Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Friday, November 16

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Friday, November 16

Earlier this week U.K PM Theresa May agreed a draft Brexit withdrawal agreement with Brussels. Her cabinet backed it on Wednesday – but there have since been resignations.

Six government ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, one of the architects of the deal, quit yesterday, raising the possibility that she could face an open challenge to her leadership.

U.S. Dollar Flying High on Hawkish Fed Statement

U.S. Dollar Flying High on Hawkish Fed Statement

The U.S. dollar rose against most major pairs on Friday. Only the Japanese yen was able to gain against the mighty greenback. The FOMC statement eased concerns that the Fed would hint at a pause in its tightening of monetary policy.

GBP/USD – Surging Pound Shrugs Off Soft Services PMI

GBP/USD – Surging Pound Shrugs Off Soft Services PMI

GBP/USD has started the week with solid gains. In Monday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 1.3022, up 0.40% on the day. On the release front, Services PMI dipped to 52.2, shy of the estimate of 53.4 points. In the U.S, ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI posted a strong gain of 60.3, above the estimate of 59.3 points.

Strong Fundamentals Boost Dollar with U.S. Midterms in Focus

Strong Fundamentals Boost Dollar with U.S. Midterms in Focus

The dollar is higher against major pairs on Friday after the release of the October U.S. non farm payrolls (NFP) report showed a massive 250,000 jobs gain and the fastest wage growth pace since 2009. U.S. fundamentals have been solid and boosted the U.S. dollar higher despite rising political risk ahead of the U.S. mid-terms next week.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 29

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 29

Euro equities are small better bid, ignoring Asia’s mixed market overnight and slightly weaker U.S. futures on concerns about corporate earnings and global growth. U.S. Treasuries remain well supported as a majority of the market rein in their expectations for tighter Fed policy.

Dollar Pays Heavy Price for Equity Sell-Off

Dollar Pays Heavy Price for Equity Sell-Off

The U.S. dollar was lower against most major pairs on Friday. The greenback dropped as investors flocked to safe havens away from the U.S. currency. Trade war concerns and its impact on U.S. companies have triggered a massive sell-off in equities. The U.S. dollar is on the back foot despite strong growth as evidenced by the release of the flash GDP for the third quarter that showed a 3.5 percent gain beating expectations.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 22

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 22

Global equities remain better supported this Monday morning after Chinese stocks surged overnight on senior officials verbal intervention. The ‘mighty’ U.S dollar has eased a tad along with treasuries, while Italian bonds have rallied.

U.S. Growth in Q3 to Guide Dollar

U.S. Growth in Q3 to Guide Dollar

The U.S. dollar is mixed on Friday. Investor’s appetite for risk rose and safe haven currencies (JPY and CHF) fell while positive China and Brexit news saw the NZD, EUR, GBP and AUD advance against the USD. The Canadian dollar was dragged down in the last trading day of the week after softer than expected retail sales and inflation data.

U.S. Retail Sales to Support Dollar

U.S. Retail Sales to Support Dollar


The U.S. dollar was higher against major pairs on Friday, but not enough to end up the week on positive territory. A stock market rout took its toll on the greenback and the subsequent rebound in stock prices supported the currency ahead of the weekend.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 15

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 15

Following a weekend of warnings on global economic fragility from G10 finance leaders at an IMF meeting in Bali, has global equities starting this new week on the back foot, with regional bourses in Asia and Europe seeing red, while U.S. equity futures are pointing to deep declines.

Dollar Slows Down After U.S. Jobs Miss

Dollar Slows Down After U.S. Jobs Miss

The U.S. dollar was mixed Friday. The GBP deserves a special mention as positive Brexit rumors pushed it 0.61 percent higher against the USD. The American currency lost momentum as the U.S. non farm payrolls (NFP) headline jobs number disappointed with a 130,000 added positions, instead of the forecasted 188,000.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 1

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, October 1

Canada’s loonie, the Mexican peso, along with North American stock futures have gained overnight after the U.S. and Canada confirmed a deal to save the ‘old’ NAFTA, now named USMCA – United States, Mexico, Canada agreement.

Strong Dollar Awaits Jobs Report to Validate Further Fed Hikes

Strong Dollar Awaits Jobs Report to Validate Further Fed Hikes

The Fed delivered its anticipated third rate hike of 2018 and the final GDP for the second quarter was 4.2 percent. The main event in the next week will be the release of the biggest economic indicator on Friday, October 5 when the U.S. nonfarm payrolls is published. Here’s what you need to know.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday September, 24

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday September, 24

Global equities are under pressure as China called off planned trade talks with U.S., potentially triggering an escalation in the tariff war between the world’s largest economies.