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Daily Market Comment – Powell speech awaited as Fed hawks come out; pound jumps on Brexit hopes

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 8:13 am GMT

Markets await Powell’s Jackson Hole speech amid signs of resistance to further rate cuts US dollar holds firm as Treasury yields extend rebound; gold drifts lower Pound swings higher after Merkel and Macron boost Johnson’s chances of backstop changes All eyes on Jackson Hole Traders’ focus will centre on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell today when he makes his key address at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium at 14:00 GMT. Speculation as to how dovish Powell’s speech will be have intensified [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Dollar up after Fed minutes highlight divisions; ECB minutes next

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 8:14 am GMT

US dollar edges up after FOMC minutes shows Fed is split over rate cuts Yuan slips to 11-year low as growth worries resurface ECB minutes and Eurozone PMIs next in focus; euro subdued Fed minutes cast doubt on aggressive easing The minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July policy meeting released yesterday have laid bare the extent of the divisions within the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) over the need for lower interest rates amid mixed signs about the health of [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Major pairs steady as markets await Fed minutes and Powell

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:19 am GMT

Major pairs hold within recent trading ranges as markets seek direction from the Federal Reserve Trump steps up rhetoric against China, reminding investors that trade war is here to stay Euro unfazed by Italian political crisis, pound see-saws on Brexit backstop headlines Calm in currency markets ahead of key Fed events Major pairs were trading sideways on Wednesday as markets turned cautious ahead of the minutes of the Fed’s July meeting and the upcoming speech by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Stimulus hopes lift sentiment; dollar approaches 3-week highs

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 8:25 am GMT

Stocks extend gains as prospect of more stimulus overrides worries about fallout from trade war US dollar edges higher as Treasury yields recover; Fed minutes and Powell speech awaited Aussie firms on RBA minutes; euro struggles amid unease about Italy Global stimulus hopes continue to drive sentiment Growing signs that more governments and central banks around the worlds are taking measures to support their economies remained the main market driver on Tuesday. Most major indices in Asia closed around 1% [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Stocks up on China rate reform; dollar firms ahead of Jackson Hole

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:20 am GMT

Risk sentiment continues to improve on reports of China interest rate reforms and German fiscal stimulus Stocks have a positive start to week while safe-havens yen, Swiss franc and gold retreat Dollar holds firm as markets await policy cues from Powell at Jackson Hole symposium China reforms and German stimulus reports boost markets Markets opened in a positive mood on Monday, extending the rebound in risk appetite from late last week. Sentiment was boosted from developments over the weekend that [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Markets steadier but recession fears persist; strong US data lifts dollar

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 8:19 am GMT

Stocks head higher as Trump trade comments and strong US retail sales calm markets But fears of a downturn persist as bond markets remain in dangerous territory Pound up on latest bid by UK opposition parties to thwart no-deal Brexit Stock market sell-off eases on positive headlines Stocks in Asia were mostly positive on Friday and European and US equity futures were also pointing to a firmer start following yesterday’s rebound in risk appetite. Sentiment was boosted from a surprise [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Dollar and stocks rally in relief after tariff delays

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:10 am GMT

US tariff exemptions lift risk sentiment – stocks soar, yen retreats     But optimism tempered by weak Chinese data overnight UK inflation data and Eurozone GDP coming up Trump’s tariffs delay revives risk appetite, but is this a game changer? Global risk sentiment came roaring back on Tuesday, with US stock markets closing 1.5% higher and WTI oil gaining 4%, after the Trump administration said it will delay tariffs on several Chinese products until December and exempt some goods altogether. [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Hong Kong concerns keep risk aversion in play

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 8:24 am GMT

Safe havens shine and stocks retreat – mainly on fears about Hong Kong   Deteriorating political outlook in Italy likely adding to risk aversion Busy calendar today, with crucial UK, German, and US data coming up Stocks stumble on reports China may crack down on Hong Kong protests Risk aversion was the name of the game on Monday, as worrisome political headlines triggered another rotation away from risky assets like stocks, and into the safety of havens like the Japanese [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Sterling feels the burn; Trump plays trade ‘hardball’

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 7:58 am GMT

Sterling resumes downtrend as UK economy shrinks, Brexit fears intensify Yen extends gains after Trump says he isn’t ready to make a deal Calendar practically empty today, in a thin liquidity environment Pound feels the burn as UK economy contracts The British pound remains the ‘sick man’ of the FX market, plummeting to a new three year low against the euro on Friday, after the latest GDP figures showed that the economy contracted in Q2 for the first time since [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Yen firms again as trade jitters return; euro and pound steady despite election talk

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 8:12 am GMT

Risk aversion spikes again on reports US won’t ease Huawei restrictions Safe havens remain supported, stocks falter Euro and pound unmoved by speculation of snap elections in Italy and the UK Bounce in risk appetite proves short lived as trade worries return Market sentiment turned sour again on Friday as trade tensions resurfaced after Bloomberg reported that the United States is delaying a decision on whether to allow some American companies to do business with China’s Huawei Technologies. President Trump [..]

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