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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 [..]

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Daily Market Comment – Stocks cheer Trump’s stimulus U-turn; pound muted after ‘thin’ Brexit deal

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 9:40 am GMT

President Trump makes surprise U-turn on virus aid bill, averts government shutdown ‘Thin’ Brexit deal leaves many unanswered questions, pound unimpressed Equities buoyed, dollar pressured, gold jumps Relief as US stimulus and spending bill becomes law Trading for the last week of 2020 got off to a bullish start after President Trump unexpectedly signed into law the Covid-19 relief and funding bill late on Sunday after repeatedly refusing to do so. The $2.3 trillion package, which includes a fresh round [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar whipsaws on Fed’s dovish guidance, upbeat forecasts

Posted on December 17, 2020 at 9:56 am GMT

Fed commits to current pace of QE until it sees “substantial further progress” Dollar jumps on modest tweak, rosy outlook before being pummelled by dovish Powell Pound continues to soar on Brexit deal optimism, euro climbs new highs too Aussie and kiwi on a roll as strong data, US stimulus hopes maintain bullish momentum Fed disappoints before Powell has to reassure The Federal Reserve pledged on Wednesday to keep buying bonds at the existing pace of $120 billion per month [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar steadies amid fresh virus restrictions; stimulus and Brexit talks linger

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 9:35 am GMT

Tighter virus restrictions dampen vaccine optimism; dollar halts slide, stocks struggle US stimulus talks gain momentum but still no agreement London lockdown knocks pound off its Brexit perch as ‘narrow path’ to deal eyed New virus curbs weigh on sentiment Optimism that an end to the global pandemic is within sight was unable to override the darkening clouds on the immediate horizon as Covid restrictions are on the up again. After Germany’s news that it is to enter a hard [..]

Daily Market Comment – US stimulus deal moves closer, Brexit talks ‘go backwards’

Posted on December 4, 2020 at 9:49 am GMT

Stocks at records or near highs as US Republicans change tune on new stimulus Brexit talks go down to the wire, but will France cause a last-minute upset? Dollar slide pauses ahead of NFP report Oil jumps to 9-month high despite OPEC+ raising production early Fresh hopes for US stimulus deal before Christmas Support for a bipartisan stimulus proposal of up to $908 billion gained unexpected traction yesterday as more and more Republicans threw their weight behind the plan. The [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stimulus, vaccine euphoria push stocks to new highs, dollar sags

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 am GMT

US stimulus hopes revived after fresh efforts to kickstart talks Vaccine rollouts edge closer after UK approval Stocks scale new heights, but signs of exhausted rally Dollar slump deepens even as Treasury yields jump Brexit jitters take steam out of pound rally Optimism soars as stimulus talks back on Markets had plenty to cheer about on Wednesday as reports of renewed efforts by US lawmakers to kickstart the stalled stimulus talks were followed by news that Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine has won [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar slips again on Fed speculation; stocks pause for breath

Posted on November 30, 2020 at 9:58 am GMT

Dollar extends slide as investors look to Powell testimony and NFP report for Fed clues Stocks stumble at start of week, but vaccine progress keeps risk appetite alive Pound still holding out for Brexit breakthrough as time running out Oil slips as OPEC+ unlikely to agree on long extension to output cuts Dollar remains pinned down in crucial week There was no end in sight to the US dollar’s losing streak at the start of the new trading week as [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stimulus fears after Mnuchin cuts off Fed emergency lifeline

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 9:46 am GMT

Treasury Secretary asks Fed to return unused emergency funds, US futures slip But some relief as Senate Republicans agree to restart talks on new virus relief bill Fresh setback for Brexit talks after Barnier has to self-isolate as time running out Fed and White House clash over emergency programs The Federal Reserve’s powers for fighting the pandemic were severely curtailed on Thursday after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the unusual step of not extending funding for many of the central [..]

Daily Market Comment – Virus surge overshadows vaccine progress, dollar ticks up

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 10:00 am GMT

Wall Street wobbles as restrictions tighten across the United States Dollar firms across the board amid growing fears of a winter health crisis EU budget row, Brexit angst sap euro and pound Markets subdued as virus surge shows no sign of easing Vaccine optimism struggled to sustain the positive risk sentiment as investors found it hard to ignore the ever-worrying headlines about exploding infection and hospitalization rates in Europe and America. The death toll in the United States from COVID-19 [..]

Daily Market Comment – Vaccine rally eases but optimism prevails

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 9:47 am GMT

Vaccine hopes keep risk assets supported even as more US states clamp down Dow closes in on 30,000 as growth-to-value rotation accelerates Dollar steadier, euro shrugs off EU budget crisis, pound holds out for Brexit deal Oil moderates ahead of OPEC+ meeting as bleak short-term outlook curbs advances Moderna adds to vaccine euphoria The fight against the pandemic took another major step forward on Monday after Moderna became the latest pharmaceutical company to announce a vaccine for COVID-19. Moderna’s vaccine, [..]

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