US and global indices rallied across the board as fears of widespread damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have ebbed slightly. Lack testing activity from Pyongyang also helped appease markets. The Hurricanes will weigh on Q3 GDP by 0.3%-0.4%, while the rebuilding boost may lift Q4 to as high as 3.5% from an expeccted 2.0% in Q3. Our DAX short was stopped out. A new Premium trade has been issued with detailed charts highlighting a crucial analog.

USD/JPY soared 150 pips to 109.50 from a Friday’s low of 107.36 on Friday. The bounce brings the pair back above a few critical support levels, including the April low of 108.13. That one will be critical in the day ahead.

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Estimates to the Hurricanes damage range from as high as $200 billion to $50 billion but in order for both storms to surpass the magnitude as a percentage of GDP as that reached in 2005, their combined damage would have to exceed $220 billion.

CFTC Commitments of Traders

Speculative net futures trader positions as of the close on Tuesday. Net short denoted by – long by +.

EUR +96K vs +87K prior GBP -54K vs -52K prior JPY -74K vs -69K prior CHF -2K vs -2K prior CAD +54K vs +53K prior AUD +65K vs +67K prior NZD +15K vs +19K prior

The overall moves were modest, likely as the market hunkered down ahead of the BOC and ECB, but the increase in the euro net long was enough to push it to the highest since May 2011.

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Ashraf Laidi is an independent strategist and trader, founder of Intermarket Strategy Ltd and author of "Currency Trading & Intermarket Analysis". He is the former chief global strategist at City Index / FX Solutions, where he focused on foreign exchange and global macro developments pertaining to central bank policies, sovereign debt and intermarket dynamics. Ashraf had also served as Chief Strategist at CMC Markets, where he headed a global team of analysts and led seminars and trainings in four continents. His insights on currencies and commodities won him several #1 rankings with FXWeek and Reuters. Prior to CMC Markets, Laidi monitored the performance of a multi-FX portfolio at the United Nations, assessed sovereign and project investment risk with Hagler Bailly and the World Bank, and analyzed emerging market bonds at Reuters. Laidi also created the first 24-hour currency web site for traders and researchers alike on the eve of the creation of the euro. Laidi's analysis of currency markets stand out based on his distinct style in bridging the fundamental and technical aspects of the markets. Laidi regularly appears on CNBC TV (US, Europe, Arabia and Asia/Pacific), Bloomberg TV (US, Asia/Pacific, France and Spain), BNN, PBSs Nightly Business Report, and BBC. His insights also appear in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Barrons. He has given numerous interviews and lectures in Arabic, French, and to audiences spanning from Canada, Central America and Asia/Pacific.


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