Tag: Central Bank Watch

Let the Games Begin

 Maximus Pressure or Circus Maximus Both the S & P and Nasdaq fell overnight snapping the 5-day winning streak as the tech sector sags. But entering weeks end investors are taking another peek at the calendar and thinking that perhaps booking some profit is prudent in case politics gets messy over the next week or […]

Markets Mixed as Focus Turns to Brexit Talks

EUR Adds to Gains as ECB Mulls Over QE Exit It’s been a relatively quiet start to trading on Thursday, with much of the focus falling on the UK as it prepares for more Brexit talks with the European Union. Stock markets are trading relatively mixed while US futures are pointing to a similar open […]

US Futures Higher Ahead of Data

Investors Buoyed By Easing Political Threat From Europe US equity markets are poised to open a little higher again on Tuesday, buoyed again by an apparent easing of political stress in Europe which was weighing on sentiment last week. Ahead of the G7 meeting, there is plenty to be wary about for investors, most notably […]

Dollar Rises as US Jobs Outperform Despite Trade Fears

The US dollar is higher against major pairs on Friday after a strong US jobs report was published. The U.S. non farm payrolls (NFP) report showed the economy added 223,000 jobs last month driving the unemployment rate to a 18-year low of 3.8 percent. Wage growth surprised to the upside with a 0.3 percent gain […]

Markets Pare Losses as Talks Continue in Italy

Five Star and Lega Reopen Discussions on Forming Government US futures are paring losses ahead of the open on Wednesday, similar to the moves we’re seeing in Europe as political uncertainty in Italy continues to act as a drag on risk appetite. It looked as though we were headed for fresh elections as early as […]

US Private Jobs and Bank of Canada on the Agenda

The US dollar is mixed as risk aversion has made traditional safe haven currencies (JPY and CHF) advance versus the greenback. The USD is higher against the EUR as the Spanish PM faces a confidence vote with the single currency still reeling from the Italian political crisis that in a worst case scenario could mean […]

Geopolitical Tensions Moderate Ahead of US Jobs Week

The US dollar was up against majors pairs on Friday ahead of the release of employment data in America. On a weekly basis the greenback gained against the CAD, EUR and GBP but lost ground against the JPY, AUD and CHF after five days that featured various geopolitical developments. Holidays in the United Kingdom and […]

Fed Minutes to Drive Market as Trade Concerns Recede

The US dollar is mixed ahead of the release of the minutes from May’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The central bank held rates unchanged but there is almost 100 probability of a 25 basis points rate hike at end of the June 13 meeting. Commodity currencies were higher at the beginning the North […]

US Futures Higher on Easing Trade War Fears

Reduced Chinese Tariffs Further List Sentiment in Markets US futures are pointing to another higher open on Tuesday, building on Monday’s strong gains and benefiting from an apparent easing in trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. The postponement of new tariffs by both the US and China and the revelation that the latter […]

Dollar Rises Amid Italian Coalition and China-US Trade Uncertainty

The US dollar appreciated against major rival currencies on Friday. The dollar rally is back on after the two of the largest parties in Italy agreed to form a coalition government and Japanese inflation retreated. Although there is no plan for Italy to exit the European Union it could put it to the test with […]