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Kiwi Surge Amid Fed Rate Cut Bets, Positive China Data

Fundamental Analysis * Kiwi Boost: The New Zealand Dollar continues to extend its rally against the US Dollar, reaching a three-month high as investors start to anticipate two interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, which weakens the greenback. Despite better-than-expected ISM Service PMI data, the dollar’s strength was short-lived due to …

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China Cuts Mortgage Rate To Revive Property Market

China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. China has executed its most substantial cut on record to the five-year loan prime rate in an effort to stimulate its economy. However, the equity markets, including Hang Seng, have …

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Indices Product – CHINA50.s Optimisation Notice

Dear Valued Client, Please be advised that the trading hours of CHINA50.s will be optimised from 18th September 2023 onwards to further enhance the competitiveness and improve the trading environment. Please refer to the table below for adjustment:

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Caixin Services PMI Shows China’s Economy Is Still Struggling

China’s equity market dropped, influenced by the decline of Caixin Services PMI reading, underscoring persistent challenges in China’s ongoing economic recovery. Last night, US markets observed Labor Day celebrations, resulting in a subdued environment across asset classes, marked by sideways trading. Conversely, China’s equity market experienced a morning session decline. The catalyst …

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China’s Smaller Rate Cut Weighs Down Stock Market

The Chinese government’s decision to modestly reduce the short-term loan rate has disappointed the market. Asian stock markets are on track for a weekly decline, partly influenced by China’s economic challenges and the prevailing global high-interest rate environment. A notable increase in the global government bond yield, reaching a level not seen …

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China Unexpected Rate Cut To Boost Economy

The surprise interest rate cut by the People’s Bank of China has sparked apprehensions within the market.  China has taken an unexpected decision to reduce its interest rate as a measure to invigorate its persistently subdued economy. The action, carried out by the People’s Bank of China, has sparked apprehensions within the …

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China’s Worsening Property Slump Dampens Market Sentiment

Chinese equity markets are grappling with selling pressures due to the nation’s escalating property concerns, which have cast a shadow over market sentiment. Chinese equity markets, including the Hong Kong stock market, are grappling with selling pressures due to the nation’s escalating property concerns, which have cast a shadow over market sentiment. …

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China’s Economic Stimulus Package Spurs Stock Markets

The Hang Seng Index and regional stock markets start the day with a solid 3% gap up on account of Chinese government’s economic bolstering optimism. The Hang Seng Index and regional stock markets start the day with a solid 3% gap up, driven by a prevailing optimism over anticipated economic bolstering by …

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China’s GDP Misses Expectation, Hammers Oil Prices

The latest release of China’s second-quarter GDP has fallen short of market expectations which has exerted upward pressure on oil prices. Investors are wagering that the upcoming rate hike in July will mark the end of the tightening cycle, yet Federal Reserve officials are keeping their options open for a potential increase …

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Asian Equities Rise On China Stimulus Package

Additionally, a planned visit by the US Secretary of State has boosted indices like the HSI The Chinese government introduced an economic stimulus package, including lowering their deposit rate as soon as mid-June. Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of State has planned to visit China, which may improve the bilateral relationship between the …

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China’s economy grew at the fastest pace in Q1, reaching 4.5%

The economic resilience of the world’s second-largest economy will be headwind for oil prices China’s Q1 GDP grew by 4.5%, exceeding expectations of a 4.0% expansion and marking the fastest pace of growth since Q1 2022. On a quarter-by-quarter basis, the GDP grew by 2.2% in Q1, compared to a revised 0.6% …

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China’s GDP Shows Solid Economic Recovery

Economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy will be bullish for oil prices China’s freshly released economic data has shown resilient growth in the country compared to the previous quarter. China’s GDP in the first quarter surged to 2.2% from the previous quarter’s 0%, a favourable sign that could potentially stimulate higher …

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China Equity Market Rallies with Alibaba Revamp

Driven by tech shares, as concern over the financial system eased, Wall Street and Asian equity markets rallied Chinese stock indices, including the Hang Seng Index, rallied as Alibaba said it would split the company into 6 units that would potentially be listed individually. This reflects a loosening attitude from the Chinese …

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Commodities Surge as China’s Economy Recovery Sprints Ahead

On Wednesday, China released its Manufacturing PMI and Caixin Manufacturing PMI for February, beating economists’ expectations of 50.5 and 50.2 respectively. A reading above 50 indicates expansion from the previous month. This is the highest reading since April 2012, marking a faster-than-expected rebound for the world’s second-largest economy after covid-19 related shutdowns …

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Cheap Consumer Loans Might Backfire in China

President Xi Jinping’s effort to stimulate China’s economy through increased consumer spending is facing a new challenge as citizens misuse cheap consumer loans. Borrowers are using low-interest loans to prepay mortgages or invest in stocks, instead of buying goods as intended. This practice, which is prohibited by regulators, threatens to undermine Beijing’s …

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China’s reopening :  Is the Chinese Equity Market Warming Up?

Starting Sunday, China no longer requires quarantine for inbound travellers. No more testing requirements to board trains, planes, ferries or shuttle buses for domestic travel. While anyone wanting to enter the country will only need a 48-hour negative Covid test result. Officials estimate that the number of trips over the Chinese New …

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Outlook on Crude Positive for Early 2023 on China Reopening and OPEC+ Cuts

U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell much more than expected, according to the data of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The weekly report released by the organisation reported a draw of nearly 3.1 million barrels of crude oil for the week ending in December 16th. Compared to a build up of more than …

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Gold Struggles to Find Direction even as China Eases Covid Restrictions

China has announced that it will be lifting its strictest covid policies, including being forced to quarantine in state facilities and the need to test before entering most venues. The easing has been released in a series of new guidelines that include a ban on blocking fire exits, encouraging vaccinations among the …

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Covid Protests Erupt Across China

As frustrations mount over China’s zero covid policy and continued lockdowns, protests, a rare sight in China, have sprung up all over the country. The lastest happened on Sunday, where protesters and and police clashed in Shanghai. In Wuhan, Chengdu and the capital of Beijing, demonstraters have also taken to the streets, …

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China Sees Worst Covid-19 Outbreak Since Pandemic Start

28 of China’s 31 provinces have recently seen an outbreak of the highly-infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus. With over 15,000 infected, this is the largest outbreak China has seen since the initial wave of the virus. The recent outbreak has hit major cities including Shanghai and Shenzhen. Dongguan city, the fifth-largest …

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Dollar Strengthens Amid Hawkish Fed Remarks

Market Summary The Dollar Index experienced a slight rebound as investors processed hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials, particularly Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari’s suggestion to delay rate cuts until December. This shift in sentiment strengthened the dollar, influencing various markets.  Crude oil prices retraced from two-week highs as investors took profits …

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Oil Price Gains Following Positive Demand Outlook

Fundamental Analysis * Crude Boom: Crude oil prices have edged higher against the US dollar, bolstered by signs of a robust demand outlook for crude and fuel this year. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) maintained its forecast for strong global oil demand growth in 2024, while Goldman Sachs projected solid …

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NFP Shocks Market, Triggers Dollar Surge

Market Summary Last Friday’s U.S. Nonfarm Payroll (NFP) report rattled financial markets with a significantly higher-than-expected reading, far surpassing both market expectations and the previous month’s figures. The robust job data dashed hopes for an early rate hike from the Federal Reserve, as a tight labour market could potentially spur higher inflation, …

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Oil Plummet On U.S. Crude Inventory Surge

Market Summary Oil prices experienced their steepest decline of 2024, dropping over 5%, following the release of the American Petroleum Institute (API) weekly crude data, which revealed an unexpected inventory build-up exceeding 4 million barrels. This surprise data, coupled with OPEC+’s decision to increase oil supply in the fourth quarter, exerted significant …

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Oil Dips On Surprise Fuel Build, Weak Demand

Fundamental Analysis * Crude Conundrum: Crude oil prices continue to experience selling pressure as the U.S. government reported weak fuel demand alongside an unexpected rise in gasoline and distillate fuel inventories. Despite U.S. crude stocks falling more than expected last week with refiners operating at their highest rates in over nine months, …

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Dollar Rebound on Fed’s Hawkish Tone

Market Summary In yesterday’s market, the U.S. equity market took a breather after all three major indexes had risen more than 5% in May. All eyes are now on Nvidia’s earnings report due on Wednesday, which has the potential to spur the equity market further. In Asia, the Chinese stock markets also …

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Japan’s Long-term Treasury Yield Surge

Market Summary In the most recent trading session, asset classes remained largely unchanged as markets awaited key U.S. inflation data. The Producer Price Index (PPI) is set for release today, followed by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) tomorrow. These figures are critical as they could influence the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. In …

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BoJ Trim Bond Buying Amid Weakening Yen

Market Summary On Friday, the U.S. dollar remained stagnant after being affected by positive initial jobless claims data, which hinted at an easing job market and potential measures from the Fed to curb inflation. U.S. equity markets continued their upward trajectory in anticipation of a more accommodative monetary policy from the Fed …

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Soft U.S. Job Data Hammers Dollar

Market Summary Following the market’s digestion of last Friday’s soft Nonfarm Payrolls report, the dollar index (DXY) initially showed signs of recovery, inching towards the $106 mark and mitigating previous losses. However, the dollar’s upward momentum was abruptly halted by the release of the latest U.S. Initial Jobless Claims data, which surged …

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All Eye on BoE’s Monetary Decision Today

Market Summary In the last session, the financial markets experienced relative calm, with the dollar index (DXY) maintaining stability around the 105.50 level, while U.S. equity markets remained near recent highs. Notable movements were observed in the bond markets, where the 10-year benchmark yields for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan saw increases, …

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Crude Oil Gains Following US Crude Inventories Fell

Fundamental Analysis * Surprise Draw: The price of the US crude benchmark WTI, has regain some ground and rebound from losses following an unexpected drop in U.S crude storage. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) report on Wednesday, crude inventories for the week ending May 3 fell by 1.4 million barrels …

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Hawkish Fed’s Comment Strengthen The Dollar

Market Summary The latest session saw equity markets mainly focusing on earnings reports from prominent companies, maintaining a relatively steady position amidst a broader economic context. While last week’s softer-than-expected Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report temporarily influenced market sentiment, attention has shifted back to corporate performance as a key driver for stock movements. …

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Nasdaq Breaks Key Resistance As Risk-On Sentiment

Fundamental Analysis * Risk-on Appetite Boosts Equity Market: The U.S. equity markets have sustained their upward trajectory, propelled by a prevailing risk-on sentiment. This optimism is underpinned by robust global investor confidence, bolstered by positive expectations surrounding trade relations, particularly with China and other major economies. All eyes are on President Xi …

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All Eye Will Be On Today’s NFP

Market Summary Following Jerome Powell’s remarks subsequent to the Fed’s interest rate decision announcement, equity markets rallied in response to the dovish tone from the Fed chief, while the Dollar index continued its decline. The Fed’s dismissal of another rate hike possibility, despite persistent inflation in the U.S., contributed to the Dollar’s …

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Japanese Yen Seesaw after Hitting 160 Mark

Market Summary The U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) data released last Friday slightly surpassed market expectations and the previous reading, supported by recent positive economic indicators in the U.S. This bolstered the dollar index, as investors interpreted the data as a sign that the Federal Reserve may scale back its plans for …

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Upbeat U.S. Retail Sales Boost Dollar

Market Summary In yesterday’s trading session, the U.S. dollar saw appreciable gains, buoyed by stronger-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. This robust economic indicator has led market participants to speculate that the Federal Reserve might delay any prospective rate cuts due to persistent inflationary pressures. Amid ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, …

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Gold Surges On Escalating Middle East Tensions

Market Summary Gold prices surged to near-record highs, driven by a subdued US Producer Prices Index, fueling expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts and bolstering gold’s appeal as a safe-haven asset amidst escalating geopolitical tensions, notably between Israel and Iran. Meanwhile, the US Dollar initially stumbled following lower-than-expected PPI data but rebounded …

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Oil Price Plunged As Middle East Tension Subsided

Fundamental Analysis * Peace Talk Breakthrough?: Oil prices fell by 1% due to easing tensions in the Middle East. Israel withdrew more troops from southern Gaza and committed to new discussions for a potential ceasefire in the ongoing six-month conflict. Both Israel and Hamas sent delegations to Egypt for fresh ceasefire talks …

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Dollar Buoys By Optimistic NFP Expectation

Market Summary The dollar index (DXY) briefly dipped below the pivotal $104 mark before rebounding in anticipation of the upcoming release of the Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report, introducing an element of volatility into the market. Recent positive economic indicators, particularly the ADP non-farm employment change figures, exceeding expectations, have buoyed market sentiment …

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Dollar Dominance: Fed’s Hawkish Remarks

Market Summary The Dollar Index extended its upward trend, buoyed by hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve officials and robust inflation figures, including the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index hitting 2.5% annually. Concurrently, safe-haven gold surged to record highs amidst subdued market sentiment, although concerns lingered regarding the Federal Reserve’s inflation-fighting stance. …

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Aussie Dollar Soars After Strong Jobs Data, Post-FOMC

Fundamental Analysis * Flying Aussie: The AUD/USD pair rise for the second consecutive day, receiving an extra boost after the optimistic Australian jobs report. Notably, the Australian Employment Change exceeded even the most optimistic predictions, further supported by the weakening US Dollar following the FOMC meeting. In February, Australia’s unemployment rate decreased …

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Fears Of Inflationary Pressure Drive Dollar Rebound

Market Summary Amidst a flurry of economic data and speculation, the Dollar Index surged on the back of stronger-than-expected inflation figures, fueling expectations of impending interest rate hikes and bolstering US Treasury yields. Concurrently, crude oil prices maintained their upward momentum as the International Energy Agency forecasted a supply deficit for 2024, …

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WTI Surges On Inventory Dips And Geopolitical Woes

Fundamental Analysis * Fueling Momentum: The price of crude oil has soared as supply concerns intensified and rising geopolitical risk that threaten to underwhelm supply. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed that crude oil stockpiles fell by 1.5 million barrels in the prior week, a figure below the anticipated 1.34-million-barrel rise …

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Gold Surges To Record Highs As Gloomy Outlook

Market Summary The US Dollar faces challenges as key employment indicators present a mixed picture, with a disappointing unemployment rate and hourly earnings figures contrasting with a robust non-farm payroll report. The US Unemployment rate and Average Hourly Earnings came in at 3.90% and 0.10%, respectively, both worse than the expected 3.70% …

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Dovish Powell’s Testimony Hammers Dollar

* The dollar index traded to its one-month low after a Dovish Testimony by Jerome Powell.  * The soft dollar has pushed the gold to break its all-time high levels with strong bullish momentum in sight.  * BTC rebounded and is back to $67000 territory.  Market Summary The Powell testimony that began …

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Gold Skyrocketing Ahead Of Powell’s Testimony

* U.S. equity markets pulled back from a previous AI rally ahead of the Fed’s testimony. * Gold prices are approaching their all-time high levels, fueled by risk-off sentiment. * BTC plunged more than 10% after it traded beyond its all-time high at $68980.  Market Summary U.S. equity markets are showing signs …

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Financial Market Await Powell’s Testimony

* Gold prices are on the brink to hit its all time high ahead of Powell’s testimony on Wednesday. * Tokyo Core CPI came in line with the market expectation with an increase from the previous reading fuels hope for a rate hike from BoJ. * BTC surged to above the $68000 …

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U.S. PCE Reading Boost Dollar Strength

The much-anticipated U.S. PCE reading, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, was released yesterday, meeting market expectations at 2.4%. The much-anticipated U.S. PCE reading, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, was released yesterday, meeting market expectations at 2.4%. As the market awaits comments from Federal Reserve officials regarding the PCE inflation gauge, …

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Dollar Stall Ahead Of GDP

The Dollar Index continues to trade within a narrow range, exhibiting minimal change with a marginal increase of 0.02% in the last session The Dollar Index continues to trade within a narrow range, exhibiting minimal change with a marginal increase of 0.02% in the last session. Concurrently, U.S. equity markets find themselves …

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All Eyes On Japan’s CPI

The robust U.S. stock markets, having reached record highs, paused for breath last Friday, reflecting a momentary halt in their bullish momentum. The robust U.S. stock markets, having reached record highs, paused for breath last Friday, reflecting a momentary halt in their bullish momentum. Conversely, the dollar index has maintained a subdued …

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Raving Sentiment In The U.S. Stock Markets

The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report. The U.S. stock markets, particularly the Nasdaq, have experienced a significant surge, reaching record high levels, largely driven by Nvidia’s impressive earnings report, which signals a positive outlook for …

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Dollar Eases Ahead Of FOMC Meeting Minutes

As the FOMC January meeting minutes loom, the Dollar Index (DXY) is losing steam, struggling to maintain its value above $104. As the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) January meeting minutes loom, the Dollar Index (DXY) is losing steam, struggling to maintain its value above $104. Conversely, gold prices are surging due …

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Dollar Retreats On Profit-Taking, Eyes On FOMC Minutes

The US Dollar undergoes a notable retreat driven by profit-taking activities following recent gains, fueled by optimistic economic data The US Dollar undergoes a notable retreat driven by profit-taking activities following recent gains, fueled by optimistic economic data suggesting a delay in Federal Reserve interest rate cuts. Despite the pullback, the dollar’s overall …

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Dollar Holds Steady in Anticipation of US CPI

Dollar in consolidation mode ahead of key economic data, investors are advised to continue eyeing on US CPI. The US Dollar adopts a consolidated stance in anticipation of key economic data, particularly US inflation and retail sales figures. Investors are closely monitoring the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January, expecting a year-on-year …

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Fed’s Hawkish Tone Buoys The Dollar

Several Fed officials have made consistent statements following last week’s interest rate decision and the disclosure of the Nonfarm Payroll. Several Fed officials have made consistent statements following last week’s interest rate decision and the disclosure of the Nonfarm Payroll. Jerome Powell and his colleagues have emphasised that the strength of the …

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Hang Seng Stock Index Rebounds Strongly

The Hang Seng Index has continued to show strength for the second consecutive session, with the Chinese government support. The Hang Seng Index has continued to show strength for the second consecutive session, with the Chinese government directing the China sovereign fund to provide support to the Chinese equity markets. In contrast, …

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Upbeat NFP Stimulates Dollar

The robust U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report released last Friday, with a reading of 353k has significantly impacted the market The robust U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report released last Friday, with a reading of 353k, higher than the previous 333k, has significantly impacted the market. The data suggests that the U.S. labour market remains …

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U.S. Dollar Eases Ahead Of Nonfarm Payroll

U.S. equity markets staged a rebound fueled by impressive earnings reports, and this positive sentiment spilled over to Asian markets U.S. equity markets staged a rebound fueled by impressive earnings reports, and this positive sentiment spilled over to Asian markets, including Hong Kong and China, which all opened on a positive note. …

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Yen Stimulates by Hawkish BoJ meeting minutes

The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of the negative rate policy were noted. The Japanese Yen gained strength following the release of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) meeting minutes, where discussions about the potential end of …

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Dollar Poise Ahead Of Interest Rate Decision

The U.S. dollar has been trading sideways recently, as market participants await the pivotal Federal Reserve interest rate decision The U.S. dollar has been trading sideways recently, as market participants await the pivotal Federal Reserve interest rate decision, along with the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes scheduled …

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All Eye On U.S. PCE Data

The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. The U.S. equity markets continue to surge, propelled by a rally in tech stocks, notably led by Nvidia—the world’s largest chip maker. Optimistic earnings outlooks from Nvidia suggest that the …

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Dollar Gain On Upbeat Retail Sales Figure

The U.S. dollar secured its fifth consecutive session of gains, continuing its upward trajectory following a better-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. The U.S. dollar secured its fifth consecutive session of gains, continuing its upward trajectory following a better-than-expected U.S. Retail Sales data. Robust economic indicators, including a rebound in the Consumer Price …

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Dollar Strengthen As Fed Rate Cut Speculation Wane

The U.S. dollar maintained its upward trajectory, putting pressure on both gold and equity markets. Despite a relatively dovish speech from Fed governor Christopher Waller, the U.S. dollar maintained its upward trajectory, putting pressure on both gold and equity markets. Wall Street faced selling pressure as early bets on Fed rate cuts …

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Dollar Strengthen As Sentiment Shift

The U.S. dollar has experienced a resurgence, reaching its highest level in a month, propelled by a revival in U.S. treasury yields. The U.S. dollar has experienced a resurgence, reaching its highest level in a month, propelled by a revival in U.S. treasury yields. This rebound signals a departure from earlier speculation …

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Gold Surges On Geopolitical Unrest

Dollar remains range-bound near resistance, with conflicting signals from the U.S. – robust economic performance juxtaposed with dovish Federal Reserve statements. The Dollar Index remains range-bound near resistance, with conflicting signals from the U.S. – robust economic performance juxtaposed with dovish Federal Reserve statements, obscuring its trajectory. Despite a U.S. holiday pausing …

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Dollar Gain Despite Poor PMI Reading

The U.S. Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reading significantly dropped to 46.9, falling below both the previous reading and market consensus. The U.S. Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reading significantly dropped to 46.9, falling below both the previous reading and market consensus. This suggests a contrasting economic landscape in the U.S. However, …

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Market Sideways While Celebrating Christmas

As Christmas and Boxing Day festivities take Centre stage globally, financial markets are characterized by a tranquil opening to the week. As Christmas and Boxing Day festivities take centre stage globally, financial markets are characterised by a tranquil opening to the week. Major currencies, including the dollar, have maintained stability in their …

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Yen Rallies On BoJ Hawkish Comment

Governor Ueda remarked on the exploration of diverse options to navigate the country out of its negative interest rate regime leading to a substantial 2% drop in the USD/JPY pair overnight The Japanese Yen staged a robust rally in the previous session, leading to a substantial 2% drop in the USD/JPY pair …

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Dollar Mutes As U.S. Job Data Comes Short

In yesterday’s highly anticipated release of the ADP Non-Farm Unemployment Change data, the dollar failed to gather momentum as the figure came short. In yesterday’s highly anticipated release of the ADP Non-Farm Unemployment Change data, the dollar failed to gather momentum as the figure came short. Persistent downward pressure on the dollar’s …

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Dollar Bolsters Due To PMI Readings

The latest U.S. Job Opening data, dropping to its lowest level since March 2021 at 8.73 million, offers a preliminary insight ahead of the crucial NFP The latest U.S. Job Opening data, dropping to its lowest level since March 2021 at 8.73 million, offers a preliminary insight ahead of the crucial Non-Farm …

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Dollar Gains Ahead Of NFP

Wall Street’s bullish momentum showed signs of easing, coinciding with the U.S. dollar stabilising ahead of the eagerly anticipated U.S. job data (NFP) Wall Street’s bullish momentum showed signs of easing, coinciding with the U.S. dollar stabilising ahead of the eagerly anticipated U.S. job data (NFP) set for release this Friday. Market …

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All Eyes On OPEC+ Meeting

Market attention is currently focused on the OPEC+ meeting scheduled for today, with widespread expectations that further oil production cuts will be on the agenda, potentially fueling a surge in oil prices. The surge in the U.S. Treasury prices has led to a decline in Treasury yields, placing the U.S. dollar under …

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Market Muted While Celebrating Thanksgiving

Amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, with the U.S. equity market closed, market observers anticipate subdued trading in the Dollar Index (DXY). Amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, with the U.S. equity market closed, market observers anticipate subdued trading in the Dollar Index (DXY) and gold prices throughout the festive season. Concurrently, the trajectory of oil …

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Oil Prices Declines On OPEC Delay Meeting

The scheduled OPEC meeting slated for the upcoming weekend has been deferred to November 30th, resulting in a nearly 1% dip in oil prices In an unexpected turn of events, the scheduled OPEC meeting slated for the upcoming weekend has been deferred to November 30th, resulting in a nearly 1% dip in …

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Oil Prices Drop To 4-Month Low

The financial markets experienced a relatively subdued session overnight, as lacking significant catalysts. Investor attention remains focused on the APEC forum The financial markets experienced a relatively subdued session overnight, lacking significant catalysts to drive decisive movements. Investor attention remains focused on the APEC forum, with particular interest in the meeting between …

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Dollar Gains On Upbeat Retail Sales

The U.S. dollar staged a modest recovery following a notable decline on Wednesday. However, the latest U.S. Retail Sales data surpassed expectations, supporting the greenback’s upward nudge. The U.S. dollar staged a modest recovery following a notable decline on Wednesday, spurred by indications of easing inflation from the U.S. CPI report. However, …

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Soft CPI Lead To DXY Crashes

The Dollar Index took a substantial hit, plummeting over 1.5% in the wake of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) release. The Dollar index took a substantial hit, plummeting over 1.5% in the wake of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) release. The data indicated a softening of inflationary pressures, leading the …

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Dollar Stalls Ahead Of Key CPI Release

The US dollar remains in a holding pattern as investors brace for a week of pivotal events. Markets expect the October Consumer Price Index (CPI) will set at a 0.10% monthly rise. The US Dollar remains in a holding pattern as investors brace for a week of pivotal events. All eyes are …

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Dollar Resurgence: Fed’s Hawkish Tone Sparks Market Shifts

Dollar staged a significant rebound driven by hawkish sentiments from Federal Reserve members, particularly emphasised by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly. The US Dollar staged a significant rebound driven by hawkish sentiments from Federal Reserve members, particularly emphasised by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly. …

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All Eyes On Jerome Powell’s Speech

The VIX index, a key measure of fear in the U.S. equity market, plummeted by over 20% in November, indicating a rising risk-on sentiment among investors. The VIX index, a key measure of fear in the U.S. equity market, plummeted by over 20% in November, indicating a rising risk-on sentiment among investors. …

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Oil Prices Plummet On Bearish U.S. Oil Data

Oil prices tumbled nearly 5% as the demand outlook dimmed. China’s upcoming economic data, promise further fluctuations in oil prices. In a sharp turn, oil prices tumbled nearly 5% as the demand outlook dimmed, exacerbated by a substantial surge in U.S. crude stockpiles revealed in the API weekly data. This surge implied …

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Gold Prices Declines On Softening Middle East Conflict  

In a significant market shift, gold prices have witnessed a notable downturn as tensions in the Middle East show signs of abating. In a significant market shift, gold prices have witnessed a notable downturn as tensions in the Middle East show signs of abating. Israel’s decision to implement a ceasefire for humanitarian …

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Dollar Index Plummets On Soft NFP And Unemployment Rate  

The dollar index plummeted following last Friday’s U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report and the Unemployment rate data. The dollar index plummeted to September levels following last Friday’s U.S. Nonfarm Payroll report and the Unemployment rate data, indicating a softening job market and further easing U.S. inflation. Despite the softening dollar, commodity prices including …

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Fed’s Rate Pause Pressures Dollar’s Strength

In a highly anticipated move, the Federal Reserve opted for a pause in its interest rate trajectory, aligning with market predictions. In a highly anticipated move, the Federal Reserve opted for a pause in its interest rate trajectory, aligning with market predictions. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, while announcing the decision, left …

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Japanese Yen Slides On BoJ Dovish Stance

The Japanese yen weakened against the USD after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its dovish stance. The Japanese Yen weakened against the USD, hitting its lowest level since last October, after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its dovish stance in its recent interest rate decision. Investors now anticipate a shift …

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Gold Prices Hit $2000 As Middle East Tension Escalates

Amidst deepening tensions in the Middle East conflict, gold surged past its pivotal $2000 mark, propelled by the expansion of ground warfare. Amidst deepening tensions in the Middle East conflict, the market’s gaze remains fixated on evolving dynamics. Gold surged past its pivotal $2000 mark, propelled by the expansion of ground warfare. …

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Dollar Strengthens On Upbeat PMI Reading

Favourable U.S. PMI data, coupled with better-than-expected Eurozone economic figures, led to the dollar rebounding above the $106 level. Amidst improving conditions in the Middle East conflict, international leaders and the United Nations advocate for Humanitarian Pauses to facilitate essential aid access for civilians. Gold prices remained stable, but oil prices faced …

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Dollar Plunges on Treasury Yield Surge

The US dollar experienced a decline of over 0.5% as the US long-term bond yield touched the 5% mark. Hamas militants freed 2 hostages while Israel delayed a ground attack and provided relief from the heightened tension in the Middle East region. Meanwhile, China’s surprising affirmation of Israel’s right to self-defence injected …

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Escalating Middle East Conflict Strengthens Gold Prices

President Biden in Israel, leading global efforts to de-escalate Middle East conflict, causing surges in gold and oil due to regional tensions. U.S. President Joe Biden, alongside UK Prime Minister Sunak, stepped foot in Israel, leading international efforts to de-escalate the Middle East conflict. The heightened regional tensions propelled commodity prices, with …

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Intensifying Middle East Conflict Bolsters Gold Price

Escalating tensions in the Middle East ahead of the U.S. The President’s visit to Israel cast a shadow. Gold and oil prices rallied amid stalled ceasefire efforts in Gaza. Escalating tensions in the Middle East cast a shadow as the anticipated visit of the U.S. President to Israel looms on Wednesday. Against …

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Middle East Tensions Fuel Safe-Haven Surge

Safe-haven assets such as gold and the US Dollar have experienced a substantial upswing in response to the deepening Middle East conflict.  Safe-haven assets such as gold and the US Dollar have experienced a substantial upswing in response to the deepening Middle East conflict. As tensions escalated on the Israel-Lebanon border, with …

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Upbeat CPI Boosts Dollar’s Strength

Market sentiment shifted significantly after the U.S. Consumer Price Index data exceeded expectations, along with strong Initial Jobless Claims figures. Market sentiments shifted significantly following the release of yesterday’s U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, which surpassed expectations. Coupled with robust Initial Jobless Claims figures indicating a resilient labour market, investors are …

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Dollar Softens Ahead Of FOMC Meeting Minutes

US Dollar tumbled ahead of several crucial market events, including CPI, PPI as well as FOMC Meeting Minutes Investors navigated a cautious market terrain as more Federal Reserve officials echoed dovish sentiments, indicating the necessity of maintaining rates at a restrictive level to curb inflation. Anticipation mounts ahead of the September FOMC …

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Fed’s Hawkish Stance Bolsters Dollar

In a staunch show of strength, the dollar advances due to the market consensus towards the Fed maintaining elevated interest rates to combat persistent inflation. In a staunch show of strength, the dollar advances, driving the dollar index towards $107, bolstered by the Federal Reserve’s recent communication. The market consensus leans heavily …

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Equity Market Soars After U.S. Government Shutdown Averted

The dollar index held steady, while U.S. treasuries maintained robust levels when the threat of a U.S. government shutdown was averted. Global equity markets surged on the heels of reassuring news: the threat of a U.S. government shutdown was averted, instilling confidence across the board. Although tempered after breaching the $106 threshold, …

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Dollar Strengthens Amidst Fear Of A U.S. Government Shutdown

In the realm of U.S. equity markets, the dominant theme remains the Federal Reserve’s resolute hawkish stance, indicating an enduring era of monetary tightening. In the realm of U.S. equity markets, the dominant theme remains the Federal Reserve’s resolute hawkish stance, indicating an enduring era of monetary tightening. This posture has cast …

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Equity Markets Decline On Fed’s Hawkish Outlook

The consistent hawkish tone from Fed officials has spurred investors to withdraw funds from the equity market at a rate not seen since December. U.S. equity markets, alongside their Asian counterparts, are grappling with headwinds following a challenging central bank week. The consistent hawkish tone from Fed officials, coupled with warnings of …

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Market Mutes Ahead Of FOMC Statement

Awaiting the FOMC interest rate decision, the dollar index halts, reflecting market expectations of today’s announcement may bring a temporary pause. In the lead-up to today’s eagerly awaited FOMC interest rate decision, market volatility has remained relatively subdued. The dollar index maintains its position above the $105 mark, reflecting market expectations of …

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Dollar Dips As Investors Take Profits Ahead Of FOMC Meeting

The US dollar recently retreated as investors capitalized on upbeat US economic data where 97% anticipate interest rates will remain stable. The US dollar recently retreated as investors capitalised on upbeat US economic data before the Federal Reserve’s forthcoming policy meeting, where 97% anticipate interest rates will remain stable. Simultaneously, gold rebounded …

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Euro Slumps With An Unexpected ECB Rate Hike

The market worries that a 25 basis points rate hike by the European Central Bank might further hamper the already dim economic prospects within the Eurozone. Upbeat U.S. economic data, particularly Retail Sales and Initial Jobless Claims, ignited a rally in both the dollar index and equity markets. Investors are now bolstered …

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Market Stays Calm As U.S. CPI Increases

The market’s relatively muted reaction suggests that this uptick in CPI had already been priced in. Yesterday’s U.S. CPI release showed a higher reading than both the forecasted number and the previous reading. However, it appeared that the market had already priced in this uptick in CPI, and there was a relatively …

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Oil Remains Strong On OPEC Outlook

Oil prices continued their upward trend driven by the OPEC monthly report forecasting a 3.3 million barrel per day shortfall in the 4th quarter. The dollar index remained stable near $104.5 as the market awaited the release of U.S. CPI data, causing fluctuations in the equity and gold markets due to speculation …

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Wall Street Closes Higher Ahead Of CPI

Wall Street closed higher before the release of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) scheduled for Wednesday at 15:30 (GMT+3). Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Ueda’s hawkish statements over the weekend have contributed to the strength of the Japanese Yen during the Asian morning session. Ueda mentioned that the Japanese Central Bank …

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Yen Strengthens With Possible BoJ Policy Tweak

BoJ Governor Ueda suggests that by year-end, sufficient data will be available to evaluate the sustainability of wage growth and inflation in Japan. Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Ueda’s hawkish statements over the weekend have contributed to the strength of the Japanese Yen during the Asian morning session. Ueda mentioned that the …

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Strong U.S. Economic Data Bolsters Dollar

The lower-than-expected initial jobless claims has reinforced the belief that the Federal Reserve may proceed with interest rate hikes.  U.S. economic data released on Thursday has reinforced the belief that the Federal Reserve may proceed with interest rate hikes on September 20th. This sentiment was supported by lower-than-expected initial jobless claims and …

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Dollar Strengthens On Fed Outlook

The Dollar index has traded steadily at around the $105 level as the market anticipates further monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. The Dollar index has traded steadily at around the $105 level as the market anticipates further monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. Short-term U.S. bond yields have surged past 5%, …

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Strong NFP Bolsters Dollar’s Strength

Nonfarm Payroll beat expectations, lifting the dollar. China reduced property down payments, boosting its equity markets. The latest Nonfarm Payroll report, released last Friday, exceeded market expectations with 187k jobs added, significantly higher than the previous 157k. This robust job data boosted the dollar by over 0.6%, while equity markets took some …

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U.S. Economic Data Continue To Dampen Dollar’s Strength

Downbeat U.S. economic data continue to hammer the dollar and is struggling to hold above $103 trajectory The United States continues to release disappointing economic data, leading to a further weakening of the dollar’s strength. The labour market’s cooling trend is evident as the ADP Nonfarm Employment Change figures declined to 177k, …

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Softer Job Data Hammers Dollar

The decline in U.S. JOLTs Job Openings signals a cooling labor market, leading to a significant setback of nearly 5% for the dollar. In an unexpected turn, the U.S. JOLTs Job Openings report displayed a decline from its previous reading of 9.17 million to the current figure of 8.83 million, signalling a …

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Risk-on Sentiment Heightens Ahead Of Job Data

US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after Jerome Powell’s dovish tone at the Jackson Hole Symposium. US equities advanced as the dollar’s vigor abated after assimilating Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole Symposium discourse. Powell’s subtly dovish tone vowed meticulous inflation management to foster risk appetite. Speculation also swirled around a softer …

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Powell’s Hawkish Statement Boosts Dollar

The Fed chief has jointly reaffirmed his determination to combat inflation, which has strengthened the dollar. The Fed chief, along with the Deputy Governor of the BoE and the Chair of ECB, have jointly reaffirmed their determination to combat inflation until it remains consistently within the targeted range. This Hawkish stance has …

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All Eyes On Jackson Hole Economic Symposium

Before the release of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, the dollar surged impressively due to the positive initial jobless claims data. In anticipation of Jerome Powell’s address at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium today, the dollar surged impressively by over 0.6% yesterday, propelling the dollar index to a current trading position above …

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Anticipated Economic Data For The Upcoming Week

The Week Ahead: Week of 28 August (GMT+3) Tuesday, 29 August, 17:00 – US JOLTs Job Openings (Jul) The market had anticipated a June reading of 9.610 million, but the actual figure fell slightly short of expectations, registering at 9.582 million. Given the current tight labour market conditions, this reading is seen …

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Euro And Sterling Tumble With Lacklustre Economic Data

A downward spiral has affected the currencies of the euro region, as the Eurozone and U.K.’s PMI numbers have fallen below the 50 mark. A downward spiral hit the euro region currencies, including the euro and Pound Sterling, as economic data revealed a softer-than-expected state of affairs. Both the Eurozone and UK’s …

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Risk-Off Mode Fades On Wall Street

Investor enthusiasm for risk-taking declined after technology-driven gains on Monday. Investor enthusiasm for risk-taking experienced a swift decline following a day of technology-driven gains on Monday in the U.S. stock market. Investors are now eagerly awaiting Nvidia Corp’s results, hoping for a surge in excitement around artificial intelligence. As the Jackson Hole …

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Chinese Ailing Economy Drags Kiwi Lower

The New Zealand dollar has declined and cannot recover due to China’s ongoing struggles in stimulating its economy. The Chinese stock market remains in a downward trend, primarily influenced by challenges within the property sector and limited Chinese economic stimulus efforts. The recent bullish oil prices have also hindered the much-worried Chinese …

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Global Equity Markets Tumble as Recession Looms

Asian stock markets are on track for a weekly decline, but global government bond yields increased, reaching a level not seen in 15 years. Asian stock markets are on track for a weekly decline, partly influenced by China’s economic challenges and the prevailing global high-interest rate environment. A notable increase in the …

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Hawkish FOMC Meeting Minutes Boost Dollar 

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting revealed that inflation may remain elevated. The dollar stands fortified after the release.  The Chinese stock markets, including the Hang Seng index, are grappling with downward pressure due to investor pessimism surrounding the Chinese economy. Adding to these concerns, the release of the Federal Open …

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise Echo Hawkish Fed Outlook

Following the release of increased US Retail Sales data, the U.S. equity market experienced a decline as investors leaned towards a hawkish Fed policy stance. Last night, the spotlight was on U.S. retail sales data, which surpassed market expectations by coming in at 0.7%, an improvement from the previous figure of 0.3%. …

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CPI Falls Short Of Market Consensus, Dollar Stands Pat

The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unveiled in the previous night’s session, yielding a mixed outcome. The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unveiled in the previous night’s session, yielding a mixed outcome. While the reading showed an increase compared to the earlier figures, indicating a rise in inflation, it fell …

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All Eyes On U.S. CPI 

As the anticipation builds for releasing the Consumer Price Index (CPI) today, the U.S. equity markets maintain their downward trajectory. As the anticipation builds for releasing the Consumer Price Index (CPI) today, the U.S. equity markets maintain their downward trajectory. The market speculation is rife, with expectations suggesting a modest uptick in …

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Stock Market Slides After Moody’s Downgrades Banking Sector 

Moody’s decision to downgrade select U.S. banks triggered selling pressure in the U.S. stock market. Moody’s decision to downgrade select U.S. banks, citing escalating financial risks, triggered selling pressure in the U.S. stock market last night. The situation worsened as China unveiled its Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) …

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U.S. Equity Market Closes Higher Ahead of CPI

U.S. equity markets resurge as Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon Inc. showcase impressive climbs. U.S. equity markets embraced a resurgence yesterday, effectively putting an end to their four-day losing spell. Notably, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway reached an unprecedented pinnacle, while Amazon Inc. showcased an impressive climb of over 10% within the …

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Dollar Softer After NFP Comes Short

The unemployment rate in the U.S. improved to 3.5%, but the Nonfarm Payroll saw a reduction to 187k, resulting in slightly easing the dollar. Last Friday, the United States experienced a blend of economic indicators. The unemployment rate in the country improved to 3.5%, but the Nonfarm Payroll saw a reduction to …

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U.S. Equity Market Tumbles After Fitch’s Downgrade

U.S. equity markets declined after Fitch’s downgrade of U.S. treasuries. Last night, the financial market witnessed significant turbulence as Fitch’s downgrade of U.S. treasuries sent shockwaves. U.S. equity markets experienced a sharp decline, with Nasdaq leading the losses with a plunge of over 2%. Simultaneously, the U.S. 10-year bond yield surged to …

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All Eyes On RBA Interest Rate Decision

Market analysts project a 25 basis point rate hike from the RBA, but positive economic data may lead to a rate hike pause. All eyes are on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) as investors eagerly await the announcement of their interest rate decision, scheduled for later today. Market analysts have projected …

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Softer PCE Reading Fuels Equity Market

After the release of the U.S. PCE data, equity markets responded positively, with Asian markets sharing the upbeat sentiment. Last week’s release of the U.S. PCE data sparked optimism in the market, fueling demand for risky assets on expectations of further inflation moderation. Equity markets responded positively, with Asian markets sharing the …

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Japanese Yen Appreciates On Possible YCC Tweak

Japanese yen strengthened against majors. BoJ to discuss potential YCC strategy adjustments, sparking market speculation. The Japanese yen displayed strength against its major counterparts last night. The market buzzed with speculation as the BoJ unveiled plans to discuss potential adjustments to its yield curve control (YCC) strategy. Speculators opine that the central …

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Market Stays Calm Ahead Of Fed’s Rate Announcement

Investors await the Fed’s interest rate decision, to be released today at 21:00 (GMT+3). If the rate is raised from 5.25% to 5.5%, it will mark the highest level in 22 years. Investors’ unwavering attention is fixed on the Fed’s interest rate decision, eagerly awaiting its release later today. With market speculations …

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Upbeat Job Data Encourages Dollar Surge

U.S. dollar surged more than 0.5% triggered by optimistic job data in the U.S. Asian equity markets faced declines, influenced by the U.S. equity market’s disappointing earnings results. Last night, Nasdaq experienced a substantial drop of over 2%, marking its most significant single-day decline since March. Conversely, the U.S. dollar displayed strength, …

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Market Calm Before U.S. Retail Sales Releases

The financial market was relatively calm last night ahead of the release of U.S. retail sales data scheduled for later at 15:30 (GMT+3). The financial market experienced a relatively calm session last night as investors awaited the release of U.S. retail sales data scheduled for later today (18th July). Major currency pairs …

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CPI Shows U.S. Inflation Softening

US CPI released yesterday showed a two-year low inflation rate of 3%, leading to a decline in the US dollar. Yesterday’s release of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) revealed that the country’s inflation had reached a two-year low of 3%, lower than the previous reading and the forecasted figure. As a …

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Fed Officials Emphasise Higher Interest Rate Needed

Markets are now assessing the hawkish outlook against visibly cooling inflation Several Federal Reserve officials have expressed the view that interest rates need to be raised further this year in order to bring inflation back to the targeted rate of 2%. Despite this hawkish sentiment from the Fed, the market is inclined …

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RBA Holding The Interest Rate Unchanged

Market participants remained relatively calm, eye on several crucial data including Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) The market was surprised when the RBA decided to keep rates unchanged yesterday. The Australian central bank emphasized a data-dependent strategy and indicated potential future tightening if necessary. Oil prices slightly increased as Saudi Arabia unilaterally reduced production, …

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Aussie Dollar Gains Ahead Of RBA Rate Decision

The disappointed PMI reading indicates a lack of optimism in the manufacturing sector Investors await the RBA’s interest rate decision, expecting a 25 bps rate hike. Despite Australia’s CPI dropping to 5.6%, it remains distant from the 2% target. Meanwhile, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) readings in both the United States and …

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Equity Markets Positive After Russia Mutiny Resolved

Geopolitical tensions eased following Prigozhin’s troops retreat from Moscow as both parties had reached consensus on certain deals. Political instability in Russia has abated as Prigozhin’s troops retreat from Moscow, leading to a positive response in equity markets, particularly the Nasdaq, which rose over 1%. Oil and gold prices declined as the …

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Russia Mutiny Spurs Risk-Off Sentiment

The rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is facing a significant challenge as the Wagner mercenary group advances towards Moscow. The rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has held power for 23 years, is facing a significant challenge as the Wagner mercenary group advances towards Moscow. This development has caused concerns …

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Dollar Stands Pat Ahead Of Powell’s Testimony

Fed Chair Jerome Powell is due to give his twice-yearly testimony before congress today The market is exhibiting cautious sentiment as it edged lower in anticipation of Fed Chair Jerome Powell delivering his semi-annual monetary policy report before the House today (21st June). Investors closely scrutinise this two-day testimony to gain insights …

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Positive Talks Between Blinken And Xi Spur Hope For Equities

Additionally, China has announced its first reduction in the benchmark lending rate in 10 months, a move that could provide support for oil prices. Last night, the U.S. Secretary of State met with the Chinese President and expressed satisfaction with the accomplishments of their trip. This positive development in bilateral relations has …

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Blinken Potentially Meeting President Xi

Improved relationships between the US and China could potentially lead to the equities markets surging Equities in the U.S. contracted last Friday after a bullish run in the past week with Nasdaq up by more than 3%. Notably, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to China, including meetings with top diplomats …

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Dollar Surrenders After Rate Pause Decision

Following the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain the interest rate unchanged, equity markets responded positively, leading to upward movements, while the U.S. dollar experienced a significant decline of nearly 1% last night. On the other hand, Asian equities continue to gain, helped by the expectation of more stimulus from China. On top …

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Higher Chance For Rate Pause With Softer CPI

Inflation came in lower-than-expected and versus the previous month, signalling a June pause on the Fed’s hiking cycle. The equity markets experienced gains, accompanied by a weakening of the dollar, following the release of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) yesterday. The U.S. CPI decreased to 4% from the previous month’s 4.9%, …

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Markets Waiting For CPI To Gauge Fed’s Next Move

The U.S. equity market witnessed a notable rally as investors expressed optimism about the possibility of the Federal Reserve pausing the rate hike The U.S. equity market witnessed a notable rally as investors expressed optimism about the possibility of the Federal Reserve pausing the rate hike, with the decision scheduled to be …

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US Federal Reserve Signals June Hike Skip

Focus has shifted from the US debt ceiling back to macro data and the Fed’s benchmark interest rate The dollar experienced its largest daily decline in almost a month as U.S. manufacturing data and statements from Federal Reserve officials reinforced expectations of a potential interest rate hike delay. Meanwhile, the euro rebounded …

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Differences Between Indices Trading And Forex Trading

What Are Indices Trading And Forex Trading Indices trading and forex trading are both types of financial trading, but they involve different assets and markets. Forex trading, on the other hand, involves buying and selling currencies which involves forex traders speculating on the future movement of one currency against another.  Indices trading, …

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Debt Limit Bill Vote Passes The House

A Bipartisan Agreement To Suspend The Debt Ceiling Is Now Awaiting Approval From The U.S. Senate The House of Representatives has successfully passed a debt ceiling deal to prevent a potentially catastrophic event. However, the process is not yet complete as the bill now awaits approval from the Senate, where not all …

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Optimism Ignites Asian Markets As Debt Ceiling Deal Sparks Risk Appetite

Market participants are now eagerly waiting for the conclusion of a debt ceiling deal in congress Global markets experienced a mixed landscape as Western holidays provided a sense of calm for dollar-related currencies. In contrast, Asian markets saw a surge in positive sentiment, driving the Nikkei index to its highest level in …

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Debt-Limit Talks Resume

After a brief setback in debt ceiling talks, US President Joe Biden is set to resume discussions with Kevin McCarthy President Biden is scheduled to resume discussions on the debt limit with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Monday, following his participation in the G-7 Summit. The dollar index reached its highest level …

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Optimism Showed About Debt Ceiling Between Biden and McCarthy

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was optimistic that congressional negotiators could reach a deal to raise or suspend the debt ceiling in time. The focus on resolving the debt limit issue overshadowed macroeconomic data as the June 1 deadline approached. McCarthy’s positive outlook came after a meeting at the White House and the …

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Positive Progress On U.S. Debt Ceiling Bill

Investors are rotating out of gold en masse on optimism surrounding the U.S. avoiding a default Both President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck an optimistic tone regarding the prospects of reaching a consensus to raise the national debt ceiling and avert a potentially catastrophic default on the debt. As a …

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Dollar Boosted By Fed’s Hawkish Comments

A bounce in the U.S. dollar has put downward pressure on oil and gold prices Equity markets were stagnant while the dollar has strengthened, driven by hawkish comments from various Fed officials stressing high inflation in the U.S. On the other hand, President Joe Biden and the country’s congressional leaders are going …

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Biden-McCarthy Meeting Postponed

Investor sentiment has taken a hit in the market following the postponement of a meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and the House Speaker to address the looming debt ceiling crisis. The Biden administration is under pressure to pass the debt ceiling bill by June to avoid a potential default on the …

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Soft CPI Give Fed Room To Pause Rates

A lower-than-expected inflation has lent optimism to the markets The latest U.S. inflation figures have provided the Federal Reserve with some respite on its upcoming rate hike decision. The data for April showed a slight drop in inflation to 4.9% from 5%, easing the Fed’s dilemma. As a result, the dollar weakened …

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Markets Quietly Await U.S. CPI

The markets are quiet before the U.S. CPI released on Wednesday (10th May). U.S. equity markets moved sideways while the dollar index and gold prices have little change as the market is digesting the renewed banking sector risk as well as developments regarding the U.S. debt ceiling. On the other hand, Australia …

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Equity Market Slides Ahead Of NFP Release

Renewed fears about the banking crisis have caused investors to turn risk-off even as gold hits a new high While investors are still digesting the recent rate hike by both the Fed and the ECB, the equity markets continue to slide with the renewed banking turmoil. Several regional banks in the US …

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Fed Rate At The Highest Level Since 2007

The dollar has dipped on dovish expectations and downward pressure on the economy Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced yesterday that the central bank would deliver its 10th consecutive interest-rate hike of 25 basis points, bringing the Fed rate to 5.25%, its highest level since 2007. Powell also hinted that the Fed …

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All Eyes on Fed’s Interest Rate Decision

Markets are widely expecting a 25-point hike at the upcoming Fed meeting The U.S. financial markets experienced much-needed stabilisation after JP Morgan’s acquisition of First Republic bank, the latest financial institution to fail. This development has lifted the U.S. equities markets, with Asian markets also opening higher after returning from the labour …

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Wall Street Rally Boosts Asian Equities

Markets now hang in balance with the future of First Republic Bank on contagion concerns Wall Street’s gained at the end of last week as investors waited for news on a bid for First Republic Bank. Japanese and Australian stocks edged higher, while U.S. futures were broadly flat in early Asian trading …

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First Republic Bank’s Deposit Plunge Sparks Risk-Off

A probable bank run and a far lower-than-expected drop in deposits have prompted market participants to turn to safe havens First Republic Bank’s disappointing first-quarter results with a significant plunge in deposit levels, had raised concerns about the bank’s financial health. This triggered a risk-off sentiment, driving the CBOE Volatility Index to …

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Dollar Slips Ahead of Fed’s Monetary Policy Decision

With a 25-point hike already priced in for the dollar, investors have turned to the ECB’s hawkish outlook to price the euro The US Dollar slipped to a one-week low as investors pondered the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy ahead of next week’s meeting, where a rate hike is expected. Uncertainty lingers, with …

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Gold Prices Surge as Recession Looms

Dollar weakness has leant support to the precious metal, which has climbed back to the near-2000 mark U.S. equities took a hit as concerns over corporate earnings weighed heavily on investor sentiment, a sentiment that spilled over into Asian markets. The market’s risk appetite has contracted due to fears of a possible …

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Dollar Struggles as Investors Remain Sceptical of Fed’s Hawkish Tone

The US Dollar is uncertain due to recent hawkish comments by Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and James Bullard on rate hikes. The US Dollar continues to struggle as uncertainty over US monetary policy lingers in the global financial market. Despite hawkish comments from Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and James Bullard …

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Markets Cautious Ahead of Earnings Season

Equities are muted as markets await the expected volatility of the earnings season US index futures cautiously climbed during the Asian market session, signalling investors’ apprehension ahead of the upcoming earnings season. Against the backdrop of growing concerns over economic slowdown and the possibility of further rate hikes, market volatility is expected …

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Alibaba to roll out AI Tech to rival ChatGPT

Alibaba Cloud has unveiled its AI chatbot, Tongyi Qianwen The Chinese tech giant, Alibaba Cloud, unveiled an AI-driven chatbot  Tongyi Qianwen that will gradually become available across all Alibaba products, from enterprise communication to e-commerce, in the coming period. The chatbot will possess Chinese and English language capabilities and will be initially …

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Markets Calm Before Inflation Data

Economists project the upcoming U.S. CPI figures will galvanise the markets in either direction depending on its performance U.S. equity markets have traded in low volatility for the past few sessions, but economists project the lull period will be broken after the U.S. CPI is released later today. A softer reading from …

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Markets Muted While Celebrating Easter

The markets remained clueless after releasing mixed signals in the U.S. economic data last Friday. Last Friday, U.S. economic data gave mixed signals, leaving the markets clueless, especially on the upcoming Fed’s monetary policy. The Non-Farm Payroll decelerated to 236k but is in line with the market consensus. However, the country recorded …

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Markets Steady Ahead of NonFarm Payroll.

Most of the asset classes were muted ahead of the Nonfarm Payroll report which will be released today; Markets seemed confused and contradictory between asset classes with the backdrop of high inflation and recession fears. Assets class, including equity markets, the U.S. dollar, gold, stayed flat on Thursday amid directionless trading. On …

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Nasdaq 100 Enters Bull Market as Fears Over Banking Crisis Ease

On Wednesday, 8 March, the U.S. ADP Nonfarm Employment Change data for February was released, coming in at a lower-than-expected 145,000 against the expected 200,000 and down from January’s figure of an upwardly-revised 261,000. This is the latest in a string of cooling data showing that the Fed’s aggressive tightening regime might …

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Global Markets Maintain Risk-On Sentiment in Anticipation of Key PCE Reports

China’s economic performance continues to astound global markets as the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data revealed that the service sector activity in the country surged to its fastest pace in 12 years in March. Such sentiment has sparked optimism for the antipodean currencies, which are closely linked to China’s economy. The …

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Tech Shares Push Wall Street Higher

Wall Street rallied following the footstep of Asian equity markets last night, pushed by tech shares as concerns over the stability of the financial system continue to ease. An increasing risk-on attitude has also muted the gold prices and the U.S. dollar while U.S. treasuries yield stays flat. Before the RBA announces …

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Markets Put Less Weight On Banking Crisis

Focus has shifted back to inflation and interest rates as the banking crisis shows signs of easing Equity markets advanced and major currencies fluctuated in narrow ranges in the last session. Easing in the banking crisis and perceived lower risk of recession spurred the equity market to trade higher while modest rate …

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Markets Risk-on Ahead of Fed’s Interest Rate Decision

Wall Street closed high and gold prices retraced as the fears over the banking sector crisis abated; the dollar index remains calm before the Fed’s interest rate decision announcement, which will be made later today (22nd March). However, investors are starting to discuss the banking turmoil as aftermath of central banks’ frenetic …

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Investors Snap Up Adani Bonds

Hedge funds and distressed debt specialists are buying bonds related to Gautam Adani’s business empire, a potential sign of encouragement after a recent short-seller report. Oaktree Capital Management and Davidson Kempner Capital Management are among the firms buying the debt, which suggests that a rout in Adani’s securities may be easing after …

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Crude Oil Prices Defy Inventory Build

On Wednesday, the U.S Energy Information Administration reported an increase in crude inventories by 2.42 million barrels, close to the market expectations of 2.46 millions barrels. This is the third consecutive crude inventory build, coming after an outsized 4.14 million last week. This makes it a rough 4% above the 5-year average …

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Amazon Reports Growing Share of Tech Market

Amazon’s advertising business continues to thrive, growing 19% YoY in Q4 2022 to $11.6 billion in sales, despite a slowdown in the digital advertising market that has affected other companies like Alphabet, Facebook, and Snap. While Amazon’s advertising unit is still a small portion of the company’s overall revenue, it is seen …

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Adani Hits Back Against Activist Short Sellers Hindenburg

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani has published a 413-page rebuttal against Hindenburg, which has recently published a report covering extensive allegations, including stock manipulation and accounting fraud, about Adani’s multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. In response, Adani has accused Hindenburg Research of conducting a “calculated securities fraud”, and an attack on India. Adani is now considering …

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Will Chinese Demand Overshadow Supply Concerns for Crude?

A lower-than-expected build in crude oil inventories has seen the commodity trade flat as demand concerns hit the markets. On Wednesday evening, the EIA Crude Oil Inventories was released, showing a build of 522,000 barrels, putting the total inventory at 448.5 million. This is much lower than the forecasted increase of 971,000 …

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Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintains a dovish stance, Dollar dips on pessimistic economic outlook

On Wednesday, the Bank of Japan left its ultra-easing policy unchanged, sparking heavy speculation that it could be prompting the monetary policy divergence between the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and the Federal Reserve while defying market expectations it would phase out its massive stimulus program.   In the face of uncertainties worldwide, the …

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Upcoming Changes to Trading Hours

Dear Valued Client, Please be advised that the following instruments’ trading hours and market session times will be affected by the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. The deposit channel of China Mobile Pay will be temporarily suspended from 20th January 2023 to 30th January 2023. However, PU Prime will remain fully operational …

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FOMC Minutes:  No Light at the End of The Tunnel for Fed

On Wednesday, the U.S Federal Reserve released the minutes for its 13-14 December meeting, revealing a key message coming from committee members to investors: don’t start counting on a dovish pivot just yet.   Quoting from the minutes – “an unwarranted easing in financial conditions, especially if driven by a misperception by the …

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North Korea in a Year of Unprecedented Aggression

North Korea in a Year of Unprecedented Aggression North Korea has launched a record number of missile tests in 2022, far outnumbering previous recorded years at a total of 90 missiles fired – compared to 2021’s 8 missiles. Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has ordered an ‘exponential’ increase in the …

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U.S. Charges Sam Bankman-Fried for Fraud

Embattled FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been slapped with 8 charges by federal prosecutors, including conspiracy and wire fraud. The ex-CEO was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday – the first move by the authorities to hold those involved in the FTX meltdown and the subsequent loss of billions in client funds …

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U.S. to Send More Aid to Ukraine

The U.S. will send another security package to Ukraine, worth US$275 million, consisting of new capabilities to boost its air defences. This puts the total amount of direct aid the U.S. has delivered to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion at $13 billion. U.S. President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have both …

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Geopolitical Headwinds Overshadow Crude Inventory Drop

On Wednesday evening, the EIA Crude Oil Inventories was released, with a draw of 5.4 million barrels – almost 5 million higher than the expected draw of 440,000 barrels. This puts current inventories at 435.4 million barrels, 4% below the 5-year average for this time of the year.  Normally, a larger-than-expected drop …

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Key Indices From Around The World

Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 Share Index (FTSE 100) The FTSE 100 tracks the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange. Like the S&P 500, it is often regarded as an indicator of the health of the wider UK equity market. Also like the S&P 500, the FTSE 100’s constituent stocks are …

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FTX Declares Bankruptcy

Embattled cryptocurrency exchange FTX has declared bankruptcy in the latest saga in the crypto world. The company saw a mass exodus of holders of its native coin, FTT, after news emerged that its finances, including that of its sister trading company Alameda Research, was on shaky ground. Alameda itself is being accused …

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U.S. Midterm Elections Ahead

What You Need to Know Asian markets are on the upsurge, especially the Hong Kong market, which climbed more than 11% in November. The Sterling will suffer as the BoE has turned its focus from inflation to saving its negative economic outlook, which will drive the market to sell off more pounds. …

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Liz Truss Resigns from Office

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned last week, making her the UK’s shortest-serving PM at just 44 days in office. Truss’ term has been plagued by criticism for her mini budget program, which included the biggest tax cuts since 1972, but would be largely funded  by a massive expansion in borrowing. The …

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Fed Inflation Fears and Weak Demand Outlook Weigh on Crude

On Wednesday, 12 October (GMT+3), the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook (SETO). Forecasts for 2023 revealed an average global oil production of 100.7 million barrels a day – down 600,000 from September’s forecast and reflecting OPEC+’s announced cuts.  Oil consumption for 2023 is forecasted to be 101 …

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Europe Has Almost Enough Gas for Winter, But IEA is Worrying About 2023

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) executive director, Fatih Birol, has said that 90% of gas storage was full in Europe, and that bar surprises, Europe can get through the winter. 2023, however, remains in question because 2022 still saw some Russian gas being imported, as well as lower demand from China due …

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How To Invest In And Trade Gold

Gold has been used as a store of value for thousands of years. Even today, it remains a highly liquid asset, with hundreds of billions worth traded every day. Content: What Is Gold And Gold Trading?What Affects The Price Of Gold? Why Gold Trading?How To Start Trading Gold?How To Read And Analyse …

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Currencies Hit Record Levels Against USD

As risk appetites move ever lower and the US dollar soars, sovereign currencies are seeing the effects of global economic uncertainty. The pound has hit a record low against the greenback after the UK government introduced a new stimulus package just after the appointment of conservative party candidate Liz Truss as Prime …

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G7 Backs Price Cap on Russian Oil

The Group of Seven, 7 of the world’s richest countries, has agreed to put a global price cap on Russian oil, potentially cooling oil prices while hitting the revenue of Russia. The cap is planned to be enacted around the same time as the EU sanctions on Russian oil, which will come …

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Congress Passes Inflation Reduction Act

Despite its name, the Inflation Reduction Act does not, nor is it meant to ease inflation. Instead, the broadly-named $750 billion bill covers health care, taxes, and climate change in what president Joe Biden called a win for the American people and a loss for special interests. Some of the primary constituents …

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Debate on Recession Continues

With the most recent US GDP figures (-0.9%) showing a second back-to-back negative reading, many are saying that the US has entered a recession. This comes after another recession indicator, an inversion of the US Treasury yield curve, began flashing several times starting in April. Most recently, interest on the 2-year note …

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Tech Stocks Slide on Trimmed Forecasts

Stocks of Apple slid 2% to $147.07 on Monday as the world’s most valuable company announced that it would be slowing hiring and spending growth in 2023 as recession concerns hit the market. Alphabet stock is also down over 2%, a week after it announced that Google would slow hiring for the …

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Biden Looks The Other Way For Chinese Solar Manufacturers

To boost the slowing US solar industry, Biden has ordered that regulators turn a blind eye to potential trade regulation violations by Chinese solar panel manufacturers and let them go unpunished for the next two years. This is with the hopes that an influx of cheap, foreign solar panels into the US …

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Oil Rises Despite EIA Crude Oil Inventory Increase

On Wednesday evening (GMT+3), the US EIA Crude Oil Inventories data was released. For the Week of 3 June, US inventories of crude increased by 2.025 million barrels. This is compared to the forecasted draw of 1.917 million, and the previous week’s draw of 5.068 million.  Meanwhile, distillate inventories saw a rise …

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Russia Cuts Gas to Finland

Joining the list of countries – like Poland and Bulgaria – affected by retaliatory sanctions from Russia is Finland. The country’s supply of Russian natural gas has been cut off after Helsinki officially applied to join NATO. Gasum, Finland’s state-owned gas distributor, announced that while imports had halted, they were “prepared for …

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US Shares Rout on Inflation Fears

US shares plunged on Tuesday night (GMT+3) as investor fears about spiking interest rates, slowing economic growth, and rampaging inflation culminated in a rout. The S&P 500 closed the day by 2.8% lower to 4,175.20, Dow Jones slid around 800 points to 33,240.18, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite plunged nearly 4% to …

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8 Million EIA Inventory Drop Sends Crude Prices Up

On Wednesday (GMT+3), the US Energy Information Administration reported a large decrease of 8.02 million barrels in its crude oil inventories, bringing its current inventory to 413.7 million barrels. The numbers are far from the forecasted increase of 2.471 million barrels, and last week’s increase of 9.382 million. Meanwhile, gasoline inventories see …

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Singapore Increasingly Seen as Safe Haven For Chinese Wealth

As Beijing’s crackdown on the country’s wealthy continues under president Xi Jinping’s “common prosperity” policy, an increasing number of China’s affluent are moving their money to Singapore and setting up family offices. Singapore’s attractiveness stems from its large Chinese-speaking population, lack of wealth tax, and relative proximity. The trend started in 2019 …

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An Introduction To The Financial Markets And Trading

Financial trading refers to the buying and selling of financial instruments in the financial markets, with the goal of generating profit from the price movements of these assets. It involves making decisions based on various factors, including market knowledge, market analysis and risk management strategies. What Are The Financial Markets? A financial …

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Chinese tech companies bullish on the metaverse

Despite the regulatory risks, Chinese tech companies are doubling down on their bets on the metaverse, ranking in the top among companies filing for NFT and metaverse-related trademarks and patents. In 2021 and 2020, Tencent filed a total of 4085 patents while Baidu filed 3094, taking second and third places respectively behind …

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How to efficiently managing risk

Any analyst or trading guide will tell you how important it is to manage your risk. However, how does one go about managing that risk? And what exactly do they mean by managing risk? Here is a step-by-step guide to one of the most important concepts in financial trading. 1. Determine Your …

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