US Jobless Claims, Turkish Lira Turmoil
Yesterday, countries like UK and Canada delivered their inflation figures for the month of October. In Canada, the headline inflation jumped from the previous +4.4% to +4.7%. Today, the economic calendar seems to be a bit on the light side, as one the only worthwhile news on the economic calendar are the US initial and continuing jobless claims. Another event that might not be on everyone’s agenda today, but is definitely worthwhile to be mentioned and that’s the current currency crisis in Turkey, where inflation continues rise, due to an exponential devaluation of the Turkish lira.
Rising Inflation Continues To Be Monitored
Yesterday, countries like UK and Canada delivered their inflation figures for the month of October. In the UK, the core and headline MoM figures rose from +0.4% to +0.7% and from +0.3% to 1.1% respectively. The YoY core reading went from +2.9% to +3.4% and the headline YoY one jumped from +3.1% to +4.2%. The latter one has not been at that level since December 2011. The increase came from a rise in utilities, mainly fuel like gas and electricity.
In Canada, the headline inflation jumped from the previous +4.4% to +4.7%. Last time the number was so high was back in February 2003. The biggest contributors for the high inflation number were transportation and energy. After that food and labor shortages also played their parts in the CPI rise. Overall, we can say that the current supply chain disruption had played its negative role, bringing inflation to levels, last seen a few years ago. In terms of the Bank of Canada and its inflation target range, which is between 1% and 3%, such high CPI readings could force the Bank to consider the idea of raising the interest rate earlier.
US Initial And Continuous Claims
Today, the economic calendar seems to be a bit on the light side, as a few of the only worthwhile news on the economic calendar are the US initial and continuing jobless claims and the Turkish one-week repo rate announcement. The initial ones are expected to fall, going from 267k to 260k. The market hopes for that to happen, as the previous one came out as a slight disappointment. Although last week the number came out lower than the previous, it was higher than the initial forecast suggested. Similar story is with the continuous claims, as they are expected to come out on the lower side than the previous or the forecasted numbers. If we look at last week’s figure, the number was also expected to come out lower, at 2095k, but showed up at 2160k. We do not expect both initial and continuous claim figures to be far from their forecasts, but it will be interesting to see if the actual numbers show up higher. If so, this could put a negative spin on the US dollar, but indices may still rise, as it could mean that this might be another reason for the Fed to hold off from raising rates.
USD/CHF — Technical Outlook
Despite the recent decline, USD/CHF continues to trade above a short-term tentative upside support line taken from the low of November 9th. That said, in order to get a bit more comfortable with further advances, we would first like to see a clear pop above the current highest point of November, at 0.9330.
If that pop happens, this will confirm a forthcoming higher high, possibly clearing the way to some higher areas. We will then aim for the 0.9368 obstacle, a break of which may lead USD/CHF to the 0.9395 level. That level marks the high of April 6th.
On the downside, a break of the aforementioned upside line and a rate-drop below the 0.9268 zone, could spook the bulls from the field for a while and the pair might drift a bit lower. We would then aim for the 0.9237 obstacle, a break of which may set the stage for a move to the 0.9187 level, marked by the low of November 15th.
Turkish Lira In Turmoil
Another event that might not be on everyone’s agenda today but is definitely worthwhile to be mentioned, that’s the current currency crisis in Turkey, where inflation continues rise, due to an exponential devaluation of the Turkish lira. This is mainly caused by the unconventional economic policy approach of Turkey’s President, as he continues to pressure the country’s Central Bank to lower the interest rate. After a surprising 200 bps cut in Turkey’s one-week repo rate back in October, it is expected that another one may follow today. If so, the Turkish lira could continue depreciating against all of its major counterparts.
EUR/TRY — Technical Outlook
EUR/Try continues to run higher, while trading high above a short-term upside support line taken from the low of October 7th. Although we are seeing some occasional retracements, it seems that the pair might stay under some buying interest, at least for now.
If the pair continues to trade somewhere above the 12.082 zone, marked near an intraday swing high of November 17th and an intraday swing low of November 18th, that may keep the buyers interested for a while. EUR/TRY could push to the current all-time high, at 12.412, a break of which would confirm a forthcoming higher high, placing the rate into the uncharted territory and then sending it further north. We might then aim for the 12.600 territory.
Alternatively, if the pair falls below the 11.954 hurdle, marked by an intraday swing low of November 17th, that could lead to a larger correction lower. We may then aim for the 11.805 obstacle, marked by the high of November 16th. If the selling doesn’t stop there, the next possible target could be at 11.653, or even the aforementioned upside line.
As For The Rest Of Today’s Events
The US Philadelphia Fed will release its manufacturing index for November. The current expectation is for a rise from the previous 23.8 to 24.0.
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