5 Things To Watch Next Week + ChartBook

ECB Faces Tough Task as Eurozone Continues to Slow

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This week’s G20 meeting in Tokio for finance ministers and central bankers was eclipsed by the trade-war-related developments, but next week, the European Central Bank will surely be at the center of attention. The ECB is lagging behind the Fed in the normalization of its monetary policies, and we doubt that it will ever reach hiking rates before the next recession strikes Europe.

Economic numbers alarmingly deteriorated in recent months, the Euro is among the weakest major currencies, and with the Brexit process still looking uncertain, it’s hard to see how Mario Draghi &. Co. will navigate through the next months. While the current risk rally might make bulls think that all is well, the major European indices are still in deep technical trouble, and the as the economic cycle is turning down, we don’t think that the ECB has too many options.

The recent dovish shift could mean that the ECB will also sound the alarms, and we will see further weakness in the Euro and a possible extension of the counter-trend move in the European indices as well. That said, the ECB’s position is desperate from a broader perspective, as its only ammunition is more quantitative easing in the case of a deeper economic downturn.

$1.5 Trillion of Earnings Out after Trade-Fueled Surge on Wall Street

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Following a mixed weak of financial earnings, with strength in the core businesses and weakness in trading performance for the most important players, this week we will have a more balanced mix of quarterly earnings reports in the US. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG), IBM (IBM), and Intel (INTC) will be the most important, and although the dollar’s Q4 strength could weigh on global revenues, the domestic numbers should be still fine.

With that in mind, the reports could still boost stocks after the December plunge, but we think that the fuel is running out, and investors shouldn’t get excited about the historic short squeeze. Also, we have doubts about the Chinese plan to reduce the US trade deficit, as even the Asian giant is serious about it, implementing such a plan seems to be more borderline impossible, let alone in a few short years. So while the rally could still go on, at these levels, short positions could already be opened on US equities.

EUR/USD Falls Despite Risk Rally as Treasury Yields Hit 3-Week High

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We saw signs of technical weakness this week in the most traded forex pair, as it completed a failed break-out pattern above the 1.15 level and dipped clearly below 1.14 towards the end of the week. US Treasury yields continued to rise, on the heels of the strong rally in stocks, and the relatively stable economic numbers from the US added to the pressure on the common currency.

With the ECB’s monetary meeting coming up, we could see wild swings especially in the second half of the week, but for now, the direction looks clear, and new lows are likely in the coming months. Given the technical weakness even a quick test of the 1.12 level and a sharp sell-off to new lows is possible, should risk assets turn south next week.

AUD/USD, Our Canary in the Coalmine, Showing Weakness

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The Aussie, which has been rising together with other risk assets showed relative weakness this week, despite the rise in commodities and the positive news concerning the US-Chinese trade talks. The AUD/USD pair has been a very good indicator for the risk-on/risk-off shifts in recent months so this weakness should be closely monitored by investors.

From a technical standpoint, the pair is trading in a crucial price range between 0.7150 and 0.72 following the post-flash-crash rally. The bounce was distorted by the flash crash, as it wiped clean several important stop-loss zones, causing pain for bears and bulls alike. With the declining long-term trend clearly being intact, we would once again favor short positions here, even as the short-term trend could still take time to top out.

Chinese GDP, Eurozone PMIs, and Rate Decisions Highlight Economic Calendar

Besides the ECB and the Bank of Japan we will have key economic indicators coming out almost every day next week. The week will kick off with the quarterly Chinese GDP print and Industrial Production, but elsewhere the economic calendar will be empty on Monday, with US markets being closed oin observation of teh Marting Luther King Jr. day. Europe will be in focus on Tuesday, with the British Employment Report and the German ZEW Sentiment number coming out, while on Wednesday, the BOJ’s monetary meeting and the Canadian Retail Sales Report will likely make waves.

The last two days of the will likely be the most active in traditional financial markets, with the Eurozone Manufacturing and Services PMIs and the ECB’s monetary meeting being scheduled for Thursday. Given the pace of the recent slowdown, which usually precedes recessions, another set of negative surprises could hurt the Euro and European equities alike.


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