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XE Market Analysis: North America - Aug 21, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

USD-JPY settled to the lower 109.0s after capping out at a 109.42 on Friday. Market participants are keeping a weather eye on the Korean peninsular, with Pyongyang today warning of a "merciless strike" as the U.S. and South Korea prepare for military drills. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Aug 21, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar majors traded without drama during the pre-London open session in Asia. USD-JPY settled to the lower 109.0s after capping out at a 109.42 on Friday, which was seen following a pop higher on the news that Trump advisor Bannon was out (on the view that the executive branch will be left less acutely biased toward trade protectionism). Read more

International Economic Week in Review: A Solid Week of News

By: HaleStewart

            This week, there was no macro theme tying all the data together, save a general positive tone in the EU and Japan, but more weakness in the UK. Read more

US Equity and Economic Week in Review: Solid Economic Fundamentals Provide Support For a Correcting Market

By: HaleStewart

This week saw the release of several key statistics: building permits and housing starts (which, depending on your interpretation, are either long-leading or leading indicators), along with two coincident indicators: industrial production and retail sales. Read more

Weekly Indicators: another sea of green edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

July data featured another positive reading of the Index of Leading Indicators, despite a decline in both housing permits and starts. Industrial production and retail sales were also both positive, although manufacturing production was slightly negative and capacity utilization was flat. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Aug 18, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The combination of terror attacks, and ongoing U.S. political gyrations riled markets again in N.Y. on Friday, taking USD-JPY to four month lows of 108.61 in the process, as risk-off conditions prevailed. Later in the session, it became clear that White House advisor Bannon was on his way out, which quickly brought a relief rally to Wall Street, and saw USD-JPY jump better than 70 points to session highs of 109.60. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Spanish Attacks Spark Fresh Nervousness

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW House price growth in China slowed more than expected in July, with prices rising 9.7%. Canadian inflation ticked up to 1.2% in July but remained well below the Bank of Canada's 2.0% target. US consumer sentiment rose more than expected to 97.6 in August. HIGHLIGHT After falling back from its highest levels since November at the start of the week as tensions over North Korea eased, the volatility index (VIX) often referred to as the fear gauge, has spiked again in light of the atrocities in Spain. US DOLLAR The US Dollar is set to end the week flat as expectations for US rate hikes once again slip amid soft US inflation and concerns over President Trump's growth agenda. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Aug 18, 2017

By: XE Market Analysis

The yen and safe have assets remained in demand amid a backdrop of U.S. political concerns, which boils down to reduced odds for the implementation of Trump's pro-growth agenda, with the latest terror attack on a Western nation by Islamist extremists, this time in Barcelona, also in the mix. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Euro Hits 3-Week Low After ECB Warns of Currency’s Strength

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW Eurozone second quarter growth was upgraded to 2.2% year-on-year. FOMC minutes showed Fed members were becoming increasingly wary about recent weak inflation. UK government says it is "confident we will have made sufficient progress by October to advance the (Brexit) talks to the next phase”. UK retail sales rose 0.3% in July, annual growth halved. Eurozone inflation was stable at just 1.3% in July, though core inflation increased to 1.3%. Unemployment in Australia fell to 5.6% in July, from 5.7% in June. HIGHLIGHT The Euro fell to a 3-week low after the minutes from the ECB's last meeting showed policymakers were highly aware of the risk that the Euro could threaten the ECB's efforts to get inflation back to its 2% target. Read more

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