Dollar Dips in Early Trading, Wall Street Eyes Earnings

April 16, 2018
US Equities
Markets closed on Friday and an airstrike on Syria by United States, United Kingdom, and France took place. The closure of the market avoided volatility in Global indices. When Trump, first tweeted about the strike, major indices took a hit, as fears by investors mounted. But since the airstrike was launched when markets were closed and it wasn’t as fierce as expected, stocks are still holding the gains of late last week. As the nightmare of a drop was surpassed, investors are awaiting the release of the earnings of the first-quarter of 2018 where they expect these earnings to show growth. Moreover, stock markets will be waiting for the GDP figures from China along with Industrial production and retails sales.

The dollar index, ended Friday with a Doji, which is a candlestick that signals that buyers and sellers are balanced. Last week, FOMC meeting minutes confirmed the hawkish tone of the Fed. Moreover, the core consumer price index year on year was the highest since April 2017, at 2.1% showing that the inflation is at Fed’s target. As for today, retails sales and business inventories are due.

EUR/USD traded higher last week and was able to erase all the drop of the first week of the quarter. The Euro’s gains were limited by the dovish tone of the ECB meetings minutes. Traders will be waiting for the CPI numbers from Eurozone on Wednesday.
The British pound set the highest weekly close since the Brexit vote as investors are optimistic about the outlook of the British economy. The Bank of England is expected to raise rates in May. Major economic reports are due this week, such as the Jobs report and Inflation numbers. These economic indicators will give hints whether the Bank of England will hike in May or postpone.

Gold prices retreated from the highs of 2018, gold ounce was able to trade at $1365, but the hawkish tone of the FOMC meetings minutes that confirmed the tightening monetary stance of the Federal Reserve weighed on the prices. Gold is still trading in a tight range between $1300 and $1360 but the volume is seen rising which might hint that a breakout might be coming soon.

Oil started the trading week with a drop of one percent as markets consumed the western air strikes in Syria. Oil Prices ended the week at the highest since late 2014. However, on Friday, a report by the Oil field services company, Baker Hughes, showed that the US energy companies added seven oil rigs drilling for new production in the second week of April, to reach the highest since early 2015.
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