Today’s Key Market Drivers: 6th December 2018
“US markets pause to remember the 41st US President.”
The New York Stock Exchange and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index were closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect for former US President George H.W. Bush who last week died aged 94. The last time the US market was closed for the death of a former President was 2007 when traders stopped to pay respect to President Gerald Ford.
The Aussie Dollar pulled back sharply on Wednesday after 3rd quarter GDP figures showed the Australian economy grew at a significantly slower pace than economists expected. Annualised growth for the 3rd quarter was 2.8% which was a big miss given economists were expecting 3.3%. 0.7241 is the next area of support for the AUD v USD which is the 200 EMA on the 4-hour chart. This level may be tested today when the latest Trade Balance numbers are released.
The Bank of Canada released its December policy statement Wednesday and sent the Canadian Dollar sharply lower. The market was expecting the Bank of Canada to raise rates again in January, however, their policy statement on Wednesday noted the recent $14 a barrel slide in the price of oil and said. “In light of these developments and associated cutbacks in production, activity in Canada’s energy sector will likely be materially weaker than expected.” With Canada’s economy so heavily reliant on Oil production and Oil prices traders immediately priced out their expectations for a January rate hike with Spring of 2019 the next likely time frame for the BOC to consider raising rates.
All the major gaps from Monday have now closed bar the NZD v USD which is pulling back as I write and is only 10 ticks away from Friday’s close. With some US markets closed on Wednesday is it difficult to get a gauge if US markets will continue their slide when they reopen on Thursday. If European markets are any guide the negative sentiment is still weighing with the FTSE and DAX both down over 1%.
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There is no high impacting economic data due for the European or US trading sessions today so all eyes will be on stock markets for some market direction for currency traders.
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