Eurozone Inflation Report Talking Points:
- The initial May Eurozone inflation report is due on Tuesday, June 4 at 09:00 GMT.
- Soft inflation readings will underscore the necessity for the European Central Bank to take dovish policy actions at the June ECB rate decision.
- Recent changes in retail trader positioning suggest that EURJPY could decline further in the days ahead.
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06/04 TUESDAY | 09:00 GMT | EUR Eurozone Consumer Price Index (MAY A)
The preliminary May Eurozone Consumer Price Index is due on Tuesday, just days before European Central Bank policymakers meet for their June policy meeting. According to Bloomberg News, the headline Eurozone inflation reading is due in at 1.3% from 1.7% (y/y), while the core reading is due in at 0.9% from 1.3% (y/y).
With inflation expectations falling precipitously in the past few weeks – since May 5, the 5y5y inflation swap forwards have declined by 10-bps from 1.404% to 1.291% – it’s seems highly likely that the May inflation report will not only be weak, but it will be used as the basis for more dovish policy action by the ECB at their June meeting.
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EURJPY Technical Analysis: Daily Price Chart January 2018 to May 2019) (Chart 2)
The bearish breakout from the symmetrical triangle continues to drive EURJPY prices lower. Price has closed below the daily 21-EMA every session since April 23, and the drop to fresh yearly lows at the end of May portends to more weakness at the start of June.
From a momentum basis, there is no reason to be bullish. EURJPY price is below the daily 8-, 13-, and 21-EMA envelope. Meanwhile, both daily MACD and Slow Stochastics continue to trend lower in bearish territory; the latter of which has sustained an oversold condition, typically a sign of strong bearish momentum. The rising trendline from the 2012 and 2016 swing lows is now in focus near 120.50.
IG Client Sentiment Index: EURJPY (May 31, 2019) (Chart 3)
EURJPY: Retail trader data shows 71.8% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.55 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-long since Apr 25 when EURJPY traded near 125.814; price has moved 3.8% lower since then. The number of traders net-long is 2.4% lower than yesterday and 2.9% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 33.8% lower than yesterday and 27.4% lower from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests EURJPY prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger EURJPY-bearish contrarian trading bias.
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— Written by Christopher Vecchio, CFA, Senior Currency Strategist
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