Risk-on mood returns to the markets as equities are set to rise second day

Equities advanced yesterday on hopes of slowing virus spread in Italy, Spain, and New York, and are set to rise again this morning. Market optimism has weakened demand for the dollar as the US currency loses ground for the second straight day. Demand for gold remains supported as investors see the possibility of a weakened dollar following trillions of government stimulus.

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    The greenback is down 0.8%, dropping versus all G-10 peers amid surging equities and increased demand for commodity-linked currencies, as the virus shows signs of slowing spread in China, Italy and Spain.
    PM Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care yesterday after his battle with coronavirus intensified. After initially dropping nearly 1% on the news, the pound pared gains and is now up trading above $1.2350.
    The euro climbed over 1% versus the greenback on optimism in the eurozone and amid a proposed $540 billion stimulus plan.
    The Canadian dollar gained versus a weakening USD as equity futures pointed to a second day of gains. Oil gained in the markets on a hopeful agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia at their meeting this Thursday.

    China’s offshore currency rose 0.51% versus the US dollar to 7.0710, but remains range-bound despite broad dollar strength and concerns over China's export outlook.

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