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Jackson Hole Symposium in Focus; Brexit Again in Driver’s Seat

Posted August 21st, 2017 by CarmeloNoonan and filed in General News
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The focus of the week is on the Kansas City Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium beginning on Thursday evening. Key financial officials of major economies would be speaking with ECB President Mario Draghi due to speak on Thursday and Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday.

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Weekly Fundamentals – Zinc Rallied on tighter Supply Outlook; Iron Ore Prices to Retreat Further in Coming Months

Posted August 19th, 2017 by Margart9096 and filed in General News
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Industrial metals rose across the board with zinc the best performer. Tighter supply outlook is boosting the price with LME’s 3-month forward soaring to a decade high and settled +7.85% higher for the week. Against the tide was iron ore price which retreated after gaining almost +20% over the past 5 weeks. While still no reflected in the market…

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Investors Turned to Safe Havens Again after Barcelona Terror Attack and Trump’s Abandonment of Infrastructural Council

Posted August 18th, 2017 by StarLittlejohn7 and filed in General News
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Renewed concerns over terrorist attack weighed on sentiment, adding to diminishing hopes that any measure would be implemented to boost US economic growth in the near term. At least 13 dead and 100 injured in Barcelona van attack claimed by ISIS, intensifying its calls for massacres in Europe using vehicles. Stock markets fell. Wall Street plunged with DJIA losing -1.1% and S&P 500 down -1.5%.

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US Dollar Fell as Inflation Likely Stays Low for Longer. Unpopular Trump Might Further Delay Fiscal Stimulus

Posted August 17th, 2017 by SUAJeffrey and filed in General News
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US dollar and Treasuries were pressured, driven by the July FOMC minutes and political drama in the White House. After initially jumping to a two-day high after the release of the minutes, the DXY index reversed the gains and the day -0.33% lower. Treasury prices strengthened, sending 2-year yields -3 points lower to 1.33% and 10-year yields -5 points to 2.23%. In the commodity sector, crude oil prices continued to fall, despite huge decline in inventory and weakness in US dollar. The increase in US production was weighing on prices.

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US Dollar Fell as Inflation Likely Stays Low for Longer. Unpopular Trump Might Further Delay Fiscal Stimulus



Oil Prices Range-Bounded as Torn Between Inventory Draw and Firm USD

Posted August 16th, 2017 by jodidonnell and filed in General News
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Strong economic indicators and easing geopolitical tensions kept US dollar firm, lifting the DXY index for a second consecutive day. Indeed, the greenback was higher against major currencies and were particularly strong against British pound (+1.02%) and Japanese yen (+0.9%), of which the weakness was driven by improving risk appetite.

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Risk Appetite Improved as Geopolitical Tensions Cooled

Posted August 15th, 2017 by AllieT49281351 and filed in General News
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Market sentiment improved as the perceived threat of war between North Korea and the US cooled down. Better risk appetite was exemplified in the retreat in Swiss franc and Japanese yen, as well as a lift in risky assets. The franc pared most of the gains made over the past week, losing 0.7-0.8% against US dollar and the euro.

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US Inflation Persistently Soft; China Data Disappoint in July

Posted August 14th, 2017 by dillonlanglois0 and filed in General News
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Persistent weakness in consumer price levels has raised concerns of how long the current situation would sustain. This also has made the upcoming FOMC minutes more critical. In the past several meeting minutes, the Fed acknowledged weakness in inflation but stressed the situation was transitory…

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Weekly Fundamentals – Aluminum Soared in Trump’s Trade Complaint While Silver Rose on Heightened Geopolitical Tensions

Posted August 13th, 2017 by prestonschuler0 and filed in General News
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The best performer in the commodity market last week was natural gas. EIA’s report showed that the US exported more natural gas than it imported in three of the first five months this year. This signals a reversal of the net imports trend over the past 6 decades. In the metal complex, aluminum shone with the 3-month LME contract breaching above US$2000/oz for the first time since 4Q14.

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Weekly Fundamentals – Aluminum Soared in Trump’s Trade Complaint While Silver Rose on Heightened Geopolitical Tensions



Risk Aversion Intensified as Trump and Kim Intensified War of Words

Posted August 11th, 2017 by SheilaGilroy1 and filed in General News
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Financial markets remained in risk-averse mode as the US and North Korea stepped up war of words with China warning Donald Trump that his comments would only aggravate the situation. Wall Street slumped, following decline in Asian and European markets, alongside the jump in the VIX “fear” index.

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Flee to Safe Havens on Heightening North Korea Crisis

Posted August 10th, 2017 by MarcusD2223170 and filed in General News
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Precious metals and safe- haven currencies (such as Japanese yen and Swiss franc) shone as Korean Peninsula tensions intensified. After UNSC passed sanctions on North Korea with a 15-0 vote over the weekend, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened each other of war. Following Trump’s comment that North Korea would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”…

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