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Oil slumps on stronger USD and concerns of higher US production Asis Ghosh

Crude oil/WTI is now trading around 61.55, in New York session, down by 0.36% on stronger USD and concerns of higher US productions ahead of the delayed API inventory data to be released later in the day. On Wednesday, Crude oil prices were undercut by a stronger US dollar and by comments from US Deputy Energy Secretary, who said that the outlook for US oil production in 2018 and 2019 is "phenomen...

21:46 21 February /2018 Forex

UK employment data made for mixed reading; BoE implications? - Scotiabank Ross J Burland

Analysts at Scotiabank explained that the UK employment data made for mixed reading.Key Quotes:"The markets focused mainly on the increase in the Dec unemployment rate to 4.4% (first increase since Aug 2016) from 4.3% in Nov, less so on the push up in weekly earnings (ex-bonuses) to 2.5%. Sterling was already slipping ahead of the data which gave the markets additional motivation ...

21:23 21 February /2018 Forex

GBP/JPY inched down on poor UK labor report, despite optimistic Carney Asis Ghosh

GBP/JPY is now trading around 150.11, in the New York Session, edging down by 0.10% on a subdued UK job report published on Wednesday coupled with ongoing Brexit squabbling.The market is not concerned about absolute numbers of UK unemployment, but it’s concerned about the wage growth. Although wage growth for Dec’17 came above estimate at 2.5%, it’s still way below the UK inflation rate of 3%; in ...

20:46 21 February /2018 Forex

AUD/USD: bears taking control below key resistance, headed to 0.7800? Ross J Burland

 AUD/USD picking up some offers here as we await the FOMC minutes and the DXY gains some traction, currently higher to +0.22% at 89.91 from a low of 89.70 in the day's range to 89.99 the high. Currently, AUD/USD is trading at 0.7916, up 0.08% on the day, having posted a daily high at 0.7922 and low at 0.7905.20:46 21 February /2018 Forex

Gold almost flat despite stronger USD ahead of FOMC minutes Asis Ghosh

Gold is now trading around $1332, in the New York session, almost flat for the day, edging up by 0.05% ahead of FOMC minutes later on Wednesday. So far Gold made a session high and low of around 1333-1325 in a day of rangebound trading amid higher USD and concerns of higher US inflation and fiscal deficit.USD got a boost earlier on Wednesday Asian se...

19:46 21 February /2018 Forex

Carney & Co. TSC testimony proceeds again after suspension Ross J Burland

 Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England and his accomplices,  Haldane, Broadbent and newcomer, Tenreyro have been testifying to The Treasury Committee where the testimony had been suspended and recently reinstated again after what had been perceived by markets as a positive first round for Carney & Co., supporting the pound.Key notes :19:46 21 February /2018 Forex

GBP/USD: full load down on the round turn post UK ILO jobless rate/Carney & Co Ross J Burland

It has been a very eventful day for the pound so far, and a lot has happened already before the FOMC minutes later today. GBP/USD initially dropped to 1.3927 after the unexpected UK ILO jobless rate rise, falling back from the space on the 1.40 handle. A low was made down at 1.3904 before a recovery ensued. Currently, GBP/USD is trading at 1.3972, down -0.14% on ...

19:23 21 February /2018 Forex

EUR/GBP on front foot amid subdued UK job data and Brexit squabbling Asis Ghosh

The EUR/GBP is trading around 0.8840 in New York Session, up by 0.3% on subdued UK labor market report published earlier on Wednesday coupled with ongoing Brexit squabbling.With the UK wage growth being in the epicenter of the market attention, the good news is that the nominal weekly earnings rose 2.5% y/y slightly better than expectations. The dark side of the nominal wage gr...

18:46 21 February /2018 Forex

EUR/USD holding on above 1.2300 ahead of FOMC Pablo Piovano

A bout of selling orders around the greenback allowed EUR/USD to attempt a break higher although the bullish attempt run out of legs in the proximity of 1.2340.EUR/USD depressed ahead of FOMCThe downbeat sentiment around the pair remains intact so far this week, al...

18:46 21 February /2018 Forex

USD/JPY seen sidelined in the medium term – Danske Bank Pablo Piovano

Senior Analyst at Danske Bank Morten Helt believes the pair could trade within the 108-115 range in the medium to longer run.Key Quotes“The sell-off in the US and European fixed income markets is currently weighing on USD/JPY, and we expect the combination of portfolio flows, choppy market conditions and stretched short speculative JPY positioning to push USD/JPY lower going into ...

18:23 21 February /2018 Forex

More from Fed's Harker: no rush to make changes to Fed's strategy framework Haresh Menghani

Continuing with his earlier comments at Saint Louis University, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker, said that he is in no rush to make changes to Fed's strategy framework. Key quotes:   •  Changes to Fed's longer-term policy strategy would probably not need legis...

18:00 21 February /2018 Forex

More from BOE's Haldane: rate hikes would be gradual and limited Haresh Menghani

At the BOE's inflation report hearings before Parliament's Treasury Committee, BOE's Chief Economist Andy Haldane said:   •  Risks in latest BOE projections to the upside
   •  Heightened Brexit uncertainty would be downside risk
   •  Potential for greater than forecast global momentumMeanwhile, the GBP/USD...

18:00 21 February /2018 Forex

WTI bounces off lows near $61.00, API, FOMC eyed Pablo Piovano

Prices of the barrel of the West Texas Intermediate are extending the weekly correction lower on Wednesday, so far managing to find dip-buyers in the $61.00 neighbourhood.WTI looks to FOMC, APIPrices of the barrel of the black gold are retreating for the second session in a row today against the backdrop of the persistent bullish sentiment surrounding the greenback.

17:46 21 February /2018 Forex

BOE's Carney: Brexit remains the biggest source of uncertainty Haresh Menghani

The BOE Governor Mark Carney, while testify on inflation and the economic outlook before Parliament's Treasury Committee, said that I do not give guidance on a specific interest rate path, except in exceptional circumstances   •  We are not in exceptional circumstances now
   •  Trade-off between growth and inflation has diminished
   •  Hori...

17:46 21 February /2018 Forex

More from Carney & Co.: path at Nov. report was 2 hikes, now almost 3 Haresh Menghani

Headlines continue to pour in from the BOE's inflation report hearings before Parliament's Treasury Committee:BOE Governor Mark Carney:   •  Further stimulus withdrawal needed in coming years
   •  Case for withdrawal of stimulus will be there if GDP exceeds 1.5%
   •  Path at Nov. report was 2 hikes, now almost 3
   •  Interest rates ...

17:46 21 February /2018 Forex

Fed's Harker: two rate hikes this year are likely to appropriate Haresh Menghani

Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker, during a scheduled speech at Saint Louis University, was noted saying that two Fed rate hikes this year are likely appropriate.Additional quotes:   •  Sees US GDP growth at 2.5% this year, 2% next year
   •  Sees US unemployment falling to 3.6% by mid-2019, then edging u...

17:23 21 February /2018 Forex

USD/CHF bulls eyeing 0.94 mark ahead of FOMC minutes Haresh Menghani

   •  Persistent USD buying helps gain traction for the fourth consecutive session.
   •  Reviving safe-haven demand does little to stall the up-move. 
   •  FOMC minutes to set the near-term trajectory. The USD/CHF pair jumped to over one-week tops on Wednesday and is now aiming to reclaim the 0.9400 handle.The 16:46 21 February /2018 Forex

USD/JPY finds support around 107.40, FOMC eyed Pablo Piovano

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the buck vs. its main rivals, is extending the positive momentum vs. the Japanese safe haven and lifting USD/JPY to the vicinity of the 108.00 mark albeit losing some momentum afterwards.USD/JPY focused on FOMCSpot is gaining groun...

16:23 21 February /2018 Forex

USD/JPY shifted to neutral from bearish – UOB Pablo Piovano

FX Strategists at UOB Group have shifted their outlook to neutral from bearish, expecting some consolidation in the near term.Key Quotes24-hour view: “While we expected a higher USD yesterday, we were of the view that a sustained move above 107.00 is unlikely. USD not only moved above 107.00 easily, it edged...

16:23 21 February /2018 Forex

Gold hangs near one-week lows, FOMC minutes awaited Haresh Menghani

   •  Persistent USD buying keeps exerting downward pressure.
   •  Further weighed down by rising US bond yields. 
   •  FOMC meeting minutes to set the near-term trend.Gold seemed struggling to gain any traction and remained within striking distance of one-week lows, touched earlier today.A strong follow-through 16:00 21 February /2018 Forex