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Chinese stock market continues its collapse

The rollercoaster that is the Chinese stock market failed to disappoint overnight, with another whipsaw session surely having local traders reaching for Pepto-Bismol or other medication used to battle nausea.   After opening with another collapse that saw the Shanghai Composite shed an additional 5% of its value, buying interest emerged and the index managed to pull off its earlier lows to recoup its initial losses; however, the follow-through demand faded late in the session, with the index remaining under pressure to close lower by 1.7%.   Whether or not the support for Chinese stocks was driven by government intervention to halt the cataclysmic sell-off equities have experienced as of late is not certain, though it is likely periods of heightened volatility are not set to dissipate anytime soon.   The absence of another wash-out to the magnitude witnessed on Monday in China has allowed global equities to disengage from price action in Asia, where European equities are well positioned in the green midway through their session, while US equity futures look to make a strong comeback from yesterday’s pessimistic close on Wall Street.   The dollar-linked index is managing to claw back some of the losses witnessed yesterday, though the bulk of those gains come against the euro and yen as the commodity-linked currencies are all pushing higher against the greenback ahead of the opening bell.

One of the majors performing well against the big dollar this morning is the British pound, generating buying interest after GDP figures for the second quarter came out in-line with expectations.   The improving quarterly GDP figures showed a 0.7% increase from the 0.4% registered in the first quarter, translating to an annualized reading of 2.6% and giving Sterling bulls further ammo that the Bank of England will be getting more comfortable with the prospects of normalizing monetary policy sometime in early 2016.   While it is expected a few of the hawks on the Monetary Policy Committee are likely to dissent in favour of rate hikes at upcoming meetings, the hawks are still in the minority, with the rest of the MPC likely needing to see constructive inflationary signals before advocating for an interest rate hike.   The early knee-jerk reaction higher in GBPUSD to the news of the GDP figures has started to fade, though the pound still remains well bid against the dollar heading into the North American open, and attention now focuses on Wednesday’sFOMC rate statement, and broad price action of the greenback.

As we head into the North American open, a light day on the economic release docket has US equity futures displaying a distinct green shade before the opening bell.   The hydrocarbon market is having a hard time finding its footing, with front-month WTI flirting with the idea of trading at a $46 handle.   The loonie is marginally stronger against the USD as we get set for the North American open, dragged along by strength from its commodity-linked brethren the kiwi and aussie as opposed to any domestic developments.   While the economic docket is light in North America, price data for raw materials in Canada is set to be released for the month of June, and while not usually a big market driver for the loonie, will give a good sense as to if raw material prices can continue with constructive price data on a month-over-month basis.   The Conference Board survey on Consumer Confidence in the US is also set to be released later this morning, and should we continue to see elevated levels in the survey, household confidence combined with yesterday’s strong durable goods report is likely to add further fuel to the fire of those advocating a rate hike from the FOMC in September.

Further reading:

FOMC Not Expected to Rock the Boat

EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD Pivot Points, TA – July 27 2015

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is a Senior Corporate Foreign Exchange Trader with Cambridge Mercantile Group and has a diverse background in the foreign exchange industry, with previous experience in both credit and trading related functions. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria, has completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is currently working towards the Derivative Market Specialist certification offered through the Canadian Securities Institute. Cambridge Mercantile Group.