US Open Preview – Dollar reacts little on fresh trade threats; Canadian CPI & retail sales pending

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 11:34 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar was trading lower against the Japanese yen on Friday, though by not much, at 112.40 (-0.07%) remaining below the 1-year high of 113.15 reached on Thursday as investors kept in mind Trump’s criticism made on Thursday about higher US interest rates and a stronger dollar. Renewed US trade warnings against China today did little to move the pair (see below). The dollar index against a basket of currencies moved down by 0.05% after the bounce off the 1-year [..]


Week Ahead – US GDP growth expected to surge in Q2; ECB meets – can it bring relief to sliding euro?

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 10:09 am GMT

The preliminary estimate of US GDP growth for the second quarter and the latest monetary policy meeting by the European Central Bank will be the most keenly awaited events of the next seven days. While there should be plenty of headlines from these two risk events, the remainder of the week is looking unusually quiet, with only Australian inflation, Eurozone flash CPIs and US durable goods standing out as notable releases. Australian inflation to rise within RBA’s target band Recent [..]


US Open Preview – Sterling plunges to fresh 10-month lows after UK retail sales disappoint

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 11:36 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets:  FOREX: Sterling tumbled by 0.69% against the greenback on Thursday, hitting a fresh 10-month low of 1.2970 in the wake of worse-than-expected retail sales figures out of the UK. Month-on-month retail sales dropped 0.5% in June from 1.4% in May, missing market expectations of a 0.2% gain. On a yearly basis, the index increased 2.9% versus 3.7% expected and May’s mark of 4.1%. Yet, the report revealed that quarter-on-quarter retail sales growth was [..]


Technical Analysis – NZDUSD posts strong losses; lower Bollinger Band would act as strong support

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 8:26 am GMT

NZDUSD edged sharply lower today following the bounce off the 0.6805 resistance level, driving the pair below the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level of the downleg from 0.7060 to 0.6686, around 0.6775. This week, the pair is on the backfoot and the technical indicators suggest that the market could ease a little bit in the short-term. The technical structure suggests that an aggressive sell-off is in progress. The RSI indicator slipped below the threshold of 50 and is moving towards the 30 [..]


European Open Preview – US dollar off highs on profit-taking; UK retail sales to be watched for rate clues

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 8:06 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar was off the previous day’s multi-month highs versus its major counterparts on profit-taking, although it was holding firm on the back of optimism from the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the prospects of the US economy. The dollar looked set to retest these highs as it was receiving support from what was becoming the main scenario of two more rate hikes in the remainder of 2018. On the [..]


US Open Preview – Pound touches 10-month low after UK inflation misses forecasts; dollar unlocks fresh highs

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 11:51 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar extended its bullish rally against the Japanese yen towards a fresh 6-month high of 113.13, adding 0.08% to its performance on Wednesday. Markets reacted positively after the Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, gave a bullish assessment of the US economy, reducing their exposure to safer assets such as the yen. Also, the US dollar index gained 0.33% and surpassed the 95.00 handle. Sterling plummeted to 10-month lows (-0.61%) today, pausing at 1.3000 after the UK’s [..]


European Open Preview – Dollar broadly stronger on Powell’s optimistic remarks; UK inflation eyed

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:56 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The dollar continued gaining versus a basket of currencies on Wednesday after rising by a bit less than 0.5% the previous day. Upbeat comments on the US economy by Fed Chief Jerome Powell acted as the catalyst for the greenback’s advance, as well as fueling risk sentiment. In light of the risk-on mood, the yen retreated, with dollar/yen reaching a fresh six-month high of 113.07 earlier on the day. STOCKS: The [..]


US Open Preview – Dollar firmer versus yen ahead of Powell’s testimony

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:38 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar was trading higher at 112.48 against the Japanese yen (+0.20%) ahead of the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s semi-annual testimony on the economy and monetary policy. Overall, the dollar index was weaker against a basket of six major currencies (-0.03%) and is set to post the third consecutive negative day. Pound/dollar touched a session high of 1.3267 after the Office for National Statistics revised April’s average earnings index (including bonuses) from [..]


European Open Preview – Dollar pulls back ahead of Powell’s testimony; UK jobs data in focus

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 7:42 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is lower by 0.14% on Tuesday, ahead of a testimony by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before the US Senate at 1400 GMT. Elsewhere, kiwi/dollar is up by 0.77%, following encouraging core inflation data out of New Zealand overnight. STOCKS: US markets closed mixed on Monday. While the Dow Jones managed to advance by 0.18%, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite edged lower by 0.10% and 0.26% respectively. Something similar appears [..]


Kiwi looks to inflation figures for much-needed support – Forex News Preview

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm GMT

New Zealand will see the release of its quarterly inflation data for Q2 on Monday, at 2245 GMT. Consensus expectations are for a solid rebound in the CPI rate, which although may be owed largely to energy effects, would still be slightly higher than what the RBNZ projected in its latest forecasts. Overall, the kiwi has plunged lately, while speculative positioning has reached stretched-short levels, which implies that any positive surprises in economic data moving forth could trigger larger-than-usual positive [..]