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Market wrap: dollar makes broad gains in London/NY - Westpac Ross J Burland

Analysts at Westpac explained that the US dollar made broad gains in London/NY for a third straight day, up against all G10. Key Quotes:"News and data again weren't key.""AUD was weaker than most, dropping to 0.7600 for the first time since Dec 2017.""Today's calendar highlight is Australia Q1 CPI. Also due are Germany Apr IFO business sentiment and US Apr consumer confidence data...

01:00 24 April /2018 Forex

Wall Street stocks mixed as higher bond yields weigh on stocks Flavio Tosti

The S&P 500 Index closed virtually unchanged at 2,670. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,448 down 14 points less than 0.10% while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed the session down at 7,128 or 0.3% on Monday. Weak smartphone demand weighed on the technology sector. The main theme is the rise in US bond yields, especially the 10-year benchmark which has come very close to the 3.00% ...

00:23 24 April /2018 Forex

A mixed start to the week: eye son US yields - ANZ Ross J Burland

Analysts at ANZ noted that it was a mixed session while US Treasury yields attempted a push higher, but then eased back again. Key Quotes:"This supported the USD, while equities and commodity prices fluctuated. The US 10-year yield rose as high as 2.996% before falling a couple of bps to 2.97%.""The focus appears to be on inf...

22:46 23 April /2018 Forex

EUR/USD on the cusp? - Westpac Ross J Burland

Analysts at Westpac argue that the greater part of Eurozone data underperformance, both in outright terms and relative to the US, is mostly in the rearview mirror.Key Quotes:"Key event risk later this week – the ECB meeting (April 26) and Q1 US employment cost index and advance GDP (April 27) - will likely prove decisive in whether 21:46 23 April /2018 Forex

USD/JPY: bulls looking for a break to 109.32? Ross J Burland

USD/JPY overcame 108.00 option barriers and triggered buy stops above on Monday in European trade. Currently, USD/JPY is trading at 108.66, up 0.93% on the day, having posted a daily high at 108.73 and low at 107.66.Higher US yields,  month-end approaching, (importers are piling in), and despite lower stock prices, there is a limit to the...

20:23 23 April /2018 Forex

ECB: what's the bottom line for this week's meeting? - ING Ross J Burland

Analysts at ING explained that the bottom line is that it will be difficult to see a dovish Draghi-led decline in the EUR given the relatively low expectations going into the April ECB meeting. Key Quotes:"The ECB chief would have to be on fine 'dovish' form to knock further steam out of the EUR's medium-term bullish trajectory.""For now, we retain our 20:00 23 April /2018 Forex

USD/JPY en route to 108.50 amid US yields bull run Flavio Tosti

The USD/JPY is trading at around 108.45 up .0.77% on Monday as the rising US bond yields is the main theme of the day.  USD/JPY is trading almost at 10-weeks high (108.95) as the rally in bond yields takes center stage. The 10-year treasury note yield traded as high as 2.99% on Monday’s trading. The last time it reached that level in 2013, stocks went under pressure and 18:23 23 April /2018 Forex

EUR/USD weaker, challenging lows near 1.2200 Pablo Piovano

The selling pressure continues to hurt the single currency on Monday and is now dragging EUR/USD to test fresh lows in the 1.2215/20 band.EUR/USD weaker on US yields, USD upsideThe pair keeps losing ground today in response to an increasing demand for the greenback, which in turn has been sustained by a soli...

17:46 23 April /2018 Forex

JPY: Guided by BoJ? - Rabobank Sandeep Kanihama

Jane Foley, Senior FX Strategist at Rabobank, suggests that on Friday the BoJ will hold the first policy meeting of Kuroda’s new tenure and steady policy is widely expected. Key Quotes“Despite robust Japanese economic growth, the BoJ is likely to continue pushing back against market speculation that the Bank’s commitment to its hugely accommodative monetary policy could wane durin...

17:00 23 April /2018 Forex

Bitcoin price analysis: BTC/USD remains above the key ascending trend line, indicating of further bullish movement to come Ken Chigbo

 The Bitcoin price is seen up with margin gains of 1% on Monday, modest indeed for now, however, the key here now is BTC/USD has continued the bullish momentum and above the long-running ascending trend line.BTC/USD bulls managed to drive higher with gains seen more than 35%, ...

15:46 23 April /2018 Forex

USD/JPY could advance to 108.60 – UOB Pablo Piovano

The pair’s upside momentum could extend towards the 108.60 region in the near term, noted FX Strategists at UOB Group.Key Quotes24-hour view: “We expected a higher USD last Friday but were of the view that “a clear break of 107.75 seems unlikely”. However, USD managed to break through this resistance and hit...

15:00 23 April /2018 Forex

USD shorts extended, EUR longs surge - Rabobank Sandeep Kanihama

According to IMM net speculators’ positioning as at April 17, 2018, short USD positions extended for the second consecutive week, though they held below their February levels. Key Quotes“Higher US treasury yields may prevent further negative sentiment in the USD in the next set of data.”“E...

14:46 23 April /2018 Forex

EUR/USD tumbles, further 1.2200 on sight Pablo Piovano

The buying pressure around the greenback stays well and sound at the beginning of the week, forcing EUR/USD to challenge the lower bound of the range in the 1.2230/20 band.EUR/USD weaker ahead of dataThe pair is prolonging the leg lower on Monday following an increasing bid tone surrounding the buck, which in turn remains we...

14:00 23 April /2018 Forex

WTI weaker near $ 68 as broad USD demand weighs Dhwani Mehta

WTI (oil futures on NYMEX) is seen extending its gradual declines below the $ 68 mark, as the bears look to extend the corrective slide from multi-year peaks reached at $ 69.56 last Thursday.The renewed selling pressure on oil prices is largely seen on the back of aggressive broad-based US dollar buying, following the extensive...

13:23 23 April /2018 Forex

Bitcoin price analysis: BTC/USD upside capped below $9,000; while India’ Central Bank is taken to court following cryptocurrency crackdown John Isige

The traders and cryptocurrency investors are shifting their sentiments towards the digital assets in the second quarter of 2018. This is happening after the first quarter witnessed the worst selloff in the history of the cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin price particularly shed off more than 60% of its value from the all-time high of about $20,000. However, the trend has been a bullish one in the month of...

13:23 23 April /2018 Forex

Leveraged funds scaled back JPY longs and turned neutral on AUD - Nomura Sandeep Kanihama

In the week ending Tuesday, 17 April, leveraged funds cut long JPY positioning to 19% from 26% the previous week, notes the research team at Nomura.Key Quotes“The 1y-high JPY net-long position is 36%, recorded in April. In contrast, asset managers increased long JPY positioning from 21% to 24%.”“GBP&EUR: Sterling net long positioning fell from 55% to 50%, main...

13:23 23 April /2018 Forex

USD/JPY takes-out 108 handle as 10-yr Treasury yields near 3% Dhwani Mehta

The USD/JPY pair accelerated its bullish momentum and finally surpassed the 108 crucial resistance in the European session, now flirting with fresh 10-week tops of 108.04.The ongoing rally in the spot gained traction after the US dollar caught a fresh bid wave across its main competitors in tandem wi...

12:23 23 April /2018 Forex

Iraq’s OPEC official: we are not targeting oil prices, we target market balance Dhwani Mehta

Iraq’s Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) official was on the wires last hour, via Reuters, expressing his take on the recent oil-price increase.Key Headlines:We are hitting our oil inventory target.We are going back to the 5-year average.We are not targeting oil prices, we target market ba...

12:01 23 April /2018 Forex

EUR/USD heading for a test of April lows at 1.2215 Dhwani Mehta

The EUR/USD pair is seen meandering near three-week lows of 1.2245, after a series of mixed Euro area PMI releases capped the EUR recovery and triggered fresh selling interest from just shy of the 1.23 handle, as the bears now look to test of the April 6 low of 1.2215.  The Eurozone flash manufacturing PMI for April ...

12:00 23 April /2018 Forex

USD/JPY targets 108.00 amidst higher US yields Pablo Piovano

The greenback continues to appreciate vs. its Japanese counterpart on Monday and is now pushing USD/JPY to the vicinity of the 108.00 milestone, or fresh 2-month peaks.USD/JPY looks to US data, yieldsThe pair is up for the fourth straight session so far today, challe...

11:46 23 April /2018 Forex