Daily Market Comment – Stocks retreat, dollar edges up as virus concerns creep in again

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 10:11 am GMT

Equity rally loses steam after strong weekly gains amid renewed virus jitters Talk of Biden tax increases also undermines risk appetite, lifting the dollar Poor data pull down pound and aussie but euro fares better after ECB stays put Virus outbreaks, recession fears cap risk rally The stimulus-led stock market rally faltered on Friday as investors paused for breath after sharp gains in a week when US President Joe Biden formally took office, reaffirming expectations of higher spending and borrowing [..]


Technical Analysis – NZDUSD fluctuates around MAs but upside risks remain

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 9:02 am GMT

NZDUSD’s slide back under the 100-period simple moving average (SMA) at 0.7196 seems to have cemented the price within the confines of 0.7082-0.7240 of a sideways move. The range-bound demeanour, after the price retracted from the multi-year high of 0.7314, appears to be nourished by the impaired and flattening 50-period SMA and the slowing upward pace of the 100- and 200-period SMAs. The short-term oscillators are currently nurturing bearish scenarios. The MACD, above the zero mark, is easing towards its [..]

Daily Market Comment – Wall Street at fresh record as Biden sworn in; euro up ahead of ECB

Posted on January 21, 2021 at 10:10 am GMT

Hopes of more stimulus and relief over Biden’s peaceful transition lift sentiment US stocks close at new record highs as strong earnings add extra fuel Dollar skids again, euro bounces off lows ahead of ECB decision Optimism high as Biden enters White House After four tumultuous years, Trump’s presidency came to a historic end on Wednesday, as Joe Biden marked his first day at the White House by spreading a message of hope and unity to a fractious nation. While [..]


New Zealand’s inflation stats next on the kiwi’s plate – Forex News Preview

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 2:19 pm GMT

The latest inflation numbers from New Zealand will hit the markets late on Thursday (21:45 GMT). Forecasts suggest that inflationary pressures cooled, which may be partly owed to the stronger exchange rate. Still, the domestic economy has recovered well, the virus has been eradicated, and it is looking less likely that the Reserve Bank will cut rates again. As for the kiwi, a lot will depend on global risk sentiment and commodity prices, but the overall picture still seems favorable. [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks climb, dollar slips as Yellen makes case for more stimulus

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 9:53 am GMT

Stocks power higher after Yellen calls for more big spending to fight pandemic Risk assets rally ahead of Biden inauguration as reflation trade boosted Dollar under renewed selling pressure, gold capitalizes Yellen talks up big spending Risk appetite was riding high on Wednesday after Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen reignited hopes of more massive stimulus packages in the United States in her confirmation hearing yesterday. Yellen went out of her way to make the case for higher spending to counter [..]


Technical Analysis – NZDUSD bounces off 40-SMA; positive outlook remains intact

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 8:16 am GMT

NZDUSD has rebounded off the 40-day simple moving average (SMA) since yesterday, remaining well above the long-term ascending trend line. The RSI is heading upwards with weak momentum, approaching the positive territory, however, the MACD is falling beneath its trigger line, mirroring the latest decline in the price action from the 33-month high of 0.7314.   Immediate resistance to further gains would likely come from the multi-month high of 0.7314. If there is a successful break above this area, further resistance could be met around the 0.7390 barrier, taken from [..]

Daily Market Comment – Wall Street eyes Yellen testimony, dollar eases

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 9:31 am GMT

Stocks perk up after slow start to the week as focus turns to Yellen and earnings Hopes that Biden administration will spend “big” bolsters sentiment Euro steadies as Italian worries abate, dollar retreats Yellen to tell US lawmakers to “act big” After a sluggish start to the week, risk sentiment improved late on Monday as investors turned their attention on incoming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s confirmation hearing before the Senate today (1500 GMT), while bracing themselves for a slew of [..]

Daily Market Comment – Strong China GDP can’t shake off virus blues, dollar firms

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 9:55 am GMT

Markets wrestle vaccine and stimulus optimism with worsening near-term gloom Upbeat Chinese GDP highlights global growth disparity as US retail sales sag Euro stuck in the doldrums, eyes Italian confidence votes China notches up positive full-year growth in 2020 As most major economies struggle under the weight of the pandemic, China is demonstrating to the world that a full recovery from the virus slump is possible. China’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose by an annual rate of 6.5% in the [..]


Technical Analysis – NZDUSD uptrend under negative pressure

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 1:23 pm GMT

NZDUSD has retreated from the recent 32½-month high of 0.7314 and is consolidating around the gradually rising 100-period simple moving average (SMA), which for the last week has curbed further deterioration under the 0.7152 trough. The steady upwards creeping 100- and 200-period SMAs are favouring advances and are trying to protect the positive picture. However, the short-term oscillators and the slowing upward pace in the flattening 50-period SMA are promoting a pickup in negative price action. The MACD, below the [..]

Week Ahead – ECB, BoJ and BoC meet but all eyes on US Capitol

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm GMT

The first of the new year’s central bank meetings will get under way next week and it will be a heavy schedule on the data front as well. The European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of Canada will almost certainly be debating the latest setback to the recovery from the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. China will report its fourth quarter GDP print and flash PMIs along with inflation and retail sales numbers will be doing the rounds in most [..]

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