Europe Roundup: Euro takes a breather after four-day rising streak, European shares dips, Gold drops 1%,Oil at highest since March on lower U.S. inventories, recovering demand-May 21st 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar climbs to 3-week peak, Wall Street drops, Gold jumps to 3-week high, Oil prices rise on dip in U.S. crude stockpiles and IEA data-May 15th,2020
Europe Roundup: Euro buoyed as investor sentiment improves, European shares gain,Gold eases, Oil prices climb as faith in supply cuts grows-May 26th,2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie set for first weekly loss in six weeks, greenback gains on stimulus optimism, Asian shares subdued - Friday, May 15th, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar up as Powell downplays chances of negative U.S. interest rates ,Wall Street falls, Gold gains, Oil slips more than 1% despite surprise U.S. crude stock drawdown-May 14th,2020
Asia Roundup: Euro rallies on Franco-German proposal for recovery fund, Asian shares consolidate as vaccine hopes ease, investors eye FOMC minutes - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie eases as Beijing readies new security law, dollar plunges against yen on rising U.S.-China tension, Asian shares slump - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar struggles as rising oil prices lift commodity currencies, Wall Street jumps, Gold eases off highs, Oil jumps to two-month high on easing lockdowns, positive vaccine results-May 19th 2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie eases on worsening U.S.-China tensions, dollar rallies against yen as risk sentiment slightly improves on potential Japanese stimulus, Asian shares consolidate - Monday, May 25th, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar dented as risk appetite ramps up, Wall Street gains, Gold eases, Oil prices rise as faith in supply cuts grows-May 27th,2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie eases on Hong Kong unrest, dollar rallies against yen amid hopes of economic recovery, investors eye ECB Lagarde’s speech - Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar weak as euro rises on Franco-German proposal for recovery fund ,Wall Street dips, Gold edges higher ,Oil dips as U.S. Senate grills Fed chair, Treasury secretary –May 20th,2020
Americas’ Roundup: Dollar trades in narrow range as four-day euro rally fizzles, Wall Street ends lower, Brent at highest since March on U.S. stock draw, recovering demand-May 22nd 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar notches small weekly gain after weak U.S. data, Wall Street gains, Gold hits 7-year high, Oil prices jump as demand shows signs of picking up-May 16th,2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie gains as lockdowns ease, greenback halts 3-day rally on dismal U.S. data, Asian shares nudge higher - Monday, May 18th, 2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie eases folloeing RBA Lowe's comments, greenback steadies on FOMC minutes, investors eye EZ Markit PMI's - Thursday, May 21st, 2020
America's Roundup: Euro gains as bank relief offsets ECB stimulus, Wall Street ends mixed, Gold eases,Oil dips as demand concerns counter U.S.-China trade hopes-September 14th,2019
• China exempts some U.S. goods from additional tariffs
• U.S. curve steepens, gap widest in four weeks
• US Aug retail sales rise 0.4% vs forecast of 0.2%
• US Aug Core Retail Sales (MoM) 0.0%,0.1% forecast, 1.0% previous
• US Aug Export Price Index (MoM) -0.6%,-0.2% forecast, 0.2% previous
• US Aug Import Price Index (MoM) -0.5%,-0.4% forecast, 0.1% previous
• US Aug Retail Control (MoM) 0.3%,0.3% forecast,0.9% previous
• US Aug Retail Sales (MoM) 0.4%,0.2% forecast, 0.8% previous
• US Aug Retail Sales Ex Gas/Autos (MoM) 0.1% , 0.9% previous
• Brazil Jul IBC-Br Economic Activity -0.16%, 0.30% previous
• US Jul Business Inventories (MoM) 0.4%,0.3% forecast, 0.0% previous
• US Sep Michigan 5-Year Inflation Expectations 2.30%,2.60% previous
• US Sep Michigan Consumer Expectations 82.4 , 82.0 forecast, 79.9 previous
• US Jul Retail Inventories Ex Auto 0.3% , 0.3% previous
Looking Ahead - Economic Data (GMT)
• No economic data ahead
Looking Ahead - Events, Other Releases (GMT)
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EUR/USD: 0.3% The euro gained against the dollar on Friday for a second day after the European Central Bank on Thursday exempted euro zone banks from a penalty charge, which analysts say will reduce the currency impact of new stimulus. The ECB on Thursday cut its deposit rate to a record low -0.5% from -0.4% and said it will restart bond purchases of 20 billion euros a month from November. The purchases will run for as long as necessary and end shortly before it starts raising the key ECB interest rates. The euro was up 0.08 percent at $1.1072. An index that tracks the dollar versus a basket of six major currencies was down 0.30 at 98.30. Immediate resistance can be seen at 1.1109 (Daily high), an upside break can trigger rise towards 1.1127 (50 DMA).On the downside, immediate support is seen at 1.1032 (9 DMA), a break below could take the pair towards 1.0964 (lower BB).
GBP/USD: Sterling rose against dollar on Friday, as investors pounced on a media report that Northern Ireland’s largest political party had agreed to accept some European Union rules after Brexit. Talk of an alternative to the Irish backstop, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants scrapped, comes as investors slash their short positions on the pound because of the receding risks of a no-deal Brexit. Having hit a three-year low below $1.20 last week, sterling has soared since the British parliament voted to stop Johnson’s government from taking Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31. The pound strengthened more than 1% to as high as $1.2504, its strongest since July 25, before settling at $1.2495 towards the end of the US trading session. Immediate resistance can be seen at 1.2500 (Higher BB), an upside break can trigger rise towards 1.2516 (100 DMA).On the downside, immediate support is seen at 1.2382 (5 DMA), a break below could take the pair towards 1.2270 (11 DMA).
USD/CAD: The Canadian dollar weakened to its lowest in more than one week against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, as investors guarded against the risk that the Federal Reserve would shift next week to a less dovish stance. Money markets expect the Fed to cut interest rates next Wednesday, but they have been scaling back the amount of additional easing they see over the coming year. U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in August, pointing to solid consumer spending that should continue to support a moderate pace of economic growth.The Canadian dollar was trading 0.5% lower at 1.3277 to the greenback, or 75.32 U.S. cents. The currency, which touched its weakest intraday level since Sept. 4 at 1.32285, was down 0.8% for the week.Immediate resistance can be seen at 1.3287 (100 DMA), an upside break can trigger rise towards 1.3307 (200 DMA).On the downside, immediate support is seen at 1.3264 (21 DMA), a break below could take the pair towards 1.3200 (Psychological level).
USD/JPY: The U.S. dollar was little changed against the yen on Friday, as signs the United States and China were narrowing their differences over trade ahead of key talks decreased demand for safe haven assets. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would not rule out an interim trade pact with China.The two sides are preparing for new rounds of talks aimed at curbing their trade war, which has dragged on for more than a year, roiling financial markets and threatening to push other economies into recession.The yen, widely considered a safe-haven currency, tends to rise during times of heightened economic or market stress and vice versa. Strong resistance can be seen at 108.28 (Higher BB), an upside break can trigger rise towards 109.00 (Psychological level).On the downside, immediate support is seen at 107.76 (5 DMA), a break below could take the pair towards 106 .98 (11 DMA).
A surge in banks, miners and automakers galvanized European stocks on Friday, as continued rotation into the cyclical sectors amid signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks drove the STOXX 600 to its fourth straight week of gains.
The UK's benchmark FTSE 100 closed up by 0.31 percent, Germany's Dax ended up by 0.47 percent, and France’s CAC finished the day up by 0.22 percent.
Wall Street was mixed on Friday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow hovering just below all-time highs as cautious optimism regarding easing U.S.-China trade tensions was held in check by a drop in Apple stock.
Dow Jones closed up by 0.14 percent, S&P 500 ended down 0.07 percent, Nasdaq finished the day down by 0.22 percent.
U.S. Treasury yields climbed to multi-week peaks on Friday, as trade tensions between the United States and China eased further after more conciliatory measures, with U.S. recession risks continuing to diminish after stronger-than-expected retail sales data.
In afternoon trading, U.S. benchmark 10-year note yields rose to 1.901% from 1.791% late on Thursday, hitting a six-week high of 1.903%. Yields on 30-year bonds were also higher at 2.373% from 2.264% on Thursday, touching a five-week high of 2.378%.
Gold prices eased on Friday, heading for a third straight weekly fall, as positive U.S. retail sales data and hopes for a thaw in China-U.S. trade tensions lifted equities and yields to multi-week highs.
Spot gold fell 0.5% to $1,491.41 per ounce by 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 GMT), and has fallen about 1% for the week so far.U.S. gold futures settled down nearly $8, or 0.5%, to $1,499.50 per ounce.
Oil prices edged lower on Friday and posted weekly losses, as concerns about slower global economic growth outweighed hints of progress in the U.S.-China trade dispute.
Brent crude futures fell 16 cents to settle at $60.22 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures delivery fell 24 cents to end at $54.85 a barrel.