European and US equities failed to follow the Hang Seng’s gains yesterday but also showed broad resilience. The rise in US rates did not look large enough to justify the rotation from European FX (EUR and GBP) back into the dollar. In all, we admit the dollar jump was quite surprising, and without a clear catalyst, and therefore see room for the dollar correction initiated overnight to extend today.

One dynamic to keep an eye on – however – is the impact on markets of US Republican Primaries. The underperformance of the Mexican peso since the start of the week may be indicating markets are pricing in a larger chance of Donald Trump winning the presidency after Ron DeSantis endorsed him. Trump won the New Hampshire primary yesterday, securing 55% of votes and casting serious doubt on the future of Nikki Haley’s campaign. It all seems rather premature, but Banxico is also on the brink of a rate cutting cycle – as discussed here by our rates team – which can compound to keeping the peso soft. This should not translate into a one-way direction for the peso though, we still expect to see high demand in the dips, not least due to the preserved carry attractiveness and our view of a US dollar decline.

Today, the focus will be on S&P Global PMIs across developed countries. Markets have become gradually more sensitive to this US survey, even though the ISM remains the main reference. Expectations are for a tiny decline in manufacturing PMIs (already in contraction area) and a stabilisation in services. We don’t have a strong bearish view on the dollar in the short-term, but yesterday’s moves did appear overdone in an environment where Fed funds futures still price in 130/140bp of cuts this year. We’ll be more convinced of the sustainability of a near-term dollar rebound once short-term Treasury yields take another leap higher (two-year rates are down nearly 10bp since yesterday). Revamped rate hike bets in Japan are pushing USD/JPY lower this morning, favouring a broader dollar correction which could have legs today.

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