Dollar and yen outperform peers as tensions between US and China flare

Safe-havens gained as President Trump promised a conclusive report on the origins of the coronavirus outbreak following Secretary of State Pompeo's remarks that there was significant evidence the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory. Trump promised tariffs in retaliation and doubled down on reducing America’s supply chain dependence on China.

Monday: Markit France Manufacturing, Durable Goods Orders


Wednesday: MBA Mortgage Applications, GE Factory Orders

Thursday: Bank of England Rate, US Jobless Claims

Friday: US Nonfarm Payrolls, CA Unemployment

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    May 4, 2020

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    Dollar gained following Trump and Pompeo’s comments as investors moved positions to risk-off on the possibility of a reemergence of a trade war between the US and China. US data out today includes March factory orders and Durable Goods orders. Both are expected to show significant declines.
     The pound is down half a percent on risk-off sentiment. The Bank of England is scheduled to meet on Thursday.
    The euro falls for the first time in four sessions, trading just south of the $1.10 handle. Italy and Spain have begun to relax shutdown measures. The EU has estimated it will need more than one trillion euros to recharge the economy. A formal plan on this is due out on Thursday.

    The loonie trades slightly lower, but still above 1.40 after the pair traded at weekly highs above 1.41. WTI for June delivery traded 8% lower breaking a three-day increase.


    The yen gained on safe-haven buying, but is trading in lower volumes as Japanese markets are closed for a three-day holiday.

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