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February 24, 2017
Dollar falls as peso and gold rally
The U.S. dollar was the weakest currency yesterday as surprisingly, the Mexican peso rallied, rising 1.22% over the day against the greenback...
February 23, 2017
U.S. dollar muted to Fed minutes
The U.S. dollar index was flat yesterday after the Federal Reserve published the meeting minutes from the January 31 -February 1 monetary policy meeting...
February 22, 2017
UK GDP estimates and FOMC meeting minutes coming up today
The economic calendar yesterday was dominated by flash PMI numbers from the Eurozone, all of which broadly showed that economic momentum in the region continued to gather pace...
February 21, 2017
Fed Harker's hawkish comments revives the U.S. dollar
While the U.S. dollar was seen slipping during a quiet trading session on Monday which saw the U.S. markets closed, the greenback got a boost with hawkish comments from Fed's Patrick Harker from Philadelphia...
February 20, 2017
U.S. dollar attempts to post a recovery amid a slow trading day
The U.S. dollar is attempting to post some gains to build up from Friday's reversal. Price action has formed an inside bar among EURUSD and USDJPY which could indicate a potential breakout trading that could establish the near-term direction of prices...
February 17, 2017
US dollar poised to end the weak on a bearish note
The US economic data continued to post strong gains with building permits and Philly Fed manufacturing index beating expectations strongly. However, the markets were not quite impressed despite the data points supporting the hawkish Fed for more rate hikes...
February 16, 2017
Kiwi advances over AUD on mixed jobs report
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the January jobs report, which on the headline showed the unemployment rate falling to 5.7% from 5.8% in December...
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February 15, 2017
Yellen revives hopes for a March rate hike
The US dollar rallied to a fresh 1-month high yesterday, spurred by hawkish comments from Fed Chair, Janet Yellen who reiterated the Feds rate hike plans...
February 14, 2017
Markets look to Yellen for next rate hike clues
After a slow start to the week, the economic calendar is busy today with the UK set to report inflation figures for January while later in the U.S. trading session...
February 13, 2017
Dollar gains on the back of Abe-Trump meet
The Japanese yen was weaker after the weekend meeting between Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump saw the leaders announce a new framework for a dialogue on trade, in what is being seen as Japan agreeing to the U.S. call for bilateral trade...
February 10, 2017
Gold slips as Trump expected to unveil tax reforms
The U.S. dollar was supported by comments from President Trump who said that he would announce some new tax plans in the coming weeks. His comments stoked expectations from investors about the much talked about plans for tax breaks and fiscal stimulus spending which wasn't mentioned so far in his term...
February 9, 2017
RBNZ holds rates. BoE Carney to speak
The US dollar was once again weak yesterday offering its peers another chance to make some gains. But with the US dollar index firmly above the support level at 100.00, further upside is expected. On the economic front, it was a quiet day from the US...
February 8, 2017
GBP surges on hawkish comments. NZD awaits RBNZ decision
The New Zealand dollar is trading subdued ahead of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's interest rate decision due later tonight. The Kiwi gave up the gains from yesterday spurred by higher inflation expectations...
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February 7, 2017
EURUSD hits technical resistance; targets 1.0600
The single currency is looking weaker after failing to break out above the technical resistance at 1.0737. Appetite for the single currency fell as the ECB President...
February 6, 2017
Dollar eases as payrolls highlight soft wage growth
The U.S. dollar settled lower on Friday after the January payrolls report showed a slow pace of growth in the average earnings while November and December payrolls were revised lower. The data overshadowed an otherwise solid headline print...
February 3, 2017
US Dollar looks to payrolls for support
The U.S. dollar index is showing signs of posting a reversal after the past 5-weeks of steady declines which could well turn out into six weeks unless today's payrolls surprise to the upside...
February 2, 2017
US dollar flat on FOMC. BoE in focus
The FOMC meeting yesterday saw policy makers leaving interest rates changed and not giving any timeline on when the markets can expect the next rate hike. Leaving the benchmark lending rates unchanged at the FOMC meeting on Wednesday...
February 1, 2017
Gold looks to FOMC as $1200/ounce price level to be tested
Busy day for the markets with the start of a new trading month! Needless to say, the economic calendar is packed with fresh monthly data. While PMI's dominate most of Europe, the U.S. trading session will focus on the private payrolls data from ADP...
January 31, 2017
BoJ keeps monetary policy unchanged
The Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting this morning saw the central bank leaving interest rates and the bond purchases unchanged at 80 trillion yen...
January 30, 2017
Currencies open the week on a mixed note
Ahead of a busy week, the currencies opened the week on a mixed note. Interestingly, the Mexican peso is currently the strongest currency, up 0.26% against the U.S. dollar followed by the Japanese yen which has gained 0.19% at the time of writing...
January 27, 2017
Dollar posts strong reversal, GDP data on the tap
The U.S. dollar was stronger yesterday after the ICE Futures U.S. dollar index found support near the 100.15 - 99.85 support level. The bullish reversal seen yesterday could signal near-term continuation to the upside with the price likely to target 101.75 - 102.50...

January 26, 2017
Sterling strengthens against euro, Advance GDP report awaited
The euro continued its decline against the British pound yesterday, losing over 0.7% by Wednesday's close. The single currency has been maintaining its losing streak against the sterling after earlier on Tuesday, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favor of putting the Article 50 to a parliamentary vote...
January 25, 2017
EURUSD looking weaker to 1.0600 in the near term
The single currency is looking weaker following the decent gains notched over the past few weeks as the U.S. dollar remains trading cautiously on any potential remarks from President Trump on the U.S. dollar's strength...
January 24, 2017
UK Supreme Court to deliver verdict on Brexit
The UKs Supreme Court will be giving its verdict in the High Court on whether the Brexit referendum should be put to a parliamentary vote or note. There is a widespread consensus that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the High Court...
January 23, 2017
Dollar opens weak as markets cautious on the new Trump administration
The U.S. dollar continued to extend the declines for what could a third consecutive day. On Friday, Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States...
January 20, 2017
Trump takes office today. Markets await inauguration speech
Investors await Trump's inauguration and speech due later today as he takes office as the 45th President of the United States. The U.S. dollar was seen giving up some of the gains yesterday with some volatility coming off the EURUSD on the back of the ECB meeting...
January 19, 2017
Greenback pares losses on hawkish Yellen
The U.S. dollar did an about turn yesterday after the Fed Chair; Janet Yellen said that the prospects for further rate hikes increased with the economy near its maximum employment and inflation moving towards the Fed's 2% goal...
January 18, 2017
Pound Sterling soars on PM May's Brexit speech
The British pound posted strong gains yesterday with the Prime Minister Theresa May outlining her vision for Brexit and the parliamentary approval of the Brexit deal...
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January 17, 2017
Yen strengthens as markets jittery ahead of May's press conference
The U.S. dollar was trading weak yesterday in a holiday thin trading session. The Japanese yen strengthened strongly in the early hours today as investors turn cautious ahead of the British PM...
January 16, 2017
Busy start to the GBP with Carney speech
U.S. markets are closed today on account of Martin Luther King Day. Economic data is quiet ahead of another busy week. The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney will be speaking later this afternoon and his comments come a day before the British PM Theresa May will be holding her press conference on Brexit...
January 12, 2017
Trump's presser fails to impress dollar bulls
The U.S. dollar was volatile in yesterday's trading session as the dollar index edged higher to a 5-day intraday high at 102.96 before giving up the gains by the end of the day. Investors were disappointed as the first official press conference by the President-elect...
February 24, 2017
Gold surges to major $1250 resistance as uncertainty prevails
Gold surged Thursday on a breakout of its previous consolidation to hit and slightly exceed major technical resistance at $1250, a level not seen since early November...
February 24, 2017
Dollar falls as peso and gold rally
The U.S. dollar was the weakest currency yesterday as surprisingly, the Mexican peso rallied, rising 1.22% over the day against the greenback...
February 23, 2017
U.S. dollar muted to Fed minutes
The U.S. dollar index was flat yesterday after the Federal Reserve published the meeting minutes from the January 31 -February 1 monetary policy meeting...