Revised
21:30
AUD
AiG Performance of Mfg Index Feb
53.2
48.4
00:30
AUD
Current Account (AUD) Q4
12.7B
14.3B
23.9B
22.0B
00:30
JPY
Manufacturing PMI Feb F
52.7
52.9
52.9
01:00
CNY
Manufacturing PMI Feb
50.2
49.9
50.1
01:00
CNY
Non-Manufacturing PMI Feb
51.6
50.9
51.1
01:45
CNY
Caixin Manufacturing PMI Feb
50.4
49.5
49.1
03:30
AUD
RBA Interest Rate Decision
0.10%
0.10%
0.10%
07:00
EUR
Germany Retail Sales M/M Jan
1.80%
-5.50%
08:30
CHF
SVME PMI Feb
64.7
63.8
08:45
EUR
Italy Manufacturing PMI Feb
59.2
58.3
08:50
EUR
France Manufacturing PMI Feb F
57.6
57.6
08:55
EUR
Germany Manufacturing PMI Feb F
58.5
58.5
09:00
EUR
Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Feb F
58.4
58.4
09:30
GBP
Manufacturing PMI Feb F
57.3
57.3
09:30
GBP
Mortgage Approvals Jan
72K
71K
09:30
GBP
M4 Money Supply M/M Jan
0.40%
0.10%
13:00
EUR
Germany CPI M/M Feb P
0.90%
0.40%
13:00
EUR
Germany CPI Y/Y Feb P
5.10%
4.90%
13:30
CAD
GDP M/M Dec
0.00%
0.60%
14:30
CAD
Manufacturing PMI Feb
56.2
14:45
USD
Manufacturing PMI Feb F
57.5
57.5
15:00
USD
ISM Manufacturing PMI Feb
57.9
57.6
15:00
USD
ISM Manufacturing Prices Paid Feb
77.5
76.1
15:00
USD
ISM Manufacturing Employment Index Feb
54.5
15:00
USD
Construction Spending M/M Jan
-0.50%
0.20%

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