• USD – Dollar remains king as Europe remains weak
  • Riksbank – Another bank backtracks from tightening
  • Turkey – Lira in serious danger
  • Stocks – 3M results sink the Dow
  • Oil – Russian supply outage drives prices higher
  • Gold – Steadies as stocks fail to make fresh highs

USD

Hail to the King dollar.  The US economy is not really driving the last part of this greenback rally, it is mainly the rest of the world is still showing weakness.  A constant theme coming out of Europe is risks remain to the downside as growth remains weak and we are not seeing many reasons to be optimistic in the short-term.

In Europe, the ECB economic bulletin cemented the view that ample accommodation will remain in place.  Europe continues to see slower growth momentum and that does not bode well for the euro.

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Early in New York, mixed jobless claims and durable goods data provided no clear catalyst.  The dollar held onto gains after the strong 2.7% rise in durable goods, while jobless claims had the biggest rise since 2017.

Riksbank

Sweden’s central bank (Riksbank) sent the krona falling after extending their view for the next rate hike.  It looks like they will not be raising rates until early 2020 and the bond buying program will now continue till the end of 2020.  The krona fell to the lowest level to the dollar since 2002.

Turkey

Turkey’s central bank (CBRT) delivered a blow to the lira after they removed the hawkish rate pledge.  The slight adjustment to their forward guidance sent the lira down 1.3% to the dollar.  This will go down as a dovish pivot, a theme investors are getting all too used too.  The lira is down about 6% to the dollar in April and many are questioning the CBRT’s decision to wait for inflation to slow down before cutting rates.

Stocks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is expected to open lower following terrible results from 3M.  Revenues came in light and the company cut guidance well beyond the lowest analyst estimate.  The Minnesota based company also announced they will be cutting 2,000 jobs to cut costs.  Shares are down 8%.

Another big earnings report came from healthcare giant, AbbVie.  They delivered a clean beat on both the top and bottom line, while raising guidance.  The report was not all positive as sales of Humira, which is the best selling drug in the world fell 5.6%, the first year-over-year decline since 2011.

Oil

Crude prices resumed the bullish move higher after Russian oil shipments to Europe have been halted due to contamination.  Poland has stopped taking on Russian oil for the time being and that has provided a slight bid here for oil prices.

The rally is somewhat small, so we should not be surprised if we do see oil pullback tentatively.

Gold

The precious metal refuses to break despite dollar strength.  The sour earnings report from 3M and lack of a catalyst for stocks to continue the record run could see gold prices receive a bid here in the short-term.

The longer-term outlook however remains weak for the precious metal as the US economy still remains strong and trade deal optimism could deliver a boost to global growth in the coming months.

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