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All Eyes on the EU Referendum

This volatility is being displayed distinctly in the most potentially-affected markets, including currencies. The British pound and euro, in particular, have been pressured heavily since the beginning of June...

Crude: oil rally gravestone carved?

Crude oil prices fell sharply at the end of last week and have extended their losses as the new week begins. At the time of this writing, Brent oil was back at $50 and WTI was hovering around $48.50, a good 6% off its high on Thursday...

Is this the dollar comeback?

The dollar has been pounded in recent days as expectations about a July Fed rate hike receded. Today however the greenback found good support against certain currencies, especially the euro which fell across the board...

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US Non-Farm Payrolls Preview

This Fridays Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report for May will be the last major employment data to be released before the highly anticipated FOMC meeting in mid-June, less than two weeks from now. In the past several weeks...

Stocks could resume rally

Stocks found some much-needed support this week on the back of a rising oil price to $50 a barrel and as concerns about the negative impact of a potential June Federal Reserve rate increase diminished...

Hawkish FOMC minutes prompt sharp market reactions

The minutes from last month FOMC meeting were released on Wednesday afternoon. Overall, the release was significantly more hawkish than many had expected, notably stressing that a June interest rate hike would be likely if economic growth data continues to progress as expected...


DAX: make or break time

European stock indices were trading lower at the time of this writing, in what has been a very bad week for equities. Understandably traders are awaiting the key monthly US jobs report in approximately half an hour from now to provide some direction...

US Non-Farm Payrolls Preview

The US Labor Departments Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report, due to be released this Friday morning, has long been used as a primary barometer of the overall employment situation in the US as well as a key input affecting the Federal Reserve’s policy decisions...

Stocks extend decline - volatility could spike

This week inaction from two major central banks, namely the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, has caused the global equity indices - Japan Nikkei, in particular – and the US dollar to weaken as the yen and safe haven precious metals soared...

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Gold finally set for bullish breakout

After a sharp BOJ-inspired drop this morning, Western equity markets were able to turn slightly higher in the afternoon. Sentiment was partly boosted by the still-rallying oil prices as well as robust earnings from Facebook...

Pound extends recovery as Obama helps slash Brexit odds

Concerns over the economic impact of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU have been a key theme weighing on the pound this year. Last week however there was relief as the remain camp edged higher in some polls...

Crude off lows as traders sharpen focus on US oil stocks

Crude oil prices have managed to recover slightly after falling by as much as 2.5 per cent earlier, though both contracts were still down by around 1 per cent at the time of this writing...


Wall Street bulls ignore warnings as indices hit fresh 2016 highs

There is still no end in sight in the rally on Wall Street. The major US indices have hit new 2016 highs today, with financials leading the charge. Sentiment has been boosted by several factors lately...

USD finds modest support as jobs grew more than expected

This month jobs report was always going to be a tough one to predict – are they ever easy? But on this occasion it was extremely difficult because the nonfarm payrolls data was released before two of the most reliable leading indicators, the ISM Services and Manufacturing PMIs...

Gold set to endure a volatile week

After surging sharply higher Tuesday on the back of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s dovish remarks, gold is trading a touch weaker today. Speculators are probably booking profit on their long positions ahead of the release of some key U.S. economic data this week...

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Gold tumbles to March low on hawkish Fed comments

The price of gold hit a new March low on Wednesday after relatively hawkish comments from US Federal Reserve officials weighed on the precious metal and boosted the US dollar. As a result, gold dipped below $1225, a key support level...

Commodities consolidate after a strong week

Crude oil, copper and to a lesser degree precious metal prices have all rallied at various points this past week. It will be interesting to see if their good run of form will continue in the new week...

Silver shining brightly post FOMC

With yields being universally low across the developed economies and the dollar falling, buck-denominated precious metals are shining. They have rallied strongly over the past couple of days in particular after the FOMC sounded more dovish than expected on Wednesday...


DAX: Draghi pulled the rug out from under the bulls

First traders were impressed by the size and scope of the ECB aggressive actions to ease monetary policy, but the market’s collective view shifted to dismay when Draghi later indicated that further rate cuts were neither anticipated nor needed...

Crude oil surge faces major resistance

Crude oil surged on Monday as the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected US shale oil production to decrease substantially within the next two years. Specifically, the IEA expects to see shale production in the US decrease by 600,000 barrels per day in 2016 and by 200,000 additional barrels per day in 2017...

Forget Brexit, watch the EUR/USD chart

So in a nutshell, what the EUR/USD does around this 1.1050/60 area today could determine the direction for the next several days, and not just in the FX markets...


FOMC minutes preview: Staler than Grandma cereal

In a bit of an off week for top-tier US economic data, traders are likely to focus intently on the release of tomorrow FOMC minutes. The extreme market volatility we have seen so far in 2016 has had a dramatic impact on traders expectations Federal Reserve policy...

Research Note: January NFP Prep

The January Non-Farm Payroll report will be released tomorrow at 8:30 EST (13:30 GMT) with expectations centered on a headline print of 192k after last month’s stellar 292k reading. My model suggests that the report could miss even these subdued expectations...

Dudley Declaration Develops into a Deluge of Dollar Disposal

It has been a disastrous day for the world’s reserve currency: the US Dollar Index is trading down by over 1.5% to a new 3-month low near 97.00 and the greenback is falling against every one of her major rivals...


FOMC instant reaction: Dissecting the Fed’s droppings

As we noted in yesterday full FOMC preview report, the central bank hardly faced a decision today. After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade last month, a pause to evaluate the impact of rising rates was inevitable...

FTSE off lows as oil hovers around $30

European stock markets opened sharply lower this morning, before staging a recovery by mid-morning. Sentiment was once again hit by the falling price of oil, which dipped back below the pivotal $30 handle, and concerns over China...

Gold bounces on return of stock market volatility

The price of gold received a lift on Wednesday afternoon as volatility returned to European and US stock markets. Earlier this week, the yellow metal had fallen from recent highs as stocks regained a measure of stability after global equity markets dropped precipitously during the first trading week of the year...


WTI: Could we see a 20 handle this week

It has been a rollercoaster ride of a day for markets, starting with gut-wrenching volatility in today particularly low-liquidity Asian session. While US stocks see-sawed their way to modest gains today...

Gold erases overnight gains as stocks stabilise, NFP eyed

Gold rallied to a fresh nine-week high of $1112 in overnight trading before dropping by a good $15 to trade back below $1100 at the time of this writing...

FOMC Minutes analysis: NOW we get the dovish hike

It is a bit hard to recall in the constantly-changing-by-the-minute markets, but way back in December 2015, traders and analysts were widely anticipating a dovish hike from the Federal Reserve...


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