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European Open Preview – Dollar consolidates ahead of Fed, rate guidance to drive the currency

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 7:52 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index is practically unchanged on Wednesday (+0.02%), ahead of the Fed decision later today (1800 GMT), where a quarter-point rate increase is seen as a done-deal. The pound moved higher, outperforming its peers amid signs that the EU is finally ready to make concessions on the Irish border. Meanwhile, kiwi/dollar bounced earlier today (+0.23%), with an RBNZ rate decision also being on the menu for today (2100 GMT). STOCKS: Wall Street [..]

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European Open Preview – Euro pares Draghi-induced gains; trade, Brexit and eurozone politics eyed

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 7:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index is higher on Tuesday, albeit by less than 0.10%, looking to extend the marginal gains it posted in the previous session. Meanwhile, the euro spiked higher after ECB chief Mario Draghi struck a more upbeat tone with regards to the bloc’s economic outlook. The pound also bounced as the UK’s Brexit Secretary Raab downplayed some fears. All these came largely at the expense of the yen, which was the [..]

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European Open Preview – Dollar modestly up; sentiment sours as China cancels trade talks

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 7:41 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index – which tracks the greenback’s performance against a basket of six major currencies – is higher on Monday (+0.12%), looking set to extend the gains it recorded in the previous session. The safe-haven yen is also a little higher while risk-sensitive currencies such as the aussie and kiwi are lower, following news that China won’t attend the trade talks it had planned with the US. In the UK, the [..]

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US Open Preview – European equities march higher as dollar consolidates losses; Canadian data in focus

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies traded higher by 0.1% after touching its lowest since early July of 93.81 earlier on Friday. Still, the index mostly consolidated yesterday’s considerable losses. Dollar-advancing on Friday was most evident against the yen and sterling. The former, unable to attract safe-haven flows, took a beating lately. Evidently, dollar/yen, euro/yen and pound/yen scaled two-, five- and four-month highs on Friday; the latter [..]

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European Open Preview – Sterling remains turbulent amid EU summit; UK retail sales coming up

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 7:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index is down by 0.10% on Thursday after ending the previous session practically unchanged, failing to capitalize on a sustained surge in longer-term US bond yields. In the UK, the British pound had a turbulent ride amid Brexit news. Meanwhile, commodity-linked currencies such as the loonie, aussie, and kiwi staged a quiet comeback as worries over global trade eased. STOCKS: It was a mixed session in the US on Wednesday. The Dow Jones (+0.61%) [..]

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European Open Preview – Markets brush aside trade concerns; UK inflation in the spotlight

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 7:45 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar index is lower on Wednesday, albeit not by much (-0.12%), giving back the slight gains it posted yesterday. The yen plunged across the board as investors rotated out of safe assets, after the US-China trade confrontation was perceived to be milder than feared. Meanwhile, risk-sensitive currencies like the aussie and kiwi recovered some lost ground. STOCKS: US markets climbed on Tuesday, shrugging off trade worries as the tariff actions by both China and [..]

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European Open Preview – Yen crumbles amid risk-on mood; US retail sales in the spotlight

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 7:49 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is nearly unchanged on Friday (-0.02%), holding on to the losses it posted in the previous session following a disappointment in the US CPI inflation data. The yen also retreated across the board, as risk appetite remained firm and investors rotated funds out of haven assets and into riskier ones. Meanwhile, the euro gained slightly after the ECB confirmed its normalization plans remain on track yesterday, while the pound was [..]

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European Open Preview – Trade talk hopes weigh on dollar; BoE, ECB & Turkish central bank policy decisions eyed

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 7:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is slightly higher on Thursday (+0.08%), recouping some of the losses it posted in the previous session as safe-haven bets on the currency were scaled back, following news the US and China are set to hold new trade talks. The risk-sensitive aussie surged, while the loonie also advanced after Mexico’s economy minister played up the prospect of a US-Canada trade deal. Elsewhere, the euro and sterling were little changed, ahead [..]

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European Open Preview – Yen retreats as risk appetite firms; trade, EM-angst and Brexit remain in the background

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 8:03 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar was nearly flat against a basket of six major currencies on Wednesday (-0.03%), after posting some modest losses in the previous session. Meanwhile, the yen retreated notably on Tuesday, as risk appetite remained firm and investors rotated out of safer assets. In Canada, the loonie staged a significant comeback amid encouraging NAFTA signals from the US President and a surge in oil prices. STOCKS: US markets closed in the green on Tuesday, buoyed by [..]

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Technical Analysis – EU 50 index turns bearish in short-term; lacks direction in long-term

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 12:44 pm GMT

The EU 50 stock index has declined considerably after touching the 3460 resistance level, recording two straight bearish weeks. On Friday, the price posted a five-month low of 3274.70, while it is currently not far above that nadir. The momentum indicators are supportive of the bearish picture, with the RSI standing below the threshold of 50 and approaching the 30 oversold mark. Moreover, the MACD oscillator is falling sharply below the trigger and zero lines. Immediate support is coming from the 3274.70 bottom, while an [..]

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