Asia Roundup: Kiwi rallies on RBNZ's hawkish stance, dollar gains against yen as new virus cases fall, Asian shares surge - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar gains on optimism coronavirus will be contained,Wall Street rises, Gold hits one-week low, Oil rises 3% as demand worries ease amid fewer new coronavirus cases-February 13th,2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar gains as traders balance virus, economic reports, Wall Street slips, Gold rises, Oil prices climb on prospects for deeper OPEC+ output cuts-February 14th,2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar index hits highest since May 2017, Wall Street drops, Gold climbs to 7-year high, Oil prices rise as U.S. crude stocks build less than expected-February 21st,2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar gains against euro on virus concerns, economic outlook, Wall Street ends higher, Gold hits one-week high, Oil drops to 13-month low-February 11th,2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie rebounds on upbeat wage data, euro slumps on weak economic outlook, greenback near 4-1/2 month peak as investors eye FMOC minutes - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie eases as RBA slashes growth forecasts, dollar off highs against yen as coronavirus toll climbs, Asian shares plunge - Friday, February 7th, 2020
Europe Roundup: Euro falls below key $1.08 level,European shares rise, Gold holds above $1,600, Oil rises amid hope for short economic hit from coronavirus outbreak-February 19th,2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar climbs as weak German data dents euro, Wall Street falls, Gold hits 1-month peak, Oil falls nearly 1% on virus impact-February 19th,2020
Europe Roundup: Sterling slumps on EU trade talk concerns, euro consolidates near 1-week low following ECB Lagarde comments, European shares surge - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar holds gains vs yen,Wall Street hits new highs,Gold gains, Oil prices flat-February 7th,2020
America’s Roundup: Dollar index at near three-year high as yen sinks on stronger risk appetite ,Wall Street rise, Gold gains, Oil up on slowing pace of coronavirus, Venezuela sanctions-February 20th,2020
Europe Roundup: Euro plunges against dollar as China virus cases soar, European shares falter, Gold rises, Oil prices fall on bearish demand forecasts-February 13th,2020
Europe Roundup: Sterling recovers from 2-1/2 month low against dollar, European shares edge lower, Gold steadies, Oil slips on weaker Chinese demand, traders await OPEC+ cuts-February 10th,2020
Europe Roundup: Euro struggles near three-year lows on economic worries, European shares gain, Gold holds near two-week high, Oil price steady-February 17th,2020
Europe Roundup: Euro drops against dollar after bleak German investor survey,European shares slump, Gold rises, Oil drops below $57 on coronavirus impact and OPEC+ delay-February 18th,2020
Asia Roundup: Aussie consolidates on mixed employment data, greenback steadies after upbeat U.S. economic data, Asian shares off 9-month peak - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Economic Data Ahead
Key Events Ahead
DXY: The dollar index held firm after the U.S. trade deficit fell to an eight-month low in February as imports from China plunged. Investors now eye signs of progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.05 percent up at 97.05, having touched a low of 96.75 on Friday, its lowest since Mar. 27. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at 27.24 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT.
EUR/USD: The euro steadied as investors attention shifted to the Purchasing Managers' Indexes (PMIs) for the manufacturing and service sectors in Europe, due later in that day that could provide the next indication of strength for the European economy. On Wednesday, the major rose to a 3-week peak after data showed the European Union's trade surplus in goods with the United States increased in the first two months of 2019. The European currency traded 0.05 percent up at 1.1294, having touched a high of 1.1323 on Wednesday, its highest since Mar. 26. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 1.98 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on a series of data from Eurozone economies and EZ Markit flash PMI's, ahead of the U.S. retail sales, unemployment benefit claims, business inventories, Markit prelim PMI's and Fed Bostic's speech. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1331 (Mar. 25 High), a break above targets 1.1361 (Mar. 19 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.1255 (Apr. 9 Low), a break below could drag it till 1.1213 (Mar. 28 Low).
USD/JPY: The dollar declined, retreating from a 4-month peak recorded in the previous session after an official of the New York Fed stated that the central bank may need to buy more government bonds than it did before the 2008 financial crisis and conduct other money-market operations to implement its current approach to managing U.S. interest rates. The major was trading 0.1 percent down at 111.90, having hit a high of 112.16 on Wednesday, its highest since Dec. 20. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 143.79 (Highly Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track the broad-based market sentiment, ahead of the U.S. retail sales, unemployment benefit claims, business inventories, Markit prelim PMI's and Fed Bostic's speech. Immediate resistance is located at 112.60 (Dec. 20 High), a break above targets 113.24 (Dec. 5 High). On the downside, support is seen at 111.20 (Apr. 3 Low), a break below could take it lower at 110.53 (Mar. 20 Low).
GBP/USD: Sterling rose after falling to a 1-week low in the previous session after a Reuters poll showed the chances that Brexit will be cancelled are now greater than the chances Britain will leave the European Union without a deal. The major traded 0.05 percent up at 1.3044, having hit a low of 1.3028 on Wednesday; it’s lowest since Apr. 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -46.87 (Neutral) 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on the UK retail sales, ahead of the U.S. fundamental drivers. Immediate resistance is located at 1.3121 (Apr. 5 High), a break above could take it near 1.3149 (Apr. 1 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.3003 (Mar. 21 Low), a break below targets 1.2976 (Mar. 29 Low). Against the euro, the pound was trading flat at 86.58 pence, having hit a low of 86.80 on Wednesday, it’s lowest since Mar. 22.
AUD/USD: The Australian dollar consolidated after domestic data showed new jobs surpassed expectations in March but unemployment ticked up as more people went looking for work. The economy created a total 25,700 new jobs in March, surging past expectations for a rise of 12,000, while the unemployment rate rose to 5.0 percent in March from an eight-year trough of 4.9 percent the previous month as the participation rate climbed to 65.7 percent. The Aussie trades flat at 0.7179, having hit a high of 0.7205 on Wednesday; it’s highest since Feb. 21. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at 70.81 (Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors will continue to track overall market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7145 (10-DMA), a break below targets 0.7070 (Mar. 29 Low). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7235 (Jan. 11 High), a break above could take it near 0.7284 (Feb. 1 High).
NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar plunged, hovering towards a 3-1/2 month low hit in the prior session, as oil prices slipped after U.S. government data overnight showed inventories drew down less than an industry report had suggested. The Kiwi trades 0.1 percent down at 0.6721, having touched a low of 0.6665, its lowest level Jan. 3. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at -42.98 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad-based market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.6758 (Apr. 9 High), a break above could take it near 0.6799 (Apr. 4 High). On the downside, support is seen at 0.6652 (Jan. 2 Low), a break below could drag it below 0.6585 (Jan. 3 Low).
Asian shares slumped from a 9-month peak, following losses on the Wall Street, while investors awaited business surveys in Europe and Japan.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan tumbled 0.2 percent.
Tokyo's Nikkei declined 0.7 percent to 22,114.01 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index eased 0.1 percent to 6,251.40 points and South Korea's KOSPI plunged 1.3 percent to 2,216.51 points.
Shanghai composite index fell 0.2 percent to 3,257.46 points, while CSI 300 index traded 0.2 percent down at 4,077.48 points.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng traded 0.5 percent lower at 29,969.87 points. Taiwan shares shed 0.6 percent to 10,932.81 points
Crude oil prices declined, retreating from a 5-month high touched in the previous session as the impact of ample U.S. production offset a surprise drop in U.S. inventories. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.1 percent lower at $71.52 per barrel by 0405 GMT, having hit a high of $72.25 on Wednesday, its highest since Nov. 8. U.S. West Texas Intermediate was trading 0.05 percent down at $63.73 a barrel, after rising as high as $64.77 last week, its highest since the Nov. 1.
Gold prices plunged to their lowest this year, and were poised for a fourth straight weekly decline, as recent economic data drove investors towards riskier assets. Spot gold was trading 0.1 percent down at $1,272.29 per ounce by 0408 GMT, having touched a low of $1,271.53, its lowest since Dec. 27. U.S. gold futures dipped 0.2 percent lower to $1,274.50 an ounce.
The 10-year German bund yield hit a 1-month high of 0.102 percent overnight, in a sharp rebound from a 2-1/2-year low of minus 0.094 percent set late last month.
The Canadian government bond prices were lower across the yield curve, with the two-year down 4.5 Canadian cents to yield 1.658 percent and the 10-year falling 14 Canadian cents to yield 1.799 perecnt. The gap between Canada's two-year yield and its U.S. equivalent narrowed by 3.4 basis points to a spread of 74.6 basis points in favor of the U.S. bond.