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 stands still
On Friday, the American dollar was intact versus other currencies due to the fact that inflation numbers underpinned continued rate lifts from the key US financial institution.
Evaluating the purchasing potential of the greenback against several primary peers the USD index managed to head north by 0.01% coming up with a result of 96.56, which is not far from over a one-week maximum.
Eventually, the evergreen buck inched down versus its Japanese rival. The currency pair USD/JPY edged down by nearly 0.28% ending up with 113.74. As for the Canadian dollar, this asset headed south. So, the currency pair USD/CAD leapt by up to 0.27% demonstrating an outcome of 1.3189.
In October, the producer price index managed to rally by up to 0.6%, while core PPI headed north by 0.5% from September. By the way, core PPI happens to be a major indicator of underlying producer price pressures, without energy and food costs.
The higher-than-anticipated numbers back the Federal Reserve’s gradual rate increase policy, which helped to boost the evergreen buck. The key US financial institution decided to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday, exactly as anticipated, although the major bank was still on track to proceed with its gradual tightening.
This year the major bank increased American interest rates up to three times. Moreover, it’s also anticipated to make another rate hike in December.
Aside from that, the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index headed south from 98.6 to 98.3.
The common currency and sterling went down suppressed by the stronger evergreen buck.
The currency pair dipped by 0.11% trading at 1.1351. The UK currency was volatile because of Brexit uncertainty. The currency pair GBP/USD lost 0.11% trading at 1.3048.
Besides this, the NZD/USD slumped by 0.01% showing 0.6754. AUD/USD declined by 0.15% trading at 0.7246.
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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.