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Pull Back in Treasury Yields Boosted Stocks to New Record, Dollar Set Up for More Downside

Dollar tumbled broadly again as falling treasury yield pushed US and German stocks to new record highs. Near term trend in the greenback should have reversed, but it's unsure whether it's ready for medium term down trend resumption yet. At least, EUR/USD will have to break through 1.2 handle...

CFTC Commitments of Traders – Net Long of Commodity Currencies Fell Across the Board

As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended April 13, NET LENGTH of USD index futures gained +1 504 contracts to 5 953. Speculative long positions dropped -1 027 contracts while shorts fell -2 531 contracts. Concerning European currencies, NET LENGTH in EUR futures...

CFTC Commitments of Traders – Bets on Lower Crude Oil Price Soared

According to the CFTC Commitments of Traders report for the week ended April 13, NET LENGTH for crude oil futures plunged -19 047 contracts to 492 678 for the week. Speculative long position dropped -5 430 contracts, while shorts rose +13 617 contracts. For refined oil products, NET LENGTH...

Dollar Edges Lower in Quiet Trading, Gold Extends Rally

Dollar edges lower today but there is no follow through selling so far, in quiet markets. Still, the greenback is set to end the week as the worst performer, followed by Canadian and Swiss Franc. Sterling dipped notably earlier today but quickly recovered. Australian and New Zealand Dollar are...

Falling Yields Boosts Stocks and Sentiments, Dollar in Consolidations

Sharp decline in US treasury yields overnight boosted DOW and S&P 500 to new record highs. Positive sentiments also somewhat carried on in Asian session today, as supported by solid data from China. The forex markets are quiets, however. Dollar is recovering some of this week's losses, but remains...

Strong US Data Boosts Futures, But Dollar Has Little Reaction

A batch of very strong US economic data shoots DOW futures sharply higher ahead of open. Retreat in 10-year yield is also helping sentiments mildly. But Dollar is having little reaction so far, except recovery mildly against Euro and Swiss Franc. Australian Dollar is now the strongest one for...

Dollar Taking a Breather as EUR/USD Presses Near Term Resistance

The forex markets turned mixed in Asian session. Dollar is taking a breather after yesterday's selloff, but remains the worst performing one for the week. Australian Dollar retreats mildly after strong employment data. But the Aussie is still the second strongest for the week, just after New Zealand Dollar....

WTI Crude Oil Price Jumped as US Inventory Fell More than Expected

The report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that total crude oil and petroleum products (ex. SPR) stocks plummeted -9.05 mmb to 1283.58 mmb in the week ended April 9. Crude oil inventory slumped -5.89 mmb (consensus: -2.89 mmb) to 492.42 mmb. Stockpile decreased in 3 out...

Swiss Franc Weakens With Dollar, Aussie and Kiwi Firm

The financial markets are generally steady today, as European indices are mixed in tight range. US futures point to slightly higher open, as S&P 500 could extend record run. Gold and oil are both still range bound. In the currency markets, Aussie and Kiwi continue to trade as the...

Dollar Selling Taking Off, Aussie and Kiwi Strong

Dollar remains generally pressured in Asian session, as selling appeared to have taken off overnight. J&J's vaccine saga is raising some concerns that it would take longer for US to achieve herd immunity. Or, at least, it's not brightening the outlook. On the other hand, New Zealand Dollar jumps...

Kiwi Shoots Higher as RBNZ Appears Less Concerned about its Rise

As expected, the RBNZ left all monetary policy measures unchanged at the April meeting. While acknowledging the dampening effects of the government’s housing policy, policymakers need more time to assess the impacts on the real economy. Meanwhile, the members appear more comfortable with the current level of New Zealand...

Dollar and Stocks Lower on J&J Vaccine Pause, Euro Rises

Dollar trades mildly lower entering into US session, after US FDA and CDC recommend pause of J&J COVID-19 vaccines on blood clot issue. DOW futures also turn south and point to slightly lower open. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also warned that the fall in infections was due...

Crude Oil Prices to Hover around Current Levels as Supply Increases amidst Better Demand Outlook

Both crude oil benchmarks have been range-bounded after pulling back from the peaks in early March. Although global economic recovery is still underway and the pandemic situation has largely stabilized, the ramp-up of output by OPEC members and non-OPEC producers have raised concerns over whether the growth in world...

Yen Softens in Quiet, Directionless Markets, Dollar Regains Ground

The forex markets are generally quite and directionless for the time being. After very brief selloff yesterday, Dollar is regaining some ground in Asian session today. Sterling is mildly firmer too, but there is no follow through buying. Yen is currently the weaker one together with Swiss Franc and...

Dollar Softens ahead of Treasury Auctions, Sterling Staging Strong Recovery

Dollar turns softer entering into US session, as traders await the results of auctions of both 3- and 10-year bonds, worth USD 96B in total. Additionally, there will be auction of USD 24B of 30-year bonds tomorrow, and a total of USD 151B in bills this week. It should...

Dollar and Yen Higher on Mild Risk-Off Sentiment, Kiwi Up ahead of RBNZ

Dollar and Yen trade slightly higher on mild risk-off sentiment in Asia. Australian and Canadian Dollar are the weaker ones for the time being. But overall, most major pairs and crosses are stuck in range. Except that, some extra strengthen is seen in Kiwi against Aussie. Kiwi could be...

RBNZ to Leave Expansionary Policy Unchanged as Growth Momentum Eases

Economic developments have been mixed since the February RBNZ meeting. Inter-meeting data show deceleration in the growth momentum, while inflation expectations have soared. Government's measures to curb property prices would be another factors easing the growth outlook, while the Trans-Tasman travel bubble could offer help to pandemic-ridden sectors in...

Euro Reversed Course on Less Pessimistic European Outlook, Commodity Currencies Ignored Risk Rallies

Swiss Franc and Euro ended as the strongest ones last week, as investors reversed their short positions accumulated in Q1. In particular, such reversals pushed Sterling to be the worst performing one, suffering heavy pressure against both Euro and Franc. The outlook for European looked a bit less pessimistic...

CFTC Commitments of Traders – Net Long Sank in Crude Oil While Increased in Precious Metal Futures

According to the CFTC Commitments of Traders report for the week ended April 6, NET LENGTH for crude oil futures plunged -19 585 contracts to 511 725 for the week. Speculative long position fell -21 921 contracts, while shorts dropped -2 336 contracts. OPEC+'s decision to increase output from...

CFTC Commitments of Traders – Net Long Trimmed on All Majors

As suggested in the CFTC Commitments of Traders report in the week ended April 6, NET LENGTH of USD index futures dropped -1 277 contracts to 4 449. Speculative long positions declined -2 807 contracts while shorts fell -1 530 contracts. Concerning European currencies, NET LENGTH in EUR futures...