Market Reviews


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Dollar on track for second weekly decline; loonie down on falling hike expectations

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm GMT

Housing data out of the US and Canadian inflation numbers did manage to attract some attention during today’s trading though the tone for the day was set earlier with developments on the US political front – most notably a potential connection between the Trump campaign and Russia and progress on the tax story – getting the bulk of today’s focus. At 1525 GMT, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback against a basket of currencies, was 0.2% down on the [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Dollar struggles as Mueller subpoenas Trump’s campaign; safe havens jump on risk aversion

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 8:44 am GMT

The dollar opened weaker on Friday in Asia on news that several officials from Trump’s campaign were subpoenaed for Russia-linked documents despite markets relief on the US tax story after lawmakers approved the tax plan in the House of Representatives. Consequently, investors turned risk-averse during the session, pushing the safe-haven assets higher. According to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to investigate possible Russian meddling in Trump’s 2016 campaign, issued subpoenas to more than a dozen [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Dollar flat as US House puts tax plan to vote; pound steady after retail sales surprise

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm GMT

Major currencies were moving sideways during the European session on Thursday as investors were widely anticipating whether Republicans would pass their tax code in the House of Representatives later today. Economic releases out of the Eurozone, the US, the UK, and Canada were also in focus but had a moderate impact on the markets. The US lawmakers were preparing for a crucial vote on tax reforms in the House of Representatives on Thursday after 1830GMT, with Republicans feeling confident that [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Dollar stuck in a tax trap; aussie gains little on employment data

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 8:44 am GMT

Weakened prospects on the US tax reforms continued restricting the dollar’s gains in Asia despite Wednesday’s encouraging data cementing a third-rate hike this year, while a mixed employment report in Australia did little to support the aussie. On Wednesday, two Senate Republicans expressed their opposition to the tax plan, claiming that they would not support a plan which favours corporations over other enterprises including small companies. Particularly the new version produced on Tuesday aims to activate permanent tax cuts for corporations and only temporary tax cuts [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Dollar and stocks falter; euro and yen shine

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm GMT

Markets remained in risk-off mode in European trading on Wednesday, with risk assets coming under pressure while safe-havens flourished. The US dollar extended its losses against the yen despite another batch of solid data out of the United States today. The euro rallied to a one-month high against the greenback, but the pound remained range-bound. The yen was the day’s strongest currency, though its driver was not the upbeat third quarter GDP figures released in Japan earlier in the day [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Dollar struggles ahead of inflation figures; aussie takes a knock after wage data

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 8:42 am GMT

On Wednesday, the dollar performed poorly relative to its major counterparts in Asia, failing to recover on the back of a stronger euro and on continued concerns on the future of the US tax overhaul. Its Australian peer, however, was the worst performer during the session, as wage growth readings out of the country missed expectations. The dollar index, which gauges the dollar’s strength against six major currencies hovered around a three-week low of 93.56 (-0.25%) after stronger-than-expected GDP growth readings released [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Euro jumps to 3-week high on upbeat GDP; pound slips on inflation miss

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm GMT

The euro enjoyed its strongest daily gain in a month as upbeat GDP numbers out of Europe lifted sentiment for the region. The pound came under pressure though after UK inflation missed expectations, while the US dollar remained below session highs despite US producer prices rising more than anticipated. Stronger-than-expected growth in Europe’s largest economy during the third quarter set the tone for today’s European session as investors were once again drawn to the improving outlook for the region. German [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Pound slides as UK parliament votes on Brexit bill; aussie bounces on business confidence

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 8:56 am GMT

Ahead of a busy day in terms of economic data out of the UK, the US and the Eurozone, the pound moved lower as doubts over May’s leadership continued weighing on the currency, while markets were also cautious whether British lawmakers would approve the government’s Brexit bill. The aussie was the biggest winner of the session, gaining on business confidence despite disappointing figures out of China pressuring the currency. With the UK Prime Minister Theresa May facing increasing political challenges following a report published by the Sunday Times newspaper and stating that [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Sterling performs worst among majors on added cloud of uncertainty; dollar higher

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm GMT

In the absence of major economic releases during today’s European session trading, forex markets were focused on upcoming data, a central banking conference set to take place tomorrow and developments on the political front, in particular Brexit and the US tax reform. Sterling was the worst performing major currency. The dollar’s index against a basket of currencies was 0.1% higher at 1520 GMT. On Friday, it hit 94.26, its lowest since October 26 as developments on the US tax front [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Pound down as May faces political noise; dollar rebounds but tax uncertainties weigh

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 8:45 am GMT

Forex markets were relatively quiet on Monday as economic releases were limited. However, political challenges in the UK during the weekend, pressured the pound, while the dollar managed to gain ground as investors were widely expecting a third Fed rate hike despite continuing uncertainties around the US tax overhaul lingering in the background. An article published in the Sunday Times over the weekend reported that forty parliament members from the Conservative Party agreed to sign a letter expressing their reluctance on Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership -eight more members would be [..]

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