Daily Market Comment – Virus ‘breakthrough’ lifts stocks; dollar awaits Powell speech

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 9:00 am GMT

Markets start week on positive note amid progress on Covid-19 treatment and vaccine Dollar holds firm as investors gear up for Powell’s big Jackson Hole speech Euro and pound left reeling after data shock and Brexit blow Virus optimism leads equities higher Markets have started the week on a cheery note as news that President Trump has authorized the emergency use of plasma treatment for Covid-19 patents and is considering fast tracking a UK vaccine before the election boosted sentiment. [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar firms, stocks muted amid stalled stimulus talks, soft China data

Posted on August 14, 2020 at 9:00 am GMT

Hopes fade for a quick stimulus deal in the US as Congress leaves town Weaker-than-expected Chinese data adds to recovery worries Dollar pulled from lows as subdued tone weighs on stocks Stalemate on Capitol Hill A deal on a new coronavirus relief package looked increasingly out of reach as US Senators left Washington for the summer recess, pushing the likely timing of an agreement to September when both houses return. A last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to resume talks went nowhere [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar slips as no stimulus deal in sight yet; Gold pares losses

Posted on August 13, 2020 at 8:34 am GMT

US Treasury yields fall back as Washington no closer to reaching stimulus deal Dollar retreats, helping gold recover some losses; stocks subdued US data, China trade talks on markets’ radar for the next few days Talks on virus relief bill stumble again The Trump administration and Democrats appear no closer to finding a compromise deal on a new virus relief package as the latest efforts to kick start the negotiations prove fruitless. Talks between the two sides have been at [..]


Technical Analysis – US 500 index preserves positive objectives

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 9:33 am GMT

US 500 stock index (Cash) seems to be aiming its course towards unfamiliar territory above the all-time high of 3,396.64. The price has been steadily heading higher after finding traction again at the 100-period simple moving average (SMA) and the Ichimoku cloud in previous sessions. Aiding this progression from the 2,995 level are the advancing Ichimoku lines and the positive bearing in the SMAs. That said, the index’s positive momentum has weakened slightly as suggested in the short-term oscillators. The [..]


Technical Analysis – US 500 index struggles to maintain positive picture around 5-month high

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 12:23 pm GMT

US 500 index (Cash) is encountering strong resistance around the recent five-month high of 3,292.24. The price appears to have somewhat stalled for now, something also suggested by the flattened Ichimoku lines. The short-term oscillators further reflect the pause in positive momentum. The MACD, in the positive region, continues to float just below its horizontal red trigger line while the RSI is holding in bullish territory. Additionally, the stochastic lines are rising in overbought territory, the RSI is pointing slightly [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar resumes slide; stocks struggle but tech bucks the trend

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 8:55 am GMT

Dollar slumps again as US economy crashes, heads for fiscal cliff Euro, pound and aussie catapult higher but yen’s jump raises eyebrows European and Asian shares skid but big tech earnings lift Nasdaq Dollar on track for worst month in decade The US dollar is headed for its worst monthly performance in nearly 10 years as economic and political woes in America increasingly undermine the world’s reserve currency just as the outlook elsewhere brightens somewhat. The US economy collapsed by [..]

Daily Market Comment – Euro flatlines but stocks lifted by vaccine and stimulus progress

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 8:50 am GMT

EU strikes compromise deal on a virus recovery fund but euro pares gains Positive vaccine headlines drive Nasdaq to record close as key earnings loom Win-win situation for gold as it climbs to 9-year highs Focus turns to talks on US fiscal package and Brexit; dollar sags but pound upbeat Europe gets its fiscal bazooka; euro pauses for breath European Union leaders ended a marathon summit on Tuesday with a classic fudge as a compromise deal that significantly waters down [..]

Market Comment – Fears grow about virus surge but stimulus hopes put a lid on risk-off

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 8:41 am GMT

US daily virus tally tops 77,000; escalation in Australia and Japan also worries investors Stocks tread water but stimulus and vaccine hopes keep bull market alive Euro on the backfoot ahead of EU stimulus decision No letup in new virus cases yet A continued surge in the number of new coronavirus cases being reported in hotspots around the world has taken the steam out of the risk rally this week, with not even robust data out of China and the [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar edges up, stocks slip as recovery doubts set in

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 8:50 am GMT

China’s GDP bounces back but signs of uneven recovery dampen sentiment White House’s tough line on China also a drag on risk assets Euro softer ahead of ECB; Stocks eye US earnings and retail sales for direction China returns to growth but weak spending worries markets As far as V-shaped recoveries go, China’s economic recuperation from the coronavirus couldn’t look more V-shaped. Gross domestic product (GDP) jumped by 11.5% over the quarter to June after collapsing by almost 10% in [..]

Daily Market Comment – Euro surges, stocks bounce back amid fresh vaccine hopes

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 8:33 am GMT

Vaccine hopes boost risk assets; Wall Street selloff is over before it even began Euro and aussie charge ahead; pound and loonie try to catch up Oil holds its nerve as OPEC+ set to ease production cuts Mixed earnings overshadowed by promising vaccine results Global equities were back in bullish mode on Wednesday after a brief wobble earlier in the week had some investors worried that this could be the start of a long overdue correction in the markets. However, [..]

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