Daily Market Comment – Markets calmer after deluge of stimulus; dollar retreats

Posted on March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am GMT

Stocks edge higher after a savage week as emergency responses stepped up Dollar pulls back but dash for cash likely not over just yet Pound and aussie bounce higher after BoE and RBA announce QE Stocks stage a comeback; will it last? Global stocks enjoyed a much-needed reprieve from the fierce selling pressure of the past two weeks on Friday as the flurry of central bank and government interventions finally appeared to have some effect in relieving investor anxiety. All [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar surges amid race for cash; stocks tank again

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 9:46 am GMT

Virus panic drives investors to cash, pushing dollar to 3-year high No end in sight to stock market rout despite plethora of stimulus ECB and RBA hold emergency meetings Yen and gold struggle; bonds suffer rare sell-off Pound crashes to 1985 low; aussie, kiwi and loonie also sink Cash is king The market turmoil over the growing coronavirus pandemic continues to deepen with investors ramping up their stockpiling of cash, with the panic sell-off leaving no casualties, not even traditional [..]

Daily Market Comment – Wall Street rebound falters again; rush for dollar eases slightly

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 9:39 am GMT

US shares rally on Fed liquidity boost but futures turn negative as virus uncertainty lingers Trump pushes for $1 trillion stimulus as governments step up virus response Dollar funding squeeze eases, giving other currencies a reprieve Stock markets unable to stop the bleeding Stocks were on the slide again on Wednesday as yesterday’s sharp rebound on Wall Street proved unsustainable amid fears all countries affected by the coronavirus are headed for a complete and possibly prolonged lockdown. Such a scenario [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stocks steadier after crashing again; dollar also firmer

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 9:17 am GMT

Wall Street suffers biggest drop since 1987 crash as investors flee stocks Growing virus response still not enough to quell market turmoil Gold remains on a down path as panicky investors turn to cash Pound underperforms along with commodity and EM currencies Bloodbath on Wall Street There was no escaping the market carnage on Monday as extraordinary moves by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to restore investor confidence failed spectacularly. Shares on Wall Street plunged by the most [..]

Daily Market Comment – Stimulus bonanza fails to calm markets as Europe goes on lockdown

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 9:39 am GMT

Fed slashes rates again and relaunches QE, but markets still gripped by panic RBNZ and BoJ also announce emergency moves More fiscal stimulus on the way but will it be enough? Dollar and stocks slip as China output slump fuels recession worries Fed cuts rates to 0% but investors fear the worst An unprecedented wave of central bank intervention was unable to restore order in the markets on Monday even as policymakers stepped up their response to the coronavirus crisis. [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar and stocks sink on growing virus gloom; NFP may not help much

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 9:44 am GMT

Dollar and stocks take another battering as virus fears grip markets Investors continue to flock to safety, euro a surprise beneficiary US jobs report not expected to trim Fed rate cut expectations; OPEC eyed too No reprieve for dollar sell-off The US dollar extended its losing streak on Friday, skidding to two-month lows against a basket of currencies and 6-month lows versus the safe-haven yen. Contagion fears continue to spread panic in the markets as the number of coronavirus cases [..]

Daily Market Comment – RBA cuts rates, G7 response awaited as virus panic grows

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 9:34 am GMT

RBA cuts rates, others expected to follow as virus cases show no sign of slowing G7 statement eyed as markets pin hopes on stimulus to combat outbreak Stocks bounce back on stimulus talk but doubts on commitment caps gains Yen and gold edge up, dollar mixed ahead of Super Tuesday RBA first to cut, others to follow? The Reserve Bank of Australia became the first major central bank to cut interest rates on Tuesday in response to the worsening outbreak [..]

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 and gold shine but yen subdued as virus cases spike again

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 9:22 am GMT

Flight to safety boosts dollar and gold, yen nurses losses as new virus cases jump again Risk aversion finally reaches equity markets as global stocks stumble All eyes on flash PMIs as virus outbreak shows no sign of abating Dollar holds firm; gold hits fresh 7-year highs The risk-off mood deepened on Friday as China reported another spike in new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, most of which were in two prisons in Hubei province. But investors were also spooked [..]

Daily Market Comment – Yen slumps, dollar reigns supreme as virus fears persist

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:24 am GMT

Yen tumbles on virus worries as investors seek safety elsewhere; dollar surges Virus spread slows but change in counting methodology casts doubt Aussie and kiwi extend slide on growth concerns Is yen losing its safe-haven status? The Japanese yen came under attack on all fronts on Wednesday, sending the safe-haven currency plunging against all its peers, even against the beleaguered euro and pound. The biggest beneficiary of the yen sell-off was the US dollar, which scaled a near 10-month peak, [..]

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