Forex news for North American trade on September 25, 2020:
- US August prelim durable goods orders +0.4% vs +1.4% expected
- UK coronavirus cases hit another record at 6874 vs 6634 yesterday
- Italy to raise deficit and growth forecasts
- Fitch affirms UK at AA- with a negative outlook
- Trump will nominate Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court - report
- Colombia lowers rates to 1.75% from 2.00%
- Baker Hughes US oil rig count 183 vs 179 prior
- Florida Gov. DeSantis lifts restrictions on restaurants
- Fed's George: Economic recovery far from complete
- CFTC commitments of traders: The EUR longs increase and remains near records. CAD the only shorts.
- Gold down $6 to $1861
- US 10-year yields down 1.3 bps to 0.65%
- S&P 500 up 52 points to 3298
- WTI crude down 21-cents to $40.10
- USD leads, EUR lags
We came into the day on a delicate footing and with stock futures lower. The early going was more of the negativity and the commodity currencies and euro continued to struggle while the dollar made fresh highs.
EUR/USD made a double top in Asia at 1.1685 and it was all downhill from there in a steady slide to 1.1612 at the London close. It bounced 20 pips from there but that was uninspiring considering the positive tone in stocks.
It was a similar story of big falls and small bounces elsewhere. AUD/USD tested the 0.7000 and held it but could only get back 0.7031 to wrap up a miserable week and a losing streak that's now at 6 days.
USD/CAD rose as high as 1.3418 but could break yesterday's high and drifted back to 1.3380 as we await the Canadian fiscal onslaught.
The EU is trying to put pressure on the UK to move along Brexit negotiations but progress remains painfully slow. There are some minor positive signs so weekend risks might be to the upside; or maybe I've learned nothing from the past two years of squabbling. Cable had some twists and turns but finished flat.
Have a great weekend.