Wed, Nov 13, 2019 @ 12:57 GMT
According to the CFTC Commitments of Traders report for the week ended Jun 26, net LENGTH for crude oil futures jumped +44 144 contracts to 625 091. Net LENGTH for heating oil futures dropped -4 104 contracts to 47...
Sterling plunges sharply today as markets are seeing increasing change of a no-deal Brexit. Adding that, GBP/USD's break of 1.2956 earlier this week and EUR/GBP's break of 0.8957 resistance yesterday also adds to broad based pressure on the Pound....
Predominantly the most important political event in China, the twice-in-a-decade National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party began on October 18. As a kick start, President Xi delivered a Party Work Report which reviewed the achievements in his first five years and outlined the challenges and goals for the next five years and beyond. Xi outlined his thoughts on the 'new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics' On the economic reform, he suggested further developments in the "advanced manufacturing industry", which includes medium and high end consumption, green and low carbon industry, sharing economy, modern logistics and human capital services. He has also pledged to deepen interest rate and exchange rate reforms, develop a comprehensive financial regulation system and reduce systematic financial risk. These are nothing new as the key aspects of the monetary and fiscal policies have already been lain down at the National Financial Work Conference in July.
The Asian markets are relatively steady today as for now, there is no escalation in the situation in Syria. At the time of writing Nikkei is trading down -0.26% only while HK HSI is down -0.17%. Performance of US...
At the BOC meeting next week, we expect Governor Stephen Poloz to reinstate the stance that the next policy rate move would be data-dependent. The latest inflation report surprised to the upside. Yet, the central bank would likely look...
Oil prices have got limited boost after the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil exports. The direction of oil price movement is ultimately driven by the expectations of demand and supply balance. Oil demand is anticipated to reduce for...
The forex market are starting to ignore economic data release today and tread water, just ahead of long weekend. Dollar is trading in black across the board for the week. But better than expectation job data doesn't the greenback...
People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced to cut 100 bps in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), effective from April 25, for large commercial banks, joint-stock banks, city commercial banks, rural commercial banks, and foreign banks. While it would be...
The government of Japan downgrades its forecasts on GDP growth and inflation for the coming years. This evidences the failure of the transmission mechanism of the monetary policy adopted by the Bank of Japan. We believe the central bank...
Dollar strengthens against most major currencies after FOMC left interest rate unchanged at 0.75-1.00% as widely expected. Most importantly, Fed dismissed the weakness in Q1 and noted in the accompanying statement that "slowing in growth during the first quarter as likely to be transitory". Fed maintained that "with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace". Meanwhile Fed also noted that " labor market has continued to strengthen even as growth in economic activity slowed". And, "job gains were solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate declined." "Labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further, and inflation will stabilize around 2 percent over the medium term." And, risks are "roughly balanced". While there is no hint about the timing of the next hike, the statement does nothing to change the expectation of a hike in June.
Dollar surged broadly as boosted by rally in US Treasury yield. 10 year yield hit as high as 3.90 overnight, the highest level since 2011, before settling at 3.08. While the greenback is strong, it's struggling to break through...
Dollar's selloff continues today as markets are in deep concerned with US President Donald Trump's political turmoil. The situation worsens after a report that Trump has intervened in FBI investigation on national security adviser Michael Flynn. House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, requested FBI to hand over all records of correspondence between form FBI director James Comey and Trump, by May 24. Chaffetz tweeted that "@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready." Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to provide US Congress with a record of Trump's meeting with Russian officials, just after firing Comey. It's reported that Trump passed highly sensitive classified information to Russia at the meeting.
Sterling is the biggest loser today after CPI missed market expectations. Most importantly, it's the steep trend of slow down in inflation, from 3% in January to 2.5% in March that raised doubts on a BoE May hike. The...
Trade war escalations continue to be ignored by the markets in general. Dollar and Yen are staying as the weakest ones today. In particular, Yen is pressured additionally by sharp rally in US treasury yields over night. BoJ's announcement...
US stocks soared to new record high last week on resurgence of talk of president Donald Trump's expansive policies. In particular, bulls regained control after Trump said he would announce "phenomenal" tax reforms within two or three weeks. DJIA closed the week up 197.9 pts, or 0.99% at 20269.37. S&P 500 gained 18.7 pts or 0.81% for the week to close at 2316.10. NASDAQ rose 67.4 pts or 1.19% to close at 5734.13. All three major indices closed at record highs. The developments helped lift treasury yield from intra-week selloff. 10 year yield closed at 2.409 after dipping to 2.325, comparing to prior week's close at 2.491. Dollar was given a boost and ended as the second strongest major currency, next to Sterling. The Dollar index closed at 100.71, up from prior week's close at 99.73. Fed chair Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress will be a major focus this week. But Trump's tweets and any economy-related announcements will be the things that move markets.
European majors are generally under pressure today. Weak economic data from Eurozone and UK is one of the factors. Stocks are indifferent to the data though, and rise broadly probably on expectation that loose monetary policy will stay longer....
While markets are awaiting speeches of Fed Chair Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi in the annual Jackson Hole symposium, they are unsettled by US President Donald Trump's comments on shutting the government. DOW gave up some of the gains on revived hope on tax reform and closed down -87.8 pts or -0.40% at 21812.09. S&P 500 dropped -8.47 pts or -0.35% to close at 2444.04. Dollar index is heading back to 93 handle and is kept well below near term resistance at 94.28, and thus maintaining bearishness. More notable movement is seen in 30 year yield which recent recent fall and closed down -0.04 at 2.749. 10 year yield also lost 0.044 to close at 2.171 but it kept above last week's low at 2.163. In the currency markets, Sterling and Kiwi are trading as the weakest one for the week and there is no sign of a rebound.
Commodity currencies continue to shine today with help of surge in copper prices. Aussie is so far the biggest winner, while Canadian Dollar is also strong. Sterling also gained in post-holiday trading on optimism of smoother Brexit negotiations ahead in 2018. While Dollar is weak, Swiss Franc and Yen are even weaker as markets are back in risk seeking mode.
The report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that total crude oil and petroleum products (ex. SPR) stocks dropped -0.83 mmb to 1288.4 mmb in the week ended October 9. Crude oil inventory added +2.93 mmb to...
Australian and New Zealand Dollar are the strongest ones for today so far as the forex markets seem to be cheering positive developments in US-China trade negotiations. The idea of 60-day extension to trade truce is certainly welcomed given...
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