Over the last few years, a quiet revolution has been reshaping the energy business in the U.S. The success of 'shale gas' -- natural gas trapped within dense sedimentary rock formations or shale formations -- has transformed domestic energy supply, with a potentially inexpensive and abundant new source of fuel for the world's largest energy consumer.
With the advent of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) -- a method used to extract natural gas by blasting underground rock formations with a mixture of water, sand and chemicals - shale gas production is now booming in the U.S. Coupled with sophisticated horizontal drilling equipment that can drill and extract gas from shale formations, the new technology is being hailed as a breakthrough in U.S. energy supplies, playing a key role in boosting domestic natural gas reserves.
As a result, once faced with a looming deficit, natural gas is now available in abundance. In fact, natural gas inventories in underground storage hit an all-time high of 3.929 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2012. The oversupply of natural gas pushed down prices to a 10-year low of $1.82 per million Btu (MMBtu) during late April 2012.
However, things have started to look up in recent times. This year, cold winter weather across most parts of the country boosted natural gas demand for space heating by residential/commercial consumers. This, coupled with flat production volumes, meant that the inventory overhang has now gone, thereby driving commodity prices to $4.38 per MMBtu - the highest since Sep 2011.
This, in turn, is expected to buoy natural gas producers. With the financial incentive to produce the commodity and the subsequent improvement in the companies' ability to generate positive earnings surprises, the stocks are likely to move higher.
But as the weather continues to turn milder and temperatures reach higher-than-normal levels, natural gas demand may suffer in the near future on account of above-average builds, thereby pulling down prices again.
The US dollar is finishing the week firmly for two reasons :
The first is positive developments for the dollar, though we are skeptical of how quick the Fed tapers off its purchases given the subdued price pressures and slow gains in non-farm payrolls. Bernanke's testimony will be important. The second is a deterioration of the macro-fundamentals in Europe and the dollar-bloc, with no major objection to continued yen weakness. Interest rate developments generally are consistent with price action.
The dollar exploded higher against its major counterparts during the last week, finally pushing USD/JPY through the significant psychological resistance at 100.00. Once through 100.00, it was a quick trip higher as bulls managed to grab all the stops that had been accumulating over that key figure.
USDJPY has traded as high as 101.97 on Friday – up over 300 pips from Wednesday , Going forward, it’s hard to see much of a case for USDJPY falling back below 100.00 as the threat of the Fed tapering the US QE program looms. That tapering will certainly boost the dollar against other major currencies, and the Yen looks set to remain weak as the BOJ continues on its inflationary path .
Even major bouts of risk-off sentiment, usually a hallmark of Yen strength, should still leave the Yen well supported going forward as traders will likely continue to pile into the US Dollar on hopes of greater interest rates to come.
How all of this is affecting the other Yen crosses is very interesting. AUD/JPY, for example, the poster child for risk-on sentiment has failed to make new highs, and is in fact still trading near 400 pips below its recent high of 105, despite the USD/JPY move and despite a strong week from equities. It is possible that the Yen pairs may once again be diverging from themselves and may provide good hedging opportunities going forward. It is also possible that this underperformance from AUD/JPY and NZD/JPY are warning signs that the recent move higher in equities is unsustainable and we are due for a correction. If we do indeed see some sort of correction going forward keep a careful eye on USD/JPY and that 100.00 figure.
The economic calendar is quiet in European session hours and through the end of the trading week. This puts the spotlight on a meeting of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors set to begin today and carry into the weekend. Trades will look for commentary about the so-called “currency war” after central banks in New Zealand and Australia seemingly jumped into the fray this week. The debate between countries promoting fiscal austerity and those in favor of pro-growth policies as the way to correct global imbalances and spur recovery is likewise set to continue.
On balance, officials are unlikely to issue much besides vague admonishments against competitive devaluation given the increasingly widespread drive toward monetary stimulus across the globe. Meanwhile, policymakers’ taste for deficit reduction seems to be on the wane, pointing to the likelihood of a relatively accommodative tone to official rhetoric. Taken together, this seems supportive for risk appetite, which seems to open the door for continued Yen weakness as capital pours into carry trades financed in terms of the perennially low-yielding currency.
My Recommendations keep shorting AUDUSD below 1.0100 targeting 0.9960 stop above 1.0160 Keep shorting EURUSD below 1.3080 targeting 1.2960 and 1.2920 stop above 1.3120 .
In the March 2013 quarter, the employment rate increased 1.0 percentage points to 63.7 percent in seasonally adjusted terms. This follows three quarters of consecutive declines and leaves the employment rate down 0.3 percentage points over the year. This is mirrored in the trend series, which also increased after weakness throughout 2012.
The number of people employed increased by 38,000 in the quarter, with more people employed in full-time work.
The unemployment rate fell in the quarter, down 0.6 percentage points to 6.2 percent, from 6.8 percent (revised) the previous quarter. This decrease reflects 15,000 fewer people unemployed, with fewer men and women unemployed this quarter.
The labour force grew by 24,000 people, with the rise in employment greater than the fall in unemployment. The labour force participation rate increased 0.6 percentage points in the quarter, to 67.8 percent.
The number of people not in the labour force decreased in the quarter – down 19,000 people. The fall came from a decrease in the number of women not in the labour force.
Employment recovers after weakness
In the March 2013 quarter, the employment rate increased to 63.7 percent – up 1.0 percentage points, in seasonally adjusted terms. This is the first increase in the employment rate since December 2011. However, the employment rate is still down 0.3 percentage points over the year, and well below levels seen before the 2008 and 2009 recession.
Both the seasonally adjusted series and the trend series fell over 2012, although the fall in the trend series was not as pronounced. Since the September 2012 quarter the trend series has increased slightly, up 0.2 percentage points, but the rate remains lower than a year ago.
The female employment rate increased for the quarter, up 1.3 percentage points to 58.4 percent – returning to levels seen a year ago. The male employment rate increased 0.6 percentage points to 69.2 percent.
The number of people employed grew by 38,000 in the quarter. The numbers of both men and women employed rose – up 13,000 and 25,000, respectively. There was also an increase in the number of people in full-time employment.
Over the year to March 2013, the number of people employed remained relatively steady, up 7,000 (0.3 percent) to 2,234,000. The number of men employed decreased by 2,000 (down 0.1 percent) and the number of women employed increased by 9,000 (up 0.9 percent).
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