European Open Preview – Dollar inches up ahead of Fed decision; UK CPI coming up

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

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is higher by a little more than 0.1% on Wednesday, ahead of the Fed policy decision at 1800 GMT, where the central bank is widely anticipated to raise interest rates. In the UK, sterling managed to rebound against the euro and the yen yesterday, following a vote in Parliament that was interpreted as making a “softer” Brexit more likely. STOCKS: US markets closed mixed on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq [..]


European Open Preview – Trade tensions escalate as political risks fade; US jobs figures the data-highlight

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 7:50 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index is a little more than 0.1% higher on Friday, ahead of the release of the always-important US employment report at 1230 GMT. Elsewhere, the Canadian dollar dived yesterday following discouraging news on the trade front, while the euro continued to regain ground as Italy’s political impasse came to an end. STOCKS: Wall Street closed lower on Thursday, as an escalation of trade tensions suppressed risk appetite. The Dow Jones [..]


US Open Preview – Italian politics push euro to 10-month low versus the greenback; US consumer confidence due

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 11:08 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The euro continued to bleed as the European trading session unfolded, with euro/ dollar touching 1.1506 at its lowest, this being a nadir last experienced in July last year. Political uncertainty in Italy, and to a lesser extent in Spain, were seen as factors behind the common currency’s decline. The traditional safe-haven yen gained ground versus both the dollar and the euro, most notably the latter; euro/yen was down by more [..]


US Open Preview – Dollar ticks lower; Canadian jobs data in sight

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 11:02 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar index edged lower on Friday (-0.17%), extending losses from Thursday on the back of disappointing US inflation data. Dollar/yen was down 0.09%, with little in the way of news or developments to guide price action. Euro/dollar inched up to 1.1943 (+0.24%), while pound/dollar touched 1.3570 (+0.39%), with the latter licking its wounds following a sharp decline on Thursday, after the Bank of England appeared cautious about near-term rate [..]


European Open Preview – Yen falls as possible US-North Korea talks spur risk appetite; US jobs report firmly in focus

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 8:48 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The yen was recording significant losses versus other major currencies on the back of elevated risk sentiment spurred by a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. STOCKS: US markets closed higher on Thursday, as the imposition of “watered down” US tariffs amplified expectations that the tensions will not escalate into a trade war, but may instead remain relatively contained. The S&P 500 led the [..]


US Open Preview– Dollar flat as equity meltdown spreads to European stocks

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The strong correction in stock markets which emerged amid hopes that the Fed will raise interest rates faster than expected did not provide much support to the dollar, with dollar/yen rising slightly up to 109.22 (+0.11%) as demand for the safe-haven yen also increased. The dollar index also edged up to 89.78 (+0.20%). Euro/dollar gave up earlier gains, retreating to 1.2356 (-0.06%), while pound/dollar fell to 1.3900 (-0.40%) after an attempt to [..]


US Open Preview– Dollar stretches losses ahead of Fed meeting; Trump’s State of Union speech in focus

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The euro erased earlier losses against the dollar, bouncing up to an intra-day high of $1.2423 (+0.22%) after Eurostat revised upwards GDP growth readings for the third quarter. Sterling managed to rebound to $1.4111 (+0.38%) after reaching a one-week low at 1.3979 during the Asian session. On the other hand, the dollar, stretched its downleg towards 108.52 versus the yen (-0.31%) and reversed yesterday’s gains against a basket of major currencies, [..]


Stock Market Update – Markets pay little attention to N. Korean ICBM launch; Europe broadly up; FTSE hurt by rising sterling

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 11:10 am GMT

Asian equities didn’t seem much affected by a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch (ICBM) that landed in the Sea of Japan, the first such launch in more than two months. The Japanese Nikkei 225 and the Topix indices finished higher by 0.5% and 0.8% respectively. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.2% and the Shanghai Composite gained 0.1%. The South Korean Kospi declined by 0.05%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced by 0.45%. Markets not paying much attention to Pyongyang’s latest move [..]


Stock Market Update – Europe broadly up; Asian equities decline; US tax reform at center of attention

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 11:30 am GMT

Asian equities were broadly on the decline today. The Japanese Nikkei 225 and Topix indices both finished the day lower by 0.2% after erasing earlier gains. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined by 0.6% and the Shanghai Composite fell by 0.9%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.1%. The Thanksgiving holiday in the US during the previous week meant little developments on the tax reform front. This week though, deliberations to pass the relevant legislation are once again on the forefront and [..]


Stock Market News (European Open) – Europe broadly down; Chinese stocks decline sharply; US markets closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 10:28 am GMT

With Japanese markets closed for Labor Thanksgiving Day, attention shifted to other Asian markets. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.0% after yesterday closing at a 10-year high and the Shanghai Composite retreated by 2.3% to record its worst daily performance of the year. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 finished the day flat. Sentiment is China was negatively affected on the back of government warnings of an overextended market and increased deleveraging efforts on fears of a looming credit crisis. Bond markets are falling [..]