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Positive trends in most housing sales indicators continue

By: New_Deal_democrat

With the exception of existing home sales, the least important metric, the housing market continues to show surprising strength in the face of rising interest rates. Last week housing permits and starts were reported. Permits fell, while the more volatile starts rose: Neither set a post-recession record, although the three month moving average of starts, which takes away most of the volatility, did make another post-recession high. Yesterday morning new single family home sales were reported. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 24, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar lost ground to an outperforming euro following forecast-beating PMI data out of the Eurozone, ebbed back to near net unchanged levels versus the yen after clocking a two-day high during the Tokyo session, and held generally tight ranges versus most other currencies. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 24, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has traded firmer along with Wall Street, recovering some of ground lost midweek. USD-JPY logged a two-session high at 111.48 and EUR-USD a two-session low at 1.0760. The USD index is up 0.4% from the seven-week low it logged on Wednesday. Markets are giving the benefit of the doubt to Trump's ultimatum on the ACA bill, the vote of which has been delayed to later on Friday from yesterday. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 23, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was fairly stable in N.Y. trade on Thursday, as the market largely hunkered down into the key U.S. House healthcare vote. USD-JPY was the most reactive to the vote news flow, rallying to session highs of 111.25 on reports the vote would be delayed so a deal could be made, then pulling back when news of a deal was not forthcoming. Read more

XE Market Analysis: UK Retail Sales Boom

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW Sterling stronger today following better than expected retail sales. The Bank of Japan's minutes stated that the country's economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace. Eurozone current account surplus fell to its lowest level in 15 months. New Zealand leaves rates on hold at 1.75%. HIGHLIGHT Retail sales in the UK surged in February by 1.4% bringing the annual rise in volumes to a robust 3.7%, year-over-year. US DOLLAR The US Dollar is sidelined at the moment as markets wait for Congress to vote on the American Health Care Act. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 23, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has found a toehold but still retains a heavy tone into the key vote on healthcare in the U.S. House later today. USD-JPY has recouped above 111.00 after logging a four-month low at 110.73 yesterday, though met decent sellers above 111.50 during the Tokyo session, and had again dipped back under here as of the late London AM. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 23, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has found a toehold but still retains a heavy tone into the key vote on healthcare in the U.S. House later today. USD-JPY has recouped above 111.00 after logging a four-month low at 110.73 yesterday, though met decent sellers above 111.50 during the Tokyo session. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 22, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was lower again in N.Y. on Wednesday, with risk-off again in play. EUR-USD rallied to one-month highs of 1.0824, and USD-JPY to four-month lows of 110.75. Cable printed the 1.25 handle for the first time in a month, though pulled back some following the terrorist attack in London. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Global Risk Appetite Slumps

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW Investors’ risk aversion drives safe haven buying. The US Dollar is trading at a four-month low against the Yen as major indices and treasury yields plummet. US House Price Index is reported flat against an expected increase of 0.4%. BOJ deputy governor Iwata says, "a continuously falling Yen is not a benefit to the economy". HIGHLIGHT Global risk aversion grips markets as the Dollar is sold on concerns over the FBI investigation into links between President Trump's campaign and Russia will delay or worse - stop plans of major fiscal stimulus in the US. US DOLLAR The US Dollar is weaker today as risk-off trade takes over global markets. Read more

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