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US Open Preview – Pound finds support as UK unemployment rate declines; Australian wage growth in focus

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 11:33 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index, which measures the dollar’s strength against six major currencies, declined by 0.13%, while dollar/yen inched up by 0.23%, trading near the 111.00 psychological level. Euro/dollar started the day in the green but quickly dropped its gains and is down by 0.07% on the day despite an unexpected upward revision in Eurozone Q2 GDP growth estimates. Pound/dollar managed to rebound after the UK’s unemployment rate surprisingly fell to 4.0%, while analysts anticipated the rate to stand [..]

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European Open Preview – Risk aversion fades as Turkey jitters take back seat; UK employment data in focus

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 7:40 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is nearly 0.2% lower on Tuesday, looking set to extend the modest losses it recorded yesterday. The safe-haven Japanese yen is also on the back foot, as the risk-aversion emanating from Turkey subsided somewhat, for now at least. Conversely, the euro and pound are a little higher, attempting to recover some of their latest losses. The Turkish lira – which has been at the epicenter of attention lately – [..]

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US Open Preview – Euro holds at 13-month lows despite Turkish central bank measures; Chinese industrial production in focus

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 11:55 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index was little changed on Monday (+0.07%), while dollar/yen headed lower by 0.50%, completing a six-week low at 110.10 as political tensions between the US and Turkey enhanced interest for safer assets. Euro/dollar remained negative, last seen at 1.1385 (-0.23%) after it opened with a gap down today following Friday’s strong sell-off. The pair posted a 13-month trough as a slide in the Turkish lira sparked fears that Turkish borrowers could fail to submit loan payments [..]

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European Open Preview – Yen advances as Turkish turmoil intensifies

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 8:02 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is practically unchanged on Monday, after touching its highest level in more than a year on Friday. The haven-perceived yen is the strongest among its peers today, benefiting from concerns over the situation in Turkey and its potential repercussions. The euro and sterling, meanwhile, are both on the back foot. As for the Turkish lira, it touched a new all-time low of 7.21 per dollar earlier today. [..]

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US Open Preview – Euro struggles at 1-year lows amid political noise; US CPI inflation next in focus

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 11:32 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index, which measures the dollar’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, headed higher by 0.55% on Friday, while dollar/yen fell by 0.08% below the 111.00 handle as demand for safe havens and upbeat Japanese flash Q2 GDP growth figures provided support to the yen. The euro dropped to the weakest level in a year, probably on the ECB’s concerns that the plunge in the Turkish lira could expose Eurozone [..]

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European Open Preview – Dollar demand an unstoppable force; US inflation & UK GDP on the agenda

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 8:05 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is higher by 0.63% on Friday, extending the significant gains it posted in the previous session and touching a new 13-month high. The euro and the pound are the main underperformers, both posting fresh multi-month lows against the greenback. The yen, meanwhile, remains firm amid risk-off tones. In EM, dollar/lira briefly broke above the 6.000 handle, with the pair being up by nearly 7.0% earlier in the [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar holds moderate gains versus yen before Japan’s flash GDP growth release

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 11:37 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Sterling managed to rebound against the US dollar on Thursday, after it touched its lowest level in almost a year (+0.08%) on the back of growing worries of a no-deal Brexit, while euro/pound fell by 0.15%, dropping back below the 11-month high it posted earlier and the 0.90 handle. The rise in the pound occurred after a report stated that EU members are considering a Brexit deal that would allow the UK to remain in the single market for goods. [..]

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European Open Preview – Kiwi plummets on dovish RBNZ; US PPI and US-Japan trade meeting on the horizon

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 7:34 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is marginally higher on Thursday, after posting some relatively small losses (-0.13%) in the previous session. Meanwhile, the kiwi collapsed overnight, falling by nearly 1.4% against the dollar, after the RBNZ pushed further back the anticipated timing of its first planned rate increase and reiterated that a rate cut remains on the table. The British pound struggled as well, touching fresh multi-month lows against its major peers as speculation [..]

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US Open Preview – Sterling plunges amid worries of no Brexit deal; RBNZ rate announcement pending

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar weakened by 0.27% versus the Japanese yen on Wednesday, with dollar/yen trading near 111.00, while the US dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, held near its opening level. Euro/dollar returned to 1.1600 (+0.03%) after reaching an intraday high of 1.1628, while euro/yen dived by 0.38%. Moving to the UK, a no-deal Brexit scenario has been growing in investors’ minds, as less than eight months remain for the UK to leave the EU, and there are still [..]

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European Open Preview – Euro advances as sterling & dollar retreat; RBNZ meeting eyed

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 7:44 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index – which measures the greenback’s performance against a basket of six major currencies – is down by 0.13% on Wednesday, extending the pullback that started in the previous session. The euro capitalized both on the dollar’s correction and on some weakness seen in sterling. Meanwhile, the loonie plunged even in the absence of any NAFTA news. STOCKS: US markets continued their upward march on Tuesday, with the lack of any significant [..]