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Monero remains bid near record highs

Monero [XMR/USD] trades around $90 in Asia, just shy of the record high of $99 clocked earlier this week. The virtual currency witnessed an upside break of the trading range of $40-$55 on Monday after the reports hit the wires that South Korean exchange Bithumb is soon to launch trading in Monero. CoinMarketCap data show the volumes are highest on the Poloniex exchange today, up 44.22% in the last...

05:00 23 August /2017 Forex

Hong Kong Bourse confirms morning trading halted as Typhoon Hato strikes Dhwani Mehta

Typhoon hits off Hong Kong, with Typhoon signal No 10 warning issued on Wednesday – the highest in Hong Kong’s storm warning system.Key Points via SCMP:It is only the 14th No 10 signal since 1946, the last coming in July 2012, for Typhoon Vicente.Hundreds of flights cancelled, ferry services suspended and flood warning in placeHong Kong Bourse confirms morning tra...

04:46 23 August /2017 Forex

US Sec. of State Tillerson sees possible path to North Korea dialogue 'in near future' Dhwani Mehta

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Reuters that he hoped a path could be opening for dialogue with North Korea "sometime in the near future."Referring to UN sanctions on North Korea agreed on Aug. 5, Tillerson noted: “"We have had no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea since the unanimous adoption of the U.N. Security Council ...

04:46 23 August /2017 Forex

EUR/JPY holds around 129.00 handle ahead of Draghi speech Omkar Godbole

EUR/JPY clocked a session high of 129.12 in Asia before trimming gains to trade around 128.90 levels. The cross has been sloping upwards along the 50-DMA, which is currently seen at 128.64 levels. Draghi to avoid Sinatra 2.0ECB President Draghi speech is due today at 7:00 GMT. The central bank chief is likely to avoid using words that would exci...

04:46 23 August /2017 Forex

Bitcoin is back above $4000

Bitcoin [BTC] is back above $4000 levels after hitting a low of $3587 levels on Tuesday. As per coinmarketcap.com, BTC has gained almost 4% in the last 24 hours. Volumes on bitFlyer are up 24%. The 1-hour chart shows the currency has breached the key falling trend line hurdle even though the SegWit2x fork concerns are on the rise. Moreover, Segwit2x has widespread support among the miners, but it ...

04:23 23 August /2017 Forex

AUD/JPY erodes 40-pips rapidly, despite positive equities

The cross in AUD/JPY came under fresh selling pressure post-Tokyo open, reversing the entire overnight recovery to now trade back near the midpoint of 86 handle.AUD/JPY sold-off near 86.90 once againA solid improvement seen in the Japanese manufacturing PMI data boosted the Yen across the board, knocking-off the...

04:23 23 August /2017 Forex

Oil prices seen at $ 60/ bbl in early 2018 - TDS Dhwani Mehta

In its latest Commodities Weekly report, analysts at TDS see oil prices maintain its range-bound trading in the coming months, while moving gradually towards $ 60/ bbl in early 2018.Key Quotes:“While finishing somewhat below week-ago levels, WTI and Brent crude oil both rebounded from the lows and found support. WT...

04:00 23 August /2017 Forex

White House: Some members of infrastructure advisory council resign Dhwani Mehta

In a statement released late-Tuesday, the White House noted that some members of a White House infrastructure advisory council have resigned, Reuters reports.This comes after Trump last week disbanded two business advisory councils after several chief executives resigned in protest over his remarks.Key Points:The White House did not give a reason for the resignati...

04:00 23 August /2017 Forex

NZD/USD eyes neckline support on bearish NZ GDP forecasts Omkar Godbole

The offered tone around the NZD gathered pace, pushing the NZD/USD pair to a session low of 0.7250 after the NZ Treasury trimmed GDP forecasts. New Zealand pre-election Economic and Fiscal update [PREFU] released today showed the Treasury expects th...

04:00 23 August /2017 Forex

Jackson Hole position squaring in place - ANZ Ross J Burland

Analysts at ANZ explained that caution and position-squaring ahead of Jackson Hole was the order of the day overnight. Key Quotes:"The USD benefitted, the euro did not.With both Fed and ECB heads Yellen and Draghi set to speak, eyes are on potential policy messages with regard to rate hike timing, reductions in balance sheets or shifts in reaction functions.Financial stability con...

04:00 23 August /2017 Forex

Japan’s Nikkei flash manufacturing PMI rises to 3-month highs in August Dhwani Mehta

The Japanese flash manufacturing PMI showed a solid improved in the month of August, having climbed to fresh three-month highs, a fresh report published by the Nikkei showed on Wednesday.Flash Japan Manufacturing PMI® improved to 52.8 in August versus 52.1 booked in July.Key Points:Faster expansion of manufacturing sector signalled in AugustFlash Manufacturing Out...

03:46 23 August /2017 Forex

USD/JPY on the bid and carries on with the short covering o/n play towards the 110 handle Ross J Burland

Currently, USD/JPY is trading at 109.64, up 0.06% on the day, having posted a daily high at 109.84 and low at 109.54.USD/JPY is testing the 109.80 resistance after an overnight session that had the greenback on the march due to Trump's team ramping up the idea of tax reforms in traders minds. 03:46 23 August /2017 Forex

New Zealand Treasury sees RBNZ raising rates from mid-2018 Omkar Godbole

New Zealand pre-electon Economic cand Fiscal update [PREFU] released today shows the Treasury expects the Reserve Bank of New Zealand [RBNZ] to kick-off  the tightening cycle in mid-2018. Key pointsRaises 2016-17 budget surplus estimate to NZD 3.71 billionLeaves 2017-18 surplus forecast little changed and sees a smaller surplus in 2019-21 on lower growthWill not consider tax cuts ...

03:23 23 August /2017 Forex

AUD/USD: bearish bias persists ahead of Jackson Hole, bulls to commit to the 0.79 handle? Ross J Burland

Currently, AUD/USD is trading at 0.7913, up 0.02% on the day, having posted a daily high at 0.7920 and low at 0.7908.AUD/USD is currently stable at the lower end of the 0.79 handle, in a minor recovery of the supply from 0.7950. Metals are supporting an arguably over stretched Aussie in an environment where the greenback is making a come back on ...

03:23 23 August /2017 Forex

Caution: market sentiment is fickle - ANZ Ross J Burland

Market sentiment is quite fickle at the moment with the caution of the past few trading sessions replaced with a pick-up in risk appetite overnight. Key Quotes:"There was nothing special that prompted the move, perhaps outside of some easing of anxiety over North Korea, and signs the Trump administration may be getting some momentum back on tax reform. Sentiment is yo-yoing in thi...

03:23 23 August /2017 Forex

NZD/USD: fails to sustain the bid overight, back under 0.73 psychlogcal level Ross J Burland

Currently, NZD/USD is trading at 0.7277, down -0.02% on the day, having posted a daily high at 0.7285 and low at 0.7276.NZD/USD is consolidated in the middle of the recent range between the  0.7220's and 0.7336 highs. Despite a better risk environment overnight, the beta currencies were unable to sustain the bid and, in fact, the Kiwi closed lowe...

02:00 23 August /2017 Forex

Aggressive trade actions against China has risen - Nomura

Today, in another sign of cooling relations between the US and China, the Treasury Department announced an additional set of sanctions for Chinese and Russian companies suspected of aiding North Korea in evading economic sanctions, as noted and explained by analysts at Nomura. Key Quotes:"While the sanctions were primarily aimed at reducing the funds available to Pyongyang for its...

01:23 23 August /2017 Forex

Immediate event risks ahead - Westpac Ross J Burland

Analysts at Westpac note the forthcoming events for traders to pay attention to.Key Quotes:NZ: The Government’s Pre-Election Fiscal Update (PREFU) is expected to unveil an increased operating surplus thanks to a higher tax take. Markets will be interested in any changes to the bond issuance program.Euro Area: ECB president Draghi gives a key note speech at the opening ceremony of ...

01:23 23 August /2017 Forex

Market wrap: Trump's team rally up the rally - Westpac Ross J Burland

Analysts at Westpac offered their market wrap.Key Quotes:"Market WrapGlobal market sentiment: US equities, interest rates and dollar all rose overnight. A Politico report that Trump’s team was making progress on tax reform attracted market attention.Interest rates: US 10yr treasury yields rose from 2.19% to 2.22%, 2yr yields from 1.31% to 1.32%. Meanwhile, Fed fund futures yields ...

00:46 23 August /2017 Forex

Forex today: better risk tone, stocks, dollar and rates all up on the session, higher beta not sustained Ross J Burland

Forex today was a good performance for the bulls. Stocks were up with a positive vibe on Wall Street while US rates and the US dollar were also higher subsequently. Asia led the way with a lift from a bullish performance in Shanghai while Trump's positive sentiment and communication in the US shift around tax reform legislation boosted risk sentiment on trading desks and investor's appetite. The U...

23:46 22 August /2017 Forex