Forex Market Review (European Session) – Pound falls after Hammond downgrades economic outlook; euro rebounds as eurozone consumer confidence surprises to the upside

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm GMT

The British Budget for 2018 was the main focus during today’s European trading session, while a strip of economic releases out of the US also attracted some attention. The pound posted short-lived losses after British official budget forecasters downgraded the country’s economic outlook, while the dollar dipped into losses after strong flash readings on eurozone confidence activated euro bulls. The British Finance Minister, Philip Hammond, delivered the UK’s budget statement for 2018 in the Parliament on Wednesday, announcing that official GDP forecasts were lowered for the [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Dollar on the backfoot as Treasury yield gap flattens; oil heads to two-year high

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 8:48 am GMT

The dollar was on the backfoot in Asia on Wednesday as the US yield curve flattened to its lowest spread in a decade, while dovish comments from the Fed chief late on Tuesday dragged the currency even lower ahead of the Fed meeting minutes. Energy markets also posted significant moves during the session, with oil prices heading towards two-year high levels. The difference between the 2-year and 10-year US Treasury yields touched the lowest since November 2007 on Tuesday, spreading fears of a possible economic downturn. This [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Aussie bounces after RBA Lowe says next rate move is up; Turkish lira hits record low

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm GMT

The aussie overperformed its peers during the European session, posting a strong rebound after the RBA governor ruled out the possibility of expanding stimulus monetary policy. On the other hand, the Turkish lira hit a record low against the greenback after the Turkish president threatened to take control of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT). Speaking at a dinner event in Sydney, the RBA governor underlined that “there is not a strong case for a near-term adjustment [..]


Forex Market Review (Asian Session) – Euro drifts lower as German elections loom; dollar recovers despite tax risks

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:57 am GMT

The euro was the worst performer among its major peers on Monday after German negotiations to form a coalition government broke down during the weekend. Consequently, the dollar index jumped on the news, but the yen might attract investors’ attention this week as the future of the US tax overhaul is still unclear. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, failed to meet the second deadline to form a three-way coalition government during the weekend after the liberal FDP party announced on late Sunday that it would pull [..]


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 (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 (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 (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 [..]


Stock Market News (European Open) – FTSE boosted by falling sterling; Japanese indices extend losses

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:49 am GMT

In Asian equities, the Japanese Nikkei 225 and Topix indices finished the day lower by 1.3% and 0.9% respectively, further distancing themselves from the multi-decade highs recorded last week. The Nikkei recorded its worst daily performance since May. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.2% to finish at its highest in almost ten years and the Shanghai Composite climbed by 0.5%, closing at its highest in more than one year. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slid 0.1%, being not far below its highest [..]


Forex Market Review (European Session) – Tax reform uncertainty continues weighing on the dollar; Brexit talks resume

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm GMT

In another mostly quiet day in terms of data releases, forex market participants’ attention remained firmly on the US tax reform front. Jobless claims and wholesale inventory data out of the US did generate some interest, though market reaction following the releases was subdued. Meanwhile, Brexit negotiations are resuming today. At 1526 GMT the dollar index traded 0.25% down on the day at 94.63. Once again, the prospect of a delay in the delivery of tax cuts or reforms offering [..]

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