Fri, Sep 20, 2019 @ 05:29 GMT
Yen's decline continues today and remains the weakest one for the week. Widening treasury yields is seen as the main driving force behind Yen's selloff. German 10-year yield at 0.186 is now heading back towards 0.2 handle. The rebound...
Dollar strengthens further and broadly, in early US session as post FOMC rally extends. As we aruged in prior report, there were hawkish elements in Fed's projections and overall announcement should be Dollar positive. Today's rally showed that this...
Deal, deal, deals. They're the main themes in the markets last week. The cross-party Brexit talks in UK collapsed and a high profile Brexiteer is tipped to lead the Brexit process after current Prime Minister steps down. Tensions between...
The forex markets are in rather dull mode today with lack of new drivers. Sterling remains the weakest currency for the week and markets continue to pare back expectation of a near term BoE hike. Dollar follows closely as there are talk emerging that US President Donald Trump would achieve nothing this year after the collapse of the health care bill. Euro also trades generally lower today as markets await ECB rate decision and press conference. But some volatility could be see in the upcoming Asian session first, with Australia employment data and BoJ policy decisions featured.
Dollar is trading mixed as markets are turning their focus to employment data from US today. Non-farm payroll is expected to show 180k growth in April. Unemployment rate is expected to climb back to 4.6%. Average hourly earnings are expected to rise 0.3% mom. Looking at other employment related data, ADP private payroll growth slowed to 177k in April, down from 255k. Employment component of ISM manufacturing dropped sharply from 58.9 to 52.0, hitting the lowest level this year. Employment component of ISM services was nearly unchanged but stayed low at 51.4. Conference Board consumer confidence dropped to 120.3, down from 124.9, but was solid. Overall, other employment data argue that we won't have much chance of an upside surprise in today's NFP. Nonetheless, some attention would be on revision to March's poor number of 98k. Also, expectations is high on the 0.3% wage growth which leaves room for disappointment.
Sterling continues to trade as the strongest major currency for the week. Fundamentally, focus will turn to retail sales data to be published today. Technically, GBP/USD should have already taken out 1.3835 key resistance. GBP/JPY also broken 153.66 near term resistance for rally resumption. The next to be watched is 0.8688 support in EUR/GBP, which is still a bit far away from the current 0.8810 level.
Dollar edged up mildly after a rather uneventful FOMC rate decision. The lift on the greenback was from the fact that Fed tried to talk down Q1's weakness. And there is no change in the expected rate path for Fed as markets are pricing in over 70% chance of a hike in June. But there was nothing for Dollar bulls to cheer neither. Traders will look into non-farm payroll report from US to be released tomorrow. For the moment, focuses remain on the weakness in Japanese Yen and Australian Dollar. In particular, the latter was dragged down to the lowest level since January by the slump in iron ore prices. Iron ore price started tumbling after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang indicated the plan to cut steel capacity. And based on that, Australia's export values would probably continue to fall further ahead and there is more downside potential in the Aussie.
Sterling made a massive come back and is trading as the strongest one for today, as boosted by breakthrough in Brexit. At least, UK Prime Minister Theresa May believe she got important legally binding changes that's adequate to satisfy...
Markets are generally back in risk seeking mode. Major US indices ended in record highs as DOW gained 0.69% to 23590.83, S&P 500 up 0.65% to 2599.03 and NASDAQ rose 1.06% to 6862.48. Asian markets follow with Nikkei gaining 200 pts in initial trading. Trading in currency markets is relatively subdued in Asian session. For the week, Sterling remains the strongest one follow by commodity currencies. Euro remains the weakest one on political uncertainties in Germany, but loss is, again, limited. Dollar is trading mixed as markets await FOMC minutes. Expectation on the minutes is rather low as they shouldn't reveal anything that alter the chance of a December Fed hike.
Risk aversion dominates the financial markets today. European indices are trading broadly lower with FTSE leading the way by losing more than -0.7%. CAC and DAX are both down -0.5% respectively. DJIA had the worst day for this year yesterday and is set to extend the sharp fall as suggested by futures. Nikkei lost -2.13% earlier today as additionally pressured by report of North Korea's failed missile test. Stocks are sold off sharply on concerns that US president Donald Trump doesn't have the ability to fulfil his election promises and push through his policies.
Dollar continues to trade with a mixed today as economic data released from US provide little inspiration. Sterling weakness remains the main theme in rather directionless markets. Misalignment within UK politicians remain the key issue in Brexit negotiation and Prime Minister Theresa is still struggling to put things back under control. Meanwhile, Australian Dollar stays as the second weakest one after today's GDP mixed. On other hand, Yen is extending its rebound, in particular against Europeans. Canada Dollar follow closely as markets await BoC rate decision. The Loonie would be given a boost if BoC signals that it's back in tightening path again.
The FOMC rate decision overnight was largely ignored by the markets. Instead, Asian equities plunged sharply today as US formally announced to raise the tariffs on USD 200B of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. Chinese stocks lead the...
Markets are in mild risk seeking mode in Asian session, following record run in the US. China's GDP data slowed to 27-year low in Q2, but strong June data offered glimpse of hope. New Zealand and Australian Dollar follow...
The global financial markets react little to the highly expected win of pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron's in the French presidential election. Euro trades generally lower with Swiss franc as the expectation became news. Dollar on the other hand, trades mildly higher. Strength in the greenback is mildly overwhelmed by New Zealand dollar. The Kiwi is lifted on expectation that RBNZ would sound more upbeat in this week's policy statement. Canadian Dollar follows as oil price stabilized after last week's steep selloff. Meanwhile, Aussie is weighed down by weaker than expected import growth in China.
The stock markets in the US ended the week up solidly as boosted by the "perfect" job report as seen by investors. Worries over trade wars also receded as US President Donald Trump has backed down on his steel...
Asian stocks open the week lower, following Friday's selloff in the US. But the forex markets are pretty steady. Dollar is the weakest one for now, followed by Sterling and then Canadian. On the other hand, New Zealand Dollar...
The British Pound surges sharply as markets perceive BoE announcement today as a hawkish ones. There is no surprise from the policy decision, nor the vote split. The key is that BoE now indicated that stimulus exit could start in the coming "months". Swiss Franc stays soft after SNB left interest rates unchanged and sounds less concerned with the exchange rate in the statement. Meanwhile, Dollar is struggling to extend yesterday's tax reform new triggered gain after US President Donald Trump denied a DACA deal with Democrats. That raises the doubt again on whether Trump is working on bipartisan solutions with Democrats which leads to speedy approval of tax reforms.
Euro suffered heavy selling today as Italy and EU stepped up rhetorics on budget clashes. But even heavier selling is seen in Australian, New Zealand Dollar and Sterling. Steep decline in Hong Kong stocks hints that China markets will...
Australian dollar opens the week higher as lifted by stronger than expected retail sales today. That's followed by Euro as the second strongest as European political risks receded. As sentiments improved, Yen stays soft against all others, followed by...
Dollar index jumped overnight and breached 96.98 key resistance, with the help from rebound in stocks and treasury yields. But strength of the greenback mainly centered against Sterling, Swiss Franc and Yen. It's holding in range against Euro, Canadian...
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