Forex news for North American trading on May 21, 2021
- Dow, S&P closes lower for the second consecutive week. The Nasdaq rose for the week, but was lower today
- CFTC commitments of traders: EUR long back up to 100K
- Bitcoin trades to a new session low.
- Some of the details from the $1.7T Biden infrastructure plan
- GOP do not see new $1.7T infrastructure proposal as a significant improvement
- WTI crude oil futures settle at $63.58
- Fed's Kaplan declines to put date on when should start taper talk
- Fed Barkin: Inflation to increase this year and likely to revert back to normal in 2022.
- Fed's Harker: Pandemic as exasperate labor shortages for skilled labor
- European indices end the day mostly higher
- Bitcoin falls after China reiterates call for crackdown on crypto mining and trading
- US April existing home sales 5.85m vs 6.07m expected
- Eurozone May advance consumer confidence -5.1 vs -6.8 expected
- Markit May prelim US services PMI 70.1 vs 64.4 expected
- Canada March retail sales +3.6% vs +2.3% expected
- The NZD is the strongest and the EUR is the weakest as NA traders enter
A snapshot of other markets into the close for the week:
- Spot gold is trading at three dollars or 0.16% at $1880
- Spot Silver is down $0.20 or -0.75% at $27.54
- WTI crude oil futures are up $1.91 03.08 percent $63.85
The price of bitcoin is heading into the weekend on a bearish note. The price is trading down around $4300 or -10.75% at $35,740. The low price today reached $35,231.99. The high price was up at $42,275.99. The low price heading into the weekend saw the digital currency for all the way down to $30,000. The price is closing below its 200 day moving average around $40,052, after rebounding and closing back above that moving average during yesterday's trading.
The USD today rose after better service sector PMI. The Markit Service PMI (P) for May came in at 70.1 versus 64.4 estimate. The manufacturing PMI also was better at 61.5 versus 60.2. Both measures were records going back to the series start in 2009 (the composite index was also at a new record). Although prices hit a record, so did new orders for both manufacturing and service. Backlog orders were also at a record level. The chief economist at IHS Markit commented that "The US economy saw a spectacular acceleration of growth and May". However he also warned that businesses been "constrained by supply shortages and difficulties filling vacancies" and that average selling prices for goods and services are both rising at "unprecedented rates".
Fed's Barkin, Harker and Bostic participated in a Dallas Fed virtual event. Each of the Fed officials kept true to their recent slants with Dallas Fed's Kaplan being the most interested in looking to taper sooner rather than later. However, each were also cautious and are content to wait to see more data.
The USD got a boost off the comments and also the flight into the dollar on the decline in bitcoin. That helped to lift the USD to the top spot as the strongest of the major currencies for the day. The AUD and NZD were the weakest today.
For the week, the USD was modestly lower with gains vs the AUD (+1.13%) and NZD (+0.45%), and modest declines vs the EUR, GBP, JPY, CHF and CAD (the USD was down from -0.32% to -0.44% vs all those currencies).
For the week, the CHF was the strongest and the NZD was the weakest.
This week in the US debt market, the 10 and 30 year yields each showed modest declines from a week ago. The 30 year yield fell -2.39 basis points while the 10 year fell -0.68 of a basis point. The short end, in contrast was up modestly with the 2 year up 0.63 of a basis points and the 5 year up 0.83 of a basis points.
In the European debt market this week, 10 year yields were lower across the board the town 10 yield fell 3.9 basis points German tenure yield smart near unchanged.
In the US stock market today, the NASDAQ index fell by about -0.5%. The Dow rose by 0.36%. However, for the week, both the S&P index and Dow were lower, while the Nasdaq had a modest rise after four straight weeks of declines.