Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: BOE hints of taper. USDCAD falls to lowest level since September 2018
Forex news for North American trading on May 6, 2021
- The Dow industrial average closes at another record high
- Fed says asset price may be vulnerable if risk appetite falls
- Feds Bostic: Will be hard to get a clear signal on inflation over the next few mos.
- Crude oil futures settle at $64.71
- April non-farm payrolls preview: By the numbers, starting with one million jobs
- Mester: We're not going to think a strong market means inflation is coming
- Fed's Mester: Economic outlook is bright even though some risks remain
- European shares ending the session mixed
- Dallas Fed president Kaplan: GDP will grow 6.5% this year
- The CHF is the strongest and the NZD is the weakest as NA traders enter for the day
- US initial jobless claims 498K versus 538K estimate
- US Q1 prelim non-farm productivity +5.4% vs +4.3% expected
- BOE's Bailey: Risks to inflation projection are broadly balanced
- China and US may hold talks to discuss phase one trade deal - report
- A couple of takeaways from the BOE May monetary policy meeting
- US April Challenger layoffs 22.91k vs 30.60k prior
The markets are in flux as traders ponder the implications of reopening and the potential for tapers.
The BOE hinted that they may look to taper later in the year, but not yet. The GBP initially moved higher, but move back down shortly after the fireworks subsided.
Meanwhile, the CAD dollar continued its move to highs despite lower oil prices. The USDCAD has been trading lower since the BOC decision to taper on April 21 when they DID announce a taper of QE. Today the USDCAD pair traded to the lowest level since September 2017 after cracking below the low from 2018 at 1.22455. The low today has reached 1.2143. The price high on April 21 - the day of the BOC decision - was at 1.2622. Eight of 12 days have been down (with the up days really more sideways vs up). The total tick move to the downside in the pair has been 479 pips in 12 trading days.
In the US today, Fed's Kaplan - the most hawkish of Fed officials - painted a more detailed picture on why he favors the Fed board to bring forward taper talk. He cited the increased vaccinations along with more fiscal stimulus.
His comments helped to push the Nasdaq to a low of -1.05% on the day and it seemed a certainty that the index would close down for the 5th consecutive day.
However, Fed's Mester and Bostic were a little more Fed mainstream where inflation is not a problem, and late day buying perhaps ahead of the key employment report tomorrow, helped to power the stocks higher into the close. The Nasdaq closed positive for the 1st time in 5 days, the Dow closed higher for the 4th consecutive day, closed at highs and at made a new all-time high price.
In Europe, some late session buying also pushed indices higher. Below are the final numbers for the North American and European indices.
While the CAD continues to run higher, the BOE hint of taper, initially led to a higher GBP, but the momentum faded fairly quickly and the GBP is trading lower on the day. In fact it is the weakest of the majors.
The USD is also weaker on the day.
Looking at the strongest to the weakest of the majors (see table and graphs below), the snapshot near the end of day is showing the CAD as the strongest, while the GBP is the weakest. The USD is just behind the GBP as one of the weakest of the majors.
In other markets:
- Spot gold cracked back above the $1800 level and is looking to close up around $28 1.57% at $1814.88.
- Spot silver had an even bigger day with a $0.82 gain or 3.10% up to $27.30
- WTI crude futures fell $0.73 or -1.11% to $64.90
- Bitcoin is closing more toward the session lows after rising as high as $58,400. The digital currency is trading at $55,975, down $900 or -1.59%. Ethereum which reached a new all-time high of $3610.04, respect to the downside and trades near unchanged at $3466.27.