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Forex today was driven by the risk-friendly market environment, as upbeat global macro data lifted the overall sentiment, with upbeat Australian dataflow adding to Friday’s solid US jobs report.                  

The Aussie led the G10 currencies higher, with the Kiwi following suit, climbing back above the 0.70 handle, despite holiday-thinned markets. The Yen, on the other hand, slipped amid increased appetite for risk/ higher-yielding assets such as Asian stocks. The Japanese benchmark, the Nikkei 225 index, rose to a one-week high on firmer exports-oriented stocks.

On the commodities’ front, both crude benchmarks traded on the defensive amid record US output and higher OPEC supplies while gold also inched lower near $ 1297.

Main topics in Asia

Canadian PM Trudeau calls Monday cabinet session, meeting with steel associations

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a short-notice Cabinet meeting in Ottawa first thing Monday.  

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump – Reuters

As reported by Reuters, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was quoted by state media as urging his counterparts in a letter to stand up against the US President’s “bullying behavior” as Iran and other countries “¦

China Press: trade deal with US off if tariffs are imposed

China’s state-run Xinhua  news  agency carried a weekend piece that warned that current agreements between the US and China would become void if the United States implements their tariffs or other trade measures targeting China.

Australia retail sales rise to 0.4 percent in April, beat estimates

Australia’s  consumption, as represented by retail sales, improved in the month of April, beating estimates, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported on Monday.  

Australia Q1 wages up 0.8 percent to a record A$135.5 billion

Australian firms paid out a  recordA$135.5 billion ($103 billion) in wages and salaries in the March quarter, representing a 0.8 percent rise quarter-on-quarter and 5 percent rise year-on-year, the data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed.  

Key Focus ahead

We have a quiet EUR macro calendar this week, with the UK construction PMI, the only first-tier economic release dropping at 0830 GMT. Markets are predicting the construction sector activity in the UK to return to contraction in May at 49.7 versus April’s 52.5. Meanwhile, the second-liner Sentix investor confidence and producers’ price index data from the Euroland will be also reported. The developments surrounding the Italian politics will also continue to have a bearing on the EUR markets.

Looking ahead, the US factory orders data and the  British Retail Consortium  (BRC) like-for-like retail sales  will fill in an otherwise light NA calendar. Besides, the Bank of England (BOE) MPC member Tenreyro’s speech will be also closely eyed ahead of Tuesday’s UK services PMI report.

EUR/USD: Signs of bearish exhaustion, trade tensions and political uncertainty lingers

The odds are stacked against the EUR bulls. That said, the pay may find acceptance above 1.1723 (23.6% Fib R of 1.2414-1.1510) today if the Eurozone Sentix investor confidence and producer price index better estimates.

GBP/USD seeking 1.34 ahead of UK’s PMI figures for Monday

The  GBP/USD  is lifting in risk-on markets to kick off the new trading week. Monday sees the UK Construction PMI  for the month of May at 08:30 GMT, which is expected to contract to 49.7, from the previous reading of 52.5.  

The week ahead: scheduled data to keep an eye on – Nomura

Analysts at Nomura highlighted the scheduled events for the major FX space.

All eyes on China this week – Nomura

Analysts at Nomura explained that they expect export growth to moderate in May on RMB appreciation over the past year and the slowdown in Europe and Japan, China’s second- and third-largest markets.  

Gold will start to rebound in Q4 2018 – TDS

In its latest outlook on both the US dollar and  gold, Bart Melek, Global Head of commodity strategy at TD Securities in Toronto, highlighted the following key points: