A popular gauge of the U.S. dollar on Wednesday hangs near its highest level in about three weeks, with investors awaiting an account of the Federal Open Market Committee’s most recent policy gathering, which holds the potential for a fresh catalyst for bucks.
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Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the U.K.'s House of Commons, has quit on Wednesday, amid disagreements with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, according to reports. The defection comes as the premier has struggled to garner support for a fourth vote on her Brexit deal sometime in June, which also offers members of Parliament the option of voting on a second Brexit referendum. Leadsom is considered one candidate who could replace May. The embattled premier has already stated that she will step down sooner than later, amid an inability to get a Brexit bill passed in Parliament. The Guardian on Tuesday reported that Leadsom wouldn't accept a new Brexit plan that leaves open the possibility of a customs union --a thorny issue for Brexiters. The British pound has been under pressure against its rivals all week. Most recently, a dollar bought $1.2669, compared with $1.2706 late Tuesday. Sterling had fallen to around a four-month low amid unverified rumors of May's imminent resignations. The pound has been weakening amid the Brexit indecision because investors have been worried that recent developments could lead to a disorderly, or "hard," Brexit, an outcome that could roil domestic and international financial markets. In a tweet using a handle believed to be affiliated with Leadsom, the House of Commons leader said: "I cannot fulfill my duty as Leader of the House of tomorrow, to announce a bill with new elements that I fundamentally oppose." The Guardian reported that May has thus far resisted pressure to step down as prime minister immediately.
Gold markets did very little during the trading session on Wednesday, as we await the FOMC Meeting Minutes. At this point though, it seems as if the $1275 level is going to continue to offer support, and I think that it extends down to the $1270 level.
The US dollar pulled back slightly against the Japanese yen during trading on Wednesday, and that being the case it’s very likely that we are going to continue to see a bit of range bound trading. After all, we are trying to fill a major gap and at the same time there are plenty of headwinds out there that make the markets nervous.
The British pound fell during trading on Wednesday, reaching below the 1.27 level. It now looks very likely that we are going to go looking for the next major support level underneath.
The British pound initially tried to rally during the trading session on Wednesday, as sellers came back in above the ¥140.50 level. That being said, we are approaching the bottom of the most recent candlesticks, which of course is a very negative sign.
The Euro went back and forth yet again during the trading session on Wednesday, as we are hanging about the 1.1150 range. There is a larger consolidation area that we are involved in, so at this point we need to pay attention to a couple of levels.
The Australian dollar rallied slightly during the trading session on Wednesday, as we don’t really know what to do in this general vicinity. There seems to be a lot of back and forth between the Americans and the Chinese, but nothing market moving over the last several sessions.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he can't proceed with a discussion about infrastructure spending while under investigation. Trump and the Democratic leaders were scheduled to discuss building on a preliminary agreement for $2 trillion of infrastructure spending. At an unscheduled Rose Garden press conference, Trump decried the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said he had the most transparent administration in history. Earlier, Pelosi said Trump engaged in a cover up.
Investing.com - Bitcoin's struggles to move meaningfully above $8,000 continued Wednesday amid a lack of positive catalysts for bulls to rally behind.
It’s been a long winter for European assets, but signs of a pickup in growth could make for good opportunities in “under-owned” European assets, says BlackRock’s Elga Bartsch.
Gold and most metals are trading sideways ahead of the FOMC minutes; however, copper and platinum are extending losses big.
The incredible strength of the US Dollar over the past 12+ months has put downward pricing pressure on Gold and Silver. I believe this downward pricing pressure could be muting any upside price advanced in Gold and Silver by as much as 20% to 30% or more.
LONDON MARKETS London markets struggled for direction, as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s waning influence appeared to signal an end to the Brexit deadlock. How did markets perform? The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (UK:UKX) rose 0.
A mixed picture in developments around the two giants’ stalled negotiations leads to lower results for stocks
Gold prices could surge today if the three main influences: the dollar, yields and stocks, continue to trade lower. Gains could be limited if safe-haven buying supports the dollar.
Based on the early price action, the direction of the EUR/USD the rest of the session is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the uptrending Gann angle at 1.1157.
Sri Lankan shares closed slightly higher on Wednesday, extending gains into a fourth session, but trading volume slumped to a near three-week low. Most investors have shied away from the market since the April 21 bombings that killed more than 250 people. ** Sri Lanka is unlikely to hit its full-year economic growth target of 3-4% following the Easter Sunday bombings, junior finance minister Eran Wickremeratne told Reuters on Tuesday.
Crude Prices fall to near $62.35 bbl as OPEC+ members cast contrasting comments over Oil production. Sinking USD Index drags down the Loonie to 10-days low.
Sterling slumped on Wednesday after reports that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May could resign as soon as today amid Brexit chaos caused a sell-off of the pound. The U.S. is looking at similar restrictions on other companies, including Chinese video surveillance company Hikvision, according to Bloomberg and the New York Times.
The S&P; 500 fell 9 points or 0.3% by 9:44 AM ET (13:44 GMT), while the Dow lost 90 points or 0.4% and tech-heavy Nasdaq composite was down 22 points or 0.3%.
The GBP/USD pair got hammered to its 4-months low level in the Asian trading session amid Brexit tensions. Investors look north for the UK CPI figures, hoping the pair to recover.