FX Convictions Update – Lower GBP/JPY stop loss (profit protection)

by: Roy Teo

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In this publication: Lower GBP/JPY stop loss (profit protection) from 140 to 137.50. We keep HUF long versus EUR, JPY long versus GBP, long NOK versus EUR and short AUD versus USD on our conviction list.

 

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Lower GBP/JPY stop loss (profit protection) from 140 to 137.50

Since 19 July 2016 when we initiated our bearish call on GBP/JPY, prices have declined by almost 4%. This was mainly driven by a stronger Japanese yen (JPY). As expected both the Bank of Japan and Japan government announced more monetary and fiscal stimulus in the past week. However, financial markets were disappointed by the scale and magnitude of stimulus package. As a result, the yen has strengthened by almost 5% against the US dollar. For more details please refer to FX Flash – USD/JPY range 100-104 and FX Flash – BoJ ‘inaction’ – JPY strengthens. We maintain our bearish view on GBP/JPY and have lowered our stop loss (profit protection) from 140 to 137.50.

 

We keep in place our HUF long versus EUR, JPY long versus GBP, NOK long versus EUR and short AUD versus USD

We keep our HUF long versus EUR, JPY long versus GBP and NOK long versus EUR in our high conviction views in place. For more details please refer to our FX Convictions – Short GBP/JPY, FX Convictions – Add HUF long versus EUR, FX Convictions – Positive on Norwegian Krone and FX Convictions – Short AUD/USD.

 

The AUD declined temporarily after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered the Official Cash Rate by 25bp to 1.50% on 2 August. The resilience in the AUD is due to firmer iron ore prices and market expectations that the RBA is likely to adopt a wait-and-see approach for the rest of this year as they assess the impact of 50bp rate cuts this year. However, we are more bearish. We expect the RBA to follow up with another 25bp rate cut later this year in November given the weaker inflation and global growth outlook. As our view of a rate cut in November is not fully priced in by financial markets, a weaker AUD is likely towards 0.72-0.73 in the coming months. Our stop loss is 0.7750. For more details, please refer to our FX Flash – AUD declines after RBA cuts OCR.

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