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Daily Market Comment – Contagion fears intensify; stocks tumble, gold surges, dollar rebounds

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 9:38 am GMT

Jump in number of infections outside China sends panic across financial markets Stocks take a large hit; gold scales fresh 7-year high amid flight to safety Dollar’s gains more restrained as Fed rate cut bets rise after weak US data Concerns mount about virus impact after spike in global cases The number of confirmed coronavirus cases outside of China continued to multiply over the weekend, sending shivers across financial markets as investors were forced to reassess their view that the [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar and gold shine but yen subdued as virus cases spike again

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 9:22 am GMT

Flight to safety boosts dollar and gold, yen nurses losses as new virus cases jump again Risk aversion finally reaches equity markets as global stocks stumble All eyes on flash PMIs as virus outbreak shows no sign of abating Dollar holds firm; gold hits fresh 7-year highs The risk-off mood deepened on Friday as China reported another spike in new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, most of which were in two prisons in Hubei province. But investors were also spooked [..]

Daily Market Comment – Yen slumps, dollar reigns supreme as virus fears persist

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:24 am GMT

Yen tumbles on virus worries as investors seek safety elsewhere; dollar surges Virus spread slows but change in counting methodology casts doubt Aussie and kiwi extend slide on growth concerns Is yen losing its safe-haven status? The Japanese yen came under attack on all fronts on Wednesday, sending the safe-haven currency plunging against all its peers, even against the beleaguered euro and pound. The biggest beneficiary of the yen sell-off was the US dollar, which scaled a near 10-month peak, [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks rebound as new virus cases slow; dollar stands tall

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 9:23 am GMT

Equity markets bounce back from Tuesday’s slide amid slowdown in new coronavirus cases Stimulus hopes also help sentiment but gold still tops $1600 on heightened risks Unstoppable dollar scales fresh highs even as US yield curve inverts Stocks turn green again as investors focus on positives Risk appetite recovered somewhat on Wednesday following the knock from Apple’s profit warning yesterday, which elevated concerns about the impact from the coronavirus outbreak. The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus in China [..]

Daily Market Comment – Apple profit warning rattles markets; gold edges up

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:34 am GMT

Apple Inc says it will miss revenue guidance due to China plant shutdown Stocks slide as Apple warning dashes hopes of quick rebound from virus fallout Gold hits 2-week high, oil declines on growing virus impact Pound under pressure as Britain talks tough on future trade deal with EU Markets get dealt reality check by Apple profit warning US tech giant, Apple Inc, issued a rare profit warning on Monday, saying it will miss its first quarter revenue guidance as [..]

Daily Market Comment – Virus risks persist but China stimulus cheers markets

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:14 am GMT

Shares in China soar after central bank cuts rates, injects cash and government pledges tax cuts But Japanese stocks struggle as recession fears grow after Q4 GDP drop Dollar holds firm despite mixed data but quiet day ahead as US markets closed China pumps more stimulus as no sign yet of virus peaking Asian stocks were boosted on Monday as Chinese authorities intervened to prop up markets with little evidence so far that the coronavirus outbreak is easing. The People’s [..]

Daily Market Comment – Euro continues to suffer, pound jumps on fiscal hopes

Posted on February 14, 2020 at 9:25 am GMT

‘King dollar’ reigns supreme as euro rolls over Pound jumps as UK Chancellor resigns, fueling expectations for fiscal boost Wall Street pares losses, closes near records as ‘all news is good news’ US retail sales the highlight today – crucial for Fed Euro/dollar drifts lower as European exodus accelerates Another day, another multi-year low for euro/dollar, which continues its astonishing collapse having fallen in eight of the last nine sessions. The virus outbreak eradicated any surviving hopes for a real [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar capitalizes as euro crumbles; Risk aversion strikes back

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 9:22 am GMT

Euro/dollar and euro/franc sink to multi-year lows after weak data extinguish hopes of European recovery Pain train for euro may not be over, difficult to see what can turn this around Meanwhile, virus worries return to haunt stocks and commodity currencies as death toll jumps – yen shines Euro caves in under the weight of disappointing industrial data The world’s most traded currency pair continued its epic downfall yesterday, touching a low last seen in 2017 after a batch of [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks undeterred by Bernie win; RBNZ lifts kiwi

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 9:39 am GMT

US equities close at new highs as Powell confirms liquidity injections will continue Futures point to a higher open today as well, despite Bernie Sanders’ election victory Kiwi jumps as RBNZ abandons easing bias, signals an end to rate-cut cycle Wall Street sets more records, yen and gold retreat Financial markets continue to trade in a ‘risk-on’ manner as fears that the coronavirus will have a long-lasting impact on the global economy are gradually diminishing, thanks to a substantial slowdown [..]

Daily Market Comment – Wall Street hits new records, but beware of the Democratic primary

Posted on February 11, 2020 at 9:21 am GMT

Fading virus fears boost equities, but New Hampshire primary today poses risks Euro pummeled as markets price out prospect of a big German spending package Fed chief Powell testifies, ECB’s Lagarde and BoE’s Carney speak RBNZ rate decision coming up – a more dovish tone seems likely Stocks climb as virus fears fade, but how long until they ‘feel the Bern’? Concerns around the economic fallout of the coronavirus seem to be fading off the market’s radar, as the rate [..]

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