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Daily Market Comment – RBNZ to slash rates; more blues for the kiwi?

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 9:10 am GMT

Kiwi underperforms as investors bet that RBNZ will cut rates overnight Pound rejoices as Brexit party warms up to Tories, but risks seem tilted to the downside UK jobs data, Germany’s ZEW survey, and Fed-speak today RBNZ set to cut rates after inflation expectations drop The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will announce its rate decision early on Wednesday, at 02:00 GMT. A rate cut seems quite likely, after a survey released overnight showed that the nation’s 2-year inflation [..]

Daily Market Comment – US stocks cruise to new records, but Hong Kong weighs

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 9:25 am GMT

Risk aversion strikes back as Hong Kong protests intensify and trade doubts resurface Dollar advances without new catalysts, loonie stumbles on weak data UK GDP numbers due, but sterling keeps its sights on election polls Hong Kong jitters send global equities back down, lift yen US stock markets levitated to new records on Friday, undeterred by some remarks from President Trump that he hasn’t decided yet whether he is willing to roll back tariffs on China to get the ‘phase [..]

Daily Market Comment – Risk appetite softens on mixed US signals about trade deal; pound slips after BoE

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 9:20 am GMT

Markets remain optimistic of a US-China deal but US officials cast doubt over tariff rollback Dollar set for weekly gains as yen on the pull back Pound skids after Bank of England signals possible rate cut Confused messages on tariff concession Risk appetite cooled off slightly on Friday as confusing signals by US officials on whether the White House is ready to accept the roll back of some of the tariffs on Chinese imports raised question marks about China’s assertion [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets whipsaw on conflicting trade headlines; US-China deal moves closer

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:28 am GMT

US-China trade deal appears back on after earlier reports of a possible delay causes brief spike in risk aversion Yen led on a roller-coaster ride by on-off-on trade deal prospects Pound steady ahead of Bank of England meeting US and China reportedly agree to roll back some tariffs Trading got off to a volatile start on Thursday as negative headlines late on Wednesday quickly turned positive. Doubts emerged about the likelihood of the US and China being able to sign [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar steadier after US data boost; stock market rally cools

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:18 am GMT

US dollar surges on strong ISM non-manufacturing PMI before steadying Stocks get off to softer start as trade deal euphoria starts to fade Euro pressured by stronger dollar; kiwi up despite disappointing jobs numbers Dollar hits 3-week high on upbeat PMI Better-than-expected economic data and optimism that the US and China are nearing a ‘phase one’ trade deal lifted the US dollar to the highest in three weeks against a basket of currencies on Tuesday. The dollar index reached a [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks rally on rising trade deal hopes; yuan hits 3-month high

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:03 am GMT

Growing optimism that a partial trade deal between the US and China is within reach boosts risk assets Yen and Swiss franc extend losses, yuan climbs to highest in three months Aussie edges up after RBA keeps rates steady; dollar eyes ISM non-manufacturing PMI US may roll back some China tariffs Optimism around a ‘phase one’ US-China trade deal continued to boost risk appetite on Tuesday, lifting stocks and other risk assets, while dampening demand for safe havens such as [..]

Daily Market Comment – Trade optimism lifts markets; strong NFP helps too but dollar subdued

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 9:16 am GMT

US and China reportedly close to agreeing a ‘phase one’ trade deal; stocks rally Safe havens retreat but still some caution, dollar subdued Euro eyes Lagarde speech Interim US-China trade deal within reach Growing signs that the partial US-China trade deal is close to being finalized drove market sentiment on Monday with Asian stocks getting a lift from another record close on Wall Street on Friday. The White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters on Friday that “enormous progress” [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar braces for nonfarm payrolls; risk aversion returns

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 9:09 am GMT

US payrolls and ISM index could shape the dollar’s fortunes today Risk appetite dampened by reports China won’t compromise on ‘real’ trade issues Can US payrolls keep the besieged dollar from stumbling further? The spotlight today will fall on the US employment report for October, as investors scramble to figure out whether the Fed can truly afford to ‘pause’ its rate-cutting cycle, or whether that is merely wishful thinking. Likewise, the ISM manufacturing PMI for the same month will reveal [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar goes for a ride as Fed baffles markets

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 9:01 am GMT

Dollar ends lower, stocks soar as Fed can’t convince markets it will hit ‘pause’ Loonie hammered as BoC drops neutral stance, hints at ‘insurance cut’ BoJ strengthens easing bias, but yen yawns Eurozone, US, and Canadian data coming up today Fed cuts rates and signals a pause, but markets don’t buy it The Fed cut rates by another quarter-point yesterday, as widely expected, but refrained from signaling that any more cuts are coming. The phrase “will act as appropriate to [..]

Daily Market Comment – Fed, BoC, and BoJ decisions; UK election confirmed

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:18 am GMT

Fed to slash rates today but may signal a pause after this cut, lifting the dollar BoC set to stand pat, unlikely to alter its neutral stance BoJ decides early on Thursday – close call whether it will cut UK General Election officially called for December 12 Fed virtually certain to cut rates, but will it also signal a pause? It’s an extremely busy day, with the main event being the Federal Reserve policy decision at 18:00 GMT, which will [..]

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