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Euro Looking Increasingly Vulnerable, Overall Sentiment to Stabilize after Wild Rides

Extreme volatility was seen in the markets last week, in particular in the across the broad rout in cryptocurrencies. Stocks the tumbled sharp but stage a late come back. Gold and silver resumed recent decline. Yen ended as the best performer, helped by both risk aversion and pull back...

Traders Still Betting on 75bps Hike by Fed in June, Dollar Rally Capped

While RBA, Fed and BoE announced rate hikes last week, the impacts and reactions were rather delivered. RBA's larger than expected hike was well received and helped Aussie secured the first place, even though it pared back much gains on risk-aversion. On the other hand, BoE's announcement was considered...

Dollar Index Hit Two-Decade High as Focus Turns to Fed Hike

Dollar ended up as the strongest one last week, having the best week since 2015 and with Dollar index hitting a two-decade high. Though, the rally somewhat slowed towards the end of the week. It could be a result of month end flow or traders' cautiousness ahead of Fed....

Dollar Powered Up, Fed to Hike 50bps in May and 75bps in Jun?

Speculations on aggressive Fed tightening intensified sharply last week after a chorus of hawkish comments from policy markets. Markets are indeed pricing in near 70% chance of federal funds rate at 1.50-1.75% by the end of first half, i.e., 125bps above current level. Stocks tumbled sharply towards the end,...

Dollar Ended Broadly Higher as 10-Yr Yield Hit 2.7

Dollar was initially mixed last week but buyers jumped in after FOMC minutes revealed the quantitative tightening plan. US benchmark treasury yields also surged to highest level since 2019. Both Canadian and Australian Dollars followed as second and third strongest. Aussie was boosted by RBA's hints on earlier rate...

Yield Curve Inversion, Stocks Rallied, Euro Rebounded

There were a couple of developments of last week to note. Firstly, US yield curve inverted for the first time since 2019. There is no reason to panic for the moment, but deeper inversion could set the tone in the risk markets ahead. Secondly, Euro ended as the strongest...

Yen Extended Down Trend as US 10-Yr Yield Hit 2.5, Euro Vulnerable Again

Yen was once again the runaway loser last week as global benchmark treasury yields, except JGB, surged. BoJ has clearly put a cap in 10-year JGB yield and the result is widening spread and persistent Yen selloff. Euro showing some renewed weakness but it's so far still range bound...

Yen Extended Down Trend on Rise in Yields and Rebound in Stocks

Yen's down trend continued last week and even accelerated against commodity currencies. Persistent rally in benchmark yields, rebound in stocks, and diverging central bank expectations are expected to weigh on Yen further. Meanwhile, expected rate hike by Fed and BoE didn't provide much support to Dollar and Sterling, as...

First Climax Reactions to Russia Invasion Done, USD/JPY Upside Breakout

The financial markets should have completed the first climax reaction to Russia to Ukraine. Both oil prices and gold spiked higher initially last week but pulled back since then. Stocks, in particular major European indexes, also staged a strong rebound after initial dive. Global benchmark treasury yields also rebounded. In...

Euro, European Stocks and Yields in Free Fall as WW III is Near

Russia invasion of Ukraine continued last week and risk aversion intensified sharply after Russia's attempt to attack Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. European stocks took a steep dive with benchmark yields. Oil prices surged to levels not seen in more than a decade. Gold was originally steady but staged a...

Roller Coaster Rides in Markets as Russia Invades Ukraine

The markets had a roller coaster ride on Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week. At the time of writing, Kyiv remains in Ukrainian hands after three days of brutal attack by Russia. Wave of European leaders have start delivering supplies Ukraine while packages of sanctions were imposed, up to...

Indecisive Markets Awaited Clarity on Russia-Ukraine Situation, Euro Weakened

The markets were rather indecisive last week, as there is still no clarity on the Russia-Ukraine situation. The fall in benchmark treasury yields and rally in Gold suggest some risk-off undertone. But then, the selloff in equities was not very committed. Meanwhile, crude oil price gyrated in established range...

War Fear Overwhelmed Rate Hikes; Oil, Gold, Yen and Franc Surged

War or rate hikes, it's very clear that investors are worried about the former. Sentiment took a deep dive on Friday on worries over an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. WTI crude oil surged to new 7-year high while Gold also soared before weekly close, while stocks took a...

Euro Flexes Muscle after ECB, Staging Broad-Based Bullish Reversal?

It was a week a surprises. While BoE delivered that a 25bps hike, four of the nine MPC members have indeed voted for a 50bps raise. However, there was no follow through buying as BoE indicated only "modest" tightening would follow. Also, the event was overshadowed by ECB's unexpected...

Dollar Skyrockets on Hawkish Fed, Sterling Trailing Behind

The FOMC meeting turned out to me more hawkish than expected and markets are now pricing in four to five hikes this year, instead of three. Dollar was given a strong boost and surged broadly to end as the strongest one. Nevertheless, reactions in the stock markets, while wild,...

Yen and Franc in Spotlights Again as Earnings Shook Markets

It's not Omicron nor Fed rate hike, but earnings. Bullish investors appeared to have finally gave up after disappointing Netflix report last week. NASDAQ led other major indexes sharply lower, and dragged down cryptocurrencies too. Given that Apple and Tesla will come next, there is risk of even more...

Dollar Ignores Hawkish Fed, Yen and Loonie Surged

Strong US inflation reading and hawkish comments from Fed officials were the main theme in the markets last week. While much volatility was seen in the stock markets, major indexes remained rather resilient. Dollar got practically no support from expectation of three Fed hikes year this, and tumbled broadly....

Dollar Failing to Ride on Hawkish Fed and Surging Yields

It was a roller coaster ride as traders came back for the new year. Markets were in full risk-on mode as worries over Omicron faded. Yet, sentiment turned after more hawkish than expected FOMC minutes. Major stock indexes were than in deep pull back. Major global benchmark treasury yields...

Dollar Stands Tall after A Week of Central Bank Surprises

It was a very volatile week full of central bank surprises. Fed indicated that there would be as many as three rate hikes next year. BoE surprised by raising the Bank Rate. Even ECB turned out to be less dovish as expected. But in the end, if was the...

Markets Back in Risk-on Mode, But Forex Mixed Awaiting Central Bank Meetings

Investors seemed to have already put Omicron risks behind last week, with markets turned back into risk-on mode. But the forex markets were indeed quite mixed. Commodity currencies were the strongest ones, but the rebounds are looking more like corrective. Yen was the worst performer, but the pull-backs were...