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Daily Market Comment – Stocks jump into the green, but dollar doesn’t play along

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:06 am GMT

Investors ignore a litany of bad news, push stocks higher on deregulation hopes But FX retains a more cautious tone, dollar holds onto gains as US cases hit new record Texas and Florida “pause” their re-opening plans Rebalancing flows heading into quarter end could bite markets Stocks and dollar focus on different narratives The epic market battle between stimulus-driven bulls and virus-fearing bears seems set to end in a draw this week, as worries of a rapid resurgence in virus [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets lose altitude as virus fears escalate

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 8:42 am GMT

Reality bites stock markets as US virus spike accelerates, dollar recovers Threats of new US tariffs against EU and dire IMF forecasts not helping mood Fed balance sheet reduction may be playing a role too Daily virus numbers will continue to dictate sentiment Acceleration in infections hampers recovery prospects Risk aversion gripped global markets once again on Wednesday after several American states reported another worrisome spike in virus cases and hospitalizations, pouring cold water on the cheerful narrative of a [..]

Daily Market Comment – Gold flies to new highs, RBNZ talks kiwi down

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 8:10 am GMT

Dollar retreats after encouraging PMIs turbocharge euro Gold capitalizes on weaker dollar, reaches heights last seen in 2012 Stocks inch higher led by tech, despite US virus spike and rising bankruptcies RBNZ expresses discomfort with exchange rate, kiwi obliges Gold takes advantage of softer dollar Global markets continue to be torn between conflicting narratives, as signs that the world economy has entered the recovery stage – with a little help from a tsunami of stimulus – clash with a worrisome [..]

Daily Market Comment – White House sends markets spinning, European PMIs bolster euro

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 8:19 am GMT

Conflicting statements from White House on China send currencies and stocks for a wild ride But markets back to square one as dust settles, still in a good mood overall Nasdaq closes at new record as US virus cases ease back down European PMIs show France back in expansion, boost euro Navarro channels his inner China hawk, then walks it back Global markets went for a wild ride overnight, after White House trade advisor Peter Navarro – probably the administration’s [..]

Daily Market Comment – Investors grapple with the virus blues

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 8:08 am GMT

Markets struggle for direction as second wave worries intensify WHO reports record increase in global cases, Apple re-closes some US stores Gold spikes higher but FX and stocks still not overly concerned Looking ahead, the battle between stimulus-fueled optimism vs second wave concerns will drive sentiment Emotional rollercoaster continues With the correlation between FX and stock markets going through the roof in recent months as the dollar reclaimed its safe-haven throne, risk sentiment has become the dominant force in the [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks drift, dollar holds firm amid growth, second wave worries

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 8:53 am GMT

Markets struggle for direction as persisting second wave fears weigh on sentiment US-China relations back in spotlight as Trump threatens to ‘decouple’ Pound steadier after hawkish surprise from BoE sends currency spinning lower Markets dogged by virus spike, recovery doubts Risk appetite is looking increasingly on borrowed time as stocks turn sideways, having lost momentum after last week’s sell-off. Global shares on Friday could only manage a tepid rebound from yesterday’s dip while gold headed higher amid ongoing worries about [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar firms, stocks slip as spike in virus cases begins to cause worry

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 8:50 am GMT

Risk appetite wanes as markets start to take second wave fears more seriously Surge in cases in Beijing and US drive up dollar demand, weigh on stocks Pound weaker ahead of BoE decision; aussie and kiwi stumble on poor data Risk rally on pause as second wave threatens recovery A worrying increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in several locations around the world appears to have put the brakes on the risk rally that just a few days [..]

Daily Market Comment – Geopolitical tensions and virus spike dampen sentiment, but not much

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 8:51 am GMT

Rising regional tensions and a worrying increase in coronavirus cases weigh on risk assets But safe havens barely supported as growth optimism and drug hopes keep risk appetite alive Yen and gold slip, aussie bounces back from lows as stocks turn green Geopolitical tensions on the rise Clashes along the border between India and China as well as fresh provocations by North Korea over the last 24 hours raised fears of a serious flare up in regional conflicts amid a [..]

Daily Market Comment – Risk-on back in play as Fed goes overkill with stimulus

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 8:28 am GMT

Sell-off cut short as markets reminded Fed not done yet with stimulus Possible $1 trillion infrastructure plan by Trump further fuels stocks But will Powell spoil the party again as softer dollar eyes Fed chief’s testimony Pound outperforms after UK and EU agree to intensify Brexit talks Second wave, what second wave? It was a dramatic turnaround for Wall Street on Monday, with all three main indices wiping out earlier sharp losses to close with solid gains, as investors brushed [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks slide again on second wave fears; Pound skids ahead of Brexit talks

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 8:42 am GMT

A resurgence of coronavirus cases sends stocks into a tailspin again Aussie takes a beating, yen and franc up, but gold unable to capitalize Pound extends losses as Johnson tries to kickstart stalled Brexit talks End of the risk rally? The unstoppable risk rally that’s pushed global stocks close to erasing their virus-led losses is in danger of faltering as fears of a second wave of infections intensify. Several states in America have seen a large increase in the number [..]

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