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 loses momentum
On Monday, the major US currency went down because expectations for a trade pact between China and America ramped up investor appetite for risky assets, including stocks as well as emerging market currencies.
Assessing the purchasing potential of the greenback against a number of its key rivals the USD index slipped by 0.08% being worth 96.28.
Emerging currencies, including the South African rand as well as the Mexican peso that don’t appear to be part of the basket demonstrated their highest result for two weeks versus the evergreen buck because some of the safe haven flows of the last weeks unwound. As for other commodity currencies, including the Australian and New Zealand dollars, they kept finding buyers long after their domestic markets became unavailable.
On Sunday, American leader wrote on Tweeter that he would push back a March 1 deadline for fresh levies on $200 billion worth of China’s goods, and meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago estate to conclude negotiations.
The news spurred expectations that the two will come to an agreement soon. However, Xinhua, official Chinese news agency as well as others pointed to persisting differences between the two countries.
The evergreen buck managed to tack on versus the safe-haven yen. The currency pair USD/JPY headed north by up to 0.12% concluding the trading session at 110.79.
Additionally, the common currency went up because of the weaker evergreen buck. The currency pair EUR/USD soared by 0.13% being worth 1.1355.
As for the UK currency, this asset managed to recover a bit, although it’s still staying in a holding pattern because the political process governing Brexit keeps unrolling.
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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.