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Daily Market Commentary

Discussion in 'Forex Daily News & Outlook' started by gcitrading, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. gcitrading

    gcitrading Contributing Member

    Dec 16, 2008
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    The euro weakened vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the single currency tested bids around the US$ 1.4625 level and was capped around the $1.4800 figure. The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, and Swiss National Bank today announced they will extend their liquidity-providing facilities and operations through January 2010. The common currency was partially dragged lower by comments from Bank of England Governor King who said the weaker sterling has been “helpful” in reducing economic and financial imbalances. News that BoE would meet with London-based economists on Tuesday to discuss economic policies. Data released in the eurozone today saw the French number of unemployed rise 0.7% m/m to 2.553 million. Also, the German Ifo business confidence index rose to 91.3 in September from 90.5 in August, the sixth consecutive improvement but below expectations. The German economy, however, could suffer from political uncertainty, difficult credit conditions, and a weakening labour market. The ECB’s September monthly bulletin reported the EMU-16 economy is stabilizing. ECB member Quaden reported the worst of the financial crisis is over but said business may not return to normal. In U.S. news, data released in the U.S. today saw August existing home sales off 2.7% to an annualized 5.10 million rate. Weekly initial jobless claims fell to 530,000 from a revised 551,000 while continuing claims fell to 6.138 million from a revised 6.261 million. Euro bids are cited around the US$ 1.3900 figure.

    The yen appreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the greenback tested bids around the ¥90.35 level and was supported around the ¥91.60 level. Bank of Japan announced it will extend liquidity provision measures through January 2010 to cushion money markets in concert with other central banks. Yen borrowing costs declined to a three-year low with three-month Libor at 0.34750, the lowest level since June 2006. Similarly, U.S. dollar three-month Libor printed at a record low of 0.28500. U.S. dollar rates have been below Japanese dollar rates since 24 August and that has resulted in the U.S. dollar being used as a carry trade funding currency. Data released in Japanese overnight saw the July all industry activity index climb +0.5% with industrial production up 2.1% m/m and the tertiary index up +0.6% m/m. Additionally, the August trade surplus came in stronger-than-expected at ¥187.5 billion. The Nikkei 225 stock index gained 1.67% to close at ¥10,544.22. U.S. dollar offers are cited around the ¥94.75 level. The euro moved lower vis-à-vis the yen as the single currency tested bids around the ¥133.35 level and was capped around the ¥134.65 level. The British pound moved lower vis-à-vis the yen as sterling tested bids around the ¥146.30 level while the Swiss franc moved lower vis-à-vis the yen and tested bids around the ¥88.15 level. In Chinese news, the U.S. dollar lost ground vis-à-vis the Chinese yuan as the greenback closed at CNY 6.8218 in the over-the-counter market, down from CNY 6.8256. People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Hu yesterday reported G20 nations should consider establishing an international wealth fund to invest a portion of members’ current account surpluses. There is continued speculation among dealers that Chinese monetary authorities may allow the yuan to appreciate further vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar.

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