Daily Market Comment – Stocks steadier but risk aversion still in play; dollar pressured by falling yields

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:35 am GMT

Stocks stage tepid rebound but virus fears continue to cast shadow over markets Dollar on the backfoot on rising Fed rate cut expectations; gold slips Aussie and kiwi pause slide as softer dollar provides some relief Markets calmer after stocks suffer biggest drop since 2016 Global stock markets stabilized on Tuesday after yesterday having their worst day since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. A report in China’s Global Times that a university professor has developed [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar capitalizes as euro crumbles; Risk aversion strikes back

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 9:22 am GMT

Euro/dollar and euro/franc sink to multi-year lows after weak data extinguish hopes of European recovery Pain train for euro may not be over, difficult to see what can turn this around Meanwhile, virus worries return to haunt stocks and commodity currencies as death toll jumps – yen shines Euro caves in under the weight of disappointing industrial data The world’s most traded currency pair continued its epic downfall yesterday, touching a low last seen in 2017 after a batch of [..]

Daily Market Comment – Wall Street hits new records, but beware of the Democratic primary

Posted on February 11, 2020 at 9:21 am GMT

Fading virus fears boost equities, but New Hampshire primary today poses risks Euro pummeled as markets price out prospect of a big German spending package Fed chief Powell testifies, ECB’s Lagarde and BoE’s Carney speak RBNZ rate decision coming up – a more dovish tone seems likely Stocks climb as virus fears fade, but how long until they ‘feel the Bern’? Concerns around the economic fallout of the coronavirus seem to be fading off the market’s radar, as the rate [..]

Daily Market Comment – US stocks extend bull run as China cuts tariffs, Trump gets acquitted

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 9:29 am GMT

Global stocks continue to rally on upbeat US data and as virus fears ease Risk-on further aided after China cuts US tariffs and President Trump gets acquitted Dollar climbs to 2-month highs, yen retreats Unstoppable Wall Street scales fresh records A string of positive developments added further impetus to the rebound in global stocks on Thursday, as the recovery extended into a third day. Global stock markets plunged last week with China playing catch up on Monday as fears about [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks steadier as China tries to calm markets; dollar up on ISM beat

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 9:27 am GMT

Chinese shares recoup some losses as authorities attempt to stem sell-off Dollar lifted by surprise pickup in US manufacturing activity Pound extends losses as UK and EU clash on post-Brexit trade arrangements Asian stocks turn green but virus fears persist Stocks in Asia took a breather from yesterday’s steep sell-off as Chinese authorities stepped in to limit the fallout from the worsening outbreak of the coronavirus, as the death toll continues to rise. A massive injection of liquidity by China’s [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets turn cautious ahead of trade deal signing as Mnuchin dashes hopes of further tariff cuts

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 9:10 am GMT

Risk appetite eases as details of ‘phase one’ trade deal expected to reveal few surprises US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggests no additional tariff rollbacks before ‘phase two’ Stocks slip into the red, yen and franc edge up Market mood dampened ahead of trade deal signing The highly anticipated signing of the ‘phase one’ trade pact between the United States and China will take centre stage later today but with the deal already fully priced in by investors, the event [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar hits 110 yen after US removes China as currency manipulator

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 9:17 am GMT

US removes currency manipulator label from China ahead of signing of trade deal Yuan surges, yen slides as risk-on theme continues Wall Street hits another record as earnings season gets into full gear US-China tensions thaw further ahead of trade deal signing Relations between the United States and China got a boost on Monday after the US Treasury Department decided to no longer designate China as a currency manipulator. The announcement, which comes just two days before the two countries [..]

Daily Market Comment – Oil crashes, stocks roar higher as geopolitical nerves calm

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 9:35 am GMT

Yen and gold slump, equities jump as US-Iran tensions take a back seat Dollar outperforms amid fading Fed rate-cut expectations – lots of Fed speakers today In Canada, BoC Governor Poloz delivers remarks and might strike a dovish tone Oil collapses alongside safe havens as worries of US-Iran war fade Global markets continued to price out the risk of an imminent all-out war between the US and Iran yesterday, amid signs that neither side is seeking further escalation. The fact [..]


Daily Market Comment – Dollar recovers some poise, stocks hit new records

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 9:21 am GMT

Solid US data propel equities higher alongside the greenback Loonie stumbles as retail sales plunge, oil prices pull back Liquidity may remain thin overall, so any piece of news – or a tweet – might shake markets Dollar rebounds in quiet markets; stock rally in full swing It was a relatively quiet session in the FX market on Friday, as things started to wind down for the holiday season and news flow was thin. The overarching theme was an increased [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets begin to tone down ahead of holiday season; sterling extends slide

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 9:29 am GMT

Stock market rally loses steam as investors await further details on ‘phase one’ deal Pound continues to slip on revived no-deal Brexit fears Dollar supported by upbeat US data Aussie, kiwi and loonie on the backfoot; domestic data in focus Stocks pause for breath on lack of fresh headlines The global rally in equities appeared to be running out of steam on Wednesday as shares succumbed to profit taking after several days of impressive gains. Equities received a major boost [..]

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