Daily Market Comment – Sterling jumps on Brexit hopes; Trump sanctions Turkey

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:33 am GMT

Pound shoots up on hopes for a Brexit deal this week Brexit optimism lifts stock markets too, but trade concerns linger Trump hits Turkey with tariffs and sanctions, yet lira climbs Barnier says Brexit deal still possible this week, pound charges higher The Brexit saga remains the dominant theme in the FX market. Investors are holding their breath to see whether a deal will be reached, after the negotiations intensified in recent days. This morning, chief EU negotiator Barnier said [..]


Daily Market Comment – Symbolic trade deal lifts sentiment; sterling cools

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:24 am GMT

US and China reach ‘mini’ trade deal, but markets remain skeptical Pound pulls back as DUP signals it might not support Boris’s deal Loonie soars after Canadian jobs data beat estimates Trade truce lifts stocks, sends yen lower Global risk appetite got a boost on Friday, with stocks edging higher while safe havens like the Japanese yen surrendered ground, after the world’s two largest economies reached a truce in their fiery trade battle. This ‘limited’ trade agreement will see China [..]


Technical Analysis – EURGBP rebound looks fragile; stronger bullish signals needed

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 7:17 am GMT

EURGBP crawled above the ascending channel and managed to return above the 50% Fibonacci of the upleg from 0.8470 to 0.9323, providing some optimism that buying interest may stay in the market in coming sessions. The improvement in the MACD and the RSI back this view as well, though positive signals remain weak and fragile as the former has yet to show a sustainable increase  above its 50 neutral mark and the latter to cross above zero. Immediate resistance to additional upside [..]


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 [..]


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 [..]


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 [..]


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 [..]


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 [..]


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 [..]


Daily Market Comment – Trump impeachment risk scares stocks; UK Parliament returns

Posted on September 25, 2019 at 8:35 am GMT

Trump impeachment probe dampens sentiment, but is the market overreacting?   Pound cheers Supreme Court ruling, but retreats on Corbyn’s remarks RBNZ holds its fire, kiwi briefly spikes higher Risk aversion engulfs markets as Trump faces impeachment enquiry Sentiment in financial markets turned sour on Tuesday, as a double whammy of trade and political risks blindsided investors, triggering a rotation away from riskier assets like equities and towards defensive ones such as the yen and Swiss franc. The initial catalyst [..]

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