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Dollar Dips Ahead Of Key Data, Fed Insights

Market Summary The Dollar Index dipped as investors took profits ahead of key economic data and events later this week, including the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index. With US markets closed for a holiday, trading in dollar-related products is expected to be subdued. Investors are also …

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Dollar Gain on Hawkish Fed Prospect

Market Summary Yesterday’s US data release surprised markets, with upbeat PMI readings exceeding expectations. The S&P Composite PMI reached a two-year high, while Initial Jobless Claims fell short of forecasts. This robust economic performance dampened hopes for a Fed rate cut this year, leading to a sharp selloff across both equities and …

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Dollar Rebound on Fed’s Hawkish Tone

Market Summary In yesterday’s market, the U.S. equity market took a breather after all three major indexes had risen more than 5% in May. All eyes are now on Nvidia’s earnings report due on Wednesday, which has the potential to spur the equity market further. In Asia, the Chinese stock markets also …

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Hawkish Fed’s Comment Strengthen The Dollar

Market Summary The latest session saw equity markets mainly focusing on earnings reports from prominent companies, maintaining a relatively steady position amidst a broader economic context. While last week’s softer-than-expected Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report temporarily influenced market sentiment, attention has shifted back to corporate performance as a key driver for stock movements. …

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Dollar Faces Strong Headwind From Dovish Fed

* The dollar Index (DXY) continues to plunge due to persistent dovish messages from Jerome Powell. * Gold prices continue to break their all-time high level and currently face strong resistance at the $2160 mark. * BTC has rebounded and is back to $67000 territory. Market Summary The dollar is currently experiencing …

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Fed’s Dovish Surprise: Will PCE Amplify Further Next Week?

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 14:30 – U.S Durable Goods Orders (MoM) (Feb) In January, the U.S durable goods orders have fell 6.1% vs -4.5% expected, marking the largest decrease in nearly four years, while business investment in equipment appeared to have eased, indicating a decrease in economic momentum at the beginning of …

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Dollar Faces Strong Headwind From Dovish Fed

* The dollar Index (DXY) continues to plunge due to persistent dovish messages from Jerome Powell. * Gold prices continue to break their all-time high level and currently face strong resistance at the $2160 mark. * BTC has rebounded and is back to $67000 territory. Market Summary The dollar is currently experiencing …

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Fed’s Tightening Policy Remain, Meeting Minutes Shows

The dollar index exhibited a narrow range of movement following the much-anticipated release of the FOMC meeting minutes yesterday. The dollar index exhibited a narrow range of movement following the much-anticipated release of the FOMC meeting minutes yesterday. As anticipated, board members expressed concerns about the potential risks of cutting rates too …

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Fed’s Tightening Policy Remain, Meeting Minutes Shows

The dollar index exhibited a narrow range of movement following the much-anticipated release of the FOMC meeting minutes yesterday. The dollar index exhibited a narrow range of movement following the much-anticipated release of the FOMC meeting minutes yesterday. As anticipated, board members expressed concerns about the potential risks of cutting rates too …

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Fed Meeting Minutes Align with Expectations; PCE Price Index and GDP in Crosshairs.

Wednesday, 28 Feb, 03:00 – RBNZ Interest Rate Decision In November, the RBNZ maintained its interest rate at 5.50%. Nevertheless, the central bank had earlier indicated a possible rate increase in 2024, citing persistent inflation. Despite the economy technically being in a recession, global markets are bracing for a potential unexpected interest …

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Fed Meeting Minutes Align with Expectations; PCE Price Index and GDP in Crosshairs.

Wednesday, 28 Feb, 03:00 – RBNZ Interest Rate Decision In November, the RBNZ maintained its interest rate at 5.50%. Nevertheless, the central bank had earlier indicated a possible rate increase in 2024, citing persistent inflation. Despite the economy technically being in a recession, global markets are bracing for a potential unexpected interest …

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Fed’s Hawkish Tone Buoys The Dollar

Several Fed officials have made consistent statements following last week’s interest rate decision and the disclosure of the Nonfarm Payroll. Several Fed officials have made consistent statements following last week’s interest rate decision and the disclosure of the Nonfarm Payroll. Jerome Powell and his colleagues have emphasised that the strength of the …

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CPI Strength Dampens Fed Rate Cut Prospects; Market Focus Turns to FOMC Meeting Minutes for More Cues

Wednesday, 21 Feb, 21:00 – FOMC Meeting Minutes In January, the Federal Reserve declared a steady policy rate of 5.25% – 5.5%, acknowledging the uncertain trajectory toward a rate cut in 2024. While many investors are hopeful for a shift from rate hikes to cuts by the Fed in the upcoming months, …

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Dollar Strengthen as Fed Rate Cut Speculation Wane

The U.S. dollar maintained its upward trajectory, putting pressure on both gold and equity markets. Despite a relatively dovish speech from Fed governor Christopher Waller, the U.S. dollar maintained its upward trajectory, putting pressure on both gold and equity markets. Wall Street faced selling pressure as early bets on Fed rate cuts …

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Hawkish Fed Meeting Minutes Boosts Dollar

The U.S. dollar strengthened, driven by the Hawkish narrative revealed in the meeting minutes. U.S. equity markets registered a second consecutive decline following the release of the December Federal Reserve meeting minutes. The U.S. central bank signalled an intention to maintain interest rates at a restrictive level for an extended period until …

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Equity Market Bolstered By Fed Rate Peak Speculation

Recent weak U.S. economic data, hinting at slowed growth and contained inflation, suggests the Federal Reserve might be near the end of its tightening cycle. Recent downbeat economic data from the U.S., which indicates a moderation in economic performance and contained inflation, has led the market to believe that the Federal Reserve …

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Fed Faces Crucial Decisions

The Week Ahead: Week of 24 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 25 July, 17:00 US CB Consumer Confidence (Jul) Despite the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curb inflation through interest rate hikes, the U.S. economy maintains positive performance. Consumer confidence reached its highest level in June, rising from 102.5 to 109.7. However, Dana Peterson, Chief …

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Dollar Strengthens on Fed Outlook

The Dollar index has traded steadily at around the $105 level as the market anticipates further monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. The Dollar index has traded steadily at around the $105 level as the market anticipates further monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. Short-term U.S. bond yields have surged past 5%, …

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Fed Officials Emphasise Higher Interest Rate Needed

Markets are now assessing the hawkish outlook against visibly cooling inflation Several Federal Reserve officials have expressed the view that interest rates need to be raised further this year in order to bring inflation back to the targeted rate of 2%. Despite this hawkish sentiment from the Fed, the market is inclined …

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Fed June Minutes Reveal Hawkish Stance

FOMC meeting minutes spark demand on the US Dollar Last night’s release of the FOMC meeting minutes revealed a divergence of opinions among Fed officials, with the majority committed to further rate hikes in their ongoing battle against persistent inflation. The Fed is expected to continue its rate hike cycle this month, …

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Dollar Gains As Federal Reserve Unleashes Hawkish Tone

Fed’s hawkish tone continues to spark rate hike expectations, US Dollar extend its bullish momentum. The global financial landscape is being marked by shifting monetary policies and concerns over inflationary pressures. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s hawkish tone has injected confidence in the US dollar, as market expectations for a rate hike …

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Hawkish Tone From The Fed After Rate Pause

While the Fed has paused rates at their June FOMC meeting, their hawkish tone has caused the dollar to rise The Federal Reserve kept the interest rate unchanged at 5.25%, in line with market expectations, as U.S. inflation showed signs of moderating. Despite a rate pause, the dollar quickly erased its losses …

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Markets Waiting For CPI To Gauge Fed’s Next Move

The U.S. equity market witnessed a notable rally as investors expressed optimism about the possibility of the Federal Reserve pausing the rate hike The U.S. equity market witnessed a notable rally as investors expressed optimism about the possibility of the Federal Reserve pausing the rate hike, with the decision scheduled to be …

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Focus On The Upcoming Fed Interest Rate Decision

The Week Ahead: Week of 12 June (GMT+3) Tuesday, 13 June, 15:30 – US CPI (MoM) (May) According to the previous Consumer Price Index (CPI), the United States witnessed a modest increase of 0.4% compared to last month’s 0.1%. The upcoming inflation data for May is anticipated to reveal a slight cooling …

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Is The Fed Going To Raise Interest Rates In June?

After the rate hikes by the Canadian central bank and the RBA, the Federal Reserve is now under pressure to consider raising interest rates. Despite the prevailing risk of an economic downturn in Australia, the RBA surprised the market by adding another 25 bps to its interest rate, vowing to bring the …

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US Federal Reserve Signals June Hike Skip

Focus has shifted from the US debt ceiling back to macro data and the Fed’s benchmark interest rate The dollar experienced its largest daily decline in almost a month as U.S. manufacturing data and statements from Federal Reserve officials reinforced expectations of a potential interest rate hike delay. Meanwhile, the euro rebounded …

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Is The Fed Skipping The June Rate Hike?

Over 70% of punters are now betting on a hike pause at the upcoming FOMC meeting The focus of attention is currently directed towards the U.S. Senate, where the passage of the debt limit is being closely observed. Concurrently, senators are engaged in debates concerning 11 amendments to the bill. The value …

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Dollar Rises On Debt Ceiling Optimism And Hawkish Fed Tone

The dollar has its highest since March as Fed meeting participants lean hawkish even as punters expect a hike pause in June.  Important this week: the Fed meeting minutes released on Wednesday and more updates on the U.S. debt ceiling talks.  The minutes for the Fed’s May 2-3 meeting was released yesterday, …

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Dollar Boosted By Fed’s Hawkish Comments

A bounce in the U.S. dollar has put downward pressure on oil and gold prices Equity markets were stagnant while the dollar has strengthened, driven by hawkish comments from various Fed officials stressing high inflation in the U.S. On the other hand, President Joe Biden and the country’s congressional leaders are going …

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Soft CPI Give Fed Room To Pause Rates

A lower-than-expected inflation has lent optimism to the markets The latest U.S. inflation figures have provided the Federal Reserve with some respite on its upcoming rate hike decision. The data for April showed a slight drop in inflation to 4.9% from 5%, easing the Fed’s dilemma. As a result, the dollar weakened …

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Fed Meeting Goes As Expected, Signals Potential Hike Pause

Traders are strongly advised to look out for Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls data, meanwhile, is estimated to be at 180K, lower than the previous month’s 236K In line with market expectations, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25%, or 25 basis points, bringing the so-called Fed fund rate up to between …

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Fed Rate At The Highest Level Since 2007

The dollar has dipped on dovish expectations and downward pressure on the economy Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced yesterday that the central bank would deliver its 10th consecutive interest-rate hike of 25 basis points, bringing the Fed rate to 5.25%, its highest level since 2007. Powell also hinted that the Fed …

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All Eyes on Fed’s Interest Rate Decision

Markets are widely expecting a 25-point hike at the upcoming Fed meeting The U.S. financial markets experienced much-needed stabilisation after JP Morgan’s acquisition of First Republic bank, the latest financial institution to fail. This development has lifted the U.S. equities markets, with Asian markets also opening higher after returning from the labour …

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Dollar Slips Ahead of Fed’s Monetary Policy Decision

With a 25-point hike already priced in for the dollar, investors have turned to the ECB’s hawkish outlook to price the euro The US Dollar slipped to a one-week low as investors pondered the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy ahead of next week’s meeting, where a rate hike is expected. Uncertainty lingers, with …

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Dollar Struggles as Investors Remain Sceptical of Fed’s Hawkish Tone

The US Dollar is uncertain due to recent hawkish comments by Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and James Bullard on rate hikes. The US Dollar continues to struggle as uncertainty over US monetary policy lingers in the global financial market. Despite hawkish comments from Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and James Bullard …

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Fed Takes Risk With Rate Hike Amid Banking Crisis

Investors hoping for a pause in rate hikes were disappointed as the U.S. Federal Reserve pushed ahead with a quarter-point hike at its interest rate decision on Wednesday. While way lower than 2022’s mega-hikes of 50 to 75 bps and in line with economist expectations, March’s 25-point hike is a calculated risk …

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Fed is not Pausing Rate Hike

Jerome Powell delivered a smaller size of rate hike of 25 bps which is in line with the market consensus; however, the market was hit by double assail with U.S. major indexes dropping by more than 1% and the dollar traded below $103. Firstly, Powell revealed that the Fed considered pausing the …

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Markets Risk-on Ahead of Fed’s Interest Rate Decision

Wall Street closed high and gold prices retraced as the fears over the banking sector crisis abated; the dollar index remains calm before the Fed’s interest rate decision announcement, which will be made later today (22nd March). However, investors are starting to discuss the banking turmoil as aftermath of central banks’ frenetic …

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Stubbornly Strong Jobs Data Supports Hawkish Fed Outlook

In a continued chain of unrelentingly robust jobs data, the U.S. ADP Nonfarm printed a reading of 242,000  for February, higher than an estimated 205 000 and up from a revised 119,000 for January. The service sector had the largest contribution to  job additions with 190,000, of which a majority came from …

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Ahead of NFP, Fed Implements Lowest Rate Hike in 10 Months

On Wednesday, the U.S Federal Reserve released its monetary policy decision for February 2023, raising the benchmark interest rate by 25 points at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting, as widely expected by the markets. This brings the target range of 4.5% to 4.75%, making it the highest since October 2007. This …

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FOMC Minutes:  No Light at the End of The Tunnel for Fed

On Wednesday, the U.S Federal Reserve released the minutes for its 13-14 December meeting, revealing a key message coming from committee members to investors: don’t start counting on a dovish pivot just yet.   Quoting from the minutes – “an unwarranted easing in financial conditions, especially if driven by a misperception by the …

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Scaled-Down 50bps Hike From Fed Belies Hawkish Outlook

On Wednesday, 14 December, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its last rate hike of the year – a 50-basis point increase to the Fed fund rate, well in line with the market’s expectations. This brings the Fed benchmark rate to 4.25% – 4.5%, the highest in 15 years. While a dovish step …

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U.S. Shares Tumble on Hawkish Fed Signals

On Wednesday, 2 November, the US Federal Reserve implemented its fourth mega hike, raising interest rates by 75 basis points, or 0.75%, in its continuing fight against high inflation. This brings the current Fed’s benchmark rate to 3.75% – 4%, with rates expected to hit a ceiling at 4.5% – 4.75% in …

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Fed Inflation Fears and Weak Demand Outlook Weigh on Crude

On Wednesday, 12 October (GMT+3), the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook (SETO). Forecasts for 2023 revealed an average global oil production of 100.7 million barrels a day – down 600,000 from September’s forecast and reflecting OPEC+’s announced cuts.  Oil consumption for 2023 is forecasted to be 101 …

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FOMC Minutes Reveals Fed’s Inflation Fears

On Wednesday, 17 August (GMT+3), the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes for its 26-27 July meeting. In it, the Fed has finally decided to take a step back to assess the effects of aggressive monetary tightening. For the past few rate hikes, which saw increases as high as 75 …

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Fed’s 75 Point Hike Boosts Equity Markets

On Wednesday evening (GMT+3), the US Federal Reserve announced a rate hike of 0.75% or 75 basis points, up from the last rate hike of 50 points. This is the largest Fed interest rate hike in 28 years, and brings the benchmark interest rate to between 1.50% – 1.75%, a number last …

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Gold Steadies as Fed Increases Interest Rate By Expected 0.25%

On Wednesday, 16 March, the US Federal Reserve made the long-awaited decision to raise interest rates to combat surging inflation. As per the market’s expectations, the Fed raised rates by 25 basis points. The 0.25% rate hike was voted on almost unanimously by policymakers, except St Louis Fed president James Bullard, who voted …

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Unexpected Fed Dovishness Causes USD Drop and Gold Rise

On Wednesday evening (GMT+2), the US Federal Reserve released its meeting minutes, revealing its plans for interest rate hikes, as well as a “significant reduction” in asset holdings in response to spreading inflation. However, while its outward tone might seem hawkish, the details of the minutes lacked bite without any clear signals …

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Fed Expected to Expedite Rate Hikes as US CPI Beats Expectations

On January 12 (Wednesday) afternoon (GMT+2), the United States announced its year-on-year, not seasonally-adjusted Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December. US CPI rose 7% in 2021, the largest 12-month gain since 1982, according to data released by the Labor Department. CPI rose 0.5% month-on-month in December, slightly beating the market expectations of …

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NFP Shocks Market, Triggers Dollar Surge

Market Summary Last Friday’s U.S. Nonfarm Payroll (NFP) report rattled financial markets with a significantly higher-than-expected reading, far surpassing both market expectations and the previous month’s figures. The robust job data dashed hopes for an early rate hike from the Federal Reserve, as a tight labour market could potentially spur higher inflation, …

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Market Awaits For Crucial NFP

Market Summary All eyes are on today’s Nonfarm Payroll (NFP) and U.S. unemployment rate data, which could be the final piece of the puzzle for the Federal Reserve’s rate cut decision this year. Recent lackluster U.S. economic indicators, alongside monetary policy pivots from the Bank of Canada (BoC) and the European Central …

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Dollar Hammers By Soft U.S. Job Data

Market Summary The ADP Nonfarm Employment Change data released yesterday provided a preview of the highly anticipated Nonfarm Payroll report due on Friday. The dollar tumbled to its lowest level in two months following the disappointing job data, which reinforced bets on a Federal Reserve rate cut. This speculation of a dovish …

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Oil Plummet On U.S. Crude Inventory Surge

Market Summary Oil prices experienced their steepest decline of 2024, dropping over 5%, following the release of the American Petroleum Institute (API) weekly crude data, which revealed an unexpected inventory build-up exceeding 4 million barrels. This surprise data, coupled with OPEC+’s decision to increase oil supply in the fourth quarter, exerted significant …

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Soft PMI Reading Hammers Dollar Lower

* U.S. Dollar continued to slide as the PMI readings came short. * Seeking today’s JOLTs job opening data to gauge the dollar’s strength.  * Gold traded within its sideways range despite the dollar having been weakening. Market Summary The U.S. dollar remained on a downward trajectory following the release of yesterday’s …

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Soft PCE Boost Equity Market

* Soft PCE reading hammered the dollar’s strength and improved stock market performance.   * Eye on today’s U.K. and U.S. PMI readings.  * Oil prices are expected to be hindered by the outcome of the OPEC meeting. Market Summary The highly anticipated U.S. PCE, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, met market expectations …

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All Eye On Today’s PCE Reading

Market Summary The U.S. dollar failed to sustain its gains following the release of U.S. GDP data that fell short of expectations, coupled with Initial Jobless Claims that exceeded market forecasts. This has prompted a slight shift in market sentiment away from the expectation of a more hawkish Federal Reserve stance. All …

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Dollar Fuels By Strong Treasury Yield

Market Summary The U.S. 7-year note auction held yesterday saw tepid demand for long-term Treasury yields, resulting in a decline in bond prices and pushing bond yields higher. This development, combined with market perception that the Federal Reserve is not planning to initiate a rate cut policy soon, fueled risk-averse sentiment and …

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Oil Prices Bullish As Geopolitical Tension Escalates

Market Summary As U.S. markets resumed following the Monday public holiday, the implementation of the “T +1” settlement rule was overshadowed by a hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 closed unchanged, while the Dow Jones declined. Fed official Neel Kashkari indicated that the Fed would maintain its …

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Commodity Surge As Geopolitical Tension Rise

Market Summary The market saw muted activity as both the U.S. and the U.K. observed public holidays in yesterday’s session. The dollar index (DXY) edged lower, failing to hold above the 104.50 level. This decline comes as the market anticipates signs of cooling U.S. inflation ahead of the PCE reading due on …

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Dollar Surge on Hawkish FOMC Meeting Minutes

Market Summary The U.S. dollar has strengthened, with the Dollar Index (DXY) climbing to its highest level this week, fueled by hawkish FOMC meeting minutes released in the last session. The minutes revealed that some members doubted whether the current interest rate level is sufficient to bring inflation down to the 2% …

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Dollar Dilemma: FOMC Caution

Market Summary The US Dollar remained subdued as investors awaited the FOMC meeting minutes, with Federal Reserve officials emphasising the need for more evidence of easing inflation before considering rate cuts. This cautious stance has kept the dollar in check, influencing other markets as well. Gold prices stayed flat but slightly retreated …

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Gold Prices Back to All-time High Territory

Market Summary Asian equity markets opened strongly at the start of the week, buoyed by the bullish sentiment from last Friday’s U.S. market performance. Investors in the U.S. are eyeing Nvidia’s earnings report on Wednesday, anticipating another AI-driven rally. On the other hand, geopolitical issues in Eastern Europe and the Middle East …

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Soft CPI Hammers Dollar to Monthly Low

Market Summary Yesterday’s U.S. inflation gauge, CPI, rattled financial markets as the dollar index (DXY) plunged nearly 1% and equity markets jumped following a reading below market consensus. The April CPI came in at 0.3%, lower than the previous month, alongside flat Retail Sales data at 0%. This downbeat economic data has …

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Soft CPI Hammers Dollar to Monthly Low

Market Summary Yesterday’s U.S. inflation gauge, CPI, rattled financial markets as the dollar index (DXY) plunged nearly 1% and equity markets jumped following a reading below market consensus. The April CPI came in at 0.3%, lower than the previous month, alongside flat Retail Sales data at 0%. This downbeat economic data has …

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Gold Surge on Soften Dollar

Market Summary The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the Producer Price Index (PPI), was released yesterday, showing April PPI slightly above market consensus at 0.5%. Following the inflation data, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated that the U.S. central bank is likely to keep interest rates higher for longer to address persistently sticky inflation. …

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Japan’s Long-term Treasury Yield Surge

Market Summary In the most recent trading session, asset classes remained largely unchanged as markets awaited key U.S. inflation data. The Producer Price Index (PPI) is set for release today, followed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) tomorrow. These figures are critical as they could influence the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. In …

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BoJ Trim Bond Buying Amid Weakening Yen

Market Summary On Friday, the U.S. dollar remained stagnant after being affected by positive initial jobless claims data, which hinted at an easing job market and potential measures from the Fed to curb inflation. U.S. equity markets continued their upward trajectory in anticipation of a more accommodative monetary policy from the Fed …

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Soft U.S. Job Data Hammers Dollar

Market Summary Following the market’s digestion of last Friday’s soft Nonfarm Payrolls report, the dollar index (DXY) initially showed signs of recovery, inching towards the $106 mark and mitigating previous losses. However, the dollar’s upward momentum was abruptly halted by the release of the latest U.S. Initial Jobless Claims data, which surged …

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All Eye on BoE’s Monetary Decision Today

Market Summary In the last session, the financial markets experienced relative calm, with the dollar index (DXY) maintaining stability around the 105.50 level, while U.S. equity markets remained near recent highs. Notable movements were observed in the bond markets, where the 10-year benchmark yields for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan saw increases, …

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Yen Drop on Japan FX Officials Comment

Market Summary The U.S. equity market continued its upward trajectory, buoyed by growing optimism surrounding potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve later this year, following the release of softer-than-expected nonfarm payroll data last Friday, indicating a slowdown in economic performance. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surged over 1% this morning upon …

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Soft NFP Spurs Stock Market

Market Summary Last Friday saw a notable weakening in the dollar, with the dollar index (DXY) declining to its monthly low following the underwhelming U.S. Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) report, which significantly missed market expectations. This soft job data has fueled market speculation about a possible interest rate reduction by the Federal Reserve …

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All Eye Will Be On Today’s NFP

Market Summary Following Jerome Powell’s remarks subsequent to the Fed’s interest rate decision announcement, equity markets rallied in response to the dovish tone from the Fed chief, while the Dollar index continued its decline. The Fed’s dismissal of another rate hike possibility, despite persistent inflation in the U.S., contributed to the Dollar’s …

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Dollar Hammers By Dovish Powell Statement

Market Summary The financial markets were roiled by Jerome Powell’s remarks following the Fed’s interest rate decision announcement. Powell’s dovish stance prompted a sharp decline in the strength of the U.S. dollar, while gold prices rebounded on the prospect of a softer dollar. Despite ongoing signs of inflationary pressures in the U.S, …

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Dollar Strengthens On Strong U.S. Wage Data

Market Summary The U.S. dollar surged and equities stumbled following the release of the U.S. employment cost index, which revealed a robust 1.2% increase, the sharpest uptick in a year. This data underscores the tightness of the U.S. job market and raises concerns about potential inflationary pressures. Investors are eagerly anticipating the …

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Japanese Yen Fluctuation Eases after Rumour Clear

Market Summary The Japanese Yen experienced a significant fluctuation, moving more than 500 pips against the U.S. dollar in the last trading session. This volatility was driven by market speculation regarding potential intervention by Japanese authorities after the Yen surpassed the 160 mark against the dollar. Meanwhile, market participants are also focusing …

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Japanese Yen Seesaw after Hitting 160 Mark

Market Summary The U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) data released last Friday slightly surpassed market expectations and the previous reading, supported by recent positive economic indicators in the U.S. This bolstered the dollar index, as investors interpreted the data as a sign that the Federal Reserve may scale back its plans for …

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All Eyes on Today’s U.S. PCE

Market Summary The release of the U.S. GDP data yesterday sent shockwaves through the financial markets, as the GDP price index surpassed both forecasted and previous readings. This has prompted market speculation that the U.S. PCE index, scheduled for release later today, will also exceed expectations, dampening prospects for Fed interest rate …

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Eye On U.S. GDP Today

Market Summary The U.S. equity markets saw a halt in their two-day rally, primarily pulled down by disappointing earnings from Meta Platforms. As a result, both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 were left nearly unchanged, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower. Market focus is now turning to Alphabet and Microsoft, …

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Wall Street Closes Higher On Profit Optimism

Market Summary In the latest trading session, the Dollar Index retreated, failing to sustain its position above the $106 mark. This movement coincides with heightened buying interest in U.S. 2-year Treasuries, suggesting that investors are bracing for slower economic growth and potentially anticipating a Federal Reserve rate cut within the year. In …

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Market Focus on Earnings Report

Market Summary As we head into the second quarter earnings report season, the U.S. equity market is poised to capture significant attention. Recent geopolitical events, particularly the unconfirmed reports of an explosion in Iran’s third-largest city last Friday, have injected volatility into commodities prices and bolstered the appeal of safe-haven assets like …

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Unconfirm Explosion Stimulates Commodities Prices

Market Summary The market was roiled by unconfirmed reports of explosions in Iran, Iraq, and Syria, adding to the already tense atmosphere following Iran’s recent attack on Israel over the weekend. Anticipation of potential retaliation from Israel contributed to heightened nervousness in the markets throughout the week. Gold prices surged above the …

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Oil Prices Plummet On Strong U.S. Crude Inventories Build-up

Market Summary The U.S. dollar experienced a technical retracement, easing from its 2024 peak and breaking below the $106 mark. Despite this, robust U.S. economic performance and the Federal Reserve’s hawkish stance are expected to provide underlying support to the dollar. Concurrently, the easing dollar has allowed its peers to make gains, …

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Dollar Fuels By Powell Hawkish Statement

Market Summary The market’s attention has shifted from Middle East tensions to remarks made by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Powell’s recent speech signals that the U.S. central bank may opt to maintain interest rates at elevated levels for an extended period, given the backdrop of robust economic indicators and surprisingly high …

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Upbeat U.S. Retail Sales Boost Dollar

Market Summary In yesterday’s trading session, the U.S. dollar saw appreciable gains, buoyed by stronger-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. This robust economic indicator has led market participants to speculate that the Federal Reserve might delay any prospective rate cuts due to persistent inflationary pressures. Amid ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, …

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Safe-Haven Surge Amid Rising Middle East Tensions

Market Summary Gold surged past $2400 per troy ounce, hitting record highs driven by geopolitical tensions and global uncertainty before retracing as technical indicators signalled overheating, prompting profit-taking. Despite this, gold saw a remarkable 20% surge since mid-February, catching investors off guard amid talks of Federal Reserve interest rate cuts. Geopolitical tensions …

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Gold Surges On Escalating Middle East Tensions

Market Summary Gold prices surged to near-record highs, driven by a subdued US Producer Prices Index, fueling expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts and bolstering gold’s appeal as a safe-haven asset amidst escalating geopolitical tensions, notably between Israel and Iran. Meanwhile, the US Dollar initially stumbled following lower-than-expected PPI data but rebounded …

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Dollar Surges on CPI Beat, Gold Pressured

Market Summary The Dollar Index surged on the back of robust inflation data, surprising investors and challenging expectations of an imminent rate cut. US Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures outpaced forecasts for the fourth consecutive month, reaching 3.5% over the 12 months to March. This unexpected inflationary pressure prompted a reevaluation of …

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All Eye on the U.S. CPI

Market Summary Market participants are keenly awaiting the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data set for release today, a crucial determinant of the Federal Reserve’s forthcoming monetary policy direction. In the lead-up, the Dollar Index (DXY) has experienced a downturn, struggling to stay above the critical 104.00 threshold. Concurrently, a decline in …

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Gold Prices At All-Time High Ahead Of CPI

Market Summary As the financial markets brace for the forthcoming U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) announcement on Wednesday, U.S. equities presented a subdued performance, while the dollar index witnessed a modest decline. The anticipation surrounding the Federal Reserve’s rate-cutting measures has been significantly adjusted, with expectations now set at a 60 basis …

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Strong NFP Bolsters The Dollar

Market Summary The U.S. labour market’s vigorous expansion, with the Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) report disclosing an impressive 303,000 job additions that exceeded both previous results and projections, accentuated the U.S. economy’s resilience and amplified concerns over enduring high inflation. Consequently, the Dollar Index (DXY) experienced a resurgence as forecasts about the Federal …

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Dollar Buoys By Optimistic NFP Expectation

Market Summary The dollar index (DXY) briefly dipped below the pivotal $104 mark before rebounding in anticipation of the upcoming release of the Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report, introducing an element of volatility into the market. Recent positive economic indicators, particularly the ADP non-farm employment change figures, exceeding expectations, have buoyed market sentiment …

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Bullish Gold Trades To All-Time High

Market Summary Gold prices have reached another milestone, currently trading steadily above $2300, as market sentiment leans towards the likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut this year. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech yesterday reiterated the central bank’s stance, indicating that it will take more time to assess market conditions …

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Dollar Eases Ahead Of Jerome Powell Speech

Market Summary The U.S. stock market experienced a significant decline yesterday, with all three major indexes dropping by approximately 1%. This downturn occurred as U.S. long-term Treasury yields surged to their highest level since last December, fueled by robust economic data suggesting that the Federal Reserve might postpone interest rate cuts. However, …

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Upbeat PMI Readings Bolsters Dollar

Market Summary The dollar index (DXY) surged by nearly 0.5% in the previous session, propelled by the robust ISM PMI readings surpassing the 50-mark threshold, signalling sustained economic growth in the United States. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s relatively dovish remarks last Friday, following the release of the PCE reading within expectations, …

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Dollar Gains On Upbeat U.S. GDP Data

Market Summary The Dollar surged as upbeat U.S. GDP data, surpassing expectations at 3.4%, fueled speculation of a Federal Reserve pullback on anticipated rate cuts, heightening investor confidence in the currency. Concurrently, safe-haven gold experienced significant bullish momentum as investors hedged portfolios ahead of pivotal events despite the dollar’s ascent. Eyes are …

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Dollar Bolsters By Upbeat Economic Data

Market Summary The dollar index (DXY) saw an uptick yesterday amid favourable economic indicators, reinforcing the perception of a robust U.S. economy. Notably, the growth in Durable Goods Orders from -6.9% to 1.4% for February indicates ongoing consumption growth, potentially fueling persistent inflationary pressures. This development has caused a recalibration of market …

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Market Trades Dully Ahead Of PCE

Market Summary The market exhibited relative quietness in yesterday’s trading session as investors positioned themselves ahead of Friday’s release of the PCE index. There is a palpable sense of confusion among market participants regarding the Federal Reserve’s forthcoming monetary policy. While the U.S. central bank remains steadfast in its commitment to implementing …

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Sticky Inflation Bolsters Dollar

Market Summary At the outset of the week, market attention is squarely focused on the upcoming release of the Fed’s preferred inflation measure, the PCE index, scheduled for Friday, alongside remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell following the release. Currently, the U.S. dollar is supported by persistent inflationary pressures in the …

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Rate Rumble: RBNZ, BoC, And ECB Take Centre Stage

Wednesday, 10th April 2024, 04:00 – RBNZ Interest Rate Decision The New Zealand central bank maintain its benchmark interest rate at 5.50% as expected during its previous meeting. While there was no surprise of the central bank paused rates, the less hawkish tone was a surprise as 23% of the market surveyed …

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Financial Market Stall Ahead Of CPI

Market Summary The U.S. financial markets remained relatively calm in anticipation of the forthcoming Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading, slated for release later today. This inflation data is seen as a critical determinant for market speculation on the timing of potential monetary policy moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Concurrently, expectations of …

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Gold Surges To Record Highs As Gloomy Outlook

Market Summary The US Dollar faces challenges as key employment indicators present a mixed picture, with a disappointing unemployment rate and hourly earnings figures contrasting with a robust non-farm payroll report. The US Unemployment rate and Average Hourly Earnings came in at 3.90% and 0.10%, respectively, both worse than the expected 3.70% …

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Dovish Powell’s Testimony Hammers Dollar

* The dollar index traded to its one-month low after a Dovish Testimony by Jerome Powell.  * The soft dollar has pushed the gold to break its all-time high levels with strong bullish momentum in sight.  * BTC rebounded and is back to $67000 territory.  Market Summary The Powell testimony that began …

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Gold Skyrocketing Ahead Of Powell’s Testimony

* U.S. equity markets pulled back from a previous AI rally ahead of the Fed’s testimony. * Gold prices are approaching their all-time high levels, fueled by risk-off sentiment. * BTC plunged more than 10% after it traded beyond its all-time high at $68980.  Market Summary U.S. equity markets are showing signs …

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Financial Market Await Powell’s Testimony

* Gold prices are on the brink to hit its all time high ahead of Powell’s testimony on Wednesday. * Tokyo Core CPI came in line with the market expectation with an increase from the previous reading fuels hope for a rate hike from BoJ. * BTC surged to above the $68000 …

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Market Welcomes Easter, Will Data Egg-cites Next Week?

Monday, 1st April 2024, 16:00 – ISM Manufacturing PMI (Mar) In February, economic activity within the U.S. manufacturing sector continued its contraction for the 16th consecutive month in February with the data stood 47.8 against 49.1 recorded in January, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The contraction was due to …

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Financial Market Stall Ahead of CPI

Market Summary The U.S. financial markets remained relatively calm in anticipation of the forthcoming Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading, slated for release later today. This inflation data is seen as a critical determinant for market speculation on the timing of potential monetary policy moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Concurrently, expectations of …

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Gold Surges To Record Highs As Gloomy Outlook

Market Summary The US Dollar faces challenges as key employment indicators present a mixed picture, with a disappointing unemployment rate and hourly earnings figures contrasting with a robust non-farm payroll report. The US Unemployment rate and Average Hourly Earnings came in at 3.90% and 0.10%, respectively, both worse than the expected 3.70% …

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Dovish Powell’s Testimony Hammers Dollar

* The dollar index traded to its one-month low after a Dovish Testimony by Jerome Powell.  * The soft dollar has pushed the gold to break its all-time high levels with strong bullish momentum in sight.  * BTC rebounded and is back to $67000 territory.  Market Summary The Powell testimony that began …

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Gold Skyrocketing Ahead Of Powell’s Testimony

* U.S. equity markets pulled back from a previous AI rally ahead of the Fed’s testimony. * Gold prices are approaching their all-time high levels, fueled by risk-off sentiment. * BTC plunged more than 10% after it traded beyond its all-time high at $68980.  Market Summary U.S. equity markets are showing signs …

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Financial Market Await Powell’s Testimony

* Gold prices are on the brink to hit its all time high ahead of Powell’s testimony on Wednesday. * Tokyo Core CPI came in line with the market expectation with an increase from the previous reading fuels hope for a rate hike from BoJ. * BTC surged to above the $68000 …

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Poor PMI Reading Weigh On Dollar’s Strength

* Poor ISM PMI readings put pressure on dollar strength. * Traders’ eyes on Tokyo Core CPI due tomorrow to gauge the Yen’s strength.  * OPEC+ will extend oil supply cuts to the second quarter of 2024 to avert a global surplus.   Market Summary Last week’s release of ISM PMI readings, which …

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U.S. PCE Reading Boost Dollar Strength

The much-anticipated U.S. PCE reading, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, was released yesterday, meeting market expectations at 2.4%. The much-anticipated U.S. PCE reading, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, was released yesterday, meeting market expectations at 2.4%. As the market awaits comments from Federal Reserve officials regarding the PCE inflation gauge, …

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Dollar Eases On Low GDP Growth

The Dollar Index underwent considerable volatility, fluctuating within a range of approximately 0.3% in the recent session. The Dollar Index underwent considerable volatility, fluctuating within a range of approximately 0.3% in the recent session. This movement followed a mixed bag of U.S. economic data. On one hand, the last quarter’s U.S. GDP …

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Dollar Stall Ahead Of GDP

The Dollar Index continues to trade within a narrow range, exhibiting minimal change with a marginal increase of 0.02% in the last session The Dollar Index continues to trade within a narrow range, exhibiting minimal change with a marginal increase of 0.02% in the last session. Concurrently, U.S. equity markets find themselves …

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Upbeat Japanese CPI Fuels Yen’s Strength

Japan’s Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) data exceeded market expectations at 2%, strengthening the Japanese Yen against other major currencies. The bullish momentum in U.S. equity markets appears to be tapering off, trading flat in anticipation of the crucial U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) reading. This data is poised to influence market …

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All Eyes On Japan’s CPI

The robust U.S. stock markets, having reached record highs, paused for breath last Friday, reflecting a momentary halt in their bullish momentum. The robust U.S. stock markets, having reached record highs, paused for breath last Friday, reflecting a momentary halt in their bullish momentum. Conversely, the dollar index has maintained a subdued …

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Raving Sentiment In The U.S. Stock Markets

The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report. The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report, which signals a positive outlook for …

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Powell Assures Rate Cut, but Will Next Week’s CPI Report Disrupt the Strategy?

Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 14:30 – U.S CPI (YoY) (Feb) In January, the annual rate of inflation dropped less than expected to 3.1% from 3.4% in December. Numerous economists and Federal Reserve officials have cautioned that the final push to bring inflation back to the bank target of 2% would be a …

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Powell Assures Rate Cut, but Will Next Week’s CPI Report Disrupt the Strategy?

Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 14:30 – U.S CPI (YoY) (Feb) In January, the annual rate of inflation dropped less than expected to 3.1% from 3.4% in December. Numerous economists and Federal Reserve officials have cautioned that the final push to bring inflation back to the bank target of 2% would be a …

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Dollar Eases Ahead Of FOMC Meeting Minutes

As the FOMC January meeting minutes loom, the Dollar Index (DXY) is losing steam, struggling to maintain its value above $104. As the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) January meeting minutes loom, the Dollar Index (DXY) is losing steam, struggling to maintain its value above $104. Conversely, gold prices are surging due …

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Raving Sentiment in the U.S. Stock Markets

The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report. The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report, which signals a positive outlook for …

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China Cuts Mortgage Rate To Revive Property Market

China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. However, the equity markets, including Hang Seng, have …

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China Cuts Mortgage Rate To Revive Property Market

China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. However, the equity markets, including Hang Seng, have …

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Dollar Holds Steady, All Eyes On US GDP Release 

Amidst positive US economic indicators, the Dollar Index remains stable, dampening expectations for a Federal Reserve rate cut. Amidst positive US economic indicators, the Dollar Index remains stable, dampening expectations for a Federal Reserve rate cut. Robust US equity markets, fueled by strong corporate results, counter rising Treasury yields. Gold faces downward …

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All Eye On U.S. PCE Data

The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. Optimistic earnings outlooks from Nvidia suggest that the …

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U.S. PCE Pressures Dollar To Trade Lower

The PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The inflation data, aligning with market expectations at 2.6%, suggests that pricing pressures in …

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Dollar Poise Ahead Of Interest Rate Decision

The U.S. dollar has been trading sideways recently, as market participants await the pivotal Federal Reserve interest rate decision The U.S. dollar has been trading sideways recently, as market participants await the pivotal Federal Reserve interest rate decision, along with the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes scheduled …

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Yen Stimulates by Hawkish BoJ meeting minutes

The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of the negative rate policy were noted. The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of …

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Powell’s Hawkish Statement Stirs Equity Market

Jerome Powell emphasised that the central bank is not in a rush to shift its monetary policy and has ruled out near-term interest rate cuts The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision aligned with market expectations, maintaining the rate at its current level. However, the notable aspect of the event unfolded in the …

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Powell’s Hawkish Statement Stirs Equity Market

Jerome Powell emphasised that the central bank is not in a rush to shift its monetary policy and has ruled out near-term interest rate cuts The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision aligned with market expectations, maintaining the rate at its current level. However, the notable aspect of the event unfolded in the …

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U.S. Dollar Eases Ahead Of Nonfarm Payroll

U.S. equity markets staged a rebound fueled by impressive earnings reports, and this positive sentiment spilled over to Asian markets U.S. equity markets staged a rebound fueled by impressive earnings reports, and this positive sentiment spilled over to Asian markets, including Hong Kong and China, which all opened on a positive note. …

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Upbeat NFP Stimulates Dollar

The robust U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report released last Friday, with a reading of 353k has significantly impacted the market The robust U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report released last Friday, with a reading of 353k, higher than the previous 333k, has significantly impacted the market. The data suggests that the U.S. labour market remains …

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U.S. Dollar Remain Strong On Upbeat Economic Data

The dollar maintained its strength and continued to rise, propelled by robust economic data released yesterday. The dollar maintained its strength and continued to rise, propelled by robust economic data released yesterday. Higher-than-expected ISM PMI figures indicated ongoing strength in the U.S. economy despite elevated borrowing costs. The U.S. equity markets faced …

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Hang Seng Stock Index Rebounds Strongly

The Hang Seng Index has continued to show strength for the second consecutive session, with the Chinese government support. The Hang Seng Index has continued to show strength for the second consecutive session, with the Chinese government directing the China sovereign fund to provide support to the Chinese equity markets. In contrast, …

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Oil Prices Surge On Geopolitical Uncertainty

Oil prices surged by over 3% yesterday, driven by escalating tensions in the Middle East Oil prices surged by over 3% yesterday, driven by escalating tensions in the Middle East. Ceasefire talks took a gloomy turn as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the Gaza deal, deeming it “delusional.” This geopolitical uncertainty …

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Dollar Flat: Investors Await Key Inflation Report

Dollar in consolidation mode ahead of key economic data, investors are advised to continue eyeing on US CPI. The US Dollar adopts a consolidated stance in anticipation of key economic data, particularly US inflation and retail sales figures. Investors are closely monitoring the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January, expecting a year-on-year …

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Robust CPI Report Sparks Surge In Dollar Demand

January’s inflation exceeds expectations at 0.30% monthly and 3.10% year-on-year, reinforcing the Dollar’s strength. The Dollar Index hits a three-month high, driven by robust economic indicators, including strong job reports, GDP figures and US inflation. January’s inflation exceeds expectations at 0.30% monthly and 3.10% year-on-year, reinforcing the Dollar’s strength. Market expectations for …

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U.S. Dollar Edges Higher Ahead Of GDP 

In the financial markets, the U.S. long-term treasury yield held firm above 4.1%, contributing to a slight uptick in the U.S. dollar’s value on the previous day. In the financial markets, the U.S. long-term treasury yield held firm above 4.1%, contributing to a slight uptick in the U.S. dollar’s value on the …

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U.S. Equity Markets Trade At All-Time High

U.S. equity markets saw upward momentum, driven by a rally in tech stocks. The U.S. dollar maintained a sideways trajectory as market participants awaited more cues from the U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) data that is due on Friday. Investors are keenly observing developments that could provide insights into the upcoming monetary …

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Robust CPI Report Sparks Surge In Dollar Demand

January’s inflation exceeds expectations at 0.30% monthly and 3.10% year-on-year, reinforcing the Dollar’s strength. The Dollar Index hits a three-month high, driven by robust economic indicators, including strong job reports, GDP figures and US inflation. January’s inflation exceeds expectations at 0.30% monthly and 3.10% year-on-year, reinforcing the Dollar’s strength. Market expectations for …

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Dollar Ease On Profit-Taking Sentiment

The Dollar Index (DXY) experienced a moderation in its bullish momentum due to prevailing profit-taking sentiment in the market. The Dollar Index (DXY), initially bolstered by a positive Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading, experienced a moderation in its bullish momentum due to prevailing profit-taking sentiment in the market. Nevertheless, the steadfastly hawkish …

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Soft Retail Sales Hammers Dollar

The Retail Sales figure disappointed at -0.8%, marking its lowest point since January 2023. This has fueled expectations for a potential rate cut by the Federal Reserve in May. The much-anticipated U.S. Retail Sales figures failed to sustain positive sentiment following the robust Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading unveiled last Tuesday. Despite …

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Dollar Retreats On Profit-Taking, Eyes On FOMC Minutes

The US Dollar undergoes a notable retreat driven by profit-taking activities following recent gains, fueled by optimistic economic data The US Dollar undergoes a notable retreat driven by profit-taking activities following recent gains, fueled by optimistic economic data suggesting a delay in Federal Reserve interest rate cuts. Despite the pullback, the dollar’s overall …

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Yen Stimulates by Hawkish BoJ meeting minutes

The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of the negative rate policy were noted. The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of …

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U.S. PCE Pressures Dollar To Trade Lower

The PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The inflation data, aligning with market expectations at 2.6%, suggests that pricing pressures in …

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Dollar Poise Ahead Of Interest Rate Decision

The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of the negative rate policy were noted. The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of …

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U.S. PCE Pressures Dollar to Trade Lower

The PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE reading, revealed last Friday, contributed to a decline in the strength of the dollar. The inflation data, aligning with market expectations at 2.6%, suggests that pricing pressures in …

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All Eye On U.S. PCE Data

The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. Optimistic earnings outlooks from Nvidia suggest that the …

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U.S. Equity Markets Trade At All-Time High

U.S. equity markets saw upward momentum, driven by a rally in tech stocks. The U.S. dollar maintained a sideways trajectory as market participants awaited more cues from the U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) data that is due on Friday. Investors are keenly observing developments that could provide insights into the upcoming monetary …

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U.S. Dollar Edges Higher Ahead Of GDP 

In the financial markets, the U.S. long-term treasury yield held firm above 4.1%, contributing to a slight uptick in the U.S. dollar’s value on the previous day. In the financial markets, the U.S. long-term treasury yield held firm above 4.1%, contributing to a slight uptick in the U.S. dollar’s value on the …

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All Eyes On BoJ Interest Rate Decision

The market is dominated by speculation regarding an early rate cut by the Federal Reserve, leading to record highs in U.S. equity markets The market is dominated by speculation regarding an early rate cut by the Federal Reserve, leading to record highs in U.S. equity markets. Despite a recent slide in the …

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Dollar Gain On Upbeat Retail Sales Figure

The U.S. dollar secured its fifth consecutive session of gains, continuing its upward trajectory following a better-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. The U.S. dollar secured its fifth consecutive session of gains, continuing its upward trajectory following a better-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. Robust economic indicators, including a rebound in the Consumer Price …

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U.S. Government Shutdown Averts Fuels Risk-On Sentiment

The greenback experiences a slight easing as the U.S. Congress approves funding for government spending The U.S. economic data continues to underscore robust performance, contributing to the dollar’s strength. However, the greenback experiences a slight easing as the U.S. Congress approves funding for government spending, alleviating concerns about a potential government shutdown …

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Oil Prices Jump As Red Sea Tension Escalates

Oil prices experienced a significant rally as geopolitical tensions heightened in the Red Sea. Oil prices experienced a significant rally, reaching their highest level in 2024, as geopolitical tensions heightened in the Red Sea. Following a retaliatory move by the U.S. against Houthi attacks on ships, airstrikes were launched, escalating tensions and …

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Dollar Strengthen As Sentiment Shift

The U.S. dollar has experienced a resurgence, reaching its highest level in a month, propelled by a revival in U.S. treasury yields. The U.S. dollar has experienced a resurgence, reaching its highest level in a month, propelled by a revival in U.S. treasury yields. This rebound signals a departure from earlier speculation …

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Oil Prices Drop To 4-Month Low

The financial markets experienced a relatively subdued session overnight, as lacking significant catalysts. Investor attention remains focused on the APEC forum The financial markets experienced a relatively subdued session overnight, lacking significant catalysts to drive decisive movements. Investor attention remains focused on the APEC forum, with particular interest in the meeting between …

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Soft CPI Lead To DXY Crashes

The Dollar Index took a substantial hit, plummeting over 1.5% in the wake of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) release. The Dollar index took a substantial hit, plummeting over 1.5% in the wake of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) release. The data indicated a softening of inflationary pressures, leading the …

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Dollar Gains On Upbeat Retail Sales

The U.S. dollar staged a modest recovery following a notable decline on Wednesday. However, the latest U.S. Retail Sales data surpassed expectations, supporting the greenback’s upward nudge. The U.S. dollar staged a modest recovery following a notable decline on Wednesday, spurred by indications of easing inflation from the U.S. CPI report. However, …

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Risk-on Sentiment Sparks Equity Market

Nasdaq ascended to nearly a two-year high, driven by anticipation surrounding Nvidia’s upcoming report. US dollar has slid to its lowest point since September Recent market dynamics have seen a surge in risk-on sentiment, with global equities rallying fervently. The Nasdaq has ascended to nearly a two-year high, driven by heightened anticipation …

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Dollar Drops On Dovish FOMC Minutes

Nvidia’s quarterly report beat expectations; however, the company’s share prices dropped about 2% after the closing bell. In a much-anticipated earnings release, Nvidia’s quarterly report beat expectations; however, the company’s share prices dropped about 2% after the closing bell. This unexpected downturn interrupted the recent winning streak in U.S. equity markets, dampening …

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Market Muted While Celebrating Thanksgiving

Amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, with the U.S. equity market closed, market observers anticipate subdued trading in the Dollar Index (DXY). Amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, with the U.S. equity market closed, market observers anticipate subdued trading in the Dollar Index (DXY) and gold prices throughout the festive season. Concurrently, the trajectory of oil …

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VIX At Record Low, Sparks Equity Market

The U.S. equity market is set to return to normal trading hours after the Thanksgiving holiday; The VIX index reaching its lowest level since January 2020 The U.S. equity market is set to return to normal trading hours after the Thanksgiving holiday; meanwhile, with the VIX index reaching its lowest level since …

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Dollar Weakens As The Treasury Yield Slumps

U.S. long-term treasury yields have retraced to recent lows downside pressure on the U.S. dollar U.S. long-term treasury yields have retraced to recent lows, adding sparking discussions about the possibility of the Federal Reserve cutting rates next year; this has added downside pressure on the U.S. dollar, with the dollar index reaching …

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An Introduction To The Financial Markets And Trading

Financial trading refers to the buying and selling of financial instruments in the financial market, with the goal of generating profit from the price movements of these assets. It involves making decisions based on various factors, including market knowledge, market analysis and risk management strategies. What Are The Financial Market? A financial …

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All Eyes On Jackson Hole Economic Symposium

Before the release of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the dollar surged impressively due to the positive initial jobless claims data. In anticipation of Jerome Powell’s address at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium today, the dollar surged impressively by over 0.6% yesterday, propelling the dollar index to a current trading position above …

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Upcoming Data Releases Are Expected To Provide Insights Into The US Job Market

The Week Ahead: Week of 3 July (GMT+3) Monday, 3 July, 17:00 – US ISM Manufacturing PMI (Jun) The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in the United States has remained below the threshold of 50 for the sixth consecutive month, signalling contraction in the sector. The latest reading recorded a decline to …

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Powell’s Hawkish Statement Boosts Dollar

The Fed chief has jointly reaffirmed his determination to combat inflation, which has strengthened the dollar. The Fed chief, along with the Deputy Governor of the BoE and the Chair of ECB, have jointly reaffirmed their determination to combat inflation until it remains consistently within the targeted range. This Hawkish stance has …

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Awaiting The RBNZ And BoC Interest Rate Decisions

The Week Ahead: Week of 10 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 11 July, 09:00 – EU German CPI (MoM) (Jun) The June preliminary release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Germany increased by 0.3% compared to the previous month. This persistent rise indicates that the country still has a significant challenge ahead in …

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Risk-on Sentiment Heightens Ahead Of Job Data

US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after Jerome Powell’s dovish tone at the Jackson Hole Symposium. US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after assimilating Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole Symposium discourse. Powell’s subtly dovish tone vowed meticulous inflation management to foster risk appetite. Speculation also swirled around a softer …

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The US Housing Market Will Be In Focus In The Upcoming Week

The Week Ahead: Week of 17 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 18 July, 15:30 – US Retail Sales (MoM) (Jun) Contrary to market expectations of a -0.1% rate, May’s US Retail Sales exceeded forecast expectations with a rate of 0.3%. This indicates that consumer spending remains resilient, even in the face of rising inflation …

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Softer Job Data Hammers Dollar

The decline in U.S. JOLTs Job Openings signals a cooling labor market, leading to a significant setback of nearly 5% for the dollar. In an unexpected turn, the U.S. JOLTs Job Openings report displayed a decline from its previous reading of 9.17 million to the current figure of 8.83 million, signalling a …

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What Will the Interest Rate Decisions from Major Central Banks Impact on the Global Market?

The Week Ahead: Week of 31 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 25 July, 17:00 Tuesday, 1 August, 07:30 – AU RBA Interest Rate Decision (Aug) In July, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the rate unchanged with a current rate of 4.10%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to pause rate …

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U.S. Economic Data Continue To Dampen Dollar’s Strength

Downbeat U.S. economic data continue to hammer the dollar and is struggling to hold above $103 trajectory The United States continues to release disappointing economic data, leading to a further weakening of the dollar’s strength. The labour market’s cooling trend is evident as the ADP Nonfarm Employment Change figures declined to 177k, …

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Dollar Surge On Above Expectation Job Data

Dollar strengthened as U.S. economic data including PCE and initial Jobless Claims better than than market expectation. The U.S. equity market’s winning streak ended as the Dow Jones closed about 0.5% lower due to mixed economic data. The Fed’s preferred inflation measure, the PCE index, matched market forecasts at 4.2%, while Initial …

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Insights on Major Country Economies and Inflation

The Week Ahead: Week of 7 August (GMT+3) Tuesday, 8 August, 09:00 – EU German CPI (MoM) (Jul) In June, inflation rebounded, rising by 0.3% month-on-month, matching the preliminary figure. Currently, the market is anticipating the preliminary release of Germany’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) for July to stay at 0.3%. Following the …

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The Impact of Rate Hikes On US Home Sales And Services PMI

The Week Ahead: Week of 21 August (GMT+3) Tuesday, 22 August, 17:00 – US Existing Home Sales (Jul) During June, existing home sales in the U.S. witnessed a drop, reaching a five-month low of 4.16 million, which could be attributed to the impact of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes on …

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Anticipated Economic Data For The Upcoming Week

The Week Ahead: Week of 28 August (GMT+3) Tuesday, 29 August, 17:00 – US JOLTs Job Openings (Jul) The market had anticipated a June reading of 9.610 million, but the actual figure fell slightly short of expectations, registering at 9.582 million. Given the current tight labour market conditions, this reading is seen …

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Caixin Services PMI Shows China’s Economy Is Still Struggling

China’s equity market dropped, influenced by the decline of Caixin Services PMI reading, underscoring persistent challenges in China’s ongoing economic recovery. Last night, US markets observed Labor Day celebrations, resulting in a subdued environment across asset classes, marked by sideways trading. Conversely, China’s equity market experienced a morning session decline. The catalyst …

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How To Invest In And Trade Gold

Gold has been used as a store of value for thousands of years. Even today, it remains a highly liquid asset, with hundreds of billions worth traded every day. Content: What Is Gold?What Affects The Price Of Gold? Why Invest In And Trade Gold?How To Start Trading Gold?How To Read And Analyse …

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Global Country Interest Rates And GDP Trends Analyzed

The Week Ahead: Week of 4 September (GMT+3) Tuesday, 5 September, 07:30 – AU RBA Interest Rate Decision (Sep) With inflation slowing from 5.4%in June to 4.9% in July, the RBA has opted to maintain its interest rate at 4.1%. This decision allows the central bank to evaluate the effects of previous …

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Oil Prices Gain on OPEC+ Supply Cuts Extension

Dollar continues to edge higher, amid rising US Treasury yields. Oil prices surge as investors anticipate OPEC+ might extend its oil supply cut. The Dollar index has surged to its highest level since March, while the Dow Jones index closed lower for the third consecutive session. Several Federal Reserve governors have expressed …

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Strong NFP Bolsters Dollar’s Strength

Nonfarm Payroll beat expectations, lifting the dollar. China reduced property down payments, boosting its equity markets. The latest Nonfarm Payroll report, released last Friday, exceeded market expectations with 187k jobs added, significantly higher than the previous 157k. This robust job data boosted the dollar by over 0.6%, while equity markets took some …

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Caixin Services PMI Shows China’s Economy is Still Struggling

China’s equity market dropped, influenced by the decline of Caixin Services PMI reading, underscoring persistent challenges in China’s ongoing economic recovery. Last night, US markets observed Labor Day celebrations, resulting in a subdued environment across asset classes, marked by sideways trading. Conversely, China’s equity market experienced a morning session decline. The catalyst …

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All Eyes On Jackson Hole Economic Symposium

Before the release of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the dollar surged impressively due to the positive initial jobless claims data. In anticipation of Jerome Powell’s address at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium today, the dollar surged impressively by over 0.6% yesterday, propelling the dollar index to a current trading position above …

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Chinese Ailing Economy Drags Kiwi Lower

The New Zealand dollar has declined and cannot recover due to China’s ongoing struggles in stimulating its economy. The Chinese stock market remains in a downward trend, primarily influenced by challenges within the property sector and limited Chinese economic stimulus efforts. The recent bullish oil prices have also hindered the much-worried Chinese …

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Powell’s Hawkish Statement Boosts Dollar

The Fed chief has jointly reaffirmed his determination to combat inflation, which has strengthened the dollar. The Fed chief, along with the Deputy Governor of the BoE and the Chair of ECB, have jointly reaffirmed their determination to combat inflation until it remains consistently within the targeted range. This Hawkish stance has …

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Risk-on Sentiment Heightens Ahead Of Job Data

US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after Jerome Powell’s dovish tone at the Jackson Hole Symposium. US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after assimilating Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole Symposium discourse. Powell’s subtly dovish tone vowed meticulous inflation management to foster risk appetite. Speculation also swirled around a softer …

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Risk-on Sentiment Heightens Ahead Of Job Data

US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after Jerome Powell’s dovish tone at the Jackson Hole Symposium. US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after assimilating Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole Symposium discourse. Powell’s subtly dovish tone vowed meticulous inflation management to foster risk appetite. Speculation also swirled around a softer …

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Softer Job Data Hammers Dollar

The decline in U.S. JOLTs Job Openings signals a cooling labor market, leading to a significant setback of nearly 5% for the dollar. In an unexpected turn, the U.S. JOLTs Job Openings report displayed a decline from its previous reading of 9.17 million to the current figure of 8.83 million, signalling a …

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U.S. Economic Data Continue To Dampen Dollar’s Strength

Downbeat U.S. economic data continue to hammer the dollar and is struggling to hold above $103 trajectory The United States continues to release disappointing economic data, leading to a further weakening of the dollar’s strength. The labour market’s cooling trend is evident as the ADP Nonfarm Employment Change figures declined to 177k, …

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Dollar Surge on Above Expectation Job Data

Dollar strengthened as U.S. economic data including PCE and initial Jobless Claims better than than market expectation. The U.S. equity market’s winning streak ended as the Dow Jones closed about 0.5% lower due to mixed economic data. The Fed’s preferred inflation measure, the PCE index, matched market forecasts at 4.2%, while Initial …

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Market Calm Before U.S. Retail Sales Releases

The financial market was relatively calm last night ahead of the release of U.S. retail sales data scheduled for later at 15:30 (GMT+3). The financial market experienced a relatively calm session last night as investors awaited the release of U.S. retail sales data scheduled for later today (18th July). Major currency pairs …

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China’s GDP Misses Expectation, Hammers Oil Prices

The latest release of China’s second-quarter GDP has fallen short of market expectations which has exerted upward pressure on oil prices. Investors are wagering that the upcoming rate hike in July will mark the end of the tightening cycle, yet Federal Reserve officials are keeping their options open for a potential increase …

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CPI Hammers DXY To Below $100

The U.S. dollar continues to decline, breaking below the key psychological support level of $100. The release of lower-than-expected CPI data on Wednesday has significantly impacted the financial market. The equity market has extended its gains, while gold prices have risen by over 1.5% following the data release. Conversely, the U.S. dollar …

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The US Housing Market Will Be In Focus In The Upcoming Week

The Week Ahead: Week of 17 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 18 July, 15:30 – US Retail Sales (MoM) (Jun) Contrary to market expectations of a -0.1% rate, May’s US Retail Sales exceeded forecast expectations with a rate of 0.3%. This indicates that consumer spending remains resilient, even in the face of rising inflation …

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CPI Shows U.S. Inflation Softening

US CPI released yesterday showed a two-year low inflation rate of 3%, leading to a decline in the US dollar. Yesterday’s release of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) revealed that the country’s inflation had reached a two-year low of 3%, lower than the previous reading and the forecasted figure. As a …

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Japanese Yen Strengthen With Heighten Recession Risk

Major central banks tightening policies, boosts Japanese Yen. The Japanese Yen has reached its highest level in a month, surpassing the 140 mark against the U.S. dollar. This surge is attributed to the growing concerns of a global economic downturn due to major central banks tightening their monetary policies to combat persistent …

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美联储官员强调继续提高利率

市场须知 多位美联储官员表示,今年需要进一步加息,以使通胀率回到2%的目标水平。尽管美联储态度强硬,但市场倾向于认为最新经济数据表明美国通胀正在放缓,美联储货币紧缩周期已接近尾声。结果,美元价值和美国国债收益率一直在下跌,而油价则因美联储将摆脱高利率环境的预期而受到提振。与此同时,投资者热切期待明天(7 月 8 日)公布的美国消费者价格指数(CPI),以衡量美联储未来的货币政策决策。 市场看点 当前对 7 月 26 日美联储利率决定的加息押注: Source: CME Fedwatch Tool 0个基点 (11%) 对比 25 个基点 (89%)   市场概括 财经日历 市场走势 美元指数, H4 在美联储官员强调有必要进一步加息以应对通胀、同时暗示当前紧缩周期即将结束后,美元大幅下跌。美联储负责监管的副主席巴尔(Michael Barr)表示,美联储可能在今年两次加息后,未来的紧缩货币政策将会结束。然而,货币政策仍未确定,因此投资者必须持续关注未来的经济发展以获得更准确的交易信号。 美元指数目前正在测试支撑位。然而,MACD指标显示看跌势头减弱,而相对强弱指数在31,暗示该指数可能进入超卖区域。 阻力位:102.50,103.35 支撑位:101.95,101.05 黄金/美元,H1 黄金价格在关键的1930美元阻力位附近停滞不前,投资者等待关键的经济数据,特别是6月份的消费者价格指数(CPI)数据。对月度物价压力上升的预期加剧了对通胀的担忧,增加了美联储(Federal Reserve)在即将召开的7月货币政策会议上加息的可能性。92%的投资者预计会有这样的举动,市场波动是意料之中的,因此交易要谨慎。 黄金价格目前在阻力位附近持平。MACD指标显示看涨势头增强,而相对强弱指数在56,暗示该商品在成功突破后可能会走高,因为相对强弱指数保持在中线上方。 阻力位:1930.00,1950.00 支撑位:1910.00,1895.00 欧元/美元, H4 明天美国消费者物价指数 (CPI) 公布前,美元进一步走软,汇价自去年 5 月以来再次触及 1.100 点。尽管几位美联储官员口气强硬地敦促加息,以将通胀率降至央行支持的水平,但市场正在根据经济数据做出相应反应。 CPI已较峰值减半,而就业数据显示劳动力市场正在宽松,这导致市场认为美联储的货币紧缩周期已接近结束。投资者密切关注明天公布的CPI,以衡量美联储下一步的政策举措。 欧元/美元交投强劲,突破心理阻力位 1.100。 RSI 继续上升并接近超买区域,而 MACD …

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Awaiting The RBNZ And BoC Interest Rate Decisions

The Week Ahead: Week of 10 July (GMT+3) Tuesday, 11 July, 09:00 – EU German CPI (MoM) (Jun) The June preliminary release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Germany increased by 0.3% compared to the previous month. This persistent rise indicates that the country still has a significant challenge ahead in …

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RBA Holding The Interest Rate Unchanged

Market participants remained relatively calm, eye on several crucial data including Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) The market was surprised when the RBA decided to keep rates unchanged yesterday. The Australian central bank emphasized a data-dependent strategy and indicated potential future tightening if necessary. Oil prices slightly increased as Saudi Arabia unilaterally reduced production, …

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Aussie Dollar Gains Ahead Of RBA Rate Decision

The disappointed PMI reading indicates a lack of optimism in the manufacturing sector Investors await the RBA’s interest rate decision, expecting a 25 bps rate hike. Despite Australia’s CPI dropping to 5.6%, it remains distant from the 2% target. Meanwhile, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) readings in both the United States and …

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U.S. PCE Shows Inflation Moderating

Cooling inflation has given hopes to the equity markets and weighed on the dollar The US Dollar has strengthened significantly as economic data exceeded expectations, bolstering confidence in the currency. Furthermore, the robust performance of the banking sector has ignited positive momentum in the US equity market. The Federal Reserve’s stress test …

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Resilient US Dollar And Robust Banks: Key Market Highlights

Solid US economic data continue to boost demand on US Dollar. The US Dollar has gained strength as economic data surpassed expectations. Meanwhile, the robust banking sector sparked bullish momentum in the US equity market. The Federal Reserve’s stress test results showcased the resilience of major banks, including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, …

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Upcoming Data Releases Are Expected To Provide Insights Into The US Job Market

The Week Ahead: Week of 3 July (GMT+3) Monday, 3 July, 17:00 – US ISM Manufacturing PMI (Jun) The manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in the United States has remained below the threshold of 50 for the sixth consecutive month, signalling contraction in the sector. The latest reading recorded a decline to …

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Equity Markets Positive After Russia Mutiny Resolved

Geopolitical tensions eased following Prigozhin’s troops retreat from Moscow as both parties had reached consensus on certain deals. Political instability in Russia has abated as Prigozhin’s troops retreat from Moscow, leading to a positive response in equity markets, particularly the Nasdaq, which rose over 1%. Oil and gold prices declined as the …

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Stock Markets Slide As Russian Instability Continues

The geopolitical uncertainty saw gold rise slightly, while lending support to a crude oil market plagued by demand concerns Stock markets were rattled as the events over the weekend in Russia heightened geopolitical uncertainty. In a late-night televised speech, the Russian president condemned the leaders of the Wagner mercenaries as traitors, further …

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Russia Mutiny Spurs Risk-Off Sentiment

The rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is facing a significant challenge as the Wagner mercenary group advances towards Moscow. The rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has held power for 23 years, is facing a significant challenge as the Wagner mercenary group advances towards Moscow. This development has caused concerns …

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BoE Surprises With 50 Bps Rate Hike

Hike expectations have also increased across other central banks as the focus shifts back to inflation Markets have increased the probability of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, a sentiment also applied to other major central banks worldwide, including those of the U.K, Switzerland, and Norway. Furthermore, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen …

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High Inflation Across Multiple Countries: A Focus On Upcoming Significant Data

The Week Ahead: Week of 26 June (GMT+3) Tuesday, 27 June, 17:00 – US CB Consumer Confidence (Jun) Ahead of the anticipated release of the U.S. CB Consumer Confidence data, the University of Michigan has published the Consumer Sentiment Index for the United States. It shows a monthly increase of 7.9% from …

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Powell Signals Higher Rates

On the first day of Jerome Powell’s two-day testimony before the House, the Federal Reserve Chair delivered a semi-annual monetary policy report. The equity markets and the dollar both experienced declines as Powell took a hawkish stance, stating that the central bank would need to raise interest rates further to curtail U.S. …

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Dollar Stands Pat Ahead Of Powell’s Testimony

Fed Chair Jerome Powell is due to give his twice-yearly testimony before congress today The market is exhibiting cautious sentiment as it edged lower in anticipation of Fed Chair Jerome Powell delivering his semi-annual monetary policy report before the House today (21st June). Investors closely scrutinise this two-day testimony to gain insights …

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Positive Talks Between Blinken And Xi Spur Hope For Equities

Additionally, China has announced its first reduction in the benchmark lending rate in 10 months, a move that could provide support for oil prices. Last night, the U.S. Secretary of State met with the Chinese President and expressed satisfaction with the accomplishments of their trip. This positive development in bilateral relations has …

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Blinken Potentially Meeting President Xi

Improved relationships between the US and China could potentially lead to the equities markets surging Equities in the U.S. contracted last Friday after a bullish run in the past week with Nasdaq up by more than 3%. Notably, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to China, including meetings with top diplomats …

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Dollar Surrenders After Rate Pause Decision

Following the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain the interest rate unchanged, equity markets responded positively, leading to upward movements, while the U.S. dollar experienced a significant decline of nearly 1% last night. On the other hand, Asian equities continue to gain, helped by the expectation of more stimulus from China. On top …

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Market Expected To Calm As Holidays Approach

The Week Ahead: Week Of 19 June (GMT+3) Monday, 19 June, All Day – US  Juneteenth During the upcoming US holiday, the market is expected to be relatively calm, and it may be a suitable time for investors to take a break. Wednesday, 21 June, 9:00 – UK CPI (YoY) (May) In …

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Higher Chance For Rate Pause With Softer CPI

Inflation came in lower-than-expected and versus the previous month, signalling a June pause on the Fed’s hiking cycle. The equity markets experienced gains, accompanied by a weakening of the dollar, following the release of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) yesterday. The U.S. CPI decreased to 4% from the previous month’s 4.9%, …

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Market Sideways Ahead Of U.S. CPI 

Dollar movement remains muted as investors await inflation data as well as the upcoming FOMC meeting The upcoming week is expected to be quite busy for investors, as significant events are anticipated to have a profound impact on the market. The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be released on Tuesday, setting …

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Dollar Drops On Cooling U.S. Job Market

High jobless claims have weighed on the dollar and thrown a wrench into the market outlook on the Fed’s hiking schedule U.S. initial jobless claims recorded the highest level since October 2021, confusing the market which previously speculated the Fed might follow the footstep of RBA and BoC to raise rates next …

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Asian Equities Rise On China Stimulus Package

Additionally, a planned visit by the US Secretary of State has boosted indices like the HSI The Chinese government introduced an economic stimulus package, including lowering their deposit rate as soon as mid-June. Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of State has planned to visit China, which may improve the bilateral relationship between the …

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Dollar Hammered By Weak PMI Data

The dollar’s value experienced a decline, falling below $104 following the release of disappointing U.S. service PMI data. The reading dropped from 51.9 to 50.3, prompting the market to reconsider the possibility of the Federal Reserve pausing its interest rate hike in June. Investors are currently awaiting the announcement from the Reserve …

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Dollar Surges on Impressive NFP and Debt Ceiling Resolution

Markets are now risk-on after the US Nonfarm Payrolls reported a much higher-than-expected increase in jobs. In response to impressive non-farm payroll figures, the US Dollar surged, buoyed by renewed market optimism surrounding the US economic progression. NFP in May saw a remarkable increase of 330,000 jobs, surpassing expectations and outpacing the …

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Debt Limit Bill Vote Passes The House

A Bipartisan Agreement To Suspend The Debt Ceiling Is Now Awaiting Approval From The U.S. Senate The House of Representatives has successfully passed a debt ceiling deal to prevent a potentially catastrophic event. However, the process is not yet complete as the bill now awaits approval from the Senate, where not all …

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Debt-Limit Bill Clears 1st Hurdle

Uncertainty Remains In The Markets As Both Political Parties In The U.S. Continue With Their Discourse Around The Debt Ceiling Issue The bill regarding the U.S. debt limit has successfully cleared its first obstacle at the House Rules Committee, but it now faces another challenge in Congress. Ahead of the bill’s debate …

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Optimism Ignites Asian Markets As Debt Ceiling Deal Sparks Risk Appetite

Market participants are now eagerly waiting for the conclusion of a debt ceiling deal in congress Global markets experienced a mixed landscape as Western holidays provided a sense of calm for dollar-related currencies. In contrast, Asian markets saw a surge in positive sentiment, driving the Nikkei index to its highest level in …

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Dollar Soars On Optimistic Debt Ceiling Deal

Markets Risk-on After Positive U.S. debt Ceiling Deal Boosted The Dollar The US Dollar continued its impressive rally, buoyed by the optimistic prospects of a tentative debt ceiling deal between President Joe Biden and top Republican Kevin McCarthy. The deal aims to avert a potentially catastrophic default, boosting investor sentiment. Concurrently, the …

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Nvidia Shares Soared 26% Due To High Demand For AI Chips

Shares for NVDA surged after a better-than-expected earnings report forecast for 2024’s first quarter Nvidia reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal 2024 first quarter, which led to a 26% surge in shares during extended trading. The company’s adjusted EPS was $1.09, surpassing the estimated 92 cents, and revenue amounted to $7.19 billion, …

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Dollar Surges On Robust Economic Data, Fueling Investor Confidence

The US Dollar was buoyed by robust US economic data and positive market sentiment. US GDP exceeded expectations, posting a strong growth rate of 1.30% compared to the projected 1.10%. Encouraging job market data also contributed to the dollar’s strength, with Initial Jobless Claims coming in lower than anticipated at 229K. The …

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Credit Rating Agencies Threatens to Cut U.S. Rating

Fitch has threatened to lower the US’ AAA rating as the debt ceiling issue remains at an impasse Wall Street slid as well as the Asian stock markets as the worries over the debt ceiling escalated when the time was getting closer to the X-date. Meanwhile, the dollar strengthened to its highest …

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U.S. Debt Ceiling Remains At An Impasse

The Biden-McCarthy meeting on the debt-limit bill has yet to yield any deal to avert a catastrophic U.S. default, with U.S. Treasury secretary warning that the country will run out of cash in June. Market sentiment worsened as the White House has no more meetings planned; and gold prices have rebounded due …

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Biden-McCarthy Talks Productive

Both President Biden and the House Speaker claimed that yesterday’s meeting on the debt-limit bill has a productive outcome but both parties are yet to come to an agreement. Meanwhile, U.S. treasury secretary Janet Yellen, reiterated that the department will run out of cash in early June. The dollar index has strengthened …

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Debt-Limit Talks Resume

After a brief setback in debt ceiling talks, US President Joe Biden is set to resume discussions with Kevin McCarthy President Biden is scheduled to resume discussions on the debt limit with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Monday, following his participation in the G-7 Summit. The dollar index reached its highest level …

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Dollar Surges On Positive Data And US Debt Ceiling Deal

Optimism In The Markets Has Seen The US Dollar Index And Equities Rising In Tandem The Dollar Index surged, buoyed by upbeat economic data, and the optimism surrounding a potential deal to raise the US debt ceiling. Prominent Republican Kevin McCarthy expressed confidence in passing a bill to increase the debt ceiling, …

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Debt Ceiling Optimism Overshadows Macro Data

The dollar has hit a 7-week high after significant progress on the debt ceiling bill has been reached. Macroeconomic data has taken a backseat as the U.S. nears its 1 June debt ceiling deadline as outlined by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Unlike the hard data of economic releases, this is a political …

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Biden Confident On Debt Ceiling Bill

President Biden is confident in reaching a bipartisan agreement with congressional leaders to elevate the debt ceiling, effectively averting an unprecedented default situation for the United States. This development has sparked a wave of optimism, prompting the dollar to trade higher, while the safe haven commodity gold languishes amid the surge in …

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Positive Progress On U.S. Debt Ceiling Bill

Investors are rotating out of gold en masse on optimism surrounding the U.S. avoiding a default Both President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck an optimistic tone regarding the prospects of reaching a consensus to raise the national debt ceiling and avert a potentially catastrophic default on the debt. As a …

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All Eyes On Biden Meeting Outcome

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has once again emphasised the need to pass the debt ceiling bill before June 1, warning that failure to do so could result in the federal government running out of cash to meet its obligations. President Biden is set to hold a meeting with congressional leaders today …

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Understand How Asset Classes Correlate With Each Other

Understand The Intermarket Correlations Across Different Asset Classes And Role Of ETFs As an investor or trader, understanding how various asset classes relate to each other is critical to make informed investment decisions, build diversified portfolios, and manage risk. Asset class correlation refers to the extent to which the prices of different …

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Biden-McCarthy Meeting Postponed

Investor sentiment has taken a hit in the market following the postponement of a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and the House Speaker to address the looming debt ceiling crisis. The Biden administration is under pressure to pass the debt ceiling bill by June to avoid a potential default on the …

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US CPI Shows Signs Of Moderation But Caution Still Advised

Markets have posted a slight rally after inflation came in lower than analyst expectations even as a debt crisis looms. On Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the year-on-year CPI readings for April, where a rise of 4.9% came in marginally lower than economists’ expectations of 5.0%. Meanwhile, month-on-month core …

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Markets Calm Before U.S. Inflation Data

Ahead of the release of U.S. CPI, the markets remain subdued as most asset classes saw little change overnight. As investors await the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) and monitor the development of the U.S. debt ceiling, the markets remain subdued. Most of the asset classes saw little change overnight ahead of …

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Markets Quietly Await U.S. CPI

The markets are quiet before the U.S. CPI released on Wednesday (10th May). U.S. equity markets moved sideways while the dollar index and gold prices have little change as the market is digesting the renewed banking sector risk as well as developments regarding the U.S. debt ceiling. On the other hand, Australia …

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Share Markets Advance After NFP Release

The Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) reading was in line with expectations, showing a substantial increase from the previous reading of 165,000 to 253,000. This suggests that the job market in the United States remains strong, indicating a robust economy. The equity market responded positively to this economic data and closed higher, resulting in …

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Equity Market Slides Ahead Of NFP Release

Renewed fears about the banking crisis have caused investors to turn risk-off even as gold hits a new high While investors are still digesting the recent rate hike by both the Fed and the ECB, the equity markets continue to slide with the renewed banking turmoil. Several regional banks in the US …

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Wall Street Rally Boosts Asian Equities

Markets now hang in balance with the future of First Republic Bank on contagion concerns Wall Street’s gained at the end of last week as investors waited for news on a bid for First Republic Bank. Japanese and Australian stocks edged higher, while U.S. futures were broadly flat in early Asian trading …

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Nasdaq Leads Wall Street Rally as US Tech Earnings Shine

The tech-heavy index is up over 2.7% on the day, with companies like Meta Platforms leading the rise Nasdaq led a Wall Street rally driven by robust earnings from US tech firms, despite concerns over US economic growth. Meta Platforms saw the biggest gains after forecasting quarterly revenue above estimates, citing AI’s …

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Euro Surges on Upward German Growth Forecast, ECB Hawkish Tone

The euro has received a boost from a combination of hawkish guidance from the ECB and positive economic data in the region The Euro stole the spotlight as it surged to a record high following Germany’s upward revision of its economic growth forecast for 2023. The move is reinforced by positive indicators, …

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Overall Equities Markets Down Despite Positive Earnings Season

Markets are risk-off due to fear of contagion from First Republic Bank’s imminent collapse Earnings season is ramping up, with results have been much better than market’s expectations. Tech stocks are leading with a 0.64% increase in the Nasdaq on Wednesday. Meta shares shot up 12% after the company posted an earnings …

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First Republic Bank’s Deposit Plunge Sparks Risk-Off

A probable bank run and a far lower-than-expected drop in deposits have prompted market participants to turn to safe havens First Republic Bank’s disappointing first-quarter results with a significant plunge in deposit levels, had raised concerns about the bank’s financial health. This triggered a risk-off sentiment, driving the CBOE Volatility Index to …

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Investors Brace for Uncertainty Ahead of Key Economic Data

The U.S. is trading flat as the markets prepare for potential uncertainty ahead of GDP and inflation figures The King Dollar is trading flat as market participants prepare for potential uncertainties. The upcoming release of GDP figures, core PCE price index, and employment cost index are critical for global investors. Meanwhile, the …

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Gold Prices Surge as Recession Looms

Dollar weakness has leant support to the precious metal, which has climbed back to the near-2000 mark U.S. equities took a hit as concerns over corporate earnings weighed heavily on investor sentiment, a sentiment that spilled over into Asian markets. The market’s risk appetite has contracted due to fears of a possible …

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Asian Shares Dip Amid Cautious Trading

The VIX dipped to its lowest level in over a year as equities trade sideways ahead of the Fed interest rate decision Asian shares traded lower, and U.S. equity futures fell as investors remained cautious after Wall Street closed with little change. The CBOE VIX volatility index hit its lowest level in …

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Dollar Holds on to Gains After Hike Expectations Bounce

USD remains elevated even as the economy shows signs of weakening The U.S dollar saw a bounce on Monday after a sustained dip on the back of signs of easing inflation and the recent bank stress. Resilient retails sales, optimistic earnings in Wall Street, and hike-signalling from the Fed have caused the …

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China’s GDP Shows Solid Economic Recovery

Economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy will be bullish for oil prices China’s freshly released economic data has shown resilient growth in the country compared to the previous quarter. China’s GDP in the first quarter surged to 2.2% from the previous quarter’s 0%, a favourable sign that could potentially stimulate higher …

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Markets Cautious Ahead of Earnings Season

Equities are muted as markets await the expected volatility of the earnings season US index futures cautiously climbed during the Asian market session, signalling investors’ apprehension ahead of the upcoming earnings season. Against the backdrop of growing concerns over economic slowdown and the possibility of further rate hikes, market volatility is expected …

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Alibaba to roll out AI Tech to rival ChatGPT

Alibaba Cloud has unveiled its AI chatbot, Tongyi Qianwen The Chinese tech giant, Alibaba Cloud, unveiled an AI-driven chatbot  Tongyi Qianwen that will gradually become available across all Alibaba products, from enterprise communication to e-commerce, in the coming period. The chatbot will possess Chinese and English language capabilities and will be initially …

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Rate Hike Expectations Falter as PPI Plummets 

The US Producer Price Index came in lower than expected The US Federal Reserve’s rate hike expectations have continued to wane amid a flurry of lacklustre economic data. The latest blow to inflationary pressures came from the Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which displayed a significant …

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US Dollar Dips as Inflation Falls Short. 

US Treasury yields and the Greenback dipped as investors recalibrated their expectations for rate hikes following the release of March’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which came in below the market consensus. This unexpected dip in inflation triggered a surge in the prices of non-yielding assets such as gold and crude oil, as …

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Gold Surges Past 2010 as Inflation Shows Signs of Slowing

On Wednesday, 12 April, the U.S. CPI data was released, showing that March’s headline inflation in the U.S. slowed more than anticipated, with the year-on-year number showing a drop from 6.0% in February to 5.0% in March; lower than the expected 5.2%. The monthly rate decreased to 0.1% from 0.4%, which was …

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Markets Calm Before Inflation Data

Economists project the upcoming U.S. CPI figures will galvanise the markets in either direction depending on its performance U.S. equity markets have traded in low volatility for the past few sessions, but economists project the lull period will be broken after the U.S. CPI is released later today. A softer reading from …

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Equities Market Edge Higher as Risk-On Sentiment Escalates

The market has a higher risk tolerance, with U.S. equity markets edging higher and the dollar extending its gain for the 2nd straight session. On the other hand, notwithstanding a dovish stance from the newly appointed BoJ governor, economists projected that the ultra-loose monetary policy is unsustainable with the rising inflation in …

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Markets Muted While Celebrating Easter

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Mixed Asian Shares After Surprise Rate Hike by RBNZ

Asian markets were mixed as investors digested a US labour report showing a drop in job openings to their lowest level in almost two years in February. New Zealand’s central bank increased its benchmark cash rate by 50 basis points to 5.25%, causing the New Zealand dollar to strengthen by almost 0.9%. …

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Markets Steady Ahead of NonFarm Payroll.

Most of the asset classes were muted ahead of the Nonfarm Payroll report which will be released today; Markets seemed confused and contradictory between asset classes with the backdrop of high inflation and recession fears. Assets class, including equity markets, the U.S. dollar, gold, stayed flat on Thursday amid directionless trading. On …

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Nasdaq 100 Enters Bull Market as Fears Over Banking Crisis Ease

On Wednesday, 8 March, the U.S. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change data for February was released, coming in at a lower-than-expected 145,000 against the expected 200,000 and down from January’s figure of an upwardly-revised 261,000. This is the latest in a string of cooling data showing that the Fed’s aggressive tightening regime might …

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Is a Recession Looming?

Recession fears have escalated in the markets, especially after the ADP Nonfarm payroll was released yesterday. The dollar index traded higher, and gold prices poised at a yearly high as safe-haven assets are being sought after by investors amid a recession looming with a lower-than-expected U.S. job report. On top of that, …

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Banking Crisis Fears Resurface

Evidence of a weakening U.S. economy has led investors to rotate out of the dollar Although a hawkish statement from Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester advocated for sustained rates above 5%; the market is struggling with the resurgence of banking fears. The newly released economic data, including the manufacturing PMI and JOLTs …

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Stock Markets Mixed On Concerns Over Oil Inflation Risk

OPEC+’s surprise production cut has roiled Asian the equity markets U.S. equity markets continue to be bullish, with market sentiment continuing upwards after the banking sector woes. Asian markets saw mixed performance due to inflationary worry after a surprise move from OPEC+. The oil cartel further cut production by more than 1 …

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Oil Prices Surges With OPEC+ Surprise Supply Cuts 

Oil prices surged by more than 8%, with WTI crude trading above $81 for the first time since January after an unexpected announcement from OPEC+ to cut crude supply to tighten the market. The oil allies announced cutting more than 1 million barrels of oil per day, with Saudi Arabia leading the …

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Crude Surges on Surprise OPEC+ Cuts

Oil prices surged at the beginning of the week after OPEC+ unexpectedly announced crude output cuts that could tighten the market, causing inflationary concerns for the global economy. The cuts, which will exceed 1 million barrels a day, were not expected by traders who anticipated output to remain steady. Goldman Sachs raised …

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Global Markets Maintain Risk-On Sentiment in Anticipation of Key PCE Reports

China’s economic performance continues to astound global markets as the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data revealed that the service sector activity in the country surged to its fastest pace in 12 years in March. Such sentiment has sparked optimism for the antipodean currencies, which are closely linked to China’s economy. The …

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Tech Shares Push Wall Street Higher

Wall Street rallied following the footstep of Asian equity markets last night, pushed by tech shares as concerns over the stability of the financial system continue to ease. An increasing risk-on attitude has also muted the gold prices and the U.S. dollar while U.S. treasuries yield stays flat. Before the RBA announces …

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Nasdaq 100 Enters Bull Market as Fears Over Banking Crisis Ease

Has the banking crisis abated? Equity investors seem to think so, with the Nasdaq surging close to 2% on Wednesday as the markets assess a successful containment of the banking crisis caused by the failure of regional banks and one Credit Suisse. This puts the tech-heavy index technically in bull market territory, …

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China Equity Market Rallies with Alibaba Revamp

Driven by tech shares, as concern over the financial system eased, Wall Street and Asian equity markets rallied Chinese stock indices, including the Hang Seng Index, rallied as Alibaba said it would split the company into 6 units that would potentially be listed individually. This reflects a loosening attitude from the Chinese …

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Markets Get Relief From Banking Turmoil

The banking crisis was seemingly resolved after yesterday’s news reported that First Citizens Bancshares Inc agreed to buy Silicon Valley Bank. On top of that, the U.S. authorities are considering expanding its emergency lending facilities for banks to shore up the bank’s balance sheet, which in a way supports the embattled First …

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Markets Put Less Weight On Banking Crisis

Focus has shifted back to inflation and interest rates as the banking crisis shows signs of easing Equity markets advanced and major currencies fluctuated in narrow ranges in the last session. Easing in the banking crisis and perceived lower risk of recession spurred the equity market to trade higher while modest rate …

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Equities Markets Slide as Banking Sector Concern Still Intact. 

Wall Street was hindered by the banking sector and slumped after investors digested the comment from Janet Yellen, U.S. Treasury Secretary on Wednesday’s hearing. However, Yellen attempted to alleviate market concerns during a subsequent hearing on Thursday, promising that policymakers would take further action to safeguard bank deposits if necessary. Meanwhile, Japan’s …

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Credit Suisse Fallout Hits Major Banks

The latest and largest fall in the recent banking turmoil is embattled Swiss lender Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse Group AG bondholders suffered a historic loss of about CHF 16bn ($17.3bn) worth of risky notes when a takeover by UBS Group AG triggered a “complete write-down” of the bank’s additional tier 1 (AT1) …

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FOMC Minutes Show Fight Against Inflation Will Continue, Soft Landing Possible

An increasingly risk-off market has been proved right as the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has released the minutes of its 31 Jan – 1 Feb meeting, signalling the Fed’s resolve to continue the fight against inflation. This includes further hikes, although almost all members of the FOMC supported a slowing …

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Cheap Consumer Loans Might Backfire in China

President Xi Jinping’s effort to stimulate China’s economy through increased consumer spending is facing a new challenge as citizens misuse cheap consumer loans. Borrowers are using low-interest loans to prepay mortgages or invest in stocks, instead of buying goods as intended. This practice, which is prohibited by regulators, threatens to undermine Beijing’s …

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What Are The Factors That Affect Gold Prices?

Understand Deeper About How Gold Prices Work. Gold is one of the most widely-traded commodities in the world, and its value can fluctuate greatly based on a number of different factors. Here are some of the key factors that affect gold prices. Gold Prices Factor #1: Supply And Demand Not all of …

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“Goldilocks” Markets Sees Diverging Signals After CPI Release

On Tuesday, February 14, the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures were released, showing an increase of 0.5% in January and the highest in three months but in-line with expectations. The year-on-year increase, meanwhile, is 6.4%, up slightly from market forecasts of 6.2%. Meanwhile, the core CPI, which excludes volatile food and …

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Techniques For Trading Bonds Futures

Make More Informed Decisions While Trading Bonds Explore the various techniques for trading bond futures and optimize your investment strategy. Learn about the different types of bond futures contracts, such as U.S Treasury bond futures and Eurodollar bond futures, and how to use them to hedge against interest rate risk. Understand the …

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Crude Oil Prices Defy Inventory Build

On Wednesday, the U.S Energy Information Administration reported an increase in crude inventories by 2.42 million barrels, close to the market expectations of 2.46 millions barrels. This is the third consecutive crude inventory build, coming after an outsized 4.14 million last week. This makes it a rough 4% above the 5-year average …

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Amazon Reports Growing Share of Tech Market

Amazon’s advertising business continues to thrive, growing 19% YoY in Q4 2022 to $11.6 billion in sales, despite a slowdown in the digital advertising market that has affected other companies like Alphabet, Facebook, and Snap. While Amazon’s advertising unit is still a small portion of the company’s overall revenue, it is seen …

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What Are Bonds And How Do They Work

What Are Bonds? A bond is a type of loan in which a bondholder lends money to a company or government. The borrower pays interest periodically until a specified date in the future when repaying the original loan amount. The final amount that the bond issuer repays to the bondholder is called …

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Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintains a dovish stance, Dollar dips on pessimistic economic outlook

On Wednesday, the Bank of Japan left its ultra-easing policy unchanged, sparking heavy speculation that it could be prompting the monetary policy divergence between the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and the Federal Reserve while defying market expectations it would phase out its massive stimulus program.   In the face of uncertainties worldwide, the …

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Will the Japanese Yen See a Big U-Turn in 2023?

On Wednesday, the Bank of Japan released a summary of opinions from its December meeting. The meeting, originally held on 20 December, saw the BoJ increase its 10-year benchmark yield ceiling in a surprise move that boosted the yen over 3% by investors betting on a Hawkish turn by the BoJ.  However, …

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U.S. Charges Sam Bankman-Fried for Fraud

Embattled FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been slapped with 8 charges by federal prosecutors, including conspiracy and wire fraud. The ex-CEO was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday – the first move by the authorities to hold those involved in the FTX meltdown and the subsequent loss of billions in client funds …

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Gold Struggles to Find Direction even as China Eases Covid Restrictions

China has announced that it will be lifting its strictest covid policies, including being forced to quarantine in state facilities and the need to test before entering most venues. The easing has been released in a series of new guidelines that include a ban on blocking fire exits, encouraging vaccinations among the …

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6 Key Gold Trading Strategies To Know

In order to maximise your profits, understanding gold trading strategies are vital. Gold trading strategies are referred to as guidebooks by many gold traders to navigate how to manage a trade and when to close it. However, each form of a transaction has its own characteristics and not all trading strategies used …

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Will Dovish Signalling Underscore the Effects of the Upcoming NFP?

On Wednesday evening, November’s ADP Nonfarm Employment Change numbers were released, vastly underperforming expectations with an increase of 127,000 private payroll jobs, well below the estimate of 190,000 and the previous month’s 239,000.  The leisure and hospitality sector was the largest gainer, with an increase in 224,000 jobs. The most significant sector …

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FOMC Minutes Point to Less Hawks Decisions

On Wednesday, 24 November (GMT+2), the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes of its 1-2 November meeting. Reflecting statements multiple officials have made over the last several weeks, the meeting summary concluded that a substantial majority of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) agreed it would probably moderate the pace of …

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FTX Declares Bankruptcy

Embattled cryptocurrency exchange FTX has declared bankruptcy in the latest saga in the crypto world. The company saw a mass exodus of holders of its native coin, FTT, after news emerged that its finances, including that of its sister trading company Alameda Research, was on shaky ground. Alameda itself is being accused …

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U.S. Midterm Elections Ahead

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U.S. Midterm Elections Underway

After weeks of campaigning, the 2022 U.S. midterm elections are set to be held on 8th November, Tuesday.  With inflation in full swing and multiple signals of an impending recession, it looks the economy – more specifically the cost of living – might decide who the winning party is. All 435 House …

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What Are The Best Trading Hours In Forex Markets

Just as with most forms of investing and trading, taking note of the trading hours in the forex market is everything in Forex trading. Grasping the right hours in the day to trade, knowing the dates of important economic announcements, and just timing your trades correctly will give you an edge, and …

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Gold Remains Downbeat as Treasury Yields Hit Decade High

Recession fears are plaguing the markets more strongly than ever. On Wednesday, US Treasury yields hit a 14-year high, with the 10-year note hitting as high as 4.153% as of writing – the highest since 2008’s recession. Meanwhile, the 2-year yield rose by 13 basis points to 4.57%. More importantly, the 3-month …

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Outsized ADP Nonfarm Employment Fizzles Stock Rally give back

On Wednesday evening (GMT+3), the US ADP Nonfarm Employment data was released, clocking in at 208,000 jobs added, better than the 200,000 forecasted and August’s 185,000. While the manufacturing, natural resources, and mining industries reported a loss of 29,000 positions, huge additions in the trade, transportation, utilities; and business and professional services …

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Pound Freefall Prompts BoE Emergency Bond-Buying

The Bank of England, the UK’s Central Bank, has announced this week a temporary gilt-buying programme to urgently respond to a “material risk to UK financial stability”. This comes as gilt yields were on course for record highs as investors exited UK’s bonds after the government announced underfunded tax cuts and increased …

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How To Invest In And Trade Gold

Gold has been used as a store of value for thousands of years. Even today, it remains a highly liquid asset, with hundreds of billions worth traded every day. Content: What Is Gold?What Affects The Price Of Gold? Why Invest In And Trade Gold?How To Start Trading Gold?How To Read And Analyse …

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Downbeat CPI Read Sends Shares Tumbling

On Tuesday (GMT+3), the US released its year-on-year Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure, showing that inflation came in at 8.3%, higher than the expected 8.1% but lower than the previous month’s 8.5%. The month-on-month core CPI change, meanwhile, came in at an increase of 0.6% versus an expected increase of 0.3%. While …

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US to Place Cap on Russian Oil

The US will be joining its G7 peers in placing a price cap on crude coming out of Russia in a bid to both limit the Kremlin’s ability to fund its war, while cooling inflation and oil prices. The price cap has been set to take effect 5 December, the same time …

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ADP Nonfarm Underperforms Ahead of NFP

On Wednesday (GMT+3) 31st August, the ADP US Nonfarm Employment figures were released after a 2-month hiatus. According to the ADP, US private payrolls grew by 132,000 – down from the 268,000 in July and the forecasted 300,000 increase. The ADP took a two-month hiatus to revise its methodology and released June, …

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Cooling US CPI Numbers Give Hope for Soft Landing 

On Tuesday evening (GMT+3), the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) for July was released, showing a year-on-year growth of 8.5% – lower than the expected growth of 8.7% and the previous month’s increase of 9.1%. Core CPI, which excludes volatile categories like food and energy, comes in at an increase of 0.3% …

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Will JOLTs Data Foreshadow Friday’s NFP?

On Tuesday evening (GMT+3), the US JOLTs Job Openings data was released, showing 10.689 million job openings, lower than the expected 11 million and the previous month’s value of 11.303 million. This is also the lowest in 9 months.  Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union, notes: “Fewer openings likely …

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Debate on Recession Continues

With the most recent US GDP figures (-0.9%) showing a second back-to-back negative reading, many are saying that the US has entered a recession. This comes after another recession indicator, an inversion of the US Treasury yield curve, began flashing several times starting in April. Most recently, interest on the 2-year note …

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Tech Stocks Slide on Trimmed Forecasts

Stocks of Apple slid 2% to $147.07 on Monday as the world’s most valuable company announced that it would be slowing hiring and spending growth in 2023 as recession concerns hit the market. Alphabet stock is also down over 2%, a week after it announced that Google would slow hiring for the …

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Will the ECB Hike Rates by 25 or 50 Points?

At 15:15 (GMT+3) on Wednesday, the European Central Bank will be making its interest rate decision. The central bank is expected to hike rates, the first time it will do so in 11 years. For the past 8 years, interest rates in the EU have been negative – but rampaging inflation has …

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Musk Kills Twitter Deal

Elon Musk has pulled out of a protracted and tumultuous bid to purchase social media platform Twitter, making the announcement through an SEC filing. The deal was first proposed by Musk after he revealed that he had accumulated over 9% of Twitter earlier this year. Should the deal have gone through, Musk …

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US CPI Sees Yield Curve Inversion

On Wednesday afternoon (GMT+3), the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures for June were released, showing that consumer prices grew by 9.1% year-on-year, the fastest pace of inflation growth since November 1981. This is higher than the forecast of 8.8% and May’s figure of 8.6%. Meanwhile, Core CPI increased 0.7% month-on-month, higher …

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US Dollar Index Consolidates Ahead of US NFP Report

On Thursday evening (GMT+3), the US Initial Jobless Claims data was released, showing that 235,000 people filed for unemployment insurance for the first time in the week of July second. This is the highest since January this year, and up from the forecasted 230,000 and the previous month’s 231,000. Continuing claims, whose …

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Powell Raises “Unconditional” Commitment to Battling Inflation

Fighting rampant inflation has become the Fed’s main objective, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s words to the US House Financial Services Committee during his semi-annual testimony might have sparked more than a few fears about a recession. Specifically, it means that the Fed might be ready to cause increased unemployment or even …

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Crude Tumbles On Recession Fears and Biden’s Petrol Tax Holiday

On Wednesday afternoon, 22 June, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell made his semi-annual testimony to the Senate Banking Committee. In his testimony, Powell highlighted that the Fed was “strongly committed” to bringing down inflation and that the American economy is in a strong position to handle the continued rate hikes. However, Powell has …

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Oil Rises Despite EIA Crude Oil Inventory Increase

On Wednesday evening (GMT+3), the US EIA Crude Oil Inventories data was released. For the Week of 3 June, US inventories of crude increased by 2.025 million barrels. This is compared to the forecasted draw of 1.917 million, and the previous week’s draw of 5.068 million.  Meanwhile, distillate inventories saw a rise …

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Positive Manufacturing PMI Buoys Dollar

On Wednesday evening (GMT+3), the US ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers‘ Index (PMI) figure for May was released. May showed a reading of 56.1, higher than the forecasted 54.5 and the previous month’s value of 55.4. The ISM Manufacturing PMI measures product demand from over 300 key manufacturers in the US and is …

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ECB To End 8 Years of Negative Interest Rates

On Wednesday morning (GMT+3), Germany released its quarter-on-quarter GDP figures. The 0.2% increase was exactly in line with forecasts, while an increase from the previous quarters -0.3%. Year-on-year growth for Q1 stands at 3.8%, up from the forecasted 3.7%. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, European Central Bank (ECB) president Christine Lagarde …

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Poor Retailer Earnings Lead Another US Stock Rout

US shares saw their largest rout in almost two years as investors exited equities on the back of poor retailer earnings results and inflation fears. Trading hours on Wednesday saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average lose 3.57% to close at 31490.07, the S&P 500 drop 4.04% to close at 3923.68, and the …

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EU Considering Sixth Round of Sanctions Against Russia

The EU has announced a new series of sanctions in their latest proposal. Included is a plan to phase out Russian crude imports in a span of six months. This means a ban on all Russian oil, crude and refined. Enacting the sanction will be a major challenge given that Russian oil …

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Rate Hike Overshadows US ADP Nonfarm Employment Figures

On Wednesday afternoon (GMT+3), the US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change figures were announced, revealing that employment in the US rose by 247,000, lower than the forecasted increase of 395,000 and the previous month’s increase of 479,000. Markets were largely unmoved by the ADP Employment figures as participants awaited the Fed’s interest rate …

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US Shares Rout on Inflation Fears

US shares plunged on Tuesday night (GMT+3) as investor fears about spiking interest rates, slowing economic growth, and rampaging inflation culminated in a rout. The S&P 500 closed the day by 2.8% lower to 4,175.20, Dow Jones slid around 800 points to 33,240.18, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite plunged nearly 4% to …

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FOMC Minutes Point To $95b Balance Sheet Cuts

On Wednesday, 6 April (GMT+3), the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes for its 15-16 March meeting. As expected, the meeting was focused on discussing the tightening measures that the Fed would take to rein in galloping inflation. Chiefly, the central bank has plans to shrink its almost-US$9 trillion balance …

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US ADP Nonfarm Data Points To Half-Point Rate Hike

On Wednesday afternoon March 30 (GMT+3), the US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change data reported an increase in 455,000 jobs. This figure is slightyly more than the expected increase of 450,000, and down from the previous month’s value of 486,000. While higher than expected, March’s ADP Employment numbers are still the lowest seen …

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Crude Surges Amid Lower-than-expected EIA Inventories

On Wednesday evening March 23 (GMT+3), the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a decrease of 2.508 million barrels in its crude oil inventories for the week of 18 March. This is in contrast to the forecasted increase of 0.114m barrels, and the previous increase of 4.345M. Meanwhile, a disruption in the …

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An Introduction To The Financial Markets And Trading

Financial trading refers to the buying and selling of financial instruments in the financial market, with the goal of generating profit from the price movements of these assets. It involves making decisions based on various factors, including market knowledge, market analysis and risk management strategies. What Are The Financial Market? A financial …

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Chinese tech companies bullish on the metaverse

Despite the regulatory risks, Chinese tech companies are doubling down on their bets on the metaverse, ranking in the top among companies filing for NFT and metaverse-related trademarks and patents. In 2021 and 2020, Tencent filed a total of 4085 patents while Baidu filed 3094, taking second and third places respectively behind …

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Markets Build Risk Appetite as ADP Nonfarm Exceeds Expectations

On Wednesday, 15:15 (GMT+2), data for the February US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change was released. At 475,000, the number beat out the market estimate of 378K, although it is still lower than the previous month’s 509,000. Broken down, February’s numbers indicate a significant employment drop of 96,000 in small businesses, although overall …

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Russia invades Ukraine

On Thursday, 24 February, Russian forces entered neighbouring Ukraine, sparking what some are calling the largest conflict in Europe since World War 2. Land, sea, and air forces have been sent into Ukrainian space, with the country’s foreign minister saying that the country’s capital, Kyiv, has been hit by Russian rocket strikes. …

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Gold Surges as Geopolitical Tension in Eastern Europe Rises to New Heights

Rising geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West, combined with the effects of booming worldwide inflation, has caused the price of gold to soar. The precious metal is trading at its highest prices in over a year as investors seek the safe-haven asset in response to Putin’s increasing belligerent stance against Ukraine; …

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Chances of 50-point Rate Hike Increases as US CPI Hits 40-year High

On Thursday (GMT+2), the US released its Consumer Price Index data (CPI) for January. Results showed that inflation, as measured by the CPI, increased by 7.5% year-on-year, beating out the forecasted 7.3% and posting the highest gain since 1982. The results also mark an increase of 0.6% from December, continuing the fourth …

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ADP Employment Data Far Exceeds Expectations

On January 5 (Wednesday), the United States announced the December ADP employment data. According to the ADP private payroll numbers for December, 807,000 jobs were added compared to estimates of a figure of 410,000 and the previous value of 534,000, the largest increase since May 2021. The minutes from the Fed’s December FOMC meeting on …

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The Basics of the Fundamentals

Fundamental analysis is a method of evaluating an asset; it attempts to measure its intrinsic value by examining the underlying forces that could affect the asset. Fundamental Analysis includes; Geo Political factors – such as interest rates and other government policies Macroeconomic factors – such as the level of unemployment Company or …

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Market Participants

Now that you have a basic understanding of what the financial markets are, let us look at the various stakeholders: Commercial Banks – Retail and investment banks that accept deposits from and give loans to the public to make a profit Brokers – A person or a company that arranges transactions between …

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What is currency

Currency, or foreign exchange, often abbreviated as forex or simply FX, refers to the exchange of global currencies on a decentralised market place – also known as over the counter (OTC) currency exchange. The foreign exchange market is the largest and most liquid market in the world, with an average daily trading …

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Consumer and Producer Price Indices

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) are inflationary measures used to determine whether prices for goods and services are rising (inflation), falling (deflation when below zero or disinflation when falling but still above zero), or staying the same (since there is no particular term for this, let’s just …

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Non-Farm Payrolls

Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) measures the amount of jobs gained in the U.S. during the previous month that aren’t farm related. It is typically released on the first Friday of the new month, and also includes the Unemployment Rate, Average Hourly Earnings, and the Participation Rate. While all of those releases can have …

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Central Banks

In its simplest context, Central Banks are responsible for overseeing the monetary system for a nation (or group of nations); however, central banks have a range of responsibilities, from overseeing monetary policy to implementing specific goals such as currency stability, low inflation and full employment. Central banks also generally issue currency, function …

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