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 keeps to six-week minimum vs yen
On Thursday, the evergreen buck kept to a six-week minimum against the Japanese yen due to the fact that risk aversion gripped broader financial markets against the backdrop of worries that the US-China trade war could escalate.
Financial markets were nervously waiting for the beginning of two-day trade negotiations in the US capital later in the global day to see if China’s negotiators can persuade the US government to back down on a threatened tariff lift on Friday.
The evergreen buck kept to 109.910 yen having tumbled to 109.70 overnight that appears to be its weakest reading since March 25.
The Japanese yen that has rallied versus a number of its counterparts, tends to attract demand in times of market turmoil and political strife.
This week hopes that China and America would come to a compromise in the near future to conclude their trade conflict have been upended, thus sending traders away from risky assets.
Meanwhile, global shares have rebounded, while government bonds have tacked on.
The US government has accused China of backtracking on commitments made during trade talks and American leader has threatened to lift existing levies on Chinese exports on Friday and slap fresh duties soon if there’s no deal.
Meanwhile, the Australian dollar hit a four-month minimum of 76.55 yen. This week the Australian dollar has lost about 1.8% versus the Japanese yen.
As for the common currency, it kept to a four-month minimum of 122.89 yen, having decreased over 1% this week.
Versus the evergreen buck, the common currency stood still, sticking with $1.1190, having fluctuated the whole week in a tight band $1.1218-$1.1155.
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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.