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US Open Preview – Euro holds weak; US consumer confidence in focus

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 11:16 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index was consolidating around 91.00 in the early European afternoon, its highest level reached since mid of January despite 10-year US Treasury yields retreating further below the 3.0%. Easing geopolitical and trade tensions were also supportive to the greenback as safe-havens continued to lose attractiveness, with dollar/yen crawling slightly up to a fresh 2 ½-month high of 108.90. On the other hand, euro/dollar was struggling at two-month lows, last seen [..]

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European Open Preview – Dollar bulls “back on the case”; US consumer confidence due

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 7:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar traded 0.1% lower against a basket of six major currencies on Tuesday, giving back some of the notable gains it posted yesterday on the back of surging US bond yields. Despite today’s pullback, the dollar index is still trading near a three-month high. Elsewhere, kiwi/dollar fell by 0.5%, with no clear fundamental catalyst behind the decline. STOCKS: US markets closed lower yesterday, for the most part. While the Nasdaq [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar posts fresh high as long-term Treasury yields flirt with 3.0%; European stocks down

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 11:43 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar picked up speed as the 10-year US Treasury yield continued to trend near 3.0%, the highest since early 2014, underpinned by concerns that increasing oil prices could spread inflationary pressures, while a rise in US debt issuance was also supportive for the jump in yields. Besides that, Saturday’s news out of North Korea increased appetite for riskier investments. The North Korean leader said that he would suspend nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles tests ahead of a crucial meeting with [..]

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European Open Preview – Rising yields bolster the dollar; eurozone flash PMIs in focus

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 7:41 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index traded higher on Monday, though by less than 0.1%, adding to the significant gains it posted on Friday on the back of rising US Treasury yields. The loonie plunged on Friday after Canada’s CPI data disappointed, while the safe-haven Japanese yen is a touch softer today, amid diminishing risks on the North Korean front. STOCKS: US markets closed lower on Friday, weighed on by a sustained rise in longer-term US bond yields. Rising [..]

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US Open Preview – Euro under pressure; Canadian CPI pending

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 11:47 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets:  FOREX: The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength versus six major currencies, was up, standing at 90.14 (+0.22%). Dollar/yen managed to pick up speed, rising to 107.66 (+0.28%), boosted by the strong rally in US treasury yields. Pound/dollar was flirting with two-week lows, last seen at 1.4060 (-0.20%) following a deep fall yesterday immediately after the BoE Governor, Mark Carney, signaled that the central bank may not rush to raise interest rates in [..]

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European Open Preview – BoE’s Carney slams the pound; Canadian inflation & retail sales eyed

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 7:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is practically unchanged on Friday, after it posted solid gains earlier on Thursday on the back of rising US Treasury yields. Sterling/dollar was 0.3% lower, with the British pound extending the losses it posted yesterday, after BoE Governor Mark Carney hinted that a rate hike in May is not actually a done-deal. STOCKS: US markets closed lower, pressured by a notable rise in longer-term US bond yields, something that usually [..]

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US Open Preview – Oil bulls unlock fresh three-year highs

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 11:11 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Sterling tumbled to a five-day low against the greenback (-0.06%) on Thursday during the early European afternoon as UK retail sales recorded their biggest fall in a year. This follows a strong sell-off on Wednesday when the UK CPI dropped surprisingly to one-year lows, raising doubts on whether the Bank of England will proceed with further rate increases after next month’s widely anticipated rate hike. Dollar/yen was moving slightly higher by 0.13% on the day, last trading [..]

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European Open Preview – Loonie softens on cautious BoC; UK retail sales in focus

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 7:46 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is higher today, but by less than 0.1%. Aussie/dollar is up by 0.2%, lifted by a notable rally across commodities. Meanwhile, the loonie steadied against the dollar, after it plunged yesterday on the back of cautious signals from the BoC. STOCKS: US markets closed mixed yesterday. While the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 advanced 0.2% and 0.1% respectively, the Dow Jones fell nearly 0.2%, weighed on [..]

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US Open Preview – Pound takes a knock after CPI miss; BoC rate decision next

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 10:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar traded higher against the Japanese yen by 0.28% during the early European afternoon as risk-off sentiment continued to ease while encouraging data out of the US on Tuesday increased confidence on the US economy even further. Sterling plummeted near to a one-week trough of 1.4172 (-0.73%) versus the greenback today after UK CPI figures missed expectations, falling to one-year lows. The yearly Eurozone CPI (second estimate) also ticked below [..]

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European Open Preview – Safe havens retreat as geopolitical tensions ease; UK CPI and BoC rate decision coming up

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 7:46 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index was practically unchanged on Wednesday, after it posted some gains on Tuesday. The Japanese yen and the Swiss franc were on the back foot as geopolitical risks were perceived as easing, while the British pound steadied somewhat after retreating yesterday. STOCKS: US markets soared for a second day in a row, as a strong earnings season and diminishing risks on the Korean Peninsula boosted risk appetite. The Nasdaq Composite [..]

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