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US delays fresh sanctions on Russia – Reuters

According to reporting by Reuters, Trump’s administration has delayed new sanctions against Russia. Key quotes: Trump’s administration is “unlikely to approve them unless Moscow carries out a new cyber attack or some other provocation, a senior administration official said on Monday.” “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that Washington was

NZD/USD: strength to be faded? – ANZ

Analysts at ANZ noted that the kiwi held in a reasonably tight range overnight, as it awaits the next catalyst for direction. Key Quotes: “Today’s Chinese activity data will be watched, but ultimately it is the USD that will hold sway.” “We are still of the mind that any further NZD strength should be faded.”

Forex today: calmer, dollar/rates down, rethinking the Trump trade again

Forex today was calmer on Monday in both the European and US sessions with markets less concerned over Syria and instead preferred to concentrate on macroeconomic and Central Bank outlooks. On Wall Street, the focus was on corporate earnings.  There s some early concern in rhetoric from Russia when  Putin predicted global ‘chaos’ if West

Mexico's Guajardo: NAFTA is progressing, but doesn't expect an announcement on Thursday

Mexico’s Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, is hitting wires with comments about the NAFTA talks progress, as well as concerns about economic activity following tariffs. Key highlights: Has been speaking with Canada’s Freeland, plans to talk with the US trade rep Lighthizer tomorrow. Planning a potential meeting of trade ministers in Washington on Thursday. NAFTA negotiations

AUD/USD grinding higher ahead of RBA Minutes, China GDP

Aussie trading slightly higher as the USD recedes. Markets are spinning up their bullish sentiment, but heavy data looms ahead for the week. The AUD/USD is trading softly ahead of a busy Asia session, testing near 0.7780. The Aussie opened the new week on a sustained note as markets recovered from last week’s Middle East

Wall Street stocks push higher and shrug-off Syria airstrike, focus on earnings, stellar Bank of America

Blockbuster earnings for Bank of America on Monday and JP Morgan Chase on Friday. The market is putting under the rug the geopolitical worries over Syria, Russia and China.  The three main indices ended the day in positive territories as the market focuses on the earnings season and is somewhat re-assured that the strike on

Fundamental wrap: markets reverse risk-off Friday

From a fundamental basis, the markets have got on with it on Monday, shrugging off the Middle East risk and have prefered to focus on earnings on Wall Street that have got off to a good start for Q1 while markets assess the outlook for Central Banks, the reflation trade and the global economy.  US

Wall Street: risk on with earnings, benchmarks 1% higher around 50-D SMA

Markets are risk-on and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has just rocketed through a key watched level for the first time in more than a month.  The DJIA  has climbed by 1.3% to 24,664 and through the 50-day MA located at 24,623 currently. Similarly, the S&P 500 is up by 1.1% on Monday so far

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