ForexLive Americas FX news wrap: Canadian jobs blow away estimates
Forex news for New York trade on April 9, 2020:
- Canada March employment +303.1K vs +100.0K expected
- US PPI final demand +1.0% m/m versus +0.5% estimate
- Fed's Clarida: If year-end inflation has not declined from mid-year that might be 'good evidence' that not transitory
- Fed's Kaplan: Question for Fed is not to be preemptive or too reactive
- ECB's Lagarde: We have 'complete flexibility' with emergency measures
- CFTC Commitments of Traders: EUR longs continue to get covered. JPY shorts remain steady
- Baker Hughes oil rigs 337 versus 337 last week
- Atlanta Fed GDP Now forecast 6.0% vs 6.2% last
- White House budget aims for 8.4% FY 2022 increase
- US February wholesale inventories +0.6% m/m vs +0.5% expected
- S&P 500 up 0.8% to record 4128
- US 10-year yield up 3.75 bps to 1.66%
- Gold down $13 to $1743
- WTI crude down 25-cents to $59.35
- CAD leads, AUD lags
The Canadian jobs report was a stunner and far-surpassed expectations. The market's response was more tepid that you might have anticipated but that owes to fresh lockdowns in April and the belief that all those people are going right back on unemployment insurance. Later, the market warmed up the report more, especially as risk appetite improved. At the end of the day, USD/CAD finished near the lows.
The euro demonstrated the same resilience that we've seen all week. It had stumbled down to 1.1867 early in US trading but found its leg shortly after in a steady climb to just above 1.19. Lagard's comments weren't a factor.
Sterling has been choppy this week and Friday was no exception. It slumped in Asia but regained a footing, especially into the London fix. It ultimately turned mildly positive but it couldn't last though and GBP/USD closed a quarter-cent lower.
USD/JPY had some life and there was a bid to break 110.00 but offers there held after PPI and then the bond market cooled off and so did this pair, falling back to 109.65.
AUD/USD and NZD/USD both consolidated the drops in Asia-Pacific trading to finish solidly lower but in the middle of the daily range.
Have a great weekend. Here's what is on the US economic calendar next week.