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US Open Preview – Bad day for the pound as May’s future hangs in balance; dollar capitalizes

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:03 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX:  Although the British Cabinet approved the EU-UK divorce terms agreed between the sides on Tuesday, the deal threw British politics into chaos as Theresa May faces a possible vote of no confidence. Opposition to May’s Brexit plans is growing as the Brexit Secretary Dominique Raab as well as a few other ministers decided to resign on Thursday, expressing in that way their opposition to the deal struck. The news fuelled strong doubts [..]

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US Open Preview – Pound awaits Cabinet Brexit meeting; Powell’s speech in focus

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX:  Questions about whether the UK Parliament would ever accept the draft divorce deal approved by the UK and the EU on Tuesday derailed investors’ mindset early in the European session, and ahead of a Cabinet meeting later today. While forecasts are for the Cabinet to accept the agreement, investors think that the Parliament will vote against it, especially if the deal involves an extension of the transition period beyond 2020. Pound/dollar slid to 1.29 before [..]

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US Open Preview – Euro slightly up before Italy’s budget deadline; Oil in the red

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Three-month average earnings including bonuses grew by 3.0% y/y in September in the UK, while the ex-bonus measure jumped by 3.2% y/y versus 3.1% expected. The pound, though, showed little reaction to the data as the unemployment rate inched up by 0.1 percentage points to 4.1%. Still, pound/dollar managed to spike to 1.2961 before a pullback to 1.2944 (+0.86%) after  government sources supported that a Brexit deal is closer now than [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar index registers fresh highs as pound and euro struggle; oil holds up

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar was overperforming early in the European session on Monday as political uncertainties in Europe and strong optimism on the US economy, persuaded traders to invest more in the greenback despite Trump’s Republicans losing control of the House of Representatives last week. The dollar index gained 0.60% to rise as high as 97.57, a level never seen since June 2017. Dollar/yen spiked to a five-week high of 114.20, but it soon returned to 113.91, near [..]

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US Open Preview – Pound drops momentarily below 1.30 on Brexit woes; oil set for fifth weekly loss

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The British economy expanded by 1.5% y/y in the third quarter as expected, preliminary data showed. The UK’s trade deficit narrowed, and the manufacturing output was slightly better than forecast in September. However, the evidence on business investment was disappointing and today’s discouraging Brexit headlines were enough to push pound/dollar straight down to 1.2988 before a reversal to 1.3035 (-0.15%). Particularly, capital expenditures decreased by 1.2% q/q in Q3 compared to a 0.2% expected rise, printing the biggest loss since Q1 2016. [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar remains bullish ahead of FOMC rate decision

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Expectations that the Fed will continue to signal further monetary tightening when it keeps rates steady at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting later today probably helped the dollar index to move higher by 0.22% as the market took a breath after the US midterm elections. Dollar/yen traded up by 0.13% at 113.66, near one-month highs. Meanwhile in the Eurozone, the European Commission revised the bloc’s economic growth for 2019 downwards to 1.9% y/y from 2.0% before, and [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar finds resistance at 1-month highs vs yen; US midterm elections awaited

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar hit one-month highs against the yen at 113.44 on Tuesday but it soon lost ground returning to 113.13 (-0.06%) before the US midterm elections take place later today. The US dollar index, however, managed to climb by 0.14%, erasing some of yesterday’s losses on the back of a weaker euro and pound. Euro/dollar was steady at 1.1412 despite the upward revision in final Markit Services PMI figures for October [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar holds up versus yen ahead of NFP job report

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Dollar/yen eased to 112.81 but remained up on the day (+0.12%) after rising as high as 113.10 early in the European session as investors were looking for details to confirm that the US President and the Chinese leader will attempt to reach a trade agreement at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month. This came after reports that the government heads had a constructive phone call yesterday, with China’s foreign [..]

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US Open Preview – Pound cheers on Brexit optimism and BoE rate guidance

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: Pound pairs were trading notably higher early in the European session, benefiting on reports the EU and the UK have reached a tentative agreement to allow British financial services companies to have a continued access to European markets after Brexit. It should be kept in mind though that the  UK’s Brexit negotiator said that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”. On the monetary policy front, all nine BoE policymakers voted to keep rates steady at 0.75%, while slightly lowering growth projections [..]

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US Open Preview – Euro slips to 2 ½-month lows despite encouraging inflation signs; stocks bounce higher

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX:  Euro/dollar printed a 2 ½-month low at 1.1330 on Wednesday despite eurozone’s flash core inflation rate inching up to 1.3% y/y in October, from 1.2% expected, and 1.1% seen in September. The headline inflation print remained unchanged at 2.2% y/y, at the strongest since 2012, but buying interest was subdued as concerns over the Italian budget battle as well as uncertainty about how political conditions would unfold in Germany after Chancellor Merkel leaves the office in 2021, brushed funds out of the market. [..]

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