Reluctance For Further US Interest Rate Cut & Jackson Hole PreviewUpdated 09:19AM 23/08/2019
FX Strategy 23 Aug 19
NZD and SEK are the top G10 FX gainers today, up 0.28% and 0.1% vs the dollar while GBP and CHF are the top losers, down -0.38% and -0.28% vs the dollar.
The EUR fell as the U.S. dollar gained broadly ahead of the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell address at the Jackson Hole symposium of central bankers at 1400 GMT. The market is overly dovish on U.S interest rates despite other Fed members signaling a reluctance to cut U.S. interest rates further. Investors will be keen to see whether he errs on the hawkish or dovish side.
The British pound was down once again following the sharp gains seen on Thursday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave Britain 30 days to come up with the Brexit Plan. Elsewhere, the New Zealand dollar rose after RBNZ chief said he was "pleased" with the current interest rates. The central bank of New Zealand Governor Orr said that a 50 basis point rate cut might be enough for now.
In the Asian equities space, the Nikkei 225 closed up +0.40% at 20,710.91, Hang Seng closed 0.5% at 26179.33 and Kospi ended -0.14% at 1948.3. The European equities were trading firm with the FTSE up +0.69% at 7177.44, DAX up +0.45% at 11800.06, and CAC up +0.44% at 5412.15. In the rates market, global yields were trading firmer; the US 10-year yield was trading at 1.6557% and the Bund 10-year yield trading at -0.623%. In the energy space, the Brent (front month) is trading up (0.05%) for the day at $59.95.
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