February 6, 2018
On Tuesday, the Greenback declined vs. a basket of major currienes as a sell-off in global equities markets caused by the probability of higher inflation showed some signs of letting up, with U.S. equity futures falling overnight. However, anticipations of tightening monetary policy could support the U.S. dollar, as hiking rates make the Greenback more attractive to yield-seeking investors.
• The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down by 0.24% at 89.36.
The Single currency rose by 0.27%, to settle at $1.2401. Meanwhile, Mario Draghi said the ECB has no choice but to brace for the possibility that the U.K. will exit the European Union without a transitional agreement. No major reports are due from the Euro-zone today.
The GBP gained ground vs. the USD, with GBP/USD climbing 0.27% to 1.3995.
Against the JPY, the USD fell by 0.08%, to settle at ¥109.00.
Earlier today, Gold prices edged higher as many investors turned to the yellow metal following a rout in the U.S. stocks that carried over into the region and sent Tokyo down as much as 5%. The yellow metal tends to rise in times of market turbulence thanks to its safe haven status. Gold Futures – Apr 18 (GCJ8), rose by 0.73%, to settle at $1,346.30.
Early on Tuesday, Oil prices declined by more than 1%, as global market players tumbled lower following one of the biggest intra-day falls ever registered on Wall Street. Crude Oil WTI Futures – Mar 18 (CLH8) fell as much as 0.64%, to settle at $63.74, and Brent Oil Futures – Apr 18 (LCOJ8) was down by 0.74% at $67.12.
The most important economic events:
• NZD Unemployment Rate (4Q): (GMT 21:45) – Important – Forecast (4.7) – Previous (4.6).
• NZD Employment Change (YoY) (4Q): (GMT 21:45) – Important – Forecast (3.6%) – Previous (4.2%).
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