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FX Update

Dollar strong amid a slight risk-on environment driven by U.S. China trade optimism

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Major drivers in the market today include positive news out of U.S. – China trade negotiations. Both sides agreed to continue their ‘phase 1’ talks ahead of the December 15th deadline. Polls out of the U.K. showed the Conservative party’s lead narrowing versus the Labour party, sending the pound lower.
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    November 26, 2019

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    The dollar near six-week highs amid trade optimism. U.S. and Chinese officials are working on the ‘phase 1’ deal, both sides agreeing to continue to work towards the deal.  If not reached before the December 15th deadline, President Trump will have to decide whether or not to impose additional tariffs. In his final remarks before the Fed enters a quiet period, Jerome Powell said that their current monetary stance is appropriate and that the central bank is not on a preset course. New Home sales and consumer confidence figures are due out today.


    Latest UK poll results show the Conservative party’s lead narrowing for the December 12th general election. Investors sold off the pound on fear of a Labour government under opposition Jeremy Corbyn. A Conservative win reduces political and Brexit uncertainty, and may be positive for sterling in the short term, while a Labour majority will renew Brexit uncertainty.


    The euro advanced slightly versus major counterparts and is trading in a tight range around the 12-day low to the U.S. dollar. German consumer confidence surprised to the upside this morning. ECB’s Vilroy reiterated in a statement that the current low interest rates will continue to sustain the Eurozone economy.


    The Canadian dollar trimmed some losses versus the U.S. dollar as WTI ticked 0.5% higher.


    After comments out of U.S. China trade negations sent USDJPY to a two week high, the Japanese yen gained some strength and steadied just under 109. The Chinese yuan also ticked higher after the trade call in which both sides agreed to continue talks to work towards a 'phase 1' deal.

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About the Author

Kathryn Garvey is a foreign exchange Associate for Silicon Valley Bank’s global financial services group and has been with SVB since July of 2018. Prior to SVB Kathryn completed co-op internships at Innosight, Market Metrics, and The TJX Companies.

Garvey graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and marketing with elective coursework in entrepreneurship and innovation from Northeastern University.

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