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European Open Preview – Dollar retreats as rate-cut bets grow; yen soars

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:01 am GMT

Wall Street tumbles, yen soars on growth and trade concerns Dollar pulls back on mounting expectations for Fed easing Sterling catches its breath as May prepares to set departure date Risk sentiment takes a hit as soft PMIs revive growth worries Risk aversion dominated markets on Thursday, as alarming PMI data from major economies coupled with deepening US-China trade tensions amplified concerns around global growth. Preliminary Markit PMIs from both the US and Europe disappointed, highlighting that trade worries are [..]

European Open Preview – Sterling suffers as knives come out for Theresa May

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:11 am GMT

Sterling hammered on expectations PM May could resign soon German PMIs disappoint – euro may stay under pressure Risk aversion deepens as markets fear ‘new cold war’ Fed minutes reaffirm neutral stance, dollar advances No reprieve for sterling as May fights for political survival The British pound continues to be hammered by political uncertainty, with the leader of the House of Commons – Andrea Leadsom – resigning from the cabinet yesterday in protest to the government’s Brexit approach. The move [..]

European Open Preview – Pound unimpressed by Brexit plan; Fed minutes due

Posted on May 22, 2019 at 8:08 am GMT

Pound surrenders gains to trade lower after May unveils Brexit plan Fed minutes today may boost the dollar a little Stocks advance on Huawei relief, but risks still heightened Sterling not convinced by May’s ‘last Brexit push’ The British pound briefly spiked higher yesterday, before surrendering all its gains to trade even lower, after PM May laid out her modified Brexit deal. In an attempt to win over votes from opposition parties and pro-EU moderates, she proposed giving Parliament a [..]

European Open Preview – Dovish RBA sinks aussie; dollar shines

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:55 am GMT

Aussie gives up election gains as RBA rate cuts come in focus US calms nerves by temporarily easing sanctions on Huawei Dollar advances as other currencies lose shine Aussie reverses lower as RBA rate cut bets soar The election-related boost that the aussie received yesterday proved short-lived, with the currency giving back nearly all its gains early on Tuesday, following the release of minutes from the latest RBA meeting and some remarks by Governor Lowe. The minutes played up the [..]

European Open Preview – Pound recovers some losses; dollar reigns supreme

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:00 am GMT

Sterling crumbles as no-deal Brexit risk returns Aussie gets a lift from politics, but outlook still grim Dollar continues to reign supreme as other currencies lack appeal Pound dives as May’s grasp on power weakens Sterling took yet another hit on Friday, with Cable falling to its lowest level since January as the British political landscape darkened. Cross-party talks between Theresa May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour party collapsed, dashing hopes for a bipartisan compromise to break the Brexit deadlock. [..]

European Open Preview – Pound slumps as May expected to step down; dollar lifted by strong data and earnings

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 8:22 am GMT

Pound continues to slide as cross-party Brexit talks set to end and countdown begins to PM May’s exit Euro also on the backfoot as Italian political worries re-emerge US dollar climbs to 2-week high following strong corporate earnings and solid US data Pound extends losing streak as Brexit risks rise Sterling is on track to post its sixth straight day of losses and to end the week 1.6% lower as Prime Minister Theresa May’s days look numbered. It was confirmed [..]

European Open Preview – Yen and franc firm again as Trump bans Huawei, fuelling tensions with China

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 8:29 am GMT

Trump continues to up the pressure on China; imposes ban on telecom giant Huawei But some relief as US delays auto tariffs decision for now Dollar softer after unexpectedly weak data out of the United States Aussie worst performer as rise in Australian unemployment raises rate cut bets Fragile market mood as trade tensions remain elevated Markets were mostly in risk-off mood on Thursday as a combination of on-going trade frictions and disappointing economic data out of the world’s two [..]

European Open Preview – Stocks bounce back as Trump downplays China tensions but weak data weigh on aussie

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 8:16 am GMT

Trade worries continue to ease after Trump calls latest escalation “a little squabble” Equities attempt a rebound on the back of the improving risk appetite But aussie and yuan held back from disappointing Chinese data Risk appetite recovers on Trump’s “little squabble” comments The US president, Donald Trump, sought to play down the latest spat with China on Tuesday, telling reporters “We’re having a little squabble with China because we’ve been treated very unfairly for many, many decades”. Trump also [..]

European Open Preview – Markets steadier after Trump’s comments; gold eases from highs

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 8:51 am GMT

China retaliates by raising its own tariffs against US products, throwing markets into turmoil But some optimism returns to markets after Trump says he thinks trade talks will “be very successful” Gold softer after surging on Monday, stocks sell-off eases Volatility eases as Trump keeps trade deal hopes alive After a day of turmoil in financial markets, things got off to a steadier start on Tuesday with the help of some upbeat comments by US President Trump. Global equities plunged [..]

European Open Preview – Stocks slip again as trade tensions remain heightened; yen and franc up

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 8:21 am GMT

Trade tensions continue to simmer as China pushes back on US demands But two sides agree to hold more talks, keeping risk-off in check Safe-haven currencies such as the yen and the Swiss franc rise along with US government bonds US threatens new tariffs as talks with China stall US and Chinese negotiators failed to break the deadlock over trade in their talks last week as China refuses to change its laws to enact the reforms agreed in months-long negotiations. [..]

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