Australian authorities extended Melbourne’s lockdown for another two weeks, while Japan prolonged the state of emergency measures until mid-September.
The effects on the economic side were reflected yesterday in China, where industrial production for July fell to 6.4% from 8.3% in June. The market had forecasted a 7.8% result.
In the United States, N.Y. Empire State manufacturing business index for August fell to 18.30 from 43.0 in July. Although the report is well-known for its volatility, this latest decrease is notable, in line with the University of Michigan report published on Friday.
From a geopolitical perspective, concerns about the situation in Afghanistan add to the feeling of uncertainty among investors.
In such a scenario of increased risk aversion, U.S. Treasury Bond yields pressed downwards, with the 10-year T-note falling to 1.24%.
Stock markets also dropped, starting with the Japanese Nikkei and continuing with the European and North American indices, especially the Tech100 index, which lost 1% during the session, falling to 14.926.
However, the index recovered almost all the lost ground during the trading session. However, it was still showing signs of vulnerability, as the Federal Reserve could announce the withdrawal of stimulus as soon as in September, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal.
In the currency market, the yen acted as a safe-haven currency, strengthening against its main competitors. The pair which experienced the most significant fall was the CAD/JPY. In addition to the strengthening of the Japanese currency, CAD/JPY was impacted by the weakness of the Canadian dollar, dragged down by oil’s weakness, which fell to the main support zone located at 66.40.
From a technical analysis perspective, CAD/JPY is closer to the 85.80 level, which is the neckline of a large head & shoulders pattern that started last March.
Sources: Bloomberg, reuters.com.
The research provided does not constitute the views of JME Financial Services (Pty)Ltd nor is it an invitation to invest with JME Financial Services (Pty)Ltd. The research analyst also certifies that no part of his/her compensation was, is, or will be, directly, or indirectly, related to specific recommendations or views expressed in this report.
As of the date the report is published, the research analyst and his/her spouse and/or relatives who are financially dependent on the research analyst, do not hold interests in the securities recommended in this report (“interest” includes direct or indirect ownership of securities).
The research analyst in not employed by JME Financial Services (Pty)Ltd. You are encouraged to seek advice from an independent financial adviser regarding the suitability of the investment, under a separate engagement, as you deem fit that conforms to your specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular financial needs before making a commitment to invest.
The laws of the Republic of South Africa shall govern any claim relating to or arising from the contents of the information/ research provided.
JME Financial Services (Pty) Ltd trading as ZA.CAPEX.COM acts as intermediary between the investor and Magnasale Trading Ltd, the counterparty to the contract for difference purchased by the Investor via ZA.CAPEX.COM, authorised & regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission with license number 264/15. Magnasale Trading Ltd is the principal to the CFD purchased by investors