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15 Feb: Hawkish Janet Yellen underpins stocks, US$. Yellen part 2, US inflation and Retail Sales today’s focus.

Stocks have traded at new all time highs while the dollar is stronger on Tuesday after Janet Yellen indicated, in her hawkish testimony to Congress that the Fed will likely need to raise rates at the March or June FOMC meeting, although she conceded considerable uncertainty over economic policy under the Trump administration. She added that it would… Read More »

14 Feb: Hopes of tax cuts again underpin stocks, US$. A big data day ahead China/Germany/UK CPI, EU GDP, ZEW

   Stock markets have made new record highs again as traders gear up for Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts which he has promised will boost the US economy. The dollar has been choppy but generally ended on a firm note which has not really helped commodities, with WTI in particular coming under some downside pressure as a result.… Read More »

13 Feb: Trump tax cut talk and upbeat China data underpin risk sentiment. Stock at new highs -again!

   Markets remained mostly buoyant on Friday, with the US$ firm and stock markets hitting another record high as investors remained upbeat about the tax reform plan that President Donald Trump has promised  to unveil in the coming weeks. Despite the dollar remaining underpinned, commodities were also in favour after the strong Chinese trade data, seen earlier in… Read More »

10 Feb: Trump’s “phenomenal” tax plan underpins markets. China TB today. Otherwise, politics to be the focus.

   Markets have generally had a positive session on Thursday, with stocks, bond yields and the US$ underpinned by comments from Donald Trump, who said that he would be releasing his “phenomenal” tax plan in the next few weeks. In terms of data, the weekly initial jobless claims were also upbeat, falling 12k to 234k, below expectation of 250k,… Read More »

9 Feb: RBNZ Unchanged. Article 50 for Brexit triggered. Minor data day may mean another rangebound session.

   Markets were generally rather flat on Wednesday, with stocks stuck in their recent range, although the dollar reversed early gains after coming under pressure from a decline in U.S. Treasury yields as investors priced out a March rate hike by the Fed, amidst the uncertainty over Donald Trump’s economic policies. The main interest was in Gold, which… Read More »