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Daily Market Comment – Markets calm but choppy amid mixed signals on trade talks

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 8:28 am GMT

Conflicting reports on state of US-China trade talks pull sentiment in all directions Hope of a partial trade deal sees calm restored before top-level talks are set to start Euro shoots higher ahead of ECB minutes Pound not holding its breath for breakthrough as UK and Irish PMs meet for last-ditch Brexit talks Trade talks still dominating markets’ attention There’s no escaping the US-China trade war saga not even for a single day this week as the headlines keep rolling [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Dollar holds firm even as Powell signals more rate cuts; trade optimism fades

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 8:23 am GMT

Fed’s Powell announces expansion of balance sheet, possible rate cuts but dollar supported by trade gloom Trade talks continue amid worsening US-China relations as US imposes more restrictions Pound slumps again as Brexit talks are close to collapse Dollar unshaken by dovish Powell The dollar index – a measure of the US currency against a basket of six rivals – edged up towards last week’s 2½-year peak of 99.67 as dimming hopes of a breakthrough in this week’s Sino-US trade [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Stocks edge up on cautious optimism for interim US-China trade deal; dollar steady

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:30 am GMT

Risk sentiment improves slightly on hopes US and China can reach limited trade deal Stocks, aussie and kiwi up, but most majors stuck in sideways ranges Pound under pressure as EU lists objections to Johnson’s Brexit plan Trade talks resume but little chance of breakthrough US and Chinese negotiators resumed trade talks in Washington on Monday amid a tense environment as the Trump administration added another 20 Chinese public security bureaus and 8 tech companies to its trade blacklist. Although [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Subdued tone ahead of US-China trade talks; pound slips as Johnson given week to revise Brexit plan

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:08 am GMT

US-China trade talks dominate markets’ attention as hopes are low for a deal Yen edges up as trade and political uncertainties build up and growth outlook worsens Pound inches lower as Johnson given one week to revise proposed Brexit plan Trade talks in focus but optimism runs low The safe-haven yen and gold pushed higher on Monday as the week got off to a cautious start ahead of much-anticipated high-level trade discussions between the United Stated and China later this [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Pandemonium in markets after dismal data; US payrolls may disappoint too

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:09 am GMT

Yen climbs, dollar drops as dismal ISM non-manufacturing survey stokes recession worries Risk sentiment recovers by end of US session however, on stimulus hopes US nonfarm payrolls may also disappoint today; Fed chief Powell speaks too Market havoc continues as weak ISM PMI keeps investors wary The US services sector is starting to catch the cold that’s been tormenting the manufacturing sector in recent months, according to the latest ISM data. The non-manufacturing PMI for September fell by more than [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Stocks crash as recession fears intensify

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 9:01 am GMT

Investors back on recession watch; all eyes on the ISM non-manufacturing PMI today Speculation for Fed rate cuts no longer supports stocks – paradigm shift? Sterling yawns as markets say Brexit proposal is not a needle-mover Equities dive, yen roars back as investors grapple with recession worries Wall Street recorded substantial losses on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 (-1.8%) falling sharply and Asian markets being a sea of red today, as traders continued to cut their risk exposure amid worries [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Manufacturing recession and Brexit ultimatum

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 8:45 am GMT

Stocks tank as disappointing US PMI data fuel recession fears Pound remains under pressure as Johnson’s Brexit ‘ultimatum’ is leaked Mood turns sour as ISM manufacturing PMI drops further into contraction Global markets went into turmoil yesterday, with risk aversion dominating after the US ISM manufacturing PMI unexpectedly dropped to a decade low of 47.8 in September, missing the forecast for a rebound to 50.1. Any reading below 50 suggests the sector is contracting, so the considerable decline in this [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Trade war goes financial

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:59 am GMT

Markets stay in risk-off mode as US considers financial sanctions against China Kiwi drops to new 4-year low after weak business confidence numbers Pound tumbles on hints of BoE rate cut, but may get some relief from politics   Sentiment turns sour on fears trade war may spread into finance The main story on Friday was that the Trump administration is examining whether to restrict US financial flows into China. According to reports, Washington is considering delisting Chinese companies from [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Trade rollercoaster keeps sentiment fragile; dollar climbs

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 8:00 am GMT

Stocks retreat on trade doubts, but short-term outlook still positive Euro weakens amid ECB easing speculation, dollar capitalizes  Flood of US data due out today, but trade issues more important for greenback Stocks pull back on reports US is unlikely to extend Huawei waivers Market moves were relatively muted on Thursday, as investors remained hesitant to increase their exposure until they get a better grip on the various risks currently at play, most notably the Trump impeachment threat and the [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Dollar soars as impeachment worries fade, trade optimism returns

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 8:35 am GMT

Renewed trade optimism and fading impeachment concerns lift dollar & stocks One of the biggest ECB hawks resigns; Draghi speaks today RBNZ Governor plays down prospect of QE, lifts kiwi Dollar and equities shoot up as Trump says a trade deal may be close Global risk sentiment improved drastically on Wednesday, as a combination of optimistic trade remarks and diminishing fears of a US presidential impeachment saw investors rotate back into riskier assets. The market’s mood started to improve after [..]

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