Mexican Peso traders get ready for Day of the Data

Source Fxstreet
May 22, 2024 08:41
  • The Mexican Peso trades flat as traders await a slew of data about the Mexican economy on Thursday. 
  • The Peso witnessed a reversal on Tuesday that could reflect a change in sentiment. 
  • A widespread shift in interest rate expectations globally is supporting FX peers.  

The Mexican Peso (MXN) trades mostly flat in its key pairs on Wednesday, steadying after the sudden depreciation on Tuesday which was probably due to a broad shift in global interest-rate expectations. 

The changing outlook could narrow the advantage gap the Peso enjoys due to Mexico’s relatively high interest rates (11.00%), which are a draw for carry traders.

Mexican Peso traders are now gearing up for a Mexican “Day of the Data” on Thursday, when a host of figures will be released updating them on the health of the nation’s economy.

At the time of writing USD/MXN is trading at 16.60, EUR/MXN at 18.04 and GBP/MXN at 21.18. 

Mexican Peso suddenly depreciates in key pairs 

The Mexican Peso’s sudden depreciation on Tuesday may be due to commentary from policymakers at several major central banks expressing a general reluctance to lower interest rates. 

In the US, Federal Reserve speakers repeated the mantra that rates should remain at their current level until further progress had been made on inflation returning to its 2% objective.

On Wednesday, The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes for the May policy meeting will be released, which could offer new clues about US Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers' interest rate outlook.  

In Australia policymakers at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) even discussed the possibility of raising interest rates to fight persistent inflation, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) executed a hawkish hold during the Asian session on Wednesday. 

The anticipation of higher interest rates for longer strengthens these currencies as it attracts more foreign capital inflows. 

Mexican Day of the Data

Mexican Peso traders now look forward to a slew of economic data releases for Mexico, which will be out on Thursday. 

These include the final estimate for Mexican Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Q1, Half-month Inflation for May, the Minutes of the Bank of Mexico’s (Banxico) last policy meeting and Economic Activity data for March. 

Technical Analysis: USD/MXN forms bullish reversal day

USD/MXN – or the number of Pesos that can be bought with one US Dollar – edges higher on Wednesday after forming a bullish reversal day on Tuesday (shaded rectangle on the chart below). 

USD/MXN Daily Chart 

Tuesday’s movement is not enough to confirm a trend reversal, but if it is followed by another bullish day, it will gain validity.

A break above the green down trendline would be required to confirm a reversal of the short-term trend.

USD/MXN has now reached the conservative target, at 16.54, for the breakdown out of the range that formed from mid-April to early May. The conservative estimate is calculated as the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of the range's height extrapolated lower. 

The pair remains in a downtrend and there is still a high risk of further bearishness taking it lower. The next downside target is 16.34, the full height of the range extrapolated lower. A break below the Tuesday low of 16.53 would signal a continuation lower. 

Given the medium and long-term trends are also bearish, the odds further favor more downside. 

Economic Indicator

1st half-month Inflation

The 1st half-month core inflation index released by the Bank of Mexico is a measure of price movements by the comparison between the retail prices of a representative shopping basket of goods and services. The purchase power of Mexican Peso is dragged down by inflation. The inflation index is a key indicator since it is used by the central bank to set interest rates. Generally speaking, a high reading is seen as positive (or bullish) for the Mexican Peso, while a low reading is seen as negative (or Bearish).

Read more.

Next release: Thu May 23, 2024 12:00

Frequency: Monthly

Consensus: -0.22%

Previous: 0.09%

Source: National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico

 

Disclaimer: For information purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
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