Markets mixed after Fed Chair Powell's calming comments, dollar lower

Markets mixed after Fed Chair Powell's calming comments, dollar lower

Financial markets are showing mixed performances overnight as investors assess the Fed’s hawkish tilt last week and then Fed Chair Powell’s calming message yesterday. Asian stocks were generally up and European stocks lower. Global bonds yields were soft, but US Treasuries edged higher to 1.49%. The dollar index is slightly lower, commodity currencies – MXN, NOK, NZD and RUB – are outperformers. Oil rose above $74 a barrel and gold rose to $1,790 an oz. Traders await tomorrow’s Bank of England meeting.

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    The dollar is generally lower with commodity currencies gaining the most against the dollar as oil and gold climb. Trading is light as markets continue to assess the Fed’s comments/intentions. This morning’s US PMI data for June was mixed – better-than-expected Manufacturing PMI and worse Services PMI. New Home Sales for May was both weaker than expected and lower than April’s figure.

    Tomorrow, the Bank of England meets. Expectations are that it will keep its monetary policy and asset purchase program unchanged amid the narrative that any rise in inflation will be transitory. US dollar-related issues are currently driving FX markets more so than any pandemic or Brexit-related issues.

    The euro is up slightly, in-line with a generally weaker US dollar. Earlier this morning, better-than-expected Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) data for Germany and the Eurozone in aggregate was reported for June.


    The Canadian dollar is up overnight as oil prices rose above $73 a barrel. This morning’s release of Retail Sales for April showed a significant decline of 5.7% MoM, much worse than expectations and March’s figure. However, the big upward revision in March’s figure led to little movement in the CAD. 


    The Japanese yen fell to its weakest rate in more than a year, primarily in reaction to the Fed’s hawkish tilt last week. Expectations of higher US yields and steady Japanese yields is fueling the stronger USD versus the yen. Traders await tomorrow’s release of Japan’s CPI and jobless rate.

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