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Daily Market Comment – Virus acceleration and politics upset markets

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 8:10 am GMT

Wall Street loses altitude, dollar regains ground on US virus spike, Biden remarks But Nasdaq defies gravity, hits new records on relentless ‘defensive tech’ demand In the bigger picture, most charts have gone nowhere for a month now – blame the Fed? Flood of distressing news overpowers stimulus hopes Risk aversion made a comeback on Thursday as a flurry of alarming headlines led investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets, in fear that the avalanche of stimulus globally may [..]


Daily Market Comment – Nasdaq and gold take to the skies, dollar tanks

Posted on July 9, 2020 at 8:31 am GMT

Stocks and commodity currencies grind higher without much news Sinking dollar lifts all FX boats, pound and loonie capitalize the most Gold rally keeps rolling – has bullion changed roles with the dollar? Weekly US jobless claims today to reveal initial impact of re-closures Investors stick to crisis playbook, buy tech shares and gold News flow was rather limited on Wednesday, helping global markets to stay in a good mood since ‘no news is good news’ these days, with such [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar steadies as opposing narratives clash

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

Markets calm down after a mild dose of risk aversion Dollar climbs and stocks pull back, though both moves retrace on Wednesday Sterling outperforms ahead of a budget update by Chancellor Sunak today Gold shines bright, touches 2011 highs amid ‘organic’ demand Markets split between narratives Doubts around the resilience of the economic recovery returned to haunt markets on Tuesday, dragging Wall Street lower and propelling the haven-like dollar higher, as investors trimmed their risk exposure ahead of what seems [..]

Daily Market Comment – Markets pause to assess risks after leaping higher

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 8:27 am GMT

Currencies and equities in a more cautious mood Tuesday, as China-led euphoria peters out Dollar regains its footing but only mildly, aussie drops after Melbourne goes into full lockdown Risk/reward outlook for ‘risk trades’ seems quite unattractive from here Soaring Chinese stocks lift all boats, but enthusiasm fades Global markets staged a powerful rally to kick off the new week. Stock indices in most regions closed with solid gains while the defensive US dollar edged lower, with no real catalyst [..]


Daily Market Comment – Nasdaq set for new records, yen and dollar hammered

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 8:33 am GMT

Investors start week in risk-taking mood, despite fading hopes of a V-shaped recovery Global stocks cruise higher, led by China, as yen and dollar crumble Positive mood could endure for now, especially if the ‘weekend effect’ of lower US cases on Monday holds Today: ISM non-manufacturing PMI, ahead of RBA meeting early on Tuesday Nasdaq set for new records as China exports optimism The bulls have taken the upper hand in financial markets to start the week, with global stocks [..]

Daily Market Comment – Record NFP jump overshadowed by US virus surge

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 8:51 am GMT

US economy adds record 4.8 million jobs in June but virus jitters cap risk appetite Stocks pare gains, dollar pulled in opposite directions Rising caution may shift attention back to stimulus as US, EU decisions pending US jobs report smashes forecasts but fails to lift markets The latest nonfarm payrolls report did little to dent expectations of a V-shaped recovery as a record 4.8 million jobs were restored in America in June, beating forecasts of an increase of 3 million. [..]

Daily Market Comment – Dollar stumbles ahead of NFP; vaccine hopes shore up equities

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 8:30 am GMT

Dollar torn between upbeat data and US virus spike; NFP may decide fate Positive vaccine news helps breathe life into flagging stock market rally Gold retreats from highs as markets dismiss US-China tensions Dollar looks shaky as jobs report awaited Markets were mostly in risk-on mode on Thursday as the combination of positive economic indicators and potential coronavirus vaccines kept alive hopes of a strong recovery from the pandemic. But with US markets closed on Friday for Independence Day celebrations, [..]

Daily Market Comment – Gold soars on virus risks, softer dollar; US data awaited

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 8:41 am GMT

Gold extends bull run amid growing virus fears and US-China tensions; softer dollar helps too Stocks mostly positive as global recovery appears on track, but rally showing some signs of fatigue Markets await US ISM manufacturing and jobs data for direction Gold sets sights on $1800/oz as pandemic here to stay The safe-haven gold was scaling fresh 7½-year highs above $1785/oz on Wednesday even as investors maintained the view that the economic recovery from the pandemic will be a V-shaped [..]

Daily Market Comment – Virus concerns cast aside as upbeat data boosts sentiment

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 8:38 am GMT

Stocks rebound as risk aversion eases on positive data from China and the US But virus worries linger as Australia and the UK impose local lockdowns Dollar heads higher, eyes Powell testimony and more US data Pound hammered by Brexit and virus woes Risk appetite improves on recovery optimism Hopes for a V-shaped recovery were bolstered after encouraging data out of the United States and China over the past 24 hours showed that the growth revival remains on track in [..]

Daily Market Comment – Virus resurgence haunts stocks but dollar edges lower

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 8:30 am GMT

Markets start week in risk-off mode as virus surge halts reopening plans in the US Stocks slip, but less cautious mood in FX markets as dollar and yen pull back Pound bounces off lows as Brexit talks enter intensive phase Virus fears keep Wall Street on the back foot Worries that the world could be in the midst of a second Covid-19 outbreak continued to weigh heavily on market sentiment as the second quarter almost draws to a close. Stocks [..]

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