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StockBeat: Dovish Fed, Dominant Tories Push Europe Markets Higher

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stocks found their feet again on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signalled that it’s likely to remain on hold throughout next year, seemingly convinced that historically low jobless rates won’t create enough inflationary pressure to warrant a rate hike. By 5 AM ET (1000 GMT), the benchmark Stoxx 600 was up 0.3% at 407.50, while the FTSE MIB was […]

Forex – U.S. Dollar Slips After Fed; Pound Gains Ahead of ECB Meeting, Election

By Ritu, Capital Sands The U.S. dollar index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies slipped 0.1% to 97.035 by 10:02 PM ET. Overnight, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left its benchmark rate unchanged in the range of 1.5% to 1.75%. “Committee judges that the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate to support sustained expansion […]

Pound slips on UK poll projections, dollar eyes Fed

By Ritu, Capital Sands The British pound slipped early on Wednesday after a poll showed a narrowing lead for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in an election later in the week, while U.S. dollar movement looked to the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. Investors were also focusing on what U.S. President Donald Trump will do with U.S. tariffs on nearly […]

Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision December 10-11 Preview: Watching for the Projection Materials

By Ritu, Capital Sands No expectation for a change in the fed funds target rate. US economy has strengthened since the October FOMC. Market interest will be on the Fed’s rate and GDP estimates for 2020 and 2021. The Federal Reserve will finish its scheduled two day meeting of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Wednesday December 11th. […]

Stocks Slip While U.S. Futures Drift With Bonds: Markets Wrap

By Ritu, Capital Sands Stocks fell in Europe while U.S. equity-index futures fluctuated in the countdown to major central bank meetings and a deadline on fresh China tariffs. Treasuries and the dollar were steady. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index opened lower for a second day as almost every industry sector traded in the red. Contracts for the main American gauges […]

Dollar steadies as investors brace for key risk events

By Ritu, Capital Sands The dollar and yen held the safe-haven high ground on Tuesday, with investors on edge ahead of a looming tariff deadline, the UK election and upcoming central bank meetings in Europe and the United States. Front of mind is whether Washington will go ahead with a fresh round of tariffs on Sunday, or whether a deal […]

Oil prices slip as weak China exports highlight trade war impact

By Ritu, Capital Sands Oil prices fell on Monday after data showed that Chinese exports declined for a fourth straight month, sending shivers through a market already concerned about damage being done to global demand by the Sino-U.S. trade war. Brent futures (LCOc1) were down 21 cents, or 0.3%, at $64.18 per barrel, after gaining about 3% last week on […]

Dollar bolstered by U.S. jobs data, markets look to trade talks

By Ritu, Capital Sands. The dollar held firm on Monday after data showed surprise strength in the U.S. jobs market, but the currency was restrained from moving higher by worries about an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war. The dollar index stood almost flat at 97.706 in mid-Asian trade, after rising 0.3% on Friday. The euro traded at $1.10575, after hitting […]

Good, Bad and Ugly: Decisive Week May Set Course for Currencies

By Ritu, Capital Sands The next week could set the tone for the $6.6 trillion-a-day currency market in 2020.The geopolitical risks that have shaped foreign exchange this year — Brexit and the U.S.-China trade war — are approaching a critical point, according to Credit Agricole SA. The U.K. will vote for a government on Thursday to negotiate the next phase […]

Forex – U.S. dollar Unchanged Ahead of Job Report

By Ritu, Capital Sands The U.S. dollar was unchanged on Friday in Asia as traders awaited the release of the latest U.S. job report, which is due at 8:30 AM ET (13:30 GMT). The U.S. dollar index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies was unchanged at 97.380 by 1:30 AM ET (05:30 GMT). Analysts tracked by Investing.com expect […]

Asian Markets Gain Ahead of U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Data

By Ritu, Capital Sands. Asian markets gained in morning trade on Friday ahead of the release of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data for November due later in the day stateside. China’s Shanghai Composite was little changed by 10:35 PM ET (02:35 GMT), while the Shenzhen Component inched up 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.3% after the country’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday evening […]

OPEC and allies prepare to deepen oil output cuts

By Ritu, Capital Sands OPEC and its allies led by Russia were moving closer on Thursday to agreeing to deeper oil supply cuts next year to support crude prices and prevent a glut, sources from OPEC and its allied producers said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meets on Thursday in Vienna followed by a meeting with Russia […]

Asian currencies fueled by new trade optimism

By Ritu, Capital Sands Asian currencies made something of a comeback on Thursday morning in Asia as optimism about a possible trade deal between China and the US returned. The USD was lost a little ground and the Australian dollar stopped a multi-day slide even as the Yuan continued to slide. On Wednesday US President Donald Trump said discussions between China […]

Forex – Dollar Near 1-Month Lows as Trade War Fears Ramp Up

By Ritu, Capital Sands The U.S. dollar was trading near one-month lows on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump warned a trade deal with China might not come until after the 2020 presidential election and threatened to escalate his trade war with other nations. The U.S. dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was at 97.6 by 03:47 AM […]

Gold Prices Up; Trade Deal Might Come After 2020 Election

By Ritu https://capitalsands.com/ Gold prices were supported by a fresh round of uncertainty of the US-China trade deal on Wednesday morning in Asia. The precious metal still hovered near a three-week high above $1,480. Gold Futures contracts were up 0.06% to trade at $1,485.35 by 11:10 PM ET (04:10 GMT). US President Donald Trump suggested that the long-awaited trade deal might […]

France and EU ready to fight back over U.S. tariff threat, ministers say

By Ritu, Capital Sands France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday. On Monday, the U.S. government said it may impose punitive duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion of imports from France, including champagne, handbags, cheese and other products, after concluding […]

Gold trades marginally lower, awaiting trade talk cues

By Ritu, Capital Sands Gold traded marginally lower on Tuesday morning in Asia, hovering around the $1,468 range as the U.S. and China are still in talks for ‘deal or no deal.’ Gold Futures contracts traded at $1,467.95 by 10:00 PM ET (03:00 GMT), down 0.09%. Talks of a possible “phase one” deal between the world’s two largest economies dominated the […]

Oil jumps on Chinese factory growth, hopes for deeper OPEC cuts

By Ritu, Capital Sands Oil prices rose more than 1% on Monday as signs of rising manufacturing activity in China pointed to increasing fuel demand and hints that OPEC may deepen output cuts at its meeting this week indicated supply may tighten next year. Brent crude futures rose 74 cents, or 1.2%, to $61.23 a barrel by 0157 GMT. West Texas […]

USD/CHF Technical Analysis: Sellers focused on spinning top near multi-week high

By Ritu, Capital Sands USD/CHF declines after registering a bearish candlestick formation the previous day. Buyers look for sustained trading beyond 1.0000 psychological magnet. 200-day SMA can please sellers during further downside. USD/CHF drops to 0.9985 during the early trading session on Friday. That said, the pair formed a bearish “Spinning Top” candlestick formation while taking a U-turn from 1.0000 round-figure. Considering […]

Yen gains, yuan falls as Hong Kong tensions muddy trade progress

By Ritu, Capital Sands The safe-haven yen rose against the dollar after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, which could complicate efforts to end the U.S.-China trade war. That caused the yuan to fall in offshore trade on mounting worries that months of often violent protest against Chinese rule of the former […]

Asian shares climb on Trump trade deal comments

By Ritu, Capital Sands Asian shares rose on Wednesday as upbeat signals from Sino-U.S. trade talks fanned hopes of an easing of tariff hostilities, while expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low supported sentiment. The positive mood pushed Wall Street indexes to fresh record closing highs on Tuesday and stoked confidence in Asia with MSCI’s broadest index of […]

Asian shares climb on Trump trade deal comments

By Ritu, Capital Sands Asian shares rose on Wednesday as upbeat signals from Sino-U.S. trade talks fanned hopes of an easing of tariff hostilities, while expectations the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low supported sentiment. The positive mood pushed Wall Street indexes to fresh record closing highs on Tuesday and stoked confidence in Asia with MSCI’s broadest index of […]

REFILE-FOREX-Dollar hits 1-week high on yen as U.S.-China trade deal hopes rise

By Ritu, Capital Sands. The dollar held an upper hand against the yen on Tuesday as optimism on a trade deal between the United States and China dented the allure of the safe-haven unit while the British pound was supported by hopes of an end to a hung parliament. China’s Global Times, a tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s […]

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares regain footing as mood swings on trade

By Ritu, Capital Sands Asian shares made guarded gains on Monday as investors dared to hope for some progress in the endless Sino-U.S. trade dispute, while the outperformance of recent U.S. economic data gave the dollar a leg up on its peers. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan bounced 0.8%, after losing 0.4% last week. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 firmed 0.9%, […]

FOREX-Dollar slips as Chinese comments marginally boost risk appetite

By Ritu, Capital Sands The dollar was marginally down on Friday and risk appetite boosted by statements from China on the need to find a solution to the tit-for-tat tariff war with the United States, raising hopes that a “phase one” deal could be reached. Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing wants to work out a deal with Washington and […]

Oil falls from 2-month high as U.S.-China trade doubts dominate

By Ritu, Capital Sands Oil prices were toppled from their highest in nearly two months on Friday by doubts over future demand for crude as uncertainty continues to shroud a potential U.S.-China trade deal, and along with it the health of the global economy. That was more than enough to offset news of a likely extension of production cuts among […]

Trade War Threatens Tech Sectors in China and Silicon Valley

By Ritu, Capital Sands While the U.S-China trade war rages on, the tensions are exposing growing rifts between China and Silicon Valley. Leading venture capitalists and startup founders expressed concern over their governments’ fierce differences and the potential fallout. Among the dangers are a decline in cross-border investment, disruption in the supply chain and decreased collaboration in fields like artificial […]

PRECIOUS-Gold edges up on concerns of delay in U.S.-China trade deal

By Ritu, Capital Sands  Gold prices inched up on Thursday, supported by concerns that U.S. bills on Hong Kong could increase tensions between the United States and China and delay an interim trade deal. Spot gold XAU= rose 0.1% to $1,471.93 per ounce by 0235 GMT. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 were down 0.1% at $1,472.20 per ounce. “The main driver in gold currently is […]

Trade friction, oil drive European shares to worst day in six weeks

By Ritu Capital Sands European stocks were on track for their worst day in six weeks on Wednesday, as a threat of U.S.-China trade negotiations hitting an impasse weighed, while a slump in Germany’s Wire-card and falling oil prices added to the gloom. Germany’s DAX .GDAXI , the most trade-sensitive among Europe’s regional indexes, dropped 0.9% by 0929 GMT, while the broader […]

Asia shares trapped in a trade maze, oil nurses losses

By Ritu, Capitals Sands Asian shares stumbled on Wednesday as the Sino-U.S. trade talks produced nothing but a stream of conflicting messages, while concerns about a glut of supply left oil prices nursing their biggest one-day loss in seven weeks. Figures from the American Petroleum Institute out late Tuesday showed a far larger rise in crude stocks than expected. That […]

New UAE law is a way out of debt trap: All you need to know

Insolvency law approved by the UAE Cabinet aims to protect individuals who are in debt. Legal experts have hailed the newly approved insolvency law that will come into effect in 2020 in the UAE, saying it will have a positive impact on the community and will also boost investment competitiveness in the country. The UAE Cabinet approved the new Federal […]