A heavy week of economic data in the US kicks off with positive risk sentiment

The US dollar started the week slightly weaker vs. a basket of currencies as market sentiment turned positive. No new significant outbreaks of Covid-19 is expected to lead to more equity market gains and a weakening of the US dollar. The British pound gained after the Bank of England seemed to pivot on the size of its balance sheet.

Tuesday: Markit PMI for June, New Home Sales for May

Wednesday: Mortgage Applications and House Price Index

Thursday: Durable Goods Orders for May, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims

Friday: Personal Income and PCE Deflator for May, University of Mich. Sentiment Index for June

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    June 22, 2020

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  • USD

    Financial markets defaulted to economic optimism this morning with the US dollar weakening due to risk-on trading. A heavy week of economic data will test the bulls as more job loss figures and other data will show a weak US economy.

    GBP

    The pound is stronger this morning after Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said the balance sheet must be shrunk before interest rates are increased. The announcement signals a change in policy to sell bonds (or let them mature) accumulated during quantitative easing.

    EUR

    The euro strengthened on overall US dollar weakness. Optimism surrounding a resolution to the German court findings on the ECB bond buying program also helped push the euro higher.

    CAD

    The Canadian dollar was flat versus the US dollar as the price of oil held steady. 

    ASIA/PACIFIC

    The Japanese yen weakened slightly as markets opened Monday with a “risk-on” tilt.

    The Chinese renminbi strengthened slightly versus the dollar as the most recent outbreak of coronavirus appeared to be contained.

    The Australian dollar gained after RBA Governor Lowe commented that recent gains in the A-dollar are not a problem and he does not see the currency as overvalued.

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