Mon, May 25, 2020 @ 22:49 GMT
US stocks were once again boosted by optimism on Senate passing the tax bill. DOW gained 331.67 pts or 1.39% to close at 24272.35. S&P 500 rose 21.51 pts or 0.82% to end at 2647.58. Both were at record highs. NASDAQ lagged behind but still gained 49.58 pts or 0.73%. Though, Asian markets don't follow and are trading mixed at the time of writing. It should also be pointed out that treasury yield also staged strong rally. 10 year yield closed up 0.041 at 2.417 and looks very safe from key near term support at 2.273. More positive news on tax bill could push 10 year yield through near term resistance at 2.475, which will give support to Dollar, in particular USD/JPY.
Dollar stays firm in early US session, except versus Sterling and Euro. Forex traders are turning a bit cautious as economic data from US provide little inspiration. Focus will turn to the Republican's tax plan debate and vote in Senate. Meanwhile, Euro reversed earlier dip on disappointing inflation data as buyers emerged. Sterling, on the other hand, remains the start performer this week as more positive Brexit news come out. In other markets, WTI crude oil recover mildly and is back above 57.7 after OPEC agrees to extend production cut. Gold, on the other handle is pressured and breaches 1280 handle. Stocks traders are still partying with DOW futures pointing to another record high today.
Sterling and Dollar remain the two strongest currencies for the week. The greenback was supported by better than expected GDP data overnight, as well as Fed Chair Janet Yellen's upbeat comments. Positive sentiments in the US also sent DOW to record high at 23940.68, up 103.97 pts or 0.44%. NASDAQ, though, dropped -1.27% as investors dumped tech for bank stocks. That was in response to Fed Chair nominee Jerome Powell's hints on easing regulations. An important development to note is the rebound in treasury yields. 10 year yield closed up 0.038 at 2.376, keeping the near term bullish trend. The focus will now turn to Senate tax plan vote and PCE inflation data from US today.
Dollar's rally gathers momentum in early US session. Q3 GDP growth was revised higher to 3.3% annualized, up from 3.0% annualized and beat expectation of 3.2% annualized. The 3.3% annualized growth was the fastest in three years. More importantly, US growth has topped 3% for two quarters in a row. Considering the current momentum, it's possibly that the economy will make it three for the first time since 2004/5. There is little doubt that Fed will raise interest rate again in December. Solid growth momentum will most likely push wage and inflation and ease some Fed doves' concerns. Senate Republican's tax bill has already passed the Budget Committee and could be put to floor vote on Thursday.
US equities staged a strong rally overnight. Investors were happy that another step was taken with the Republican's tax plan. Senate version was approved by the Budget Committee, paving the way for a floor vote on Thursday. Also, Fed chair nominee Jerome Powell commented that current banking regulations are "tough enough". And there could even be some easing also lifted sentiments. DOW closed up 255.93 pts or 1.09% at 23826.71. S&P 500 gained 25.62 pts or 0.98% at 2627.04. NASDAQ also rose 33.84 pts or 0.49% to 6912.36. All three indices closed at record highs. Dollar rebounded broadly but was overwhelmed by Sterling. The Pound was given a strong boost on reports that UK and EU have agreed on the divorce bill.
Dollar recovers broadly today as it's digesting recent losses. Also there is some support from OECD report that projects acceleration in US growth next year. Focus will turn to Fed chair nominee Jerome Powell's confirmation hearing. But Powell is generally seen as a safe choice for the job and shouldn't give us surprises. While the greenback recovers, momentum remains unconvincing as trader stays cautious ahead of Senate vote on tax bill later in the week. Elsewhere, Aussie and Kiwi are both trading as the strongest one today while Sterling is back under broad based pressure.
Trading remains rather quiet in the forex markets this week so far. Dollar was supported by upbeat comments from Fed officials regarding a new term rate hike. Jerome Powell also indicated that he preferred continuity when taking over...
There isn't a clear new direction in the forex markets today. Euro remains firm against as supported by economic outlook, and improving political situation in Germany. But the common currency is out-performed by commodity currencies. On the other hand, Dollar's recovery quickly lost momentum, with EUR/USD continuing to gyrate higher. The greenback is only performing slightly better than Swiss Franc, which trades as the weakest one so far. Overall, trading is rather quiet. Traders are holding their bets ahead of inflation data from US, Eurozone and Japan. Also, the development with US Senate tax bill and Germany coalition talks, as well as Brexit negotiations will also be the drivers later in the week.
Dollar recovers broadly today, except versus Japanese yen. But momentum in the greenback doesn't warrant a sustainable rebound yet. For the moment, Euro is still in the driving seat in the forex markets. Political news out of Germany over the weekend looked positive as Chancellor Angela Merkel secured support form her allies on grand coalition. This will remain a major topic of attention for the week ahead. Besides, US Senate is set to floor their version of tax bill and could trigger some volatilities on the markets. The economic calendar is light today but will build up intensity towards the end of the week. In particular, inflation data from Eurozone, US and Japan are the highlights.
Euro surged broadly last week as economic data suggested a "boom" in Germany ahead. Also, political situation in Germany has improved. Ending as the strongest currency, Euro also took Sterling and Swiss Franc high. On the other hand, Dollar ended as the weakest one as traders held their bet during thin holiday trading. The US tax plan is entering into a "make or break" week. Despite sharp rally in oil price, Canadian Dollar ended as the second weakest one as data suggested that BoC would remain on hold. Aussie and Yen were both weak too. We perceive the rout in China stock markets as a factor in pressuring both.
Euro strengthens again today as boost by strong confidence data. German Ifo business climate hit a record high. Additionally, there is positive political news out of Germany as the Social Democrats announced to enter into talk with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Dollar pared back some losses against all but Euro and Sterling. But the greenback will still likely end the week as the weakest one. Meanwhile, Japanese Yen lost much ground as risk appetites returned to global markets. Yen and Canadian Dollar could end as the weakest ones together with Dollar.
Markets are engaging in quiet holiday trading today while Dollar is paring some losses. But for the week, the greenback is still set to end as the worst performing one. Trading will likely stay subdued today as traders are already having their eyes on next week. In particular, the Senate will return from Thanksgiving recess and would floor the tax bill. Markets will then have a clearer idea on what the final version of Senate tax bill then. And assessment could then be done on the final reconciled version between House and Senate.
Euro strengthens broadly today as supported by solid PMI data that indicates strong Q4 growth. Nonetheless, the common currency remains in negative territory against all major currency except Dollar and Loonie, Canadian Dollar suffers some selling after much softer than expected retail sales data. Overall, trading is relatively quiet today as US is on holiday. Subdued trading could carry on for the rest of the week.
Dollar tumbles overnight as November FOMC minutes should some members are concerned with weaker inflation. December hike is still the base case but there might be growing doubts on whether there will be three more hikes next year. Euro closely follow Dollar as the second weakest on political uncertainties in Germany. Meanwhile, commodity currencies are supported by this week's rebound in commodity prices. ECB monetary policy accounts, Eurozone PMIs are the main focus in European session today. Canada will release retail sales while US will be on holiday.
Dollar weakens in early US session after mixed economic data. Headline durable goods orders dropped -1.2% in October, much lower than expectation of 0.3% rise. Ex-transport orders rose 0.4%, in line with consensus. Initial jobless claims dropped -13k to 239k in the week ended November 18, slightly better than expectation of 241k. Four week moving average rose 1.25k to 239.75. Continuing claims rose 36k to 1.9m in the week ended November 11. The greenback is so far trading as the weakest major currency today as markets await FOMC minutes. Nonetheless, there is little chance for the minutes to give Dollar a lift. They will most likely just reaffirm the chance for a December Fed hike.
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.
Euro remains pressured today and suffers some renewed selling. But overall sentiments in Eurozone are not too bad as German DAX rebounds today and is trading up 0.87% at the time of writing. CAC 40 is also trading up 0.69%. US futures also point to higher open. Political deadlock Germany will remain a focus but it will likely take some more time to resolve. Meanwhile, Dollar trading is subdued with Thanksgiving holiday this week and Senate could only vote on the tax plan next week. The greenback is trading as the second weakest one today, next to Euro. On the other hand, commodity currencies are trading broadly higher, paring recent losses.
Euro remains the weakest major currency for the week so far on political uncertainty in Germany. In addition, dovish comments from ECB President Mario Draghi is also weighing down the common currency. But after all, loss is limited, in particular against Dollar. EUR/USD is holding well above 1.1677 minor support and maintains near term bullish outlook. EUR/JPY breached 131.38 key near term support yesterday but quickly recovered. That's also helped by weakness in Yen, which pulled back on risk appetite and rebound in treasury yields. Dollar stays mixed as the rally attempt lacks follow through momentum. Australian Dollar weakens in Asian session as RBA minutes suggest interest rate to stay low for longer.
Euro tumbled earlier today in knee-jerk reaction to news that German Chancellor failed to form coalition government. But the common currency quickly recovered as markets perceive that the economy won't be hurt by the current political uncertainty. DAX dipped to as low as 1926.13 but is now back above 13000 handle at the time of writing, up 0.25%. Elsewhere, trading is very quiet today. Sterling is lifted by news that UK is ready to give an improved offer on the divorce bill to EU. Dollar trades mildly firmer today except versus Sterling and Kiwi. Swiss Franc is indeed trading as the weakest one, indicating followed by Canadian Dollar and then Yen. So far, markets are not in risk aversion mode.
Euro dives broadly after Germany Chancellor Angel Merkel declared failure in forming a coalition government. After over time exploratory talks, Merkel's Christian Democratic-led bloc couldn't reach an agreement with pro-business Free Democratic Party and center-left Greens. Merkel will now meet with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier next. The meeting with Steinmeier suggests that Merkel will not opt for forming a minority government with the Greens. And the reincarnation of the grand coalition with SPD is unlikely too. Instead, Merkel may ask Steinmeier to order another election. In the meantime, she will stay as the "caretaker" chancellor. And for the time being, Germany will hold of any work with France on Euro reforms until the domestic political picture comes clear.
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