Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 00:20 GMT
US equities jumped overnight and extended the record run as Fed chair Janet Yellen sounded optimistic on the economic outlook. DJIA rose 92.25 pts or 0.45% to 20504.41. S&P 500 rose 9.33 pts or 0.40% to 2337.58. NASDAQ rose 18.61 pts or 0.32% to 5782.57. All three major indices closed at new records highs. Notable strength was also seen in treasury yields as 10 year yield rose 0.036 to 2.470. 30 year yield rose 0.028 to 3.062. But other TNX and TYX are still bounded in recent range. Dollar index extended recent rebound to as high as 101.38 and is now trading at around 101.20. In the currency markets, the Japanese yen remains the weakest major currency for the week on strong risk appetite. Euro closely follows on worries over political situation in Europe. Dollar is trading in black against all majors except Canadian.
Dollar weakens overnight on report that Senate Republicans are considering to delay corporate tax cut by a year. The greenback pared back some of this week's gains and turned mixed for the week. EUR/USD led the way down yesterday but breaking 1.1574 support. But equivalent move was not seen in other dollar pairs. USD/CHF was held below 1.0037 near term resistance. USD/JPY also failed to sustain above 114.44/9 zone. And even AUD/USD is held above 0.7624 support. Dollar is still waiting for inspiration for a firm breakout from consolidations. Meanwhile, Sterling and Yen remains the strongest one for the week so far.
Dollar is trying to regain upside momentum in early US session after positive economic data. But it's being overwhelmed by Sterling and struggles against Euro. US Employment cost index rose 0.7% in Q3, in line with expectation. Meanwhile, in annualized term, employment cost rose 2.5%, hitting a nine-year high. Wages as 70% of employment cost rose 0.7% in Q3 while benefits rose 0.8%. Steady rise in labor costs and wage is supportive to more rate hike by Fed to prevent the economy from being overheating. S&P Case-Shiller 20 cities house price rose 5.9% yoy in August.
Dollar continues to trade generally weak today on worries of a delay in implementing corporate tax cut. EUR/USD edged lower to 1.1553 earlier this week but is now back above 1.16 as the greenback pared gains. Both USD/CHF and USD/JPY are stuck in tight range below recent high at 1.0037 and 114.73 respectively. Yen tried to stage a breakout yesterday but there was no follow through buying. Meanwhile, AUD/USD is also holding on to 0.7624 support as sideway trading continues. New Zealand Dollar trades slightly firmer after a more hawkish than expected RBNZ statement. But recent price actions in Kiwi remains corrective in nature.
Italy is the center of focus in a rather quiet day. The highly anticipated response to EU on its budget is delivered. And there is little surprise that Italy insists on sticking with it's budget deficit target of 2019....
Dollar jumps higher in early US session as supported by strong retail sales data. But the greenback is once again outshone by Yen on risk aversion. At the time of writing, DAX is down -1.22%, CAC is down -1.19%...
The financial markets had very little reaction to the highly anticipated announcement of tax reforms by US President Donald Trump. DJIA reversed earlier gains and closed slightly lower by -0.1% at 20975.09. S&P 500 also closed down -0.05% at 2387.56. Both were held below record intraday highs of 21169.11 and 2400.98 respectively. 10 year yield also closed lower, losing -0.016, at 2.311. The dollar index struggled to find follow through buying above 99 and is back at 98.90 in Asian session. In the currency markets, Euro remains the strongest major currency for the week, followed by Sterling and Swiss Franc. Yen remains the weakest one after BoJ stands pat, raised growth forecast but lowered inflation projections. Canadian dollar is still trading down for the week but is given a mild boost on news that US will stay with NAFTA for the moment.
There are several issues we are expecting from the FOMC meeting later this week. While it is widely anticipated that the Fed would leave its policy rate unchanged at 2.25-2.5%, the potential changes in the accompanying statement and the...
Dollar gains some ground against European majors and Yen as market sentiments stabilized mildly. But near term outlook remains bearish and more downside should be seen in the greenback in near term. DJIA closed down -0.22% at -20550.98 after diving to as low as 20412.80. S&P 500 also closed down -0.1% at 2341.59 after hitting as low as 2322.25. Both indices drew support from 55 day EMAs and pared much losses before close.
Markets are generally trading in risk averse mode after UK Prime Minister Theresa May's surprised call for snap election. That also adds to the backdrop of geopolitical tensions in North Korea and Syria. DJIA closed down -113.64 pts or -0.55% at 20523.28. S&P 500 lost -6.82pts or -0.29% to close at 2342.19. Nonetheless, both indices are still trying to draw support from 55 day EMA. In Asian session, China leads other Asian markets lower as SSE composite index drops -40 pts or -1.23% at the time of writing. Hong Kong HSI is losing -150 pts or -0.63%. Nikkei, however, recovers and is trading up 0.2% at the time of writing.
Headline CPI eased to +1.7% y/y in January, missing consensus of and December’s +1.9%. The slowdown was mainly driven by food price which fell -0.6 percentage point to +1.9%. Non-food inflation steadied at +1.7%. PPI decelerated sharply to +0.1%...
Risk aversion continues in Asian market but there is no disastrous development. Chinese stocks are back from holiday, down -3%. That's just playing catch up to last week's broad based decline in other Asian markets. China's RRR cut on...
Swiss Franc weakness is the main theme in rather directionless markets today. In particular, EUR/CHF is leading the way higher on expectation of policy divergence between ECB and SNB. Also, the need for safe haven diminished much after situations...
Extending the streak for a 19th month, RBA left the cash rate unchanged at 1.5% in May. Benign inflation and recent slowdown in employment growth are allowing policymakers to keep the monetary policy accommodative. The accompanying statement was largely...
Economic data, Fed expectations, trade war, Brexit were among the biggest themes last week. Emerging market risks seemed to have abated. Meanwhile, Italy was less of a threat to Eurozone after the government pledged not to blow up the...
Fed Governor Jerome Powell was finally confirmed as US President Donald Trump's nomination as the one to succeed Janet Yellen as Fed Chair next year. House republicans also released the tax bill finally. Stock markets responded well to the news with DOW closing up 81.25 pts, or 0.35% at new record high. S&P 500 also reversed earlier loss and closed up 0.02% at 2579.85. But judging from the reactions in bonds, Powell is taken as a dovish Fed chair. 10 year yield lost 0.029 to close at 2.347, notably lower comparing to last week's close at 2.428. Powell is seen as a safe choice that would largely follow Yellen's path of gradual tightening. Focus will now turn to non-farm payrolls report.
Yen continues today trade as the strongest major currency today as supported by relatively more upbeat BoJ. Dollar is also trying to rebound, in particular against Aussie but is outshone by both Yen and Swiss Franc. Confidence data from Germany is very upbeat but provides little support to Euro. Traders are getting a bit more cautious ahead of ECB rate decision and press conference on Thursday. Meanwhile, Aussie is trading as the weakest one on concern of more weakest in iron ore prices ahead..
Despite expectations that the ECB would only announce adjustments on QE and interest rate in June the earliest, the upcoming meeting is not a non-event. Since the March meeting, Eurozone’s economic data have surprised to the downside. It would...
While the US markets staged an historic comeback yesterday, sentiments didn't stay long. After Asian markets turned mixed, European markets are now trading broadly lower. DOW's over 1000pts rebound yesterday was impressive. But futures suggest that it's going to...
Dollar recovered overnight as Fed delivered the widely expected rate hike. The overall announcement, including new economic projections, was not as bad as some anticipated. Fed maintained the projection of a total of three rate hike this year. Downward revision in 2017 inflation forecast was somewhat offset by the upward revision in GDP forecast and downward revision in unemployment rate forecast. On other hand, both growth and inflation forecasts for 2018 and 2019 were held unchanged. While the greenback was lifted, it's clearly not out of the woods yet as markets seem not fully convinced by what Fed said.
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