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By: Andria Pichidi
Risk-on positioning has supported the Dollar and Yen weighing driving underperformance in commodity and other currencies with a higher beta characteristic.
Multiplying coronavirus infections across the US and in other places across the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne, along with a number of clusters in Europe, have spooked investors. The US reported a new daily record in new coronavirus cases, of 60k, together with yet another record number of deaths in Texas has fuelled concerns about the impact a second wave and renewed broader lockdowns would have on the world economy. Mobile phone data compiled by Unacast has shown retail visits to have dropped in a number of states where there has been a spike in new Covid-19 cases.
News yesterday that the US Supreme Court said that the NYC Grand Jury could have access to President Trump’s tax returns and other financial records had started the risk-off phase that is still prevailing. Wall Street has tumbled on the news, with the USA30 posting a -200 point decline, while USA100 and USA500’s gains are fading fast. The decision from SCOTUS will keep Wall Street uneasy given the increased sensitivity to the November election. However, the Court has blocked, for now, access to the president’s records. Supposedly grand jury deliberations are to be kept secret, but that will heighten the potential for leaks and tape bombs prior to the November 3 election and that will make for jittery markets over the next few months.
The USA100 initially clawed back and continued to outperform with a 0.5% gain to 10,784, another historic peak. But in the Asia session decline resumed again , with the asset currently standing at 10,695, after ti found some support at 50-period EMA in the 1-hour chart (which supports the asset since end of June). For the USA100 technically, only a pullback below 10,200 Support could turn the attention to 9,800 area and the (50-DMA). There is nothing overly bearish at this stage, as the asset is in a rally since mid of May, extending gains above all daily MAs, with momentum indicators strongly positive. Hence the early declines might seen attracting a buying pressure intraday, as the short term indicators despite the their turn lower, manage to sustained the neutral zone. The hourly chart shows the asset moving above fast MAs such as 20-period SMA, 9-period EMA and 5-period EMA. RSI is back above 50 however MACD lines continue to struggle above neutral.
Asian markets and European index futures have also dropped, including Chinese markets, which ends a retail-driven, Beijing encouraged phase of outperformance.
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