ForexLive Americans FX news wrap: China-US talks boost optimism

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

Forex news for North American trading on August 17, 2018:

Markets:

  • WTI crude up 0.48 to $65.94
  • Gold up $10 to $1184
  • S&P 500 up 9 points to 2850
  • US 10-year yields float at 2.86%
  • AUD leads, USD lags

The day started with a surprisingly hot Canadian CPI report at 3.0% y/y versus 2.5% expected. It was driven in part by high services inflation and not just energy and it sent USD/CAD quickly down to 1.3075 from 1.3150. It bounced back to 1.3100 but sold off again late on a better tone to China-US talks with the pair finishing just above support at 1.3050.

Cable was a solid performer in North America as it finished at a daily high at 1.2749 after touching 1.2700 in European trading.

The yen was generally sold after news that China and the US are hoping to work towards a Trump-Xi summit and a trade deal in November and that helped USD/JPY rally to 110.65 from a low of 110.30.

Generally, other currencies made better headway against the dollar on the trade talks with AUD climbing to the best levels of the week at 0.7319.

EUR/USD also used the headlines to get further off the floor in a rally to 1.1435. The May/June lows near 1.1500 are acting as resistance but at least the euro has shown some life.

Have a great weekend.

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