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XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 19, 2019

Moderate weakness in the Yen and the Pound has characterized early-week trading so far. The Yen nudged lower against the Dollar and Euro, tracking a rise in U.S. Treasury and Bund yields, which were accompanied by gains in Asian and European stock markets to complete a risk-back-on picture. USD-JPY printed a two-session high at 106.66,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 19, 2019

The Dollar majors have been plying narrow ranges in early-week trading so far, with principal pairings and associated cross rates showing less than a 0.2% net movement heading into the London interbank open. EUR-USD settled in the upper 1.1100s. The pair was lifted on Friday from levels around 1.1170 by reports that Germany will shift… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 16, 2019

The dollar headed mostly lower in N.Y. on Friday, dented by a softer consumer sentiment report, and news that Germany will shift to deficit spending should the country enter recession. The latter gave the euro a boost from two-week low of 1.10667, to 1.1106 highs. USD-JPY remained supported by general risk-on conditions, topping at 106.43,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 16, 2019

EUR-USD has declined for a fifth consecutive day, earlier pegging a two-week low at 1.1074. A stop-loss and long-covering decline in EUR-GBP, which has fallen by nearly 1%, has driven a broader underperformance in the Euro. EUR-USD’s ebb today has extended the fall the pairing saw following yesterday’s firmer than expected U.S. retail sales and… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 16, 2019

Narrow ranges have been prevailing amid a restive mood in global markets. Hopes for more central bank stimulus have been winning out in equity markets, for now, though this is juxtaposed by fears that a number of major economies are simultaneously heading for recession, with a number of developing-world economies with high dollar debt levels… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 15, 2019

The Dollar was mostly firmer through the N.Y. session on Thursday, with gains coming on the back of decent U.S. data. Trade angst remains front and center, which has tended to support the USD and JPY this week. EUR-USD faded to two-week lows of 1.1092 before recovering over 1.1115. USD-JPY peaked at 106.34, though later… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Remains Sticky Amidst Chinese Retaliation Act

OVERVIEW Investor pour flows into traditional safe-haven assets Euro drops below 1.12 handle over fears of a recession. WTI Crude oil drops for the second day in a row after Chinese declarations of trade policy intentions. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: US Dollar Remains Sticky Amidst Chinese Retaliation Act

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 15, 2019

A revival in risk-off positioning saw the Yen more than recover losses seen earlier in the day, while S&P 500 went from showing a 0.7% gain to a 0.6% loss in overnight trading. Beijing’s vow to take “necessary countermeasures” rekindled investor anxiety, offsetting President Trump’s decision to delay the latest earmarked tariffs to December from… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 15, 2019

The Aussie Dollar rallied on Australian employment data, which expanded by 41k, well up on the median forecast for a 14k rise and with full-time positions making up a solid 34.5k of the total. Despite a 2.8% closing loss in the local ASX equity index, which markedly underperformed other Asian indexes, the data catalyzed a… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 14, 2019

The Dollar was mostly firmer in N.Y. on Wednesday, with severe risk off conditions helping the USD and JPY. Wall Street melted down as the 2-10 year Treasury curve inverted for the first time since 2006, indicating heightened risk for a recession at some point in 2020. In addition, the 30-year bond yields fell to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 14, 2019

The Yen rallied during the London morning session, recouping a portion of the losses seen yesterday after President Trump’s partial de-escalation of his trade war with China. Data showing the slowest rise in Chinese industrial production in 17 years, along with a -0.1% q/q print in German Q2 GDP, spooked markets anew, sparking a sharp… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 14, 2019

Consolidation has been ensuing so far today among the main currencies, which follows the bout of risk-off-reversal positioning during yesterday’s London afternoon session after President Trump announced a delay in new tariffs on Chinese goods imports. USD-JPY settled in the mid 106.0s, below yesterday’s peak at 106.97, which was the product of a vertiginous rally… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 13, 2019

The Dollar firmed up early in the session, supported by a warmer than expected U.S. CPI report. Wall Street and Treasury yields started lower however, with the 30-year bond printing all-time low yields of 2.095%. The Dollar, equities, and yields were subsequently jolted higher by news that the U.S. would re-start trade negotiations with China,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The Currency Market Switched to Risk-Off Mode

OVERVIEW Gold jumped 0.5% to its highest level since April 2013 over global tensions. USD/CAD is directionless and is keeping an eye on the oil futures market. WTI Crude oil shed 0.9% after a three-day gain. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: The Currency Market Switched to Risk-Off Mode

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 13, 2019

Currency markets have been in a somewhat directionally non-committal mood, with even a backdrop of sputtering global stock markets only managing to elicit modest safe-haven positioning. USD-JPY ebbed to within a pip of the seven-month low seen yesterday at 105.05. EUR-JPY and AUD-JPY also drifted lower, though both remained off their respective lows from yesterday…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 13, 2019

The Dollar has traded moderately firmer against most of the other main currencies outside the case against the Australian Dollar, which has modestly outperformed so far today. The Yen softened, correcting some of the recent safe-haven driven gains, despite a tumble on Wall Street yesterday and across Asian equity bourses today, though the Japanese currency… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 12, 2019

The Dollar faded lower through the N.Y. session, though ranged remained narrow. The DXY opened at highs of 97.55, later making its way to 97.33 lows. There was no data to drive the market on Monday, though the trade war, Hong Kong protests, Italian government crisis, Brexit, etc, saw Treasury yields and Wall Street slide…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Currency Market Makes a Slow Start Amidst Thin Liquidity

OVERVIEW GBP/USD is recovering from recent lows but remains vulnerable to Brexit uncertainty USD/CAD is directionless as it keeps an eye on the oil futures market. WTI Crude oil gains on the day after crashing 9% last week.  Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Currency Market Makes a Slow Start Amidst Thin Liquidity

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 12, 2019

A risk-off theme propelled the Yen higher while the likes of the China-proxy Australian Dollar, and many developing-world currencies, underperformed. The Breixt-afflicted Pound also posted fresh major-trend lows during a notably thin Asian session (amid holidays in Japan and Singapore) but managed to rebound some. Cable lifted back above 1.2050 after printing a 31-month low… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 12, 2019

The Pound hit fresh major-trend lows in thin Asia markets (both Japan and Singapore centres have been closed for public holidays), which put Cable at a 31-month low at 1.2015, GBP-JPY at a 33-month low and EUR-GBP at a 10-year high, at 0.9324. The fresh lows follow Friday’s unexpected quarterly contraction in Q2 GDP data… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 09, 2019

The Dollar edged lower through the morning session in N.Y. on Friday, weighed down some by a cooler core U.S. PPI print. The DXY fell to 97.36 from early highs of 97.61, before recovering over 97.50 into the close on pre-weekend short covering. Wall Street was lower on ongoing trade concerns, while Treasury yields remained… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Investors Play Safe Despite A Return to Market Calmness

OVERVIEW GBP plunges again on soft GDP readings. USD/CAD is choppy after a weak employment report card WTI Crude oil continues to move northbound, gaining 3% as of this writing. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Investors Play Safe Despite A Return to Market Calmness

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 09, 2019

Sterling came under pressure following data showing an unexpected 0.2% q/q contraction in preliminary UK Q2 GDP, which saw Cable match the 27-month low seen last week at 1.2079, while the UK currency printed a fresh 24-month low against the Euro. EUR-USD, meanwhile, continued to orbit the 1.1200 level, despite some bearish Euro leads, with… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 09, 2019

The Dollar majors have been trading narrowly, with the main pairings holding within yesterday’s ranges. This follows what has been a pretty volatile week, which has seen the Yen hit major trend highs against many currencies in a safe-haven driven move, before steadying concomitantly with a breakout of relative calmness in global stock markets following… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 08, 2019

The Dollar moved marginally higher in early N.Y. trade on Thursday, taking the DXY to 97.74 highs.The index later eased lower, bottoming at 97.46 after the London close. On the data front, jobless claims were slightly lower than expected, while wholesale sales were a but weaker than forecasts. Neither release had much impact on the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Commodity Currencies Rebound After Oil Rout

OVERVIEW The US Dollar Index is steady after yesterday’s choppy session. USD/CAD returns to long term sweet spot around 1.33 after hitting a two-month high. WTI Crude oil price rebounds after shedding 6% yesterday but $50 a barrel remains on sight. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Commodity Currencies Rebound After Oil Rout

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 08, 2019

Some Yen weakness and a rebound in the Australian Dollar have been the main themes so far today among the main currencies. An unexpected rise in Chinese exports in July helped buoy both investor spirits and the Aussie buck, the latter by way of its status as a China proxy. And, while the PBoC’s official… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 08, 2019

Comparative calm, and comparatively narrow ranges have been ensuing so far today. The main theme has been a moderate decline in the Yen amid a backdrop of recouping stock markets. USD-JPY has settled in the lower 106.00s, above the seven-month low seen yesterday at 105.49. AUD-JPY, EUR-JPY and other Yen crosses have also posted moderate… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 07, 2019

The Dollar slipped in N.Y. morning trade on Wednesday, taking the DXY from 97.67 to 97.33, before recovering to 97.58. There was no data to drive prices, though price action was choppy, as overnight rate cuts surprised, and as trade turmoil remains. Wall Street slid sharply at the open, though managed to recover most losses… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 07, 2019

The Dollar has traded generally firmer in active markets. The New Zealand Dollar dove over 2% in hitting its lowest level against the U.S. Dollar since January 2016, at 0.6377, and sank to near seven-year lows in the case against the Yen. This followed a 50 bp rate cut by the RBNZ — the first… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 07, 2019

The New Zealand Dollar dove over 2% in hitting its lowest level against the U.S. Dollar since January 2016, at 0.6377, and sank to near seven-year lows in the case against the Yen. This followed a more aggressive than expected 50 bp rate cut by the RBNZ, putting the cash rate at an all-time low… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 06, 2019

The Dollar index ended Tuesday’s session near unchanged from opening levels. The DXY started at 97.65, advance to 97.76, before falling back to 97.52, then settling in near 97.65. There was no incoming U.S. data to drive the FX market, and for the most part, traders appeared to just jockey for position until the next… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 06, 2019

The Dollar has continued to trade mixed, approaching the New York interbank open at near net unchanged levels versus the Euro, while trading firmer versus the Yen and lower against the Australian and New Zealand Dollars. EUR-USD settled near 1.1200 after printing 18-day high at 1.1249. The new high racks today up as the fourth… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 06, 2019

High volatility has been the flavour of the day, with the Yen dropping sharply after posting fresh trend highs during the Tokyo AM session. The Japanese currency’s highs were seen after U.S. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 06, 2019

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 05, 2019

The Dollar lost ground in N.Y. trade on Monday, the move driven largely by ramped up expectations for a September Fed rate cut, following the escalation of the U.S./China trade war. China’s devaluation of the yuan, along with its cessation of purchasing U.S. agriculture products. Wall Street plunged, as did Treasury yields, which weighed further… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 05, 2019

The Dollar has been trading mixed amid a risk-off backdrop, which has seen the safe-haven yen outperform and the commodity-correlating Dollar bloc currencies, along with a good many developing world currencies, underperform. China’s Yuan fell to an 11-year low below the politically sensitive 7.0 to the dollar level, which the PBoC blamed on “trade protectionism,”… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 05, 2019

The Dollar has been trading mixed amid a mixed off backdrop, which has seen the safe-haven Yen outperform and the commodity-correlating Dollar bloc currencies, along with a good many developing world currencies, underperform. China’s Yuan fell to an 11-year low below the politically sensitive 7.0 to the dollar level, which the PBoC blamed on “trade… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 02, 2019

The Dollar ended lower in N.Y. on Friday, rallying briefly following a decent July jobs report, later heading lower on end-of-week position squaring. Trade, factory, and confidence figures were mediocre. Yields and Wall Street headed lower again on ongoing U.S./China trade concerns. EUR-USD recovered from the two-plus year lows of 1.1027 lows seen Thursday, peaking… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 02, 2019

The Dollar has traded mixed since President Trump’s launched a fresh advance in his trade war with China, to which Beijing responded today by threatening countermeasures if the new tariffs are implemented. The biggest mover has been AUD-JPY, which plummeted by over 2% since Trump’s announcement yesterday in extending to levels not seen since the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 02, 2019

The Dollar has traded mixed since President Trump’s launching of a fresh advance in his trade war with China, rising versus the underperforming Australian buck while losing ground to the outperforming Yen, and softening moderately in the case against the Euro. AUD-USD, which is now in its 11th consecutive day of decline, printed a seven-month… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Aug 01, 2019

The Dollar came under some pressure in the morning session in N.Y. on Thursday, weighed down by weaker manufacturing and construction spending data. The Greenback later fell to session lows against all major currencies following Trump’s imposition of 10% tariffs on an additional $300 bln of U.S. imports from China. The driver of the move… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The Greenback Takes an August Leap After Fed Trims Rate

OVERVIEW The greenback climbed to its highest level against other major currencies since 2017 despite mixed signals from the Fed. EUR/USD tumbled by 0.35% with investors nervously watching the 1.10 handle. WTI Crude oil price loses $1 over concerns of a pending global economic slowdown. Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: The Greenback… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Aug 01, 2019

The narrow trade-weighted USD index extended its cumulative post-FOMC gain to nearly 1% in printing a high at 98.92, which is the highest level seen since May 1997. EUR-USD concurrently extended lower, reaching a fresh 27-month low at 1.1030 during the London morning, and while USD-JPY settled to the lower 109.0s, the pair had seen… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Aug 01, 2019

The Dollar extended post-Fed gains during the early part of the Asia session, with the narrow trade-weighted USD index gaining by a cumulative 0.9% in printing a high at 98.92, which is the highest level seen since May 1997. EUR-USD concurrently fell to a fresh 27-month low at 1.1034 while USD-JPY lifted to a two-month… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 31, 2019

The FX market was very quiet ahead of the FOMC announcement in N.Y. on Wednesday, largely maintaining well-worn ranges. The Dollar later rallied following the Fed announcement, where rates were cut by 25 basis points, as widely expected. The statement cited uncertainty in the global outlook and muted inflation as their rationale for cutting rates…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Boris and Brexit and Banks, Oh My!

OVERVIEW The FOMC takes the stage again in the latest episode of the Rate is Right Canada’s economy continues to grow incrementally Meanwhile, the European economy continues to retract incrementally HIGHLIGHT Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: Boris and Brexit and Banks, Oh My!

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 31, 2019

Narrow ranges have been prevailing into the Fed’s policy announcement later. EUR-USD settled lower, back under 1.1150, after earlier edging out a four-session high at 1.1162. The 25-month low seen last week at 1.1101 remains in scope. USD-JPY continued to ply a relatively narrow range in the mid 108.00s, while Sterling has settled above yesterday’s… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 31, 2019

The Dollar majors have settled in narrow ranges ahead of the Fed’s policy announcement later today (14:00 ET, or 19:00 GMT), although EUR-USD managed to eke out a four-session high at 1.1162, putting in a little extra space from the 25-month low seen last week at 1.1101. AUD-USD saw some chop, rebounding to near 0.6900… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 30, 2019

The Dollar advanced slightly through the N.Y. morning session on Tuesday, taking its cue from better U.S. personal earnings, consumption and confidence data. The Greenback eased back slightly after the London close, with position squaring interest noted ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC announcement. A 25 basis point cut is widely expected, though with the Fed likely… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 30, 2019

The Dollar has traded mixed, seeing fresh highs against the underperforming Pound, holding steady versus the Euro while losing ground to the Yen, which firmed up after the BoJ left policy settings changed, as expected, while maintaining its existing policy bias, which disappointed some who had been looking for something a more specific. Cable printing… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 30, 2019

The Dollar majors have been plying narrow ranges in early-week, pre-risk event trading. The resumption of person-to-person dialogue between the U.S. and China this week, and the FOMC, which starts tomorrow and concludes on Wednesday, are keeping market participants sitting on their hands for now, who are taking a circumspect view on the chances for… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 29, 2019

The Dollar index rallied to near two-month highs of 98.16 in N.Y. morning trade on Monday, later easing back to 98.05 into the London close. There was little in the way of incoming U.S. data, with the only item on the docket being the Dallas Fed index, which improved slightly as expected. There was no… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 29, 2019

EUR-USD settled above the 25-month low seen last week at 1.1101, which was seen before the ECB policy announcement last Thursday, with its refrain from easing having buoyed the Euro somewhat. The big focus this week is on the Fed, with the two-day FOMC gathering concluding on Wednesday. With a 25 bp easing fully baked… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 29, 2019

The Dollar majors have been plying narrow ranges in early-week, pre-risk event trading. The resumption of person-to-person dialogue between the U.S. and China this week, and the FOMC, which starts tomorrow and concludes on Wednesday, are keeping market participants sitting on their hands for now, who are taking a circumspect view on the chances for… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 26, 2019

The Dollar advanced in N.Y. trade on Friday, buoyed by a slightly better preliminary read on Q2 GDP. Word from White House adviser Kudlow, that the U.S. would not intervene to weaken the USD likely helped the unit higher. Trump has been concerned that trading partners may be manipulating their currencies to gain trade advantages…. Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 26, 2019

The Euro has been in consolidated mode after rallying on the ECB’s refrain from cutting rates yesterday’s, though the central bank still shifted to an explicit easing bias, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive set of easing measures in September. EUR-USD, after rallying to a 1.1187 high in the wake of the ECB announcement yesterday,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 26, 2019

The Dollar majors have become entrenched in narrow ranges after some choppy trading yesterday. The Euro has consolidated after rallying on the ECB’s refrain from cutting rates yesterday’s, though the central bank still shifted to an explicit easing bias, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive set of easing measures in September. The Dollar also found… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 25, 2019

The Dollar firmed early in the session, led by EUR-USD’s decline to two-year lows of 1.1102. The move came following the ECB announcement, which revised forward guidance to say that rates will be at “present or lower levels”, at least through the first half of 2020, as widely expected. Later, the Euro rallied back to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 25, 2019

The Dollar majors have settled in narrow ranges into the ECB’s policy meeting, with markets giving about 50% odds for the central bank producing a 10 bp rage cut today following yesterday’s manufacturing PMI disappointments in the Eurozone. The Euro went into a consolidation after declining sharply yesterday. EUR-USD settled in the lower-to-mid 1.1100s, holding… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 24, 2019

The Dollar was range bound in N.Y. trade on Wednesday, leaving the DXY inside of a 97.56 to 97.68 trading band. Incoming U.S. data saw mixed flash manufacturing and services PMI , and softer new home sales, though neither had much lasting impact on the USD. Wall Street and Treasury yields were lower, with earnings… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 24, 2019

The Dollar has traded mixed, but broadly underpinned after rallying for three consecutive days. The Euro took a hit on Eurozone PMI misses, which drove EUR-USD to a seven-week low at 1.1127 and EUR-JPY to a new near-seven-month low at 120.21. EUR-CHF also declined, though the cross has remained above the 24-month low seen yesterday… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 24, 2019

The Dollar has consolidated recent gains for the most part, having been buoyed in recent sessions by a relatively more measured view in markets of Fed easing potential, along with the deal to end the U.S. budget impasse and amid the evident easing bias of other major central banks. In the mix has been news… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 23, 2019

The Dollar headed higher in N.Y. trade on Tuesday, lifting the DXY to a better than one-month high of 97.71, up from opening lows of 97.47. The USD rallied despite softer incoming U.S. data, with both existing home sales sand the Richmond Fed index missing the mark. EUR-USD headed down to levels last seen at… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 23, 2019

The Dollar has posted fresh highs against the Euro, Yen, Pound, and other currencies, partly amid a more circumspect view in markets of Fed easing potential and partly as other central banks are heading in the direction of the stimulus spigot. The expected announcement later today confirming that Boris “no-deal Brexit” Johnson is the new… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 23, 2019

The Dollar has retained support, partly amid markets more circumspect view of Fed easing potential and partly as other central banks, most notably the ECB, are heading in the direction of the stimulus spigot, while the expected announcement later today confirming that Boris “no-deal Brexit” Johnson is the new prime minister of the UK is… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 22, 2019

The Dollar was little changed overall in N.Y. trade on Monday, with the major pairings remaining inside of a narrow trading band. The DXY topped at 97.27, up from early lows of 97.18. There was no market moving data. Wall Street was narrowly mixed, while Treasury yields were a touch lower. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.1207,… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 22, 2019

The Dollar has remained underpinned amid the scaling back in Fed easing expectations, which look to have settled on a 25 bp cut at the upcoming FOMC rather than a 50 bp move. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) rose fractionally, to 97.24, but remained below Friday’s peak at 97.29. EUR-USD has made time in… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 22, 2019

The Dollar has remained underpinned amid a scaling back in Fed easing expectations, which look to have settled on a 25 bp cut at the upcoming FOMC rather than a 50 bp move. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) has risen fractionally, to 97.24, but has so far remained below Friday’s peak at 97.29. EUR-USD… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 19, 2019

The Dollar settled at firmer levels after the New York walked back the dovish remarks of Williams yesterday. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) was showing a near 0.3% gain heading into the New York interbank open, at 97.02, up from the 16-day low see late yesterday at 96.67. At the close yesterday, Fed funds… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 19, 2019

The Dollar found a footing after weakening during the New York PM session yesterday. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) has settled around the 96.85 mark, up from the 16-day low seen late yesterday at 96.67, which was the culmination of a 0.6% decline. The low was seen as U.S. Treasury yields hit two-week and… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 18, 2019

The Dollar attempted to rally in N.Y. on Thursday following in-line jobless claims, and a stronger than expected Philly Fed index, though later faded as Wall Street sold off and Treasury yields pulled back from highs. The DXY opened at 97.16 lows, rallied to 97.25 highs, before fading to 97.13. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.1215 after… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 18, 2019

The Dollar rebounded after printing fresh lows against the Euro, Yen and a number of other currencies in early European trading. This saw EUR-USD correct to around 1.1210 from the two-day high seen earlier at 1.1243. A rekindling in expectations for the Fed to entertain an outsized 50 bp rate hike at the upcoming FOMC… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 18, 2019

The Dollar has traded softer amid a reappraisal for the chances of the Fed entertaining an outsized 50 bp rate hike at the upcoming FOMC meeting, which has been concomitant with a WSJ report suggesting that trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are at a “standstill.” This was followed by fresh evidence of the… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 17, 2019

The Dollar turned modestly lower through the N.Y. morning session, pulling back from one-week highs seen on Tuesday. The DXY bottomed at 97.17, after opening at session highs of 97.37. Softer U.S. housing starts data weighed some on the Greenback, as did a pullback in Treasury yields. EUR-USD ranged between 112.10 and 112.30, closing near… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 17, 2019

EUR-USD edged out a fresh eight-day low at 1.1199 in early London trading before settling back in the lower 1.1200s, with an upward revision in Eurozone June HICP data giving the euro some buoyancy. The low had been the product of dollar, which was given a boost yesterday following above-forecast industrial production and retail sales… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 17, 2019

The Dollar has settled to a consolidation at modestly lower levels after rallying yesterday. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) has steadied around 97.35, down from the one-week high seen yesterday at 97.55, though remaining higher by a net 0.6% on the week so far. EUR-USD has settled in the lower 1.1200s, above the eight-day… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 16, 2019

Better than expected U.S. retail sales helped Dollar sentiment in N.Y. on Tuesday, with the DXY printing one-week highs of 97.36. Better earnings from the likes of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo did little to lift Wall Street, as major indices remained on either side of flat for much of the session. Treasury… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 16, 2019

The Dollar has remained buoyant, posting fresh highs versus the Euro, Sterling and some other currencies. This comes amid some position readjusting with markets bracing for an incoming tide of Q2 corporate earnings results and a hefty slate of U.S. data releases this week, which will collectively paint an updated picture of the impact that… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 16, 2019

The main Dollar pairings have been trading in narrow ranges, of less than 15 pips for the most part, and less than 25 pips in the case of USD-JPY. AUD-USD drifted modestly lower following the release of the RBA minutes from the early July policy meeting, which affirmed the Board’s dovish bias. The pair posted… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 15, 2019

The Dollar moved modestly higher in N.Y. trade on Monday, taking the DXY to highs of 96.97 from 96.75 lows seen into the open. The index remains well under last week’s July high of 97.59. A better than expected Empire State index helped USD sentiment to a degree, prompting some short covering from Friday’s one-week… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 15, 2019

The Dollar has been consolidating declines seen during the latter half of last week. EUR-USD has been holding a narrow range near the 1.1275 mark, holding comfortably above last Tuesday’s four-week low at 1.1193. USD-JPY has been trading on either side of 108.00 in quiet conditions with Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 15, 2019

The Australian Dollar ticked higher following a net encouraging catch of data out of China today. This drove AUD-USD to a 12-day high at 0.7035. The NZD also lifted, with both currencies having China proxy status. The data showed Q2 GDP slowing to a 27-year low of 6.2%, as expected, while industrial output and retail… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 12, 2019

The Dollar peaked early in the N.Y. session on Friday, reacting positively to the slightly warmer U.S. PPI outcome. From there, the USD turned modestly lower, taking the DXY from 97.08 to 96.84. Wall Street moved higher again, with major indices printing all-time highs. EUR-USD bottomed at 1.1238, later bouncing to 1.1268. USD-JPY fell from… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: The US Dollar Chills After Choppy Week

OVERVIEW The greenback is trading flat across the board with a bias for safe-haven currencies USD/CAD takes a breather before a challenge on the 1.30 mark WTI Crude oil price steadies around $60 a barrel with a focus on Chinese economic data Source: XE news feed XE Market Analysis: The US Dollar Chills After… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 12, 2019

The USD picked up bids during the London AM session after posting intraday lows in pre-Europe trading. EUR-USD ebbed to the 1.1255 area, down from the intraday high at 1.1275, leaving yesterday’s eight-day high at 1.1285 unchallenged. Above-forecast May Eurozone production data had only a fleeting impact on EUR-USD, though the Euro ground out gains… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 12, 2019

The USD traded softer heading into the London interbank open, retracing from of the gains seen yesterday following a near 10 bp spike in the 10-year U.S. T-note yield, which touched a one-month high at 2.143%. This came as the S&P 500 and DJIA hit record highs. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) ebbed to… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 11, 2019

The Dollar posted modest gains in N.Y. on Thursday, after being beaten lower on Wednesday by Fed chair Powell’s dovish testimony. A warmer than expected U.S. CPI outcome brought USD buyers back into the fray, taking the DXY to 97.14 highs, up from 96.80 lows at the open. Treasury yields firmed up some, while Wall… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 11, 2019

The Dollar posted fresh lows against most of the main currencies as Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony yesterday, where he signalled a 25 bp rate cut with the caveat that the Fed has the tools needed and could use them “aggressively” if necessary, continued to resonate. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) extended to a six-day… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 11, 2019

The USD posted fresh lows during the pre-Europe session in Asia as markets continued to readjust Fed easing expectations in the wake of Chairman Powell’s testimony yesterday, which was consistent with a 25 bp rate cut at the end of this month with an addendum stipulating that the Fed has the tools needed and could… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 10, 2019

Fed chair Powell all but confirmed a rate cut later this month, as he spoke in dovish tones in testimony to the House Financial Services Committee. Short yields dove, while Wall Street rallied, and the Dollar headed lower. The DXY fell from over 97.45, to a low of 97.06 through the morning session. EUR-USD topped… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 10, 2019

The USD has traded mixed into the New York interbank open and Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony. The U.S. currency posted moderate losses against the EUR and GBP, while still managing to claw out new highs versus the JPY, AUD and NZD. The EUR rallied on above-forecast production data out of France and Italy, which… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 10, 2019

The USD majors mostly settled to a consolidation as market participants went into bets-off mode ahead of the Congressional testimony of Fed Chairman Powell later today. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) was showing little change heading into the London interbank open, at 97.50. EUR-USD concurrently settled in a less-than-10-pip range just above the 1.1200… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Asia – Jul 09, 2019

The Dollar was relatively steady through the N.Y. session on Tuesday, with traders mostly on Powell patrol ahead of the Fed chair’s congressional testimony on Wednesday. There was nothing in the way of market moving data, and focus remained on position adjustment activity. The DXY ranged between 97.59 and 97.46 through the day. EUR-USD managed… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: North America – Jul 09, 2019

The Dollar continued to grind higher. The narrow trade-weighted USD index (DXY) printed a three-week high at 97.59 while EUR-USD pegged a fresh three-week low at 1.1193 and USD-JPY rallied to a five-week high at 108.96. USD-CAD has gained for a second day, this time posting a two-session high at 1.3134. This recovers most of… Read more »

XE Market Analysis: Europe – Jul 09, 2019

Moderate USD firming has been a prevalent theme, driving the narrow USD index (DXY) to a two-session high at 97.43, which is just 1 pip shy of the near three-week peak that was seen on Friday. Markets are looking to Fed Chair Powell’s Monetary Policy Report on Wednesday in the wake of Friday’s strong jobs… Read more »