Oil prices rebounded slightly on Friday but are still expected to show losses for the week due to concerns about slowing growth in the US and China. US crude futures rose 2.7% to $70.41 per barrel, while the Brent contract increased by 2.5% to $74.33 per barrel.
RBNZ Surprised the Market Again!
2021-08-18 • Updated
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprised the markets again by refraining from raising interest rates a day after the country announced a nationwide lockdown due to multiple covid19 cases in the country. The lockdown should last for three days only, while some cities might last for seven days, which might be an understandable decision by RBNZ.
The kiwi declined sharply after the announcement all the way to 0.6870’s but managed to recover, trading around 0.6950 by the time of writing this note. Such rally comes after the RBNZ kept the door open for tightening soon.
The statement says: ”The Committee agreed that their least regrets policy stance is to further reduce monetary policy stimulus to reduce the risk that inflation expectations become unanchored. However, in light of the current Level 4 lockdown and health uncertainty the Committee agreed to leave the OCR unchanged at this meeting”
In the meantime, with tightening and tapering are still on the table despite the lockdown, NZDUSD remains a good candidate for another long position despite the recent decline and covid19 outbreak.
NZDUSD is trading within a buying zone stands between above the 61.8% Fibo which stands at 0.6876, while stops should not exceed today’s low, with a possibility to regain above 0.70 in the coming days.
Weaker recoveries were seen in both the UK manufacturing and service sectors, with the latter recording the greatest loss of momentum since July.
The US economic releases came in with much better than expected today, adding further evidence for the Federal Reserve, a day after the FOMC Meeting Minutes…
Let's dive into the latest developments shaping the global economic landscape. Good news first: the threat of an unprecedented US debt crisis has receded, as US lawmakers passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a catastrophic default. Phew! But don't pop the champagne just yet, because storm clouds are still looming. High inflation, rising interest rates, and sluggish growth are challenges that have yet to disappear.
Thanks to the incredible advancements in horizontal drilling and fracking technology, the United States has experienced a mind-blowing shale revolution. They've become the heavyweight champion of crude oil production, leaving Saudi Arabia and Russia in the dust. They even turned the tables and became net exporters of refined petroleum products in 2011.
Let's dive into the world of gold. Currently, the price of gold, represented by XAUUSD, is stuck in indecision, hovering around the $1,975 mark. The market is anxiously awaiting two important factors: the release of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes and the extension of the US debt ceiling.