Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
Evergreen buck goes down
On Wednesday, the evergreen buck declined, while the UK pound rallied in Asia because British Prime Minister Theresa May told that she’d ask the European bloc for an extension of the Brexit deadline.
As a matter of fact, the currency pair GBP/USD jumped by 0.2% hitting 1.3136.
Fears over a no-deal Brexit receded after May proposed cross-party negotiations with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of opposition in order to break the Brexit logjam.
May emphasized that the extension would be as short as possible, probably before May 22, in order to set Britain free from participating in EU elections.
Besides this, the USD index tracking the US currency versus a group of other peers went down by 0.2% ending up with 96.768 against the backdrop of a deceleration in durable goods spending.
Furthermore, durable goods orders went down for the first time for three months, as data on Tuesday revealed, contributing to signs that the deceleration in the American economy at the end of 2018 could extend.
The currency pair AUD/USD tacked on by 0.4% being worth 0.7097. Eventually, on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia left interest rates on hold at 1.5% exactly as anticipated. In a statement, Australia’s major financial institution kept describing the outlook for household spending as an area of uncertainty for the Australian economy.
Previously, the Australian Bureau of Statistics informed that Australia’s retail sales headed north by 0.8% in February month-on-month, which appears to be the fastest tempo since November 2017, confounding hopes for a smaller leap of 0.3%.
Furthermore, data also revealed that trade surplus tacked on to an all-time maximum.
The currency pair USD/CNY declined by 0.2%.
Besides this, the currency pair USD/JPY hit 111.48, rallied by 0.2%.
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Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.
Every week we expect many interesting events that can shake the market.