Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the U.S.
- The U.S. passed 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, representing a quarter of all cases worldwide
- High record of COVID cases in the US has exacerbated fears of a second wave, making investors less certain about a swift economic recovery that was suggested previously by manufacturing index, NFPs and fall in unemployment.
- Less optimistic sentiment about global economic recovery strengthened the greenback because it has been traditionally seen as a safe-haven currency.
EU Council talks about post coronavirus economic recovery plans
- President of European Council, Charles Michel proposes a 750 billion euro stimulus package
- The 750 billion Euro stimulus package has been stymied by the frugal four (Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands), opposed the amount of debt the ECB incurs in the process
- Eurozone talks throughout next week are set to drive the Euro’s performance, depending on whether the plan is set in motion.
China GDP performance and hope of recovery
- Forecasts for China’s GDP this Thursday predict the China economy grew by 2.5% year-by-year in the June quarter, after shrinking by 6.8% in March
- Investors are anticipating for China retail sales, industrial production and GDP in the next few weeks.
- Weak performance from China could weaken the optimism of economies being able to recover from Covid-19. A weaker Chinese economy could also impact the Aussie, which is heavily dependent on China for commodity exports
Gold returns to old highs made in 2011
Gold gained back above the previous highs at 1800 an ounce last Wednesday, for the first time since September 2011. Fuelling this rally is the economic and political uncertainty caused by the pandemic and vast amounts of stimulus programs by the central banks and government.
Historically gold and equities have an inverse relationship; with gold being the safe haven during economic downturns. However recently there has been a positive correlation between the two suggesting that the current strong economic recovery we are experiencing is still met with fearful investors expecting worse to come.
The Swiss Franc has been in an uptrend against the USD since the March 2020 lows; making higher highs and higher lows. Recently it has broken the daily range/resistance between 1.05 and 1.0588, hence the uptrend can be expected to continue until it starts to lose support levels. The currency pair may possibly come back to retest previously broken resistance at 1.0588 and continue higher to test untested levels at 1.0721.