USD/CNH Edges Off Recent Highs, But Volatility Remains Very Low
CNH marginally underperformed the dollar pull back post the Asia close on Wednesday. We sit near 7.3350 in early Thursday dealings, with Wednesday NY session dips sub 7.3300 supported. CNH finished the session a touch stronger (while the BBDXY slipped 0.18%). USD/CNY closed at 7.3160, still wedged under 7.3200. The CNY NEER (J.P. Morgan Index) firmed a touch to 123.77 (+0.10%). Overall yuan volatility remains very low.
- USD/CNH looks too elevated relative to the sharp pull in US-CH yield differentials (see the chart below), with US yields slumping post data misses (ISM and ADP) and after Fed Chair Powell stating that the central bank had come a long way in terms of the current tightening cycle.
- Some offset is coming from the weaker run of PMIs this week. This has arguably dragged on local equity performance. The Golden Dragon Index lost 1.43% in Wednesday US trade. This comes after relatively flat closes for onshore equities yesterday.
- Data yesterday also revealed that outstanding property loans contracted (on an annual basis) for the first time. The PBoC did note the slowdown is stabilizing (see this BBG link).
- The local data calendar is empty today, with the Caixin services PMI out tomorrow, along with current account data for Q3.
- A reported meeting between President Xi and US President Biden is scheduled for November, although the China Foreign Minister stated yesterday that the path to such a meeting "cannot rely on autopilot" (see this BBG link).
Fig 1: USD/CNH Versus US-CH 2yr and 10yr Interest Rate Differentials