ForexLive Asia-Pacific FX news wrap: USD gained across the board, USD/JPY tickled 157.00

Goldman Sachs do not see imminent Fed rate cuts, but stocks will rise regardlessGoldman Sachs expect Brent crude oil to US$84/bbl by DecemberAn IMF official says sees Japan as fully committed to flexible exchange rate regimeIMF expects slowing China growth at 4.6% in 2024 and 4.1% in 2025China April Caixin manufacturing PMI 51.4 (expected 51.0)China April 2024 Official Manufacturing PMI 50.4 (expected 50.3) Services 51.2 (exp 52.2)Australian March 2024 Private Sector Credit +0.3% m/m (expected +0.4%)Australian March 2024 Retail Sales -0.4% m/m (expected +0.2%)PBOC sets USD/ CNY central rate at 7.1063 (vs. estimate at 7.2459)New Zealand April business confidence 14.9% (prior 22.9%)Japan Prime Minister Kishida says he won’t comment on FX interventionFOMC meet this week: “the most interesting news about this meeting will come on 22 May”Japan March Industrial production +3.8% m/m (expected +3.5%)Japan data – March unemployment rate 2.6% (expected 2.5%)Fed rate cut forecast moved to July, from June: “Fed has simply run into a brick wall”UK shop prices have risen at their slowest since December 2021Japan’s Kanda says need to take appropriate actions on FXCBA moves its forecast for an RBA rate cut to November (from September)El Erian says the US economy and stocks have likely dodged a recessionHow to confirm Japanese intervention in yen (TL;DR is wait until the end of May!)ICYMI – ECB’s Knot increasingly confident on falling inflation, June rate cut realisticUBS on the yen: “Looks like intervention”, if it was its unlikely to have a lasting impactForexlive Americas FX news wrap: USD/JPY drops againTrade ideas thread – Tuesday, 30 April, insightful charts, technical analysis, ideas

USD/JPY
retraced to nudge 157.00 briefly during the session. We had data from
Japan today, but the focus was on comments from Kanda, vice-minister
for international affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Finance (the
official who decides when to intervene). Kanda didn’t add much,
with little in the way of substantive comments, and he still would
not confirm intervention took place on Monday.

News
flow otherwise was only light.

We
did get plenty of data though. From China we had the two official
(National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)) PMIs for April. Both of these
fell from March but remained in expansion. Following these was the
manufacturing PMI from Caixin/S&P Global, which improved from
March. Taken together the three confirmed a continued mild recovery
for China’s economy.

From
Australia, the focus was on March retail sales, which fell from
February and badly missed estimates. Both inflation and population
growth is strong so a negative result on this was very poor indeed.
While the USD has net gained across the board the AUD was a notable
loser.

From
New Zealand,
ANZ’s
business survey showed business
confidence dropped to a seven-month low in April. Continued
high interest
rates and a slow
economy are weighing on household
spending and company profits.

This article was written by Eamonn Sheridan at www.forexlive.com.