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Daily Market Comment – Markets plummet as second wave fears grip investors

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 8:02 am GMT

Worries of a second infection wave kill the euphoria in markets S&P 500 loses almost 6%, dollar and yen shine again, commodity currencies crumble But risk sentiment back on the mend Friday, with most moves retracing a little Just a mild correction or start of something bigger? Daily virus numbers might decide that Risk aversion returns with a vengeance Just when it seems that all the bears have capitulated and that stock markets can’t bleed anymore, risk sentiment falls apart [..]

Daily Market Comment – Fed walks the dovish line, but markets want more

Posted on June 11, 2020 at 8:16 am GMT

Fed commits to rock bottom rates for years, reaffirms ‘whatever it takes’ stance Dollar drops initially and stocks jump, but moves reverse as Powell doesn’t commit to yield curve control Markets in risk-averse mood overall Thursday, worrisome US virus numbers not helping Today: Eurogroup meeting on recovery fund and US jobless claims Fed says the right things, but markets left wanting As expected, the Federal Reserve took no action yesterday, signaled via its ‘dot plot’ of interest rate projections that [..]

Daily Market Comment – Nasdaq rips higher ahead of Fed decision, dollar in agony

Posted on June 10, 2020 at 8:06 am GMT

No action expected from Fed today, but signals will determine whether the ‘risk party’ can keep going Dollar extends losses ahead of rate decision, Nasdaq hits new record high Sinking greenback raises all other boats – euro, pound, franc, and commodity currencies near highs We’ll also hear from key ECB and BoE officials, and the EU’s top Brexit negotiator Markets take a breather ahead of the Fed Risk appetite cooled a little on Tuesday in a move that generally looked [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks back in the black, dollar selling takes a breather

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 8:22 am GMT

S&P 500 recoups all its losses for the year, Nasdaq hits new record Optimism echoed in FX too, with dollar struggling as commodity currencies hit multi-month highs However, we are seeing a reversal of these moves today – some profit taking? Looking ahead, much will depend on what the Fed does and whether a second wave hits the US S&P turns flat for 2020, Nasdaq cruises to new highs Fear has given way to greed in an impressive way over [..]

Daily Market Comment – Euro soars after ECB’s surprise; dollar extends slide ahead of NFP

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 8:30 am GMT

Euro skyrockets after ECB increases pandemic stimulus by more than expected Dollar stuck in a downward spiral, unlikely to be saved by US jobs report Oil clings on to gains despite OPEC confusion ECB takes out the bazooka again The resurgent euro, which has been rallying on the back of recovery hopes for the Eurozone economy, got another shot in the arm on Thursday after the European Central Bank delivered a bigger-than-expected stimulus. The ECB boosted its pandemic emergency purchase [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar steadies as stocks pause rally; euro eyes ECB stimulus

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 8:33 am GMT

Dollar regains some positive footing as risk rally eases Euro takes a breather ahead of ECB decision Oil pulls back amid doubts about OPEC+ extending output cuts Dollar fights to end losing streak as stocks lose steam The US dollar fought back on Thursday to retain its reign over FX markets, which has come under threat over the past week as rising optimism about the global economy recovering from the pandemic has revived risk assets. The dollar index, which measures [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar slumps as recovery hopes gather pace

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 8:37 am GMT

Increasing optimism of strong economic recovery pummel the dollar Yen loses shine too, but gold holds within range as US and China risks linger Loonie nears 3-month high as BoC and OPEC+ decisions eyed Markets shrug off US unrest, look to recovery After a brief scare on Tuesday, it didn’t take long for risk appetite to get back into full mode as investors largely ignored growing unrest in the United States to instead focus on the increasing signs that a [..]

Daily Market Comment – US protests rage on, start to weigh on dollar

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 8:28 am GMT

Trump inflames protests, threatens martial law as US stocks begin to take notice Dollar extends slide as recovery hopes keep positive sentiment intact Aussie flirts with $0.68 after RBA, pound shoots above $1.25 despite Brexit risks Oil steady ahead of OPEC+ meeting Market unease as protests ravage US cities Mass protests continue for a seventh day across major cities in the United States, causing widespread damage and looting in what is another blow for businesses already crippled by the shutdowns [..]

Daily Market Comment – Hong Kong relief weighs on dollar and yen but gold lifted by US protests

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:33 am GMT

Trump’s mild response over Hong Kong sparks relief; stocks surge, dollar sags Aussie leads the gainers as RBA meeting not seen spoiling the rally But escalating protests across US pose new threat to recovery hopes; gold up Other risks also lurk as Brexit talks, ECB meeting and US jobs report ahead Trump refrains from tough Hong Kong sanctions Widespread relief in financial markets that President Trump stopped short of announcing damaging sanctions on China buoyed risk assets on the first [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks ease off ahead of Trump’s Hong Kong decision; dollar skids after Fed comments

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 8:18 am GMT

Stocks drift lower, yen edges up as markets await Trump’s response over Hong Kong But dollar hits 2½-month low on soaring euro and Fed hints of yield curve control Powell speech and US spending data also eyed later today Sino-US relations under strain Markets are bracing themselves for US President Trump’s press conference expected later today for his decision on what actions to take against China over Hong Kong. The Chinese parliament yesterday passed the controversial national security bill, which [..]

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