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USD: U.S.-China Trade Deal Finally Here

USD: U.S.-China Trade Deal Finally Here

Today is the day the United States and China have been preparing for – the day the two countries sign “Phase One” of the U.S.-China trade deal. President Trump and the China lead negotiator for the deal, Liu He, will meet in Washington to formally sign the deal.

The markets already know what Phase One is all about: primarily larger agriculture purchases by China from the U.S. in exchange for “some” tariff reductions. China also was un-designated by the U.S. as a currency manipulator. However, as my colleague Matt wrote earlier, tariffs are expected to remain in place. What does that mean for the stock and fx markets moving forward? There have been comments and speculation that “Phase Two” of the deal may not begin until after the U.S. presidential election in November. As such, the markets may be left in limbo until the election.

When we discussed Tuesday's American CPI data we addressed the DXY and noted how there was a confluence of resistance and that it is decision time for the U.S. dollar. It is not a surprise that this coincided with the signing of the trade deal, as markets are trying to figure out just what comes next. If the uncertainty of the trade deal is out of the way and China is no longer a “currency manipulator”, one would expect the value of the USD to weaken as the Chinese yuan strengthens.

Daily U.S. Dollar

Source: Tradingview,

Today the DXY is moving lower, as it could not push through this resistance level. As a result, EUR/USD is moving higher, back above the downward sloping trendline of the long-term wedge price, which has been in since the second half of 2018, near 1.1150. The 200-day moving average also comes in near this level at 1.1139.


Source: Tradingview,

For its part, the S&P 500 has been moving in an upward sloping channel since early October 2019, and continues to put in new all-time highs, currently near 3300. But one should consider that today’s signing could be a “buy-the-rumor, sell-the-fact” setup as price is currently near the top of the upward sloping trendline of the channel, as well as, the Golden Fib level of 161.8% retracement of the move lower from Q4 2018 near 3335. In addition, the RSI is perging from price, an indication of a possible reversal.

Daily Emini S&P 500

Source: Tradingview, CME,

After today, markets will try and figure out “What’s next?”. If data confirms that both the US and China are holding up their ends of the deal, stocks may continue to rise and the DXY may continue lower (with USD/CNH). However, if it is determined either side is not living up to expectations, stocks could head lower and the DXY could be on the rise again.

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