- September 9, 2018 at 2:22 am #1803
MACRO EVENTS & NEWS OF 4th July 2018
FX News Today
Asian Market Wrap: Treasury futures declined in thin volumes, while cash markets are shut for a US holiday. Japan’s 30 year yield dropped below 0.7% as Asian market remained shaky, with Chinese Indices continuing to underperform despite the commitment to a stronger Yuan, as the start of the first round of US tariffs on Friday weighs on sentiment. Most Indices managed to come up from lows in the later part of the session and the Nikkei is still down -0.13%, but also up from lows. Oil prices are higher on the day, with the WTI Future trading at USD 74.64 per barrel.
FX Update: The Dollar traded softer, led be declines against the Yen, Australian Dollar and most emerging world economies, which seemed to benefit from China’s steadying of the Yuan today. USDJPY opened in Asia at about 110.58-60, then dipped to a 4-session low of 110.27 before setting around 110.40. Stock markets in Asia mostly declined, following a tech-led drop on Wall Street yesterday. China’s Yuan steadied after declining notably last week, on Monday and Tuesday, amid reports that it was at the direction of Beijing. Most emerging market currencies also gained. AUDUSD posted a 7-session high at 0.7424. A record high reading in the Australian June Services PMI, which jumped 4 points to 63.0, gave the Aussie a bid, along with the firming in the Yuan. EURUSD meanwhile, clawed out a 2-session high of 1.1678. Conditions will be thin and direction commitment limited today with US Markets closed for the 4th of July holiday.
Main Macro Events Today
- German Service PMI – Expectations – expected to confirm the preliminary reading of 53.9,which should leave the composite at 54.8.
- Eurozone Service PMI – Expectations –expected to remain unchanged at 22 ,which should leave the composite at 54.8, with a slight bias to the downside.
- UK Service PMI & BoE Speeches- Expectations –is seen steady at 54.0. Events include BoE speeches from Woods and Sarpota as Brexit pressure on the UK mount with May wedged between hard-line Brexiteers and warnings from Brussels that the time for a deal is running out.
- US Bank Holiday – Independence Day
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