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Geopolitical Risk to Drive the Majors as Tension in the Gulf Builds

Bob Mason
A particularly light economic calendar leaves geopolitical risk in focus. Iran, Brexit, and trade are just a number of things the markets need to consider…

Earlier in the Day:

It’s a particularly quiet start to the week, with no material stats released through the Asian session to provide direction early on.

A lack of stats left the majors on the defensive as the markets look to assess what reaction the West will have to Iran’s latest moves in the Gulf.

For the Asian Majors

At the time of writing, the Japanese Yen was down by 0.24% to ¥107.97 against the U.S Dollar. The Kiwi Dollar was down by 0.21% to $0.6778, while the Aussie Dollar was flat at $0.7042.

In the Asian equity markets, the majors struggled early on. The Hang Seng led the way down, falling by 0.77% at the time of writing.  Also seeing red was the Nikkei and ASX300, which were down by 0.33% and by 0.39% respectively. The CSI300, however, was down by just 0.02%.

Market jitters over rising tension in the Gulf weighed early on, though the Japanese Yen failed to benefit, as the markets begin to price in further policy easing from the BoJ.

The Day Ahead:

For the EUR

It’s also a quiet start to the week, with no material stats due out of the Eurozone. A lack of stats will leave geopolitical risk to provide direction on the day.

Rising tension in the Middle East would be considered negative for the EUR.

At the time of writing, the EUR was down by 0.04% to $1.1217.

For the Pound

It’s a relatively quiet day on the economic calendar. The UK’s CBI Industrial Trend Order figures are due out this afternoon.

While the Pound tends to respond to the monthly numbers, the focus on the day will be on the Parliament.

After a month-long leadership race, the markets will learn who will become the next British Prime Minister this week.

Brexit chatter will be on a high, though it’s unlikely to materially affect the outcome as postal ballots have likely made their way to be counted.

At the time of writing, the Pound was down by 0.01% to $1.2501.

Across the Pond

There are no material stats due out later this afternoon to provide the Greenback with direction. The lack of stats leaves the markets to focus on chatter from the Oval Office through the day.

In addition to rising tension in the Middle East, there’s China and the FED to consider. Trump may well begin the week attempting to push the FED to deliver a market-friendly rate cut in a weeks time.

At the time of writing, the Dollar Spot Index was up by 0.03% to 97.180.

For the Loonie

It’s a relatively quiet day ahead, with key stats due out of Canada later today limited to May wholesale sales figures.

Following last week’s disappointing inflation and retail sales figures, the numbers will need to be impressive to give the Loonie a boost.

Outside of the numbers, oil prices will influence. Any escalation in the Middle East could lead to an oil price spike that would be Loonie positive.

The Loonie was down 0.02% at C$1.3062, against the U.S Dollar, at the time of writing.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire