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New Zealand consumer confidence weakened in March, survey data from ANZ showed on Friday.
The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index fell to 106.3 in March from 122.1 in February.
The current conditions index dropped to 114.2 and the future conditions index decreased to 101.0.
Asian markets turn softer today as boost from US stimulus package fades very quickly. Focus will instead turn to BoE rate decision and US jobless claims. In particular, the latter would reveal how serious the initial impact of coronavirus outbreak in the US is. In the currency markets, commodity cur
NZD/USD remains positive above short-term key resistances (now supports).
200-HMA on the bulls’ radars, multiple support to question the bears’ re-entry.
Having breached 100-HMA and two-week-old falling trend line, NZD/USD takes the bids to 0.5780, up 1.10%, during the initial trading hours on Tues
Amid the broad risk-off mood, news from the BOJ signaled an additional 800 billion Japanese yen worth of Japan Government Bond (JGB) purchase.
Details suggest the bonds would be of the medium-term (3 to 10- years) maturity while also adds to the scheduled purchase of JGB on Monday.
Gold prices remain on the back foot amid broad US dollar strength.
The fresh coronavirus headlines from the UK and US renew risk aversion but the shift to safe-haven flows help the greenback.
Combat against the virus can offer fresh impulse, the economic calendar will provide intermediate bounces.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index Wednesday afternoon fell below a threshold that would put those benchmarks in bear-market territory if they closes there, threatening to end the longest bull-market in history. The S&P 500 SPX, -4.88% hit a low at 2,707.32 in in the final hour of trade
USD/CAD comes under some aggressive selling pressure on the first day of a new week.
A strong bounce in oil prices underpinned the loonie and prompted some long-unwinding.
The USD remains on the defensive amid firming expectations for a Fed rate cut in March.
The USD/CAD pair remained under some he
With oil prices falling to 13-month lows, a widely-tracked lagging indicator has turned bearish for the first time in multiple decades.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil is currently trading at $48.34 per barrel, having hit a low of $48.21 a few minutes before press time. That level was last seen i
According to Japan’s top currency diplomat Takeuchi, the unease over coronavirus has heightened compared to before.
Financial markets have shown volatile moves since the start of the week.
No comment on fx levels.
The importance of stable fx was confirmed by G20.
Govt, BOJ wil
Yen set to fall
I came across an interesting article on Bloomberg making the case for Yen weakness regardless of whether the coronavirus outbreak worsens or not. Although yesterday the JPY was operating in its normal function as a safe haven and showed strength through the day, the Yen's safe-haven
In light of preliminary readings from CME Group for Gold futures markets, open interest and volume increased by nearly 2.4K contracts and by around 228.6K contracts, respectively, on Monday. It was the largest single-day gain in volume since January 21st.
Gold is now focused on $1,700/oz
An official at China’s National Reforms and Development Commission, the country’s state planner, came out on the wires in the last minutes, announcing that regions deemed at low risk from coronavirus should fully resume normal activities and end transport bans.
Areas still at high r
The Korean Center for Disease Control has confirmed the tenth death from coronavirus. The North Asian nation has the highest number of cases outside China.
Authorities in Seoul have designated two cities as special care zones in order to halt the spread. Earlier, Korean Airways stated that a crew me