FX Update

The USD gains and stocks trade cautiously as US CPI data is in line with expectations but retraces on Tillerson ousting

 |  March 13, 2018

The greenback kicked off on a positive note this morning, rallying across the board after US inflation data was released meeting market expectations. The dollar also garnered support from yesterday US Treasury actions which saw solid foreign buying interest and rates tick marginally higher. The dollar gave back gains after President Trump removed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Trump and Tillerson had clashed often on foreign policy and the change comes as talks with N. Korea advance.

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    Yesterday’s US Treasury auction delivered no surprises. The release of US CPI for February came in at expectations (2.2% YoY, 0.2% MoM) and slightly stronger than the prior reading. The data should not adversely affect next weeks Fed policy meeting. 

    Larry Kudlow of CNBC is reported to be the favorite to replace Gary Cohn as Trump’s chief economic adviser. An announcement is expected in the next few days. While this morning Trump replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Pompeo as Secretary of State.


    Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the spring financial statement and updated economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility today. His statement suggested wage growth is expected to improve which may support rate hikes and the pound. However, the economic turnaround has yet to materialize which will likely restrain the BoE near term.


    A quiet data day from Euroland has the single currency trading in a penny range, roughly 1.23 to 1.24. The euro dipped initially in reaction to the US inflation data meeting market expectations but has recovered on the news of further political shake up in the Trump Cabinet as Secretary of State Tillerson is replaced. 


    USD:CAD ticks higher this morning supported by US inflation data. There are no additional releases of Canadian data today. Bank of Canada Governor Poloz will speak at an event in Kingston, Ontario later today. The market expects him to comment on the strong Canadian jobs data reported last week and if the pace of the Canadian economy will keep up with its southern neighbor. Growth will dictate if the BoC will hike rates in line with the FED or if economic headwinds temper further hikes.


    Equity markets trade mixed in the region as stocks struggle for direction. China’s Shanghai Composite and Australia’s ASX 200 trade in the red while Japan’s Nikkei 225 posts a gain, boosted by a weaker yen and ahead of the Bank of Japan minutes. 

    Producer prices in Japan rose 2.5% YoY in February, in line with market expectations.

    The New Zealand dollar was the only major to gain against the greenback.

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John Schweizer is a product and foreign exchange advisor with Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Financial Services Group, based in Boston, MA. He works with SVB clients who conduct business globally and advises on the products, strategies and solutions used to manage international transactions and cash flows and mitigate the risk associated with currency fluctuations.

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John holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.
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