Tag: GBP

U.S. Trade Deficit Is Wider Than Any Month or Year Since 2008

The U.S. trade deficit widened to the biggest monthly and annual levels since the last recession, underscoring the inherent friction in President Donald Trump’s goal of narrowing the gap while enjoying faster economic growth. The deficit increased 5.3 percent in December to a larger-than- expected $53.1 billion, the widest since October 2008, as imports outpaced […]

Equity and Crypto Pain Persists

Tuesday February 6: five things the markets are talking about The global equity rout extended overnight as Asian and European markets followed Wall Street and tumbled, sending equity indexes toward the biggest three-day slide in nearly three-years. Volatility in stocks has pushed a number of investors to unwind equity bets and head to the ‘mighty’ […]

GBP/USD – Pound Drops as UK Services PMI Disappoints

The British pound has posted considerable losses in the Monday session. In North American trade, GBP/USD is trading at 1.4009, down 0.79% on the day. On the release front, the focus was on the services sectors. British Services PMI slowed to 53.0, missing the estimate of 53.0 points. Later in the day, the UK releases British […]

Equities Slump Deepens; Dollar Steady

Monday February 5: Five things the markets are talking about Global stocks have extended their biggest decline in two-years overnight while the ‘big’ dollar steadies outright against G10 currency pairs. Sovereign treasury yields continue to creep higher, while crude oil prices again come under pressure as U.S explorers raised the number of rigs drilling for […]

OANDA Weekly Podcast

  A look back at the Business week with Jonny Hart from the Jazz FM Business Breakfast and OANDA Senior Market Analyst Craig Erlam. Talking points include Craig’s “moment of the week”,  US jobs and interest rates, bitcoin and Capita. Jonny and Craig also preview next week’s Bank of England monetary policy decision, otherwise known as “Super Thursday”. […]

Dollar Rebounds After Strong Jobs Report

US added 200,000 positions in January The US dollar rose against major pairs on Friday. The release of the U.S. non farm payrolls (NFP) proved to be the much needed shot in the arm after the greenback was under pressure for most of 2018. The job gains were above expectations but more importantly the hourly […]

By the numbers: U.S January NFP fallout

Non-farm payrolls: +200k vs. +148k prev. Private payrolls: +196k vs. prev. +146k) Manufacturing payrolls: +15k vs. prev. +25k Unemployment rate: +4.1% vs. prev. +4.1% Average hourly earnings: +0.34% m/m, +2.9% y/y vs. prev. +0.4% m/m, +2.7% y/y Workweek hours: 34.3 vs. prev. 34.5 – -0.2 U.S 10-year yield: +2.83% U.S employers added +200,000 jobs in […]

What to look for in U.S payrolls (NFP)

Friday February 2: Five things the markets are talking about The U.S labor department is expected to report that 2018 has kicked off with a pickup in hiring. Market consensus is looking for non-farm payrolls (NFP) to rise by +180k last month, while the unemployment rate continued to hover atop of +4.1% – its lowest […]

USD Struggles Ahead of Jobs Report

USD Struggles Ahead of Jobs Report US expected to add 184,000 jobs in January The US dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday. The greenback has failed to gain traction in 2018 and is awaiting the first US jobs report of the year looking for a shot in the arm. The U.S. non […]

UK Minister Says All Brexit Forecasts Have Been Wrong

Brexit minister David Davis rekindled a debate about the credibility of the government’s own forecasts by saying on Thursday that every economic prediction on the British economy since the EU referendum has been wrong. Davis made the comments in parliament after being asked about leaked analysis, drawn up by government officials, which suggests Britain would […]