The technical breakdowns in the US dollar after Friday's weak data releases raise deeply troubling questions about the currency. The Australian dollar was the best performer last week while the US dollar lagged. CFTC positioning showed the completion of the CAD-whipsaw.
You can indeed fight the Fed. Betting against the dollar this year has been the best FX trade, as it has over the last week. Policymakers' insistence that growth and inflation are picking up has been repeatedly undermined by soft data.
On Friday, retail sales and CPI data missed estimates and the market threw in the towel. The dollar was beaten up across the board and finished on the weekly lows. The lack of buyers at the lows points to more trouble ahead. In addition, a few dollar charts are breaking down. On Friday, cable rose to the highest since September 2016. Remember, the UK is facing political uncertainty, Brexit uncertainty and poor economic data.
NY Fed's Q3 2017 Nowcast GDP forecast remains at 1.8% and Q2 GDP forecast revised down to 1.9% from 2.0%.
Australia has also struggled this year but on Friday broke above a double-top at 0.7750 and finished the week just a handful of pips away from the 2016 high of 0.7835. CAD, EUR and everything else but USD/JPY is also in a precarious position.
Ultimately, it's still tough to bet against the Fed because they're only a few good data points away from raising rates again but the calendar is light until the final few days of July and that argues for more dollar weakness ahead.
Speculative net futures trader positions as of the close on Tuesday. Net short denoted by - long by +.
The deeply misguided CAD-short trade has virtually been erased. The market piled into bets against the loonie on signs of trouble in the Canadian housing market the story proved to be a canard and the Bank of Canada massacred the trade. Ultimately, the market will get long CAD on signs of rising rates but it will need to lick its wounds first.
The other development is the shift to yen shorts. That's something we focused on last week. The BOJ is the only central bank that isn't making growing hawkish shift, and we learned on Thursday that inflation forecast might even be cut. Those shorts are likely in it for the long haul.
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