Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: USD moves higher with help from better data
Forex news for NY trading on May 16, 2019.
- WTI crude oil futures settle at $62.87
- Trump tells acting defense secretary he doesn't want Iran war
- Chinese yuan continues to press towards 2018 lows despite respite in risk trade
- Bank of Mexico leaves overnight rate unchanged at 8.25%, as expected
- ECB's Coeure: Current low inflation is puzzling
- Fed's Brainard: Higher inflation target would have benefits but also risks
- Corbyn edges toward supporting a fresh referendum, still prefers election
- Fed's Kashkari: Business contacts say they're starting to raise wages
- Wilbur Ross: Huawei order will be effective starting tomorrow
- Fed's Brainard: Employment-inflation relationship has broken down
- Fed's Kashkari: Monetary policy has been too tight during recovery
- Gold sinks $12 to erase weekly gain
- A good day for European indices
- BOC's Poloz: Still expects growth to pick up later this year
- March US core durable goods orders revised lower
- Atlanta Fed GDPNow up to 1.2% for 2Q from 1.1% yesterday
- May didn't set date to step down in meeting with MPs - report
- US demands on European autos unlikely to be met and would violate WTO rules
- Canada April ADP employment +61.7K vs +13.2K prior
- Canada March manufacturing sales +2.1% vs +1.5% expected
- Philadelphia Fed business outlook for May 16.6 versus 9.0 est
- US initial jobless claims 212K vs 220k estimate
- US April housing starts 1235K vs 1209K expected
- The NZD is the strongest and the GBP is the weakest as NA traders enter
- Wilbur Ross: Trump has many options on auto tariffs, decision on 18 May
In other markets:
- Spot gold $-9.96 or -0.77% at $1286.57
- WTI crude oil futures plus $1.05 or 1.69% $63.07
The data today in the US came in better than expectation and higher vs last month, and that helped to propel the USD to the strongest of the major currencies today. The AUD was the weakest on the day.
From the economic releases today:
- US housing starts and building permits beat expectations and were higher than the prior month
- Initial jobless claims came back down after what may have been faulty Easter seasonal (212K vs 220K est and 225K 4-week average).
- The Philadelphia Fed this is the business outlook was also much better than expected 16.6 versus 9.0 estimate
In the UK, PM May is as lame a PM as you can get. The question is can anything get done with regard to a unified/passable Brexit solution, as she tries to work a deal with Labour. It seems like an impossible task. As a result, May will likely try to pass her failed plan once again in early June. Meanwhile Conservative lawmakers are looking for May to outline a timetable for her resignation in case the plan is not passed (which is not likely). The net result is chaos and lack of progress continues to weigh on the GBPUSD, and led to it trading to the 1.2800 level today, and down for the fourth day this week.
In Japan, the government is thinking about lowering projections for the government and the trade war with the US and China is taking a toll economically. That helped to weaken the JPY and send the USDJPY from a low at around 109.34 to a high that came up just short of the 110.00 level.
The AUDUSD was hurt in the early NY session by an article in the Australian Herald Sun, from RBA watcher Terrry McCrann saying that the RBS will cut rates at its next meeting in 18 days as a result of the unemployment rate moving back up to 5.2% from 5.0% expectations. That helped to send the AUDUSD lower. It is closing near it's lows.
The NZDUSD also followed the USD trend and reversed earlier gains into the London session up to 0.6582, and later took out the Asian session low at 0.6544 on its way to new lows at 0.6532. The next hurdle is the low from last Wednesday after the RBNZ cut rates by 25 bps. That level comes in at 0.6520.
So overall, a positive day for the greenback, helped by good data, strong stocks, and some weaknees in the other countries.