ForexLive European FX news wrap: Markets shrug off US-Iran geopolitical tensions
Forex news from the European morning session - 8 January 2020
- No US casualties in Iranian missile strikes on Iraq base - US official
- BOJ reportedly likely to boost its economic forecast slightly for fiscal year 2020
- von der Leyen: There is not enough time for a full UK-EU deal by the end of 2020
- US futures completely erase losses on the day
- Iraq PM says received no reports of casualties from Iraqi military or US-led coalition
- Bank of Thailand says that it is to ease capital outflow rules further
- Iraq militia leader: The first Iranian response has happened, now is time for the first Iraqi response
- Iran defence minister: Iranian response to any US retaliation will be proportional to what the US will do
- Market fears continue to ebb as Trump response awaited
- Iran's Zarif: Missile attacks were act of 'legitimate self defense"
- Germany November factory orders -1.3% vs +0.2% m/m expected
- Iran says that Trump is downplaying damage caused by Iranian missiles earlier
- Ukraine foreign ministry confirms plane crash in Iran, all crew and passengers dead
- Iran claims 80 American "terrorists" were killed in missile attacks on US targets in Iraq
- USD leads, EUR lags on the day
- European equities a little higher; E-minis up 0.2%
- US 10-year yields down 1.4 bps to 1.804%
- Gold up 0.3% to $1,579.70
- WTI down 0.7% to $62.25
- Bitcoin up 3.8% to $8,325
The market continues to be gripped by geopolitical tensions between US and Iran but the lack of an urgent response from the US after the Iranian missile attacks have prompted traders and investors to fade the fear surrounding the situation.
I can't really recall the last time US futures made such a massive rebound after from ~2% losses to set itself up for a positive open at the opening bell later today.
Iran initially made a claim that there were 80 American soldiers killed in the overnight missile attacks but that didn't really add up with the lack of urgent action by the US camp.
Market participants went with the latter and that saw traders choose to ignore the geopolitical tensions and headlines for the most part during the session.
As the fear ebbed during the session, USD/JPY steadily climbed from 108.40 to 108.70 while the dollar also made some headway against the euro and pound in the latter half of European morning trade.
Notably, cable rose to a high of 1.3170 before running into heavy selling at the 10 a.m. London fix, dropping to 1.3092 and is staying pressured for the time being.
As market participants await Trump's statement later in the US morning, gold saw gains decline with price falling from $1,590 to $1,578 currently and oil has pretty much erased all of its gains in a drop to near $62 per barrel; all this as the fear continues to fade.
Looking ahead, the market pretty much has a sense that the overnight action is all about the theatrics so it will be interesting to see how Trump frames it all up later today. Oh, don't forget it is also NFP week so we will have US ADP employment data to come as well.