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Markets Still Not Convinced About Faster Pace Of Rate Hikes From The Fed
Following a brief period of uncertainty, the markets breathed a sigh of relief as President Trump picked FOMC member, Jerome Powell to head the central bank for the next five years.
Weekly Commodities Wrap: China Data Weakness Weighing On Copper
Despite a weaker US Dollar this week, copper prices fell back as the latest data out of China highlighted weakness in the economy with industrial output, fixed asset investment and retail sales undershooting expectations over the last month.
EU Commission Autumn Forecasts Upbeat
The EU Commission released its autumn economic forecasts last week. As widely expected, based on the recent trends in the economy and the receding political risks, the euro area economy is expected to continue maintaining its bullish momentum.
JPY Up On GDP Jump As AUD Falls On Weak Wage Growth Data
JPY was stronger over the European morning following the latest data, realized overnight, which showed that Japanese GDP grew 0.3% over Q3. The increase is a result of a 0.5% positive contribution from net exports.
Oil Prices Stall As Market Caught In The Cross-Fire
Oil prices have fallen back over recent days despite the continued tension in the Middle East as rising rig counts and higher US shale output have created downward pressure.
Riksbank Stays Neutral. QE Extension Unlikely: Meeting Minutes
The Swedish central bank, the Riksbank released its monetary policy meeting minutes from October. The minutes showed that the central bank expects the soft patch to continue.
FX COT Update: Sterling Shorts Reversed As BOE Begins Tightening
Non-Commercials reversed their net short positions in Sterling last week buying 3k contracts to take the total position to 1.3k contracts. Sterling short positioning has been steadily squared over the last month as investors adjusted their exposure.
Forex Week Ahead: Inflation And GDP Reports
Inflation and GDP data will be the main dominating themes this coming week. Data from the Eurozone, Canada, the United States, the UK, and Sweden will show the overall inflationary trends during the month of October.
Weekly Commodities Wrap: Gold Surges Despite Weaker Global Demand
Precious metals shot up in price this week benefiting from US Dollar weakness as concerns grow over a potential US tax overhaul with reports that an important corporate tax cut could be delayed by another year.
British Pound – Where To From Here?
Last week, the Bank of England hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade by 25 basis points. The rate hike was widely expected, and the BoE Governor Mark Carney hinted that future rate hikes would be limited and gradual.
Bitcoin Volatility Surging As Price Hits New Record Highs
When searching for opportunities in the markets, traders always day-dream about landing that one trade that just takes off and never looks back, landing them a massive, wind-fall profit.
Growth Momentum Picks Up In The Eurozone But Inflation Slows
The third quarter Eurozone GDP slowed rather marginally compared to the revised 0.7% quarterly GDP growth in the second quarter.
USD Remains Firm As Fed On Track For December Rate Hike
US GDP was higher than expected in Q3, printing 3% against expectations of 2.7%, remaining broadly unchanged over the year so far at 3% in Q1 and 3% in Q2.
Corruption Crackdown In Saudi Arabia Sends Oil Soaring
Oil markets were subject to fresh volatility on Tuesday in response to a political purge in Saudi Arabia which saw the government cracking down on several princes and ministers accused of corruption.
Nonfarm Payrolls Rebound In October – Three Takeaways
The 4.1% unemployment rate marked the lowest rate since the year 2000, marking a 17-year low. The labor force was however seen to be increasing as data showed an increase of 1.2 million in the past year.
FX COT Update: JPY Shorts Continue To Grow
Non-Commercials increased their net short positions in the Japanese Yen last week selling a further 2k contracts to take the total position to -119k contracts.
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