China cuts import tariffs; weak Canadian GDP pushes CAD lower

There is thin liquidity in financial markets as we head into the Christmas holiday. Overnight news from China showed that the country would cut tariffs on a range of imports, supporting the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Weak GDP data out of Canada supported USDCAD.

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    December 23, 2019

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    US dollar dipped initially after news from China that the country would cut import tariffs. The dollar has reversed losses and strengthened against its peers, the British pound is the weakest of the lot.
    Sterling weakened for the fifth day, dropping 0.2% versus the US dollar.  The British pound is set for its longest losing streak since May, as anxiety around a no-deal Brexit is renewed and as trading is thin heading into year-end holidays.
    EURUSD remains largely range bound between $1.0981 and $1.1179. The currency pair had hit an eight-month high in the immediate response to the UK’s election on December 12th.
    USDCAD strengthened after the GDP report from Canada hitting a level of 1.3171. Crude oil continues to remain weak following 3 weeks of losses. The commodity fell as US shale explorers increased drillings and as news from Kuwait signal a deal with Saudi Arabia to renew crude output along the border.

    News from China that stated the country would cut tariffs on a range of imports as of January 1 pushed the Australian dollar to its highest level in more than a week. USDJPY remains largely unchanged following two straight weekly gains. Minutes from the October meeting for Bank of Japan are due.

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