It's jobs Friday!



Everything turned sour for USDCAD yesterday after EURUSD made a run for the 1.1300 after the ECB meeting. This saw the market lose chart support at the 1.3400 and it was a slow drip down to Fibonacci chart support in the 1.3370s after that. Conflicting headlines about the possible delay to Mexico tariffs on Monday then sent US equities and oil prices rallying into the close. This pressured USDCAD even further, leading to NY closing print below the important 1.3370 level. We think this largely explains the dribble drab lower in overnight trade today, but traders arent do much of anything more broadly ahead of the US non-farm payrolls report for May at 8:30amET. Wednesdays dismal ADP employment report is leading many to believe the BLS report will disappoint the streets 185k estimate for US job growth this morning. The expectation for wage growth is +0.3% MoM and +3.2% YoY, and markets are looking for 3.6% on the unemployment rate. Were also going to get the Canadian employment report at 8:30amET, where traders are expecting +2.4% YoY wage growth and just 5-8k new jobs for the month of May (and we think potentially some negative revisions after Aprils record breaking number). We think theres a possibility chart support in the 1.3315-30s gets tested should we get a weak US/strong Canadian result, but we would expect to see buyers emerge there. A strong US/weak Canadian result would be bullish USDCAD, and we would expect the 1.3400-1.3415 level to get attacked to the upside in short order.





Euro/dollar trended higher for most of the rest of NY trade yesterday after traders fully digested the thought of ECB being less dovish than the Fed heading into next year. The pop to risk assets however, after the headlines regarding a contemplated delay to Mexico tariffs, derailed the markets upward momentum and saw EURUSD close below the 1.1280 (which we think was a little disappointing technically for longs). Bloomberg interview PBOC Governor Yi Gang, who said Chinas central bank has tremendous room to adjust monetary policy if the trade war deepens. When asked about a possible line in the sand regarding the Yuan exchange rate, he said no number is more important than any other. Traders broke the USDCNH market out above the 6.9500 level in response during illiquid overnight trade (Chinese markets closed for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday), but the gains have been tempered now as everyone awaits US non-farm payrolls. An absolutely massive amount of options roll off the board this morning at 10amET in EURUSD (8.6blnEUR+ between 1.1200 and 1.1325, with 3.4bln at the 1.1250-60 area alone), which means we could have whippy/non-direction price action post NFPs at the end of the day.





Sterling is catching a slight bid today, which is expected to be Theresa Mays last day in office, but were still trading largely within a choppy range thats been dictated by two downward sloping trend-lines, now in the 1.2690s to 1.2710s. Expect a rally into the 1.2770s potentially should the US non-farm payrolls disappoint and EURUSD rally. Conversely, expect selling into the 1.2670s should the numbers beat.





The Australian dollar continues to drift within Thursdays quiet 0.6960-0.6980s range. Julys copper is once again in sell mode, trading down 1% on the session at this hour. We think EURUSDs reaction to the US payrolls data will dictate AUDUSDs price action to close out the week. Australian markets will be closed on Monday for the Queens Birthday holiday. After that, well get the NAB survey for May (Monday night ET), the Westpac Consumer Confidence report for June (Tuesday night ET), and the Australian Employment Report for May (Wednesday night ET). The CFTC reports its updated weekly read on the leveraged fund AUDUSD net short position at 3:30pmET today.





Dollar/yen inched higher to trend-line chart resistance in the 108.50s this morning as gold prices edged lower in early European trade, but all this is reversing now as traders await the much anticipated US jobs report. We think the bond/gold market reaction will be more important, as this has been the driver for USDJPY of late (not so much the S&P futures). We think traders will also be watching developments as it pertains to US/Mexico trade talks. A strong move above the 108.50s would open up the door for a move to the 109 level in our opinion.




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