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Daily Market Comment – RBA cuts rates, G7 response awaited as virus panic grows

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 9:34 am GMT

RBA cuts rates, others expected to follow as virus cases show no sign of slowing G7 statement eyed as markets pin hopes on stimulus to combat outbreak Stocks bounce back on stimulus talk but doubts on commitment caps gains Yen and gold edge up, dollar mixed ahead of Super Tuesday RBA first to cut, others to follow? The Reserve Bank of Australia became the first major central bank to cut interest rates on Tuesday in response to the worsening outbreak [..]

Daily Market Comment – Euro and yen smile as Wall Street bloodbath accelerates

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 9:41 am GMT

Global stocks fall apart amid growing fears of a virus-induced recession Yen and euro shine amid the mayhem, dollar and commodity currencies get hammered More de-risking possible today, Chinese PMIs and virus news over the weekend are a huge risk Pandemic fears throw global markets into havoc The worsening outlook for the world economy continues to torment financial markets. The major US stock indices fell by a staggering ~4.5% on Thursday, as investors increasingly price in the worst-case scenario where [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar retreats, stocks in freefall as virus engulfs markets

Posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:41 am GMT

Virus concerns intensify, pushing dollar lower amid mounting expectations for Fed rate cuts Stocks crater, and risk aversion may linger ahead of Chinese PMIs Euro the big winner, capitalizing on dollar’s retreat and defensive inflows Global carnage deepens as virus spreads Worries about the coronavirus continue to plague markets, as every passing day makes it clearer that this crisis won’t blow over soon, and the disruptions initially on supply chains and then on demand could be the ‘black swan’ that [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks crumble alongside dollar as virus wreaks havoc

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:33 am GMT

US stock markets in meltdown as virus concerns deepen News flow might worsen from here, so risk aversion could linger King dollar dethroned by resurgent yen and a euro that looks more like a safe haven Aussie/dollar collapses to new 11-year low after soft data Safe havens shine, equities plunge as risk aversion reigns The reprieve in global markets didn’t last long, with virus worries returning with a vengeance yesterday to haunt riskier assets and boost defensive trades. US stocks [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks steadier but risk aversion still in play; dollar pressured by falling yields

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:35 am GMT

Stocks stage tepid rebound but virus fears continue to cast shadow over markets Dollar on the backfoot on rising Fed rate cut expectations; gold slips Aussie and kiwi pause slide as softer dollar provides some relief Markets calmer after stocks suffer biggest drop since 2016 Global stock markets stabilized on Tuesday after yesterday having their worst day since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. A report in China’s Global Times that a university professor has developed [..]

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 [..]

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