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Aug. 27, 2018 (Western Union Business Solutions) – The U.S. dollar started the week under pressure against the EUR with action subdued by a U.K. holiday. The dollar did not attract bids against big peers from Europe, Asia and Canada though it registered gains versus most emerging markets, led by a 3% jump versus the Turkish lira. Mexico’s peso was the exception is it rallied on signs that U.S. and Mexican authorities were making progress on updating Nafta. The buck is coming off a week of underperformance triggered in part by President Trump’s disagreement with the Fed raising interest rates. A signal last week by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to gradually raise interest rates also undercut the buck by helping to stoke a stock rally that dampened demand for safer plays like the U.S. currency. The week ahead includes U.S. numbers on consumer confidence, revised second quarter growth and consumer spending.

 

GBP

 

Sterling got in the holiday spirit with a firm start to the week which allowed the U.K. unit to hold above recent 14-month lows. British markets are closed today for a bank holiday. A partial reversal in the dollar’s upswing has helped to alleviate downward pressure on the pound. Meanwhile, reports of tentative progress with Brexit negotiations between Britain and Brussels also translated into a firmer pound. A lack of U.K. data this week could see sterling look to Brexit developments and dollar movements for direction.

 

CAD

 

Canada’s dollar kept to a well-worn range against the greenback with holiday-subdued trading resulting in lackluster action. The market will use the coming week to fine tune expectations for the next increase in area borrowing rates. Thursday’s print of second quarter growth should help shed light on whether a rate hike from 1.50% comes as soon as September. Forecasts call a 3% annual rise in Q2 growth which would be the fastest pace in a year. The BOC next meets in 9 days on Sept. 5 with forecasts suggesting a less than 50% of a rate hike.

 

MXN

 

The peso powered to its strongest in two weeks on reports of the U.S. and Mexico making progress in updating Nafta. Recent uncertainty over the fate of Nafta has been a source of negativity toward the peso given that Mexico sends most of its exports north of the border. Upside for the peso was checked somewhat by emerging market weakness led by the Turkish currency’s renewed slide after markets there returned from an extended holiday.

 

USD

 

The dollar was mostly steady after a week of underperformance stemming from President Trump lambasting the Fed for raising rates while the central bank indicated that future rate increases would likely be gradual. Mr. Powell’s keynote speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo. last week was interpreted a dovish, noting a lid on inflation which effectively put one on the dollar. Thursday could prove the deceive day of the week for the dollar with data on personal income and spending and the Fed’s main gauge of inflation. Core inflation is forecast to tick up to 2% in July. Barring an upside surprise, the data may not be enough to excite dollar bulls given that the Fed has signaled a tolerance of allowing inflation to exceed its goal after missing it for many years.

 

EUR

 

The euro rose to its highest in 3 weeks against the greenback, buoyed by better than expected data on German business optimism. The Ifo survey topped forecasts with a 103.8 reading in August which offered evidence of modestly improved U.S.-German trade relations easing a headwind on the bloc’s biggest economy. Friday looms as the week’s most important day for the euro zone when it publishes central bank-impacting numbers on inflation and unemployment.

 


USA 

Aug. 21, 2018 (Western Union Business Solutions) – Reports that President Trump is not happy about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates hit the U.S. dollar which sank to eight-week lows. The dollar was broadly weaker Tuesday, having hit 6- and 8-week lows against the Swiss franc and yen and its lowest in nearly two weeks against the euro, sterling and Canadian dollar. The growth-bent U.S. president has reportedly taken exception with the Fed raising borrowing rates, something it’s expected to do for a sixth time under Mr. Trump’s watch in September. The dollar slipped on the president’s remarks as it called into question the Fed’s independence from political influence and gained added traction from dollar positioning having reached elevated levels of late. Yet pushing the dollar down for long could be a tough task with safer bets in vogue on worries about trade wars and Turkey’s economic crisis. Mr. Trump’s jab at the Fed puts heightened focus on a speech Friday by Fed chairman Jerome Powell.

GBP

Sterling shot nearly two cents above 14-month lows after the dollar fell prey to remarks from President Trump reportedly being displeased with the nation’s central bank raising interest rates, a move that he sees as an impediment to the U.S. economy achieving a faster cruising speed. Gains for the pound could be the short-lived variety given the headwind on the currency from how Britain is yet to strike a trade deal with the EU to keep from crashing out of the bloc come March.

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The U.S. dollar index flirted with two-week lows, as it fell victim to presidential criticism about the Fed raising interest rates. The remarks from President Trump came amid a lull in the economic calendar and at a time when market positioning was a bit stretched on the dollar, exacerbating its decline. Mr. Trump’s remarks put heightened focus on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech Friday at 10 a.m. ET at the central bank’s summer symposium in Jackson hole, Wyo. Should the Fed chairman signal full steam ahead for a rate hike in September it could help keep the dollar biased higher.

EUR

The euro got squeezed to its highest in nearly two weeks against the dollar which took on the chin remarks from President Trump that he reportedly isn’t happy about the Fed raising interest rates, moves that he sees as impeding his bid to shift the world’s biggest economy into a high gear. While the euro capitalized on the dollar’s retreat, gains could prove tough to sustain for long amid worries about Turkey’s economic crisis spreading to European banks.

YEN

The yen surrendered gains against the dollar that overnight had lifted it to 8-week peaks. The dust has started to settle after President Trump seemingly took a swipe at the Fed for raising rates, a blow that hit the dollar squarely on the chin. Still, the yen remains camped toward the upper end of its range as Mr. Trump’s call for lower rates exerted downward pressure on U.S. Treasury yields, capping upside in USDJPY.

CAD

Canada’s dollar romped to its highest in almost two weeks, boosted by rallying oil markets, up 1% to above $67, and President Trump’s displeasure about the Fed raising rates which he sees as standing in the way of meaningfully faster U.S. growth. Meanwhile, the prospect of higher lending rates north of the border has been a source of strength for the Canadian dollar. A parade of bullish Canadian data of late has lowered the bar for a rate hike from 1.50% as soon as September.

 

 

August 20, 2018 (Western Union Business Solutions) – An events-laden week started on a weak note for the greenback which ticked lower, but still keeping within reach of last week’s mid-2017 highs. The dollar eked out declines versus most of its top peers like the euro, yen and Canadian dollar. The market for now is giving the benefit of the doubt to U.S.-China trade talks that are set to resume in Washington starting Wednesday. The market is hopeful that the U.S.-China talks might be a stepping stone to an eventual breakthrough in trade relations between the world’s biggest economies. Central banks will take center stage Thursday through the weekend when the Federal Reserve hosts its annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Fed’s late summer summit could hint at the outlook for U.S. monetary policy, a key driver of the dollar’s months-long uptrend. The precarious shape of finances in Turkey and Italy remain in the spotlight, keeping underlying sentiment shaky and the greenback mostly in vogue.

Euro struggles to hold a gain

 

The euro followed the path of least resistance lower as Turkey continued to dominate the spotlight. The big source of downside risk for the euro is the degree to which European banks are exposed to Turkish assets. Meanwhile, elevated debt levels in Italy are another source of negativity for the euro with the coalition government in Rome expected to unveil a new budget and spending plans in the months ahead. Europe’s economic calendar features preliminary PMI surveys from top economy Germany on Thursday followed by revised German Q2 growth on Friday.

 

Sterling keeps above 14-month trough

 

Sterling was mostly flat at the outset of a new week with upside still restrained by uncertainty over whether Britain will reach a deal on trade with the EU before its departure from the bloc in March. Sterling currently finds itself perched a bit above 14-month lows hit last week, helped at the margin by an encouraging set of U.K. numbers last week on unemployment, inflation and retail spending that supported the narrative of gradual rate hikes across the pond.

 

Loonie pares Friday rally

 

Canada’s dollar favored its back foot after a data-inspired rally Friday. Oil prices wavered to begin the week, last down 0.3% to below $66. The loonie enjoyed a bit of a knee-jerk bounce Friday after headline inflation proved the strongest in 7 years, up 3% in July. It’s not surprising to see the loonie surrender some of its gains given the fact that core inflation remains largely contained around the Bank of Canada’s 2% goal. Still, moves to the downside in the loonie could prove limited on the view that the BOC could raise rates for a third time this year by October.

 

Fed to make headlines, potential waves, this week

 

America’s dollar index started the week with a gain, which kept it in close range of 14-month highs hit last week. The buck should have no shortage of drivers this week with U.S.-China trade talks set to resume Wednesday after a months-long recess. The big item on the dollar’s calendar is the Fed’s late summer symposium of global central bankers that begins Thursday and runs through the weekend. Markets will be all ears for fresh policy signals from Chairman Jay Powell. A tone that plays up the strong U.S. economy and plays down overseas uncertainties like Turkey would help to keep both U.S. interest rates and the greenback biased higher.

 

 

 

By Joe Manimbo, Senior Market Analyst

Mar. 16, 2018 (Western Union Business Solutions) - The U.S. dollar was back on the defensive Friday after logging its first winning session in 5 days Thursday. The buck was modestly weaker versus the euro and sterling, down less than 0.2%, while it slipped more than 0.6% against the safe haven yen. The otherwise weaker greenback maintained a gain against Canada, keeping the U.S. unit near mid-2017 highs. White House woes have the dollar in the doghouse. More personnel changes are expected from the White House, keeping political uncertainty elevated. Should the president soon fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster, it would mark the loss of another moderate voice following the firing of the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and the resignation of chief economic adviser Gary Cohn. Other weights on the dollar include worries over U.S. trade policy and moderating economic optimism with consumer spending in a slump. Market attention remains on Washington where the Fed meets next week.

EUR

The euro strengthened on the back of the weaker greenback Friday but otherwise kept on a leash after another dovish salvo from Mario Draghi this week. The central bank president sounded the dovish alarms again by affirming that the ECB would be “patient, persistent and prudent” about paring back stimulus with inflation remaining stubbornly low. Underscoring anemic inflation, consumer prices unexpectedly got revised downward to a 1.1% increase in February, a wrong turn from the ECB’s just below 2% goal.

CAD

Canada’s dollar maintained a defensive posture after sinking to fresh 8-month lows this week. Trade friction between the U.S. and Canada has weighed, along with receding expectations for the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates in the months ahead following weaker readings on the economy. President Trump this week took exception with what he characterized as a U.S. trade deficit with Canada. The loonie has a heightened sensitivity to trade matters given Canada’s export-oriented economy.

GBP

Sterling firmed Friday, boosted by the weaker dollar and reports of progress between Britain and Brussels on granting the former a transitional deal to help smooth its exit from the 28-country bloc next year. Next week looms large for the pound with U.K. reports Tuesday on inflation and Wednesday on unemployment. If that’s not enough, retail sales and a Bank of England interest rate decision highlight Thursday trade. The BOE is not expected to raise rates but it could hint at the likelihood of action in the spring.

USD

The dollar was hit by political and economic crosswinds that had the U.S. unit on its back foot. Dollar sentiment is suffering from the perception of the White House shifting in a more hawkish direction with respect to trade that has concerns on the rise about a potential global trade war. Meanwhile, expectations for U.S. first quarter growth have moderated after data this week showed the American consumer in a three-month slump. Consequently, the Fed next week, while it’ expected to raise interest rates by 25 basis points to roughly 1.6%, might be inclined to temper any hawkish message and stop short of signaling a fourth rate hike this year.

Dec. 1, 2017 (Tempus Inc.) - The U.S. Dollar has been swinging within tight ranges and closed the week in similar fashion as markets awaited the chance of tax reform legislation passing the Senate.

USD

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is said to be an obstacle towards voting and maintaining confidence of necessary support. Any headlines that provide guidance into proceedings will drive markets one way or the other.

Additionally, market participants are paying attention to news of a potential exit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is said to be threading on thin ice with the White House. In terms of data, manufacturing gauges like PMI and New Orders will be released at 9:45AM while Construction Spending at 10AM. We think positivity could help recover some of this week’s losses.

EUR

The Euro is trending in favorable ranges as focus remained on U.S. political developments. However, this may change in upcoming weeks as Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to run into problems as she negotiates building a coalition. Nevertheless, the balance for the shared currency came in as news of slightly than expected Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index figures.

Economics are keeping the Euro afloat, but the potential unstable situation in the largest economy of the Euro-bloc is cause for concern. Italy also faces the prospect of new anti-establishment leadership going into 2018.

CAD

The Canadian Dollar improved by over 1.0% meriting appreciation on the basis of solid Gross Domestic Product Growth during the month of September. Data showed a 0.2% expansion over the estimated 0.1%, bringing the yearly average to 3.3%, a level that satisfies the Bank of Canada’s outlook. Oil prices also being on the way up as winter sets in and OPEC extends production cuts could result in further gains before the year ends.

Nov. 24, 2017 (Tempus Inc.) - The greenback has been unable to shrug off its turkey-induced malaise this morning, falling versus most of its major peers. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index is set for its third weekly loss, its longest losing streak since July. The Index is down 1.6% so far in the month of November.

There is no major data set for release today. We expect trading conditions to be light and likely boring, especially when European traders head out for the weekend.

EUR

The Euro looks to build on its gains from yesterday’s session. The common currency received a boost following strong German GDP yesterday which showed the economy expanded 0.8% in the third quarter.

The good news continued for Europe’s largest economy. A separate report showed that business optimism climbed to a record high. In addition, the largest German opposition party indicated it is willing to form and back an administration led by Angela Merkel.

The Euro is at its strongest level in 6 weeks versus the U.S. dollar.

GBP

The British pound was modestly stronger against the U.S. dollar, mostly on greenback weakness. News was light out of the United Kingdom, but a comment by a Bank of England official has been creating headlines. Silvano Tenreyro reiterated recent BoE sentiment by saying that two more interest rate hikes will probably be needed to get inflation back to target.

However, Brexit will be the real determinant of where policy goes next. The comments again highlight how the central bank is being hamstrung from political uncertainty.

July 28, 2017 (Tempus, Inc.) – The U.S. Dollar weakness continued following the release of Gross Domestic Product and Personal Consumption figures. GDP quarter-over-quarter growth for Q2 came in at 2.6%, just under the estimated 2.7% while Personal Consumption grew at its forecast 2.8% pace.

However, only Personal Consumption numbers in the first quarter were revised upward while the opposite occurred for GDP. Also worth noting is that Core PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures), the Fed’s favored way to gauge inflation, improved to 0.9% over the expected 0.7%, however, worse in Q1 than thought. Overall, the slate of statistics signals that economic progress is just barely around the forecast and may not be good enough to surge the greenback against most counterparts, especially a much appreciated Euro.

We’ll see if the University of Michigan Sentiment index helps at 10AM or further sinks the buck. Chances of a hike in September are as low as 4.1% and December is not guaranteed at 41.8%. Will the economy be able to handle further monetary tightening? Stay tuned next week as Fed officials give us plenty of opportunities to explain their thoughts throughout.

EUR

The Euro remains on a path to similar appreciation as the dollar experienced in 2014 based on excellent numbers out of France and Spain. GDP in France grew 1.8% over the expected 1.6% annual pace, its longest streak of improvement since 2011. Additionally, Spain is growing at 3.1% yearly pace, the fastest since 2015.

There seems to be little resistance to Euro strengthening now that the value is based on real prosperity, the result of a more disciplined fiscal structure and easing methods from the European Central Bank that may soon be retrieved, only guaranteeing that the Euro stays afloat long-term. The Euro crushed the dollar in July, improving by 3.3%.

GBP

The Pound remains steady as it has an imbalance in the economy. Housing sector is struggling, companies are making plans to leave London’s financial center, but Retail Sales are great as revealed yesterday.
Overnight, however, we learned that GfK Consumer Confidence fell to its lowest reading since the Brexit referendum, once again showing that there is anxiety within the confines of the United Kingdom. Although GBP is up 2.1% for the month, these poor indicators could mount enough pressure to reverse these gains in the upcoming months.

 

July 15, 2017 (Tempus, Inc.) – The U.S. Dollar is pivoting downward following the release of truly disappointing inflation and retail sales data. Monthly Consumer Price Index figures showed no expansion and the year-on-year CPI increased by 1.6% under the estimated 1.7%, which suggests inflationary growth is not increasing near the desired pace by the Fed of 2.0%.

Furthermore, Retail Sales really surprised us with contraction instead of any improvement, which economists expected. June’s numbers were supposed to show 0.4% growth, but fell by (-0.1%). At the time of writing, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was headed towards a half percent loss immediately after the indicators hit the wire.

Fed Head Janet Yellen’s testimony this week to the congressional Housing Committee already cast doubt on the economy and the Fed’s approach to future hikes, but these numbers certainly lower the chances of a Fed rate increment by end of the year to just 43.9%. With distractions in Washington as political infighting takes over headlines and the economic reality of poor consumption, the greenback is starting to feel the pressure and we see little chance of much recovery from current ranges in the next few weeks.

EUR

The Euro is now up 1.1% for the month of July, slowly but surely appreciating as a result of better economic performance and hopes of monetary policy tightening. Today happens to be Bastille Day in France, so we may not get much in terms of news out of the Old Continent. CPI numbers for Italy came out as predicted, so if even Italy has growth it does not bode well for the buck against the shared currency, which could climb further as the day goes on.

GBP

The Pound is on the rise also as a result of poor economic performance in the United States. Additionally, Bank of England’s Ian McCafferty sounded the trumpet of hawkish sentiment after he expressed his belief that the central bank should start winding down some its sovereign bond purchases from QE.

It would be way too early to take such action since rates have not been increased and would require levels near where the Fed is. However, this discord between BOE members is convincing traders that the bank will likely not maintain its easing stance much longer.

Brexit-wise, Britain has finally admitted on paper that indeed an amount of money will need to be paid for the divorce process to start going, if possible in any way, somewhat smoothly. The EU has estimated a required payment of about EUR 100.0 billion. While many surrounding PM Theresa May disagree with the quantity, it is an important step toward talks getting better and with less friction.

July 11, 2017 (Tempus, Inc.) – The U.S. Dollar was trading in positive territory yesterday, holding on to the minor gains experienced at the end of last week once the employment Situation revealed a consistently improving labor sector.

Today, however, most of the buck’s counterparts pushed higher fluctuating around their strongest levels since last summer, with the EUR reaching a new 14-month high slightly below the 1.15 mark.

Ultimately, the greenback will need to see stellar developments in consumption and perhaps signs of confidence from statements by Fed officials who’ll speak throughout the week.

The G-20 summit came to a close with some minor policy progress, but highlighted by the growing difference in approach to problems such as North Korea and discord with climate change agreements between the U.S. and some of the global community. We shall see if central banks around the world continue to work towards tightening with the Bank of Canada meeting on Wednesday.

EUR

The Euro did not falter much after Friday’s good news out of the U.S. This week brings individualized country data such as Industrial Production and Consumer Price Index figures from Germany, France and Spain that could move the needle in the shared currency’s favor if impressive.

Economic indicators are the primary cause of the Euro’s recent surge, along with potential European Central Bank tightening. Any near-term suggestion that the continent is ready for a reduction in QE prior to the program’s full completion in December will certainly result in further Euro strengthening, which we feel, is possible for Q3.

 

GBP

The Pound slid at the end of last week and continued to flounder overnight based on, once more, poor economic numbers out of Britain and a gloomy Brexit future. Industrial output, manufacturing, and construction are indeed not just lagging, but also contracting.

Furthermore, a study of what would occur if the UK were to pay World Trade Organization tariffs for EU-produced goods showed that an English breakfast would go up in price by close to 15.0% as things such as olive oil and orange juice could represent an additional 30.0% in importing costs.

 

June 2, 2017 (Tempus, Inc.) – The U.S. dollar held flat ranges overnight as the fallout from yesterday’s news was digested by markets. Yesterday afternoon President Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris Climate Accord. While the decision was met with widespread condemnation from world leaders and high-profile business executives, the President made the argument that the leaving the accord would benefit U.S. businesses. Equity markets have yet to take notice. And while many currency analysts around the globe slammed the decision, fx traders shrugged off the news and focused their attention to today’s data releases.

The greenback is losing across the board in early trading following a dismal jobs report. The U.S. economy only added 138K jobs in the month of May, missing expectation of 182K rise. In addition, March and April’s readings were downwardly revised by a total of 66K jobs.

Despite the poor data, current Fed Futures show that odds the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month has stayed constant at around 90%.

 

EUR

After trading in sideways ranges overnight, the Euro jumped to a 7-month high against the U.S. dollar following poor U.S. jobs data. There was little data released today in the Eurozone so EUR/USD will trade with U.S. headlines.

The European Central Bank will dominate next week. The central bank will make their interest rate decision next week. While no policy change is expected, analysts will pour over Mario Draghi’s statement for clues as to whether the Bank is gearing up towards lessening their easing.

 

GBP

The British pound has taken advantage of a generally weak dollar this morning, rising as much as 50 basis points before ceding some of those gains. Attention will shift back to next week’s snap parliamentary elections in the U.K. While Theresa May and her Conservative party are expected to hold onto a majority, traders are not willing to evacuate the chances of a surprise victory by the Labour party as polls have tightened in recent days.