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May 3rd: Highlights
- Cable tests fresh multi-month highs
- EUR/USD hit new highs
- USD down after refocusing interest rate rise
- JPY stays stronger
- Oil output up
Much of this repositioning was driven by a rebalancing of ‘Brexit’ expectations, combined with poor US data and interest rate expectations – with only a 20% chance of a June rate hike currently priced into the market.
On the calendar this week, we have UK house price data and PMI readings for construction and Services.
Last week, we saw a pretty mixed bag of Eurozone data, with weak inflation data on Friday offset by a positive GDP number. The EUR has benefited by the USD sliding lower and is testing 1.16 this morning, levels not seen since last August. We may see the Single Currency be allowed to move a little higher before the ECB, once again, tries to talk it lower. With the slightly higher oil price there should be some inflation coming back into the Eurozone, so it is not quite as desperate for the EUR to be at super-low levels to benefit exports.
The dollar was lower across the board last week after the Fed statement pretty much took June off the table for the next rate hike. Currently, there is only 20% likelihood priced in and the demand for USD-buying dried up. The Fed continues to be vocal about the wider implications of the global economy and a weaker USD is one way to keep markets buoyant.
Last week saw JPY continue higher after the BoJ decided not to further their current stimulus measures.
Pre-market, the RBA surprised most with an unexpected 25 bps cut, bringing their interest rate down to 1.75%.
Oil has fallen from last week’s high. Reuters reported that OPEC production by about 170k barrels per day. Iranian output is now at 3.4m barrels per day, which is still below their stated target of 4m barrels per day, so we can expect supply to continue to rise.
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