MARKETS: Vulnerability within the Shanghai Composite continues

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By Lukman Otunuga, Research Analyst, FXTM

Despite the positive gains from WTI and the other major markets which concluded last week, China shares have declined again with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closing another 0.8% lower. The losses in China overnight have been felt across the board with the Nikkei 225 closing in the red and European markets trading lower. The effects of the slide in the Asian futures arena trickled down to the European markets on Monday with both the DAX and French CAC currently in negative territory, and US markets also at risk to losses. Monday was a bank holiday for the UK, so the FTSE100 was closed.

The China markets remain in a sensitive position and most market participants remain bearish despite the positive swings experienced within the Shanghai Composite Index late last week. The next Manufacturing PMI for China will be released on Tuesday morning and while the forecast is already for another contraction, the current bearish sentiment can be reloaded further if this data is worse than already expected. This would translate to risks for more losses in the global markets, stretching as far as European equities, oil and commodity currencies.
Speaking of commodity currencies, the NZD will be exposed to pressure this week. The Manufacturing PMI for China may have a direct impact on the NZD, meaning that a disappointing performance could reinstate bearish pressure on the currency. While some stronger New Zealand data as of late has softened the previous selling momentum, external pressures from China and the global decline in the commodity markets has capped bullish momentum at 0.6750 for the NZDUSD.
Whil most of the focus will be on the NFP this Friday, Tuesday will be a key day for the AUD. The Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate decision and minutes release will provide clarity on how the central bank currently views the Australian economy. The continual pressures from China and decline in commodities might also be commented on by the RBA, which would be of interest to traders because any concerns on these issues would naturally weaken the sentiment towards the AUD.

EURJPY: The risk-off environment has made the JPY fundamentally bullish. The EURJPY is technically bearish with the previous lower high at 136.50. Prices are in a period of consolidation, but a break below the 135.50 support may open a path to the next relevant support at 135.00.

EURAUD: Fundamentally, the EURAUD is bullish due to the paradigm shift which has seen the appetite for the EUR increase. Australia still feels the pressures of the developments in China and the global decline of commodity prices. Technically the pair has turned bearish on the 4 hourly timeframe. The 1.5800 resistance must hold for bears to send prices back to the 1.5575 support.

NZDJPY: Weakness from the global decline in commodities is hurting the sentiment towards the NZD. This pair is fundamentally bearish. Resistance can be seen at 78.80 in addition to a wedge formation. A breakdown of the wedge will open a path to the 76.50 support. A move back above 78.80 suggests the end of the 4 hourly bearish move.

GBPCHF: With both the GBP and CHF being fundamentally bullish, this is a tug of war. Technically a trend shift may be in play on the 4 hourly timeframe with 1.4900 acting as the final barrier for the bulls. A breakout above this resistance may open a path to 1.5050. A move back below 1.4750, which is the previous higher low, invalidates this potential bullish outlook.

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