FX Update – July 17 – Preparing for the Weekend


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By: Stuart Cowell

Currencies have hunkered down in narrow ranges, with the Dollar and Yen consolidating after rising against most other units yesterday. Global stock markets are lacking direction, too. The persisting pandemic remains a concern for investors, even though the lack of fresh cases in many reopened countries now looks like nothing more than a bad respiratory illness season. Offsetting pandemic concerns are expectations for the US and other countries to extend “first wave” fiscal support packages before they expire, while EU leaders will meet later today to move the proposed EUR 750 bln recovery fund toward fruition.

Among currencies, EURUSD settled just above the three-day low that was seen yesterday at 1.1370. USDJPY plied a sub-20 pip range in the lower 107.00s, and EURJPY and other yen crosses were similarly directionally challenged. AUDUSD held in a narrow range above yesterday’s three-day low at 0.6963. AUDJPY did likewise. USDCAD edged out a two-day high at 1.3589, extending a rebound from Thursday’s eight-day low at 1.3500. Front-month USOil prices remained in a narrow-range consolidation below the three-week high seen earlier in the week at $41.26. Highlights on the calendar today include eurozone June inflation and US consumer confidence data, neither of which are likely to impact markets much. Market participants will also be watching the White House for a decision on whether President Trump will follow through on his threat to ban Chinese Communist Party members from travelling to the US

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