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FX round-up: Sterling's overall reaction to 'Brexit Wednesday' tame

FX round-up: Sterling's overall reaction to 'Brexit Wednesday' tame

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling saw a rather "tame" reaction to Brexit negotiations being activated by Prime Minister Theresa May, rising from a midday funk to recoup most of its earlier softness against ... [more]

WTI futures rise after weekly US oil stockpile data

WTI futures rise after weekly US oil stockpile data

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Weekly US oil inventories rose slightly during the latest reference week, albeit alongside sharp drops in product stockpiles. Commercial crude oil inventories rose by 0.9m barrels d... [more]

US pending home sales rise much more than expected

US pending home sales rise much more than expected

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US pending home sales rose a lot more than expected in February, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. The NAR's monthly index rose 5.5% to 112.3 from 106.4 i... [more]

Fed's Evans still worried about downside risks, but supports one or two hikes

Fed's Evans still worried about downside risks, but supports one or two hikes

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - A top US rate-setter reiterated his relatively dovish stance on monetary policy on Wednesday, telling his audience he still worried that interest rates might be headed back towards ... [more]

Markets generally unperturbed after UK activates Brexit talks with EU

Markets generally unperturbed after UK activates Brexit talks with EU

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Financial markets and assets appear generally unperturbed after Prime Minister Theresa May's well-flagged move to trigger formal Brexit talks with the European Union, apparently sha... [more]

US Congress votes to repeal Obama privacy protections

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Barack Obama's introduction of several internet privacy provisions shortly before his departure from the Oval Office has been reversed by the US Congress following a vote on Tuesday... [more]

French consumer confidence weak in March, but details weak

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - French consumer confidence was stable in March amid slight improvements in people's expectations for unemployment and their ability to save, the results of a survey revealed. Househ... [more]

Brexit minister Davis says NI can rejoin EU if it votes for reunification

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - David Davis has said that Northern Ireland will be able to rejoin the European Union if it was to vote for a reunification with the Republic of Ireland, according to leaked governme... [more]

Impact of Trump policies only somewhat factored-in, Fed's Fischer says

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - The US central bank is watching the White House's new policies with keen interest, but thus far their potential impact on the economy had only been factored into their forecasts som... [more]

Francois Fillon's wife under formal investigation in fake jobs scandal

Wed, 29 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Penelope Fillon, the wife of French presidential candidate and former prime minister Francois Fillon, has been placed under formal investigation for her role in a fake jobs scandal.... [more]

Bonds: Treasuries slip as US consumer confidence at highest since 2000

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields: US: 2.40% (+2bp) UK: 1.19% (+3bp) Germany: 0.39% (-1bp) France: 0.96% (-1bp) Spain: 1.68... [more]

FX round-up: Sterling sold lower ahead of Article 50 as S.Africa's rand dives

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling had a torrid time on key crosses Tuesday as a pall of pre-Brexit nerves again weighed on sentiment, although the British unit's downcast performance was well and truly outp... [more]

Commodities: Crude bounces back, but overall mood remains bearish

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Crude-oil futures are bouncing back on Tuesday afternoon after emerging from their lows of last week, but the overall mood towards the black liquid is considered to remain bearish. ... [more]

Trump to make widespread changes to Obama climate policies

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday which will do away with several key policies from the Obama administration on climate change. The order w... [more]

US goods deficit shrinks sharply in February

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - America cut its trade shortfall with the rest of the world in February, amid a sharp drop in the pace of purchases of automobiles and consumer products from overseas. The deficit on... [more]

US home price gains accelerate to 31-month high in January

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Home price gains in the US accelerated slightly at the beginning of the year, reaching their fastest pace in over two years. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index... [more]

Cyclone Debbie rips through Australia as police chief warns of fatalities

Tue, 28 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Australia has seen widespread destruction on its eastern coast as Cyclone Debbie made its away across the country, with police chiefs warning that there is likely to be deaths cause... [more]

Fed's Evans sounds dovish note

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - A top US central bank official sounded a relatively dovish note on Monday. Speaking at a conference in Madrid, Spain, Chicago Fed president Charles Evans reportedly said he did not ... [more]

FX round-up: Sterling rides higher, seen by some as possibly undervalued

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Sterling posted robust gains on major crosses on Monday, in part due to a weaker dollar as traders pondered whether US President Donald Trump can deliver on his promises and also as... [more]

HSBC now sees three Fed hikes in 2017 and one more in 2018

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Economists at HSBC raised their interest rate forecasts for the US, bringing them more in-line with the consensus view - up to a point. The broker now expects the US Federal Reserve... [more]

London close: FTSE falls on resources, financials as Trump's ability to deliver scrutinised

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Equities in London closed the day much lower with investors selling resources stocks and heading for gold on doubts about whether US President Donald Trump will be able to deliver o... [more]

Bonds: Treasuries start week on a strong note, Bunds underperform

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - These were the movements in the most closely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields: US: 2.37% (-4bp)UK: 1.17% (-3bp)Germany: 0.42% (-0bp)France: 0.97% (-1bp)Spain: 2.20% (-3bp)Ita... [more]

Commodities: Gold surges after Trump's Healthcare Bill denied by Congress

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Gold surged on Monday afternoon as traders rattled by US President Donald Trump's failure to get his Healthcare Bill passed in Congress on Friday sparked a rush away from the dollar... [more]

Greece to plug refugee intake after reaching its 'limits'

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - Greek migration minister Ioannis Mouzalas has said the country will not be taking in any more refugees under the Dublin Regulation, as he says it is no longer able to cope with the ... [more]

Rand recoils as Zuma recalls finance minister

Mon, 27 March 2017

(ShareCast News) - South Africa's rand tumbled sharply on Monday after finance minister Pravin Gordhan was recalled by President Jacob Zuma. The President "did not give permission" for Gordhan's trip ... [more]