Dollar lower amid risk-on trading; US Retail Sales beat

Equity markets are risk-on to end the week putting pressure on the dollar, which slipped versus many G-10 peers. The euro and pound are both stronger today but ending the week lower on Brexit trade tensions and coronavirus fears. Retail sales data crushed expectations showing a strong increase in month over month retail spending.

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    October 16, 2020

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  • USD

    The dollar slid to end the week buoyed by positive corporate news bolstering risk appetite on hopes for a slimmed down stimulus agreement next week. Retail sales printed a 1.9% m/m increase versus a +0.8% expectation. University of Michigan consumer sentiment is due to be released at 10AM.

    GBP

    The pound, while stronger today is on pace for a 1% drop to close the week. PM Johnson seems to have decided to walk away from trade talks with the EU following the region’s leaders standing still in negotiations through the summit in Brussels. There is still a small chance of a trade agreement before the December 31 deadline but little time to implement.

    EUR

    The euro climbed back slightly as the dollar slipped but is set to end the week 0.7% lower. Strict social distancing measures and second-wave fears keep pressure on the common currency.

    CAD

    Improved risk sentiment sent the loonie higher versus the dollar and will end the week stronger versus the US currency. Macro risk sentiment seems to be the primary influence dictating the Canadian dollar’s direction.

    ASIA/PACIFIC

    USD/JPY rebounded from an intraday dip to nearly the 105 psychological level following US retail sales figures. Risk-on sentiment in US equity markets reduced demand for safe haven assets.

    The yuan erased this week’s losses and strengthened to the highest level since April 2019. PBOC fixing rates seem to support the stronger yuan.

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