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Risk sentiment shifts on news confirming additional coronavirus cases

News from China reported that a revised methodology to diagnose the coronavirus has caused the number of confirmed cases to soar. The market reacted to this news by shifting towards risk-off. Currency moves of note include the Canadian dollar (lower) and the Japanese yen (stronger). UK Chancellor of the Exchequer resigned causing the British pound to trade higher.

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    February 13, 2020

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  • USD

    Data out of the US showed that continuing jobless claims fell more-than-expected and US consumer prices hit 2.5% vs. the expectation of 2.4%. The US dollar initially fell ahead of the news and has since pared losses.


    Sterling rallied following the resignation of Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid. Rishi Sunak will replace Javid which led to talk of increased government spending. Markets are speculating that the UK could move towards more fiscal stimulus.


    EUR sank to its lowest level since 2017, falling below the 1.09 handle. The combination of concern regarding the succession plan of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a dovish European Central Bank has caused the common currency to weaken.

    The Canadian dollar weakened on news of coronavirus cases significantly increasing. China stated that revised methodology to diagnose the virus has resulted in the number of confirmed cases rising.

    The Japanese yen hit highest levels since January 21 following news of increased cases of the coronavirus. USD/JPY stalled around 109.80 as investors await more details.



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About the Author

Cate Camerota is currently an FX Advisor at Silicon Valley Bank focusing on early stage and growth Technology names in New England and Eastern Canada. Prior to SVB, Cate worked in FX Sales/Trading at Wells Fargo and Citizens Bank where she supported a portfolio of Middle Market and Mid-Corp clients throughout the Northeast. Cate helped clients identify FX risk and implement strategic hedging programs.

Outside of work, Cate is involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Boston Friends Council, Ladies FORE Finance (women's golf league) and My Life My Choice.

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