Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: Dollar slumps in post-Turkey day hangover. Gold below $1800
Forex news for North American trading on October 27, 2020
- US crude oil futures settle at $45.53
- NASDAQ/S&P close at record high levels
- US Court of Appeals: Trump campaign claims have no merit
- European shares close higher. Have gains for the week.
- OPEC+ leans toward extending oil production cuts for 2-3 months. Crude oil prices are down modestly today
- Israel likely behind the assassination of Iranian scientist
- Reports suggest that the head of Iran's nuclear program has been killed
- Gold tumbles below the $1800 level
- UK Covid outbreak stops spreading exponentially
- Germany to expand coronavirus aid for companies
- The NZD is the strongest and the GBP is the weakest as NA traders enter for the day
The dollar slumped marginally in post-Turkey day hangover trading. There was no economic data, but stocks did rise with both the S&P and Nasdaq index closing higher and a record levels (flow out of the safety of the greenback?). Hopes for Covid vaccines may also help risk on in non-US countries. It is hard to see how Thanksgiving will lower the trajectory in the US, however, which may be a dollar negative.
Although the USD was weak, the GBP was still the runaway weakest of the majors. The pound fell in reaction to negative Brexit news from the EU. However, the GBPUSD initially bounced off support at it's 200 hour MA. Later in the session, the pair gave up those bounce gains and closed below the 200 hour MA at 1.33115. Contributing to the fall in the GBPUSD in the North American session was the sharp rise in the EURGBP that saw the price extend back above it's 200 day MA at 0.89549 (after spending the last 5-days below the level). The EURGBP is closing near highs for the day at 0.8990 and not far from it's November 12 swing high at 0.9003.
While the GBP and the USD were the weakest of the majors, the EUR, AUD, NZD were the beneficiaries of their declines. Each had similar gains.
For the EURUSD it traded to new week, month and near 3 month highs (highest level since September 1). The next target to get through is 1.1965. The high price for the year is up at 1.2010 from September 1.
The NZDUSD traded to it's highest level since June 2018 and extended above the 0.7000 level. The next target in the high price from June at 0.70592.
The AUDUSD traded to its highest level since early September. The high reached 0.7398. The September 1 high comes in at 0.74128. Get above that level and the door opens for more upside potential next week.
Below are the rankings of the strongest to weakest for today.
In other markets,
- Spot gold continued its run to the downside. This time falling below the $1800 level and the 200 day MA near the same level. The low price reached $1774.42. The high was up at $1813.91. The price fell despite tensions turning up a bit between Iran and Isreal/US. A key Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated with blame put directly on Isreal and indirectly
- Spot silver fell $0.84 or -3.61% to $22.57
- WTI crude oil futures close week of $45.52. That was down at $0.19 or -0.42%
- Bitcoin on the Coinbase it is trading down around $-230 to $16,819.98. The price of bitcoin reached a high price of $19,500 on Wednesday. That was within $392 of the all-time high price of $19,891.99.