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Daily Market Comment – Brexit deal done, but will Parliament approve?

Posted on October 18, 2019 at 8:14 am GMT

New Brexit deal heads to a vote in the UK Parliament on Saturday A rejection may see sterling open lower, but any retreat to stay short-lived Syria ceasefire pushes Turkish lira higher Several Fed officials speak today – crucial for October rate-cut pricing There and back again: A Brexit deal story After a week of intense negotiations, the EU and the UK finally reached a Brexit deal yesterday, which will be put to the British Parliament on Saturday for a [..]

Daily Market Comment – Sterling all over the place amid Brexit rollercoaster

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 8:14 am GMT

Conflicting Brexit headlines pull the pound in all directions Dollar retreats after disappointing US retail sales, euro capitalizes Aussie jumps after decent jobs data curb bets for RBA rate cuts Pound goes for another rollercoaster ride The British pound remains in the eye of the storm, with a barrage of conflicting Brexit headlines yesterday pulling the currency in all directions. A deal wasn’t reached, though progress has seemingly been made, and the negotiations will continue today. That said, both sides [..]

Daily Market Comment – Pound breaks higher as Brexit euphoria grows

Posted on October 16, 2019 at 8:25 am GMT

Pound resumes rally as optimism for a deal grows, but risk of pullback elevated US-China tensions flare up again as Congress pushes Hong Kong bill US retail sales data today may be crucial for whether Fed cuts in two weeks Sterling surges on reports Brexit deal is close, but hold your horses The British currency resumed its upward trajectory yesterday, touching a new five-month high against the dollar, after several reports suggested that a Brexit deal is drawing closer. Beyond [..]

Daily Market Comment – Sterling jumps on Brexit hopes; Trump sanctions Turkey

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:23 am GMT

Pound shoots up on hopes for a Brexit deal this week Brexit optimism lifts stock markets too, but trade concerns linger Trump hits Turkey with tariffs and sanctions, yet lira climbs Barnier says Brexit deal still possible this week, pound charges higher The Brexit saga remains the dominant theme in the FX market. Investors are holding their breath to see whether a deal will be reached, after the negotiations intensified in recent days. This morning, chief EU negotiator Barnier said [..]

Daily Market Comment – Symbolic trade deal lifts sentiment; sterling cools

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:12 am GMT

US and China reach ‘mini’ trade deal, but markets remain skeptical Pound pulls back as DUP signals it might not support Boris’s deal Loonie soars after Canadian jobs data beat estimates Trade truce lifts stocks, sends yen lower Global risk appetite got a boost on Friday, with stocks edging higher while safe havens like the Japanese yen surrendered ground, after the world’s two largest economies reached a truce in their fiery trade battle. This ‘limited’ trade agreement will see China [..]

Daily Market Comment – Trade optimism lifts risk assets; pound soars after UK and Ireland see “pathway” to deal

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 8:07 am GMT

Risk sentiment boosted after Trump says negotiations were “very, very good” Safe havens retreat along with US dollar, but caution keeps gold elevated Pound skyrockets after UK and Irish PMs say they see “pathway to possible deal” Renewed optimism that US and China can de-escalate tensions Signs that the US and China were making much-needed progress in their long-running trade dispute lifted market sentiment on Friday, leading to a broad-based risk-on mood. President Trump told reporters the talks are “going [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets calm but choppy amid mixed signals on trade talks

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 8:28 am GMT

Conflicting reports on state of US-China trade talks pull sentiment in all directions Hope of a partial trade deal sees calm restored before top-level talks are set to start Euro shoots higher ahead of ECB minutes Pound not holding its breath for breakthrough as UK and Irish PMs meet for last-ditch Brexit talks Trade talks still dominating markets’ attention There’s no escaping the US-China trade war saga not even for a single day this week as the headlines keep rolling [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar holds firm even as Powell signals more rate cuts; trade optimism fades

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 8:23 am GMT

Fed’s Powell announces expansion of balance sheet, possible rate cuts but dollar supported by trade gloom Trade talks continue amid worsening US-China relations as US imposes more restrictions Pound slumps again as Brexit talks are close to collapse Dollar unshaken by dovish Powell The dollar index – a measure of the US currency against a basket of six rivals – edged up towards last week’s 2½-year peak of 99.67 as dimming hopes of a breakthrough in this week’s Sino-US trade [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks edge up on cautious optimism for interim US-China trade deal; dollar steady

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:30 am GMT

Risk sentiment improves slightly on hopes US and China can reach limited trade deal Stocks, aussie and kiwi up, but most majors stuck in sideways ranges Pound under pressure as EU lists objections to Johnson’s Brexit plan Trade talks resume but little chance of breakthrough US and Chinese negotiators resumed trade talks in Washington on Monday amid a tense environment as the Trump administration added another 20 Chinese public security bureaus and 8 tech companies to its trade blacklist. Although [..]

Daily Market Comment – Subdued tone ahead of US-China trade talks; pound slips as Johnson given week to revise Brexit plan

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:08 am GMT

US-China trade talks dominate markets’ attention as hopes are low for a deal Yen edges up as trade and political uncertainties build up and growth outlook worsens Pound inches lower as Johnson given one week to revise proposed Brexit plan Trade talks in focus but optimism runs low The safe-haven yen and gold pushed higher on Monday as the week got off to a cautious start ahead of much-anticipated high-level trade discussions between the United Stated and China later this [..]

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