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Asia Roundup:
Aussie halts 4-day rally after RBA minutes, dollar index hits 1-week low on weak economic data and geo-political tensions,
Asian shares touch 2-year peak despite risk-off sentiment – Tuesday, May 16th, 2017



Market Roundup

Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office -officials

RBA carefully monitoring labour, housing markets –minutes

RBA judged steady rates consistent with achieving sustainable growth, inflation target

RBA minutes repeats a rise in A$ would complicate economic adjustment

Australia Apr new vehicle sales up 0.3% m/m, last 1.9%

China c. bank injects net 170 bln yuan, the most in nearly 4 months

China set yuan midpoint at 6.8790/dollar, strongest level since Apr 24

Australia and Hong Kong begin free trade agreement talks

Researchers see possible North Korea link to global cyber attack


Economic Data Ahead

(0200 ET/0600 GMT) Norway Q1 GDP Growth, 0.2% forecast; last 1.1%

(0200 ET/0600 GMT) Norway Q1 GDP Growth Mainland, 0.5% forecast; last 0.3%

(0245 ET/0645 GMT) France Apr CPI (EU Norm) Final, 1.4% y/y, 0.1% m/m forecast; last 1.4%, 0.7%

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Italy Q1 GDP Prelim, 0.2% q/q, 0.8% y/y forecast; last 0.2%, 1.0%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Apr CPI, 0.4% m/m, 2.6% y/y forecast; last 0.4%, 2.3%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Apr Core CPI, 2.2% y/y, 0.4% m/m forecast; last 1.8%, 0.4%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Apr PPI Core Output NSA, 0.2% m/m, 2.5% y/y forecast; last 0.3%, 2.5%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Apr RPI, 0.5% m/m, 3.4% y/y forecast; last 0.3%, 3.1%

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone Q1 GDP Flash Estimate, 1.7% y/y, 0.5% q/q forecast; last 1.7%, 0.5%

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone Mar Eurostat Trade NSA (EUR), 26.5 bln forecast; last 17.8 bln

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Germany May ZEW Economic Sentiment, 22.0 forecast; last 19.5

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Germany May ZEW Current Conditions, 82.0 forecast; last 80.1


Key Events Ahead

N/A EU General Affairs council meets in Brussels

N/A German finmin Schaeuble takes part “This is what Europe sounds like – Part VIII Malta” event

(0630 ET/1030 GMT) Riksbank gov Stefan Ingves speaks on monetary policy challenges

(1400 ET/1800 GMT) ECB's Benoit Coeure speaks at the annual dinner of the ECB's Bond Market Contact Group

N/A UK 40Y E4.000 bln

N/A France EUR 30yr benchmark syndicated OAT, 144A/RegS via BNPP/Citi/HSBC/JPM/SG

N/A Slovenia EUR tap of 1.75% 3 Nov 2040 and 1.25% Mar 2027s. Barc/BNPP/DB/GS/JPM

FX Beat

DXY: The dollar eased across the board on news that the U.S. President Trump reportedly disclosed classified information to Russian officials. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.1 percent down at 98.77, having hit a low of 98.76 earlier, it’s lowest since May 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at -110.08 (Highly Bearish) by 0400 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro rose, extending gains for the third consecutive session as the dollar hovered near a one-week low against a basket of major currencies after a surprisingly soft U.S. manufacturing report. The European currency traded 0.1 percent up at 1.0987, having touched a high of 1.0989 earlier, its highest since May. 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 87.71 (Slightly Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on Eurozone's trade balance, preliminary gross domestic product and ZEW Survey- Economic Sentiment, ahead of U.S. housing starts, building permits, capacity utilization and industrial production for fresh incentives on the major. Immediate resistance is located at 1.100, a break above targets 1.1020. On the downside, support is seen at 1.0922 (10-DMA), a break below could drag it near 1.0900.

USD/JPY: The dollar declined after rebounding from a 1-week low in the previous session as headlines hit the wires that the U.S. President Trump reportedly disclosed classified information to Russian officials. Moreover, series of downbeat U.S. macro data also weighed on the greenback amid a drop in the treasury yields. The pair traded 0.2 percent down at 113.50, having touched a low of 113.12 on Monday, its lowest since May 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at -68.96 (Bearish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, ahead of U.S. housing starts, building permits, capacity utilization and industrial production figures. Immediate resistance is located at 113.85 (5-DMA), a break above targets 114.00. On the downside, support is seen at 113.23 (10-DMA), a break below could take it near 112.40 (May 8 Low).

GBP/USD: Sterling steadied above the 1.2900 handle ahead of UK Consumer Price Index, retail price index and producer price index. Moreover, broad-based weakness in the greenback also supported the major. Sterling trades 0.1 percent up at 1.2906, having hit a low of 1.2849 last week, its lowest since May 4. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -34.38 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on series of UK economic data, ahead of the U.S. fundamental drivers. Immediate resistance is located at 1.2940 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 1.2987 (May 10 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.2844 (May 12 Low), a break below targets 1.2800. Against the euro, the pound traded flat at 85.12 pence, having hit a fresh low of 85.13 earlier in the session.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar edged down, halting a 4-day rally after minutes of the central bank's policy meeting reiterated views that interest rates will remain at record lows for near-term. Moreover, a renewed bout of risk aversion undermined the bid tone around the major. The Aussie trades down at 0.7411, having hit a high of 0.7445 on Monday, it’s strongest since May. 3. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at 44.97 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors will continue to digest RBA's latest policy meeting minutes, ahead of the U.S economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7404 (10-DMA), a break below targets 0.7376 (5-DMA). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7445 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 0.7467 (21-DMA).

NZD/USD:
The New Zealand dollar rose, extending gains for the third consecutive session as crude oil price continued to rise following Saudi Arabia and Russia’s commitment to extend production cuts. Moreover, weakness in the greenback following downbeat U.S. economic data continued to underpin the demand for the major. The Kiwi trades 0.1 percent up at 0.6886, having rebounded from a low of 0.6817 hit on Thursday, its weakest since Jun. 03. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at -77.74 (Slightly Bearish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, ahead of the U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.6918 (23.6% retracement of 0.6950 and 0.6817), a break above could take it near 0.6950. On the downside, support is seen at 0.6849 (Previous Session Low), a break below could drag it till 0.6800.


Equities Recap

Asian stocks eased after rising to a fresh two-year high following an overnight rise on Wall Street, while the greenback tumbled to a one-week low on weak US manufacturing activity and geopolitical tensions.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down 0.1 percent after hitting its highest level since June 2015.

Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.1 percent to 19,900.18 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.2 percent to 5,852.20 points and South Korea's KOSPI jumped 0.06 percent at 2,291.95 points.

Shanghai composite index edged down 0.2 percent to 3,081.99 points, while CSI300 index was trading 0.02 percent higher at 3,400.11 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading 0.3 percent lower at 25,290.69 points. Taiwan shares shed 0.2 percent to 10,014.90 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices rose, extending previous session gains after a joint announcement by Saudi Arabia and Russia for an extension of supply cuts until the end of March 2018 boosted market sentiment. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.4 percent up at $51.96 per barrel by 0407 GMT, having hit a high of $52.58 the day before, its strongest since Apr. 21. U.S. West Texas Intermediate rallied 0.4 percent to $48.99 a barrel, after rising as high as $49.63 the prior session, its highest since Apr. 28.

Gold prices gained after rising to a 1-week high in the previous session as the dollar continued to ease after weak U.S. manufacturing data dented expectations of an aggressive string of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,233.20 per ounce at 0412 GMT, having touched its highest since May 4 at 1,237.20 on Monday. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1 percent at $1,230.90 an ounce.


Treasuries Recap

The 10-year U.S treasury yield stood at 2.332 percent lower by 0.005 bps, while 5-year yield was 0.006 bps down at 1.851 percent.

The Australian government bonds remained flat after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintained a cautious tone in its May monetary policy meeting minutes, released earlier today. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hovered around 2.59 percent, the yield on 15-year note remained flat at 2.99 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year also remained steady at 1.66 percent.

The New Zealand government bonds eased, sending yields 1.5 basis points higher along the curve.

The Canadian government bond prices were lower across the yield curve, with the 10-year falling 16 Canadian cents to yield 1.592 percent.







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Europe Roundup:
Sterling rises on better-than-expected inflation data,
euro hits six-month high as Trump turmoil hits dollar, crude oil rises on supply curb expectations – Tuesday, May 16th, 2017



Market Roundup

EUR/USD +0.65%, USD/JPY -0.22%, GBP/USD -0.06%, EUR/GBP +0.76%

DXY -0.36%, DAX -0.09%, FTSE +0.54%, Gold +0.35%, Copper -0.57%

Euro hits six-month high, its highest level since Nov 9, 2016, in Europe at 1.1049

Kuroda says “quite sure” BOJ can smoothly withdraw stimulus

Japan PM: will continue to deploy fiscal monetary/structural steps for econ revival

Oil rises on expectations of extended supply curbs; Brent +0.41%

Eurozone expands trade surplus despite protectionist calls

Eurozone Mar Eurostat Trade NSA 30.9b vs the previous 17.8b

Eurozone Q1 GDP Flash estimate QQ 0.5% vs previous 0.5%

Eurozone Q1 GDP Flash estimate YY 1.7% vs previous 1.7%

German investor morale rises as economy “in good shape”

Germany May ZEW Economic sentiment 20.6 vs previous 19.5

Germany May ZEW Current conditions 83.9 vs previous 80.1

UK inflation jumps more than expected in April to hit highest since 2013

Great Britain Apr Core CPI yy +2.4% vs previous 1.8%

Great Britain Apr CPI yy +2.7% vs previous 2.3%

Great Britain Apr RPI yy +3.5% vs previous 3.1%

Great Britain Apr PPI Core output yy NSA +2.8% vs previous 2.5%

Norway Q1 mainland GDP 0.6% vs revised 0.4% previous, 0.5% expected

Riksbank proposes switch to CPIF and +/- 1.0% around 2.0% inflation target


Economic Data Ahead

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to report that housing starts increased to 1.26 million units in April from 1.22 million units in March.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The U.S. building permits are likely to have increased to a 1.27 million-unit pace in April from a 1.26 million-unit pace in the prior month.

(0915 ET/1315 GMT) The Federal Reserve is likely to report that industrial production rose 0.3 percent in April after increasing 0.5 in the month before. Manufacturing output is expected to rise 0.3 percent after decreasing 0.4 percent in March.

(0915 ET/1315 GMT) The Federal Reserve Board is expected to report that capacity utilization edged up to 76.3 percent in April from 76.1 percent in March.

(1630 ET/2030 GMT) API reports its weekly crude oil stock.

(1845 ET/2245 GMT) The Statistics New Zealand will report its producer price index input and output data for the first quarter. PPI input and output rose 0.1 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively in the previous quarter.

(1950 ET/2350 GMT) Japan's machinery orders are likely to have increased 2.1 percent for the month of March after posting a rise of 1.5 percent in February.


Key Events Ahead

(1430 ET/1830 GMT) FedTrade Operation 30-year Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac (max $1.625 bn)


FX Beat

DXY: The dollar tumbled versus its major peers on the back of political turbulence and doubts over Federal Reserve interest rate hikes. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.4 percent down at 98.48, having hit a low of 98.46 earlier, it’s lowest since Nov. 10. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at -47.19 (Neutral) by 1000 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro rallied to a 6-week high above the 1.1000 handle as political turmoil in the U.S. and doubts over Fed interest rate hikes pressured the dollar. Moreover, better-than-expected Eurozone trade balance data, and in line preliminary gross domestic product figures underpinned the bid tone around the major. The European currency traded 0.6 percent up at 1.1046, having touched a high of 1.1049 earlier, its highest since May. 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 112.02 (Highly Bullish) by 1000 GMT. Any break above 1.10200 high will confirm the decline from 1.1616 till 1.0340 will come to an end, a jump till 1.1080 zone /1.11345 (61.8% retracement of 1.1630 and 1.03400) is likely. The near term intraday support stands at 1.0950 and any violation below will confirm minor weakness, a decline till 1.0900/1.08500 is possible.

USD/JPY: The dollar trimmed some of its early losses, however, it continued to trade lower amid persistent greenback selling pressure. Meanwhile, the market seems to have largely ignored Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda comments, as attention remained on geopolitical developments in the U.S. and North Korea. The pair traded 0.1 percent down at 113.62, having touched a low of 113.12 on Monday, its lowest since May 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 17.93 (Neutral) by 1000 GMT. The pair is facing support at 113.15 (daily Tenken-Sen) and any break below will drag it down till 112.29 (21 DMA)/ 111.77 (100- EMA)/110.50 (61.8% retracement of 108.13 and 114.36). On the higher side, any break above 114.35 will take it to next level till 115.50 likely.

GBP/USD: Sterling rose to a near 1-week high after data showed inflation rose more than expected in April to its highest level since September 2013. Consumer prices increased at an annualized rate of 2.7 percent, beating expectation for a 2.6 percent rise, underlining a growing squeeze on households ahead of the June 8 national election. Sterling trades flat at 1.2895, having hit a high of 1.2957 earlier, its highest since May 10. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -145.21 (Highly Bearish) by 1000 GMT. The major support is around 1.2830 low and any break below will drag the pair down till 1.27800 (23.6% retracement of 1.2108 and 1.2987)/1.2720 (200- 4H MA). On the higher side, major resistance is around 1.3000 and any break above will take it till 1.3050/1.3088 in the short term. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.7 percent down at 85.73 pence, having hit an over 5-week low of 85.77 earlier in the session.

USD/CHF: The Swiss franc rallied to an over 1-week high as renewed geopolitical tensions in the U.S. and North Korea boosted the demand for safe-haven assets. The major slumped 0.6 percent to 0.9900, having hit a fresh low of 0.9897 earlier, its weakest since May 8. FxWirePro's Hourly Swiss Franc Strength Index stood at 23.83 (Neutral) by 1000 GMT. The jump from 0.9549 to 1.0340 will come to an end if it breaks below 0.98120 low formed on Mar 27. Any break below will drag the pair down till 0.9640. On the higher side, 0.9960 will be acting as major intraday resistance and any break above will take it till 1.000/1.0030/1.0070.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar declined after rising for four consecutive sessions as minutes of the central bank's policy meeting reiterated views that interest rates will remain at record lows for near-term. The Aussie trades 0.1 percent down at 0.7401, having hit a high of 0.7445 on Monday, it’s strongest since May. 3. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at 94.45 (Slightly Bearish) by 1000 GMT. On the lower side, near term support is around 0.7300 and any close below will drag the pair till 0.7200/0.71599. The near term resistance is around 0.7456 (21 EMA) and any break above targets 0.7530 (100 day MA).


Equities Recap

European shares declined in early deals as disappointing earnings updates weighed on banks and pharma stocks, while the euro hit a six-month peak on Eurozone’s upbeat trade data and a weaker dollar.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.3 percent to 394.90 points, while the FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 0.2 percent to 1,553.70 points.

Britain's FTSE 100 trades 0.5 percent up at 7,495.13 points, while mid-cap FTSE 250 rose 0.1 percent to 19,773.01 points.

Germany's DAX shed 0.1 percent at 12,789.08 points; France's CAC 40 trades 0.3 percent lower at 5,398.01 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices extended gains for the fifth straight session after top producers Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait supported prolonging supply cuts until the end of March 2018 in order to reduce a global glut. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.3 percent up at $51.93 per barrel by 0955 GMT, having hit a high of $52.58 the day before, its strongest since Apr. 21. U.S. West Texas Intermediate rallied 0.3 percent to $48.97 a barrel, after rising as high as $49.63 the prior session, its highest since Apr. 28.

Gold prices rose for a fourth day as the dollar declined on signs of slower economic activity in the United States that reduced expectations of an aggressive string of interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,234.64 per ounce at 1000 GMT, having touched its highest since May 4 at 1,237.20 on Monday. U.S. gold futures gained 0.4 percent to $1,234.90 an ounce.


Treasuries Recap

The U.S. Treasuries traded slightly lower as investors remained sidelined in the absence of major trading activity amid a mild session that witnessed data of little economic significance. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury rose nearly 1 basis point to 2.34 percent, the super-long 30-year bond yields also gained almost 1 basis point to 3.01 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year note traded flat at 1.30 percent.

The UK gilts declined after reading the country’s higher-than-expected consumer price inflation (CPI), for the month of April. Further, the release of retail sales, due on May 18, will provide further direction to the debt market. The yield on the benchmark 10-year gilts, jumped 1-1/2 basis points to 1.15 percent, the super-long 30-year bond yields rose 1/2 basis point to 1.80 percent while the yield on the short-term 2-year traded 1-1/2 basis points higher at 0.14 percent.

The German bunds continued to fall after Eurozone’s first quarter gross domestic product (GDP), released today, matched consensus estimates. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond, climbed 1-1/2 basis points to 0.44 percent, the long-term 30-year bond yields also jumped 1-1/2 basis points to 1.26 percent and the yield on the short-term 1-year bond traded 1 basis point higher at -0.66 percent.

The New Zealand bonds closed on the upside tracking firmness in the United States counterparts as investors wait to watch the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) price auction, scheduled to be held later today for further direction in the debt market. At the time of closing, the yield on the benchmark 10-year bond, slumped 6-1/2 basis points to 2.99 percent, the yield on 7-year note also plunged 6-1/2 basis points to 2.65 percent and the yield on the short-term 2-year note too traded 6 basis points lower at 1.98 percent.

The Australian government bonds remained flat after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintained a cautious tone in its May monetary policy meeting minutes, released earlier today. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, hovered around 2.59 percent, the yield on 15-year note remained flat at 2.99 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year also remained steady at 1.66 percent.






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Asia Roundup:
Aussie eases despite upbeat economic data,
dollar tumbles on U.S. political turmoil, Asian shares decline – Wednesday, May 17th, 2017



Market Roundup

Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn -source

Japan's Mar core machinery orders +1.4% m/m vs forecast +2.1%, last 1.5%

Machinery orders -0.7% y/y vs forecast +0.6%, last 5.6%

BOJ's Kuroda: Told Abe will continue ultra-easy policy

BOJ's Kuroda expected to serve another term as governor -poll

S&P affirms Australia's AAA rating, retains negative outlook

Australia May consumer confidence m/m -1.1% vs last -0.7%

Australia Q1 wage price index up 0.5%, last 0.5%

Australia annual wage growth stood unchanged at 1.9%

Australia annual pay hike in private sector 1.8 pct; 2.4 pct in public

China fixes yuan midpoint at 6.8635/dollar, strongest level in 3-mths

China deleveraging to continue as goals not yet achieved – state paper

Hong Kong, China regulators approve “Bond Connect” scheme

US finds Japanese, Turkish rebar exports dumped

World’s rich confident they can scale wall of global risk – Reuter’s survey

S. Korea says it wants to reopen communications with North amid missile crisis


Economic Data Ahead

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Mar ILO Unemployment Rate, +4.7% forecast; last +4.7%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Mar Avg Earnings (Ex-Bonus), +2.2% forecast; last +2.2%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Mar Avg Wk Earnings 3M y/y, +2.4% forecast; last +2.3%

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain Apr Claimant Count Unemp Chng, 7.5k forecast; last 25.5k

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone Apr Inflation Final, +0.4% m/m, +1.9% y/y forecast; last +0.8%, +1.9%

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone Apr Inflation Ex Food & Energy, +1.2% y/y, +0.5% m/m forecast; last +0.8%, 1.2%


Key Events Ahead

N/A ECB governing council non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt

(0530 ET/0930 GMT) Germany 30Y 1.000 bln auction

(0730 ET/1130 GMT) Riksbank's Martin Floden will discuss current monetary policy

(1400 ET/1800 GMT) BoE's John Haldane speaks at Finance Foundation's annual lecture


FX Beat

DXY: The dollar eased across the board in the wake of the political uncertainty surrounding the US President Trump. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.2 percent down at 97.98, having hit a low of 97.91 earlier, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at -65.21 (Bearish) by 0500 GMT.

EUR/USD:
The euro rose above the 1.1100 handle to hit a fresh 6-month high as the greenback eased on heightened turmoil in Washington and downbeat housing data that reduced expectations of a June Federal Reserve rate hike. Moreover, increasing odds of Chancellor Merkel winning the German elections later this year and Macron’s victory in the French Presidential election continued to extend support to the major. The European currency traded 0.2 percent up at 1.1110, having touched a high of 1.1116 earlier, its highest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 63.48 (Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on Eurozone's consumer price index and core CPI data, amid a lack of relevant economic data from the U.S. docket. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1150, a break above targets 1.1200. On the downside, support is seen at 1.1056 (78.6% retracement of 1.0839 and 1.1116 ), a break below could drag it near 1.1010 (61.8% retrace).

USD/JPY:
The dollar tumbled to a near 2-week low amid renewed political uncertainty surrounding the U.S. President Trump over his disclosure of classified information to Russia and Comey memo. Moreover, downbeat economic data dampened expectations of June Fed rate hike. The pair traded 0.5 percent down at 112.49, having touched a low of 112.36 earlier, its lowest since May 5. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 56.61 (Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, as the U.S. economic calendar remains absolutely data empty. Immediate resistance is located at 112.83 (23.6% retracement of 114.36 and 112.36), a break above targets 113.00. On the downside, support is seen at 112.00 (May 5- Low), a break below could take it near 111.78 (May 2 Low).

GBP/USD:
Sterling rose, extending gains for the third consecutive session, amid persisting broad-based U.S. dollar weakness. Meanwhile, investors expect an increase in the hourly earnings data due to be reported alongside the employment report later in the day. Sterling trades 0.1 percent up at 1.2930, having hit a high of 1.2957 the prior session, its strongest since May 10. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -0.60 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on UK employment report, amid a lack of U.S economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 1.2957 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 1.2987 (May 10 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.2880 (May 15 Low), a break below targets 1.2850. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.1 percent down at 85.86 pence, having hit a fresh 1-1/2 month low of 86.01 earlier in the session.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar declined, halting its 5-day rally as the global political uncertainty overshadowed the uptick in the wage price inflation and the strong Yuan fix by the PBoC. The economy's wage price inflation rose 0.5 percent in the first quarter, while on an annualized basis it came in at 1.9 percent, both in line with estimates. The Aussie trades 0.1 percent down at 0.7415, having hit a high of 0.7445 on Monday, it’s strongest since May. 3. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at 53.15 (Bullish) by 0500 GMT. Investors will continue to track political developments, in absence of relevant U.S economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7393 (10-DMA), a break below targets 0.7368 (May 12 Low). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7445 (May 15 High), a break above could take it near 0.7459 (21-DMA).

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar continued to gain against its U.S. counterpart as persistent bearish sentiment surrounding the greenback underpinned the bid tone around the major. The Kiwi trades 0.2 percent up at 0.6896, having retreated from a low of 0.6817 touched on Thursday, its weakest since Jun. 03. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at 48.74 (Neutral) by 0500 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment. Immediate resistance is located at 0.6918 (23.6% retracement of 0.6950 and 0.6817), a break above could take it near 0.6950. On the downside, support is seen at 0.6849 (Previous Session Low), a break below could drag it till 0.6800.


Equities Recap

Asian stocks declined, while the greenback tumbled to a 6-month low against a basket of currencies on reports that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into his former national security advisor.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slumped 0.5 percent.

Tokyo's Nikkei fell 0.5 percent to 19,811.25 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index declined 1.1 percent to 5,785.40 points and South Korea's KOSPI eased 0.1 percent to 2,291.77 points.

Shanghai composite index
edged down 0.1 percent to 3,108.95 points, while CSI300 index was trading 0.3 percent lower at 3,418.61 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading 0.1 percent lower at 25,315.34 points. Taiwan shares shed 0.2 percent to 10,013.67 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices declined, extending previous session losses after data showed an increase in U.S. crude inventories, fuelling concerns that markets will remain oversupplied despite efforts by Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend output cuts. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.06 percent down at $51.19 per barrel by 0420 GMT, having hit a high of $52.58 on Monday, its strongest since Apr. 21. U.S. West Texas Intermediate fell 0.1 percent to $48.16 a barrel, after rising as high as $49.63 on Monday, its highest since Apr. 28.

Gold prices rallied to a two-week high as equity markets slipped and the dollar declined after downbeat U.S. housing data and reports that U.S. President Donald Trump sought an end to an FBI probe into his former security adviser. Spot gold advanced 0.6 percent to $1,243.12 per ounce by 0423 GMT, after touching its stronges


Treasuries Recap

The 10-year U.S treasury yield stood at 2.295 percent lower by 0.031 bps, while 5-year yield was 0.035 bps down at 1.815 percent.

The Australian government 10-year bond yields slumped, tracking strength in U.S. Treasuries. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slumped nearly 5 basis points to 2.54 percent, the yield on 15-year note remained flat at 2.99 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year also remained steady at 1.66 percent.

The New Zealand bonds gained at the time of closing despite witnessing a rise in dairy prices at the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) price auction. At the time of closing, the yield on the benchmark 10-year bond slumped 2-1/2 basis points to 2.93 percent, the yield on 7-year note also plunged 2-1/2 basis points to 2.60 percent and the yield on the short-term 2-year note too traded 1 basis point lower at 1.94 percent.

The Canadian government bond prices rose across much of a flatter yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The 10-year rose 21 Canadian cents to yield 1.571 percent, while the gap between the 2-year and 10-year yields narrowed 2.8 basis points to a spread of 87 basis points as longer-dated maturities outperformed.






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Asia Roundup:
Pound slips after a suspected terrorist attack at Manchester,
gold stabilizes above $1,260 mark, Asian markets mixed – Tuesday, May 23th, 2017



Market Roundup

At least 19 killed in suspected attack at Ariana Grande concert in British arena.

Britain suspends election campaign after suspected attack.
British PM May to hold security meeting at 0800 GMT.

Japan Fin Min Aso – Important for Japan to deliver free trade message at G7.

Japan May flash manufacturing PMI 52.0, 6-month low, April final 52.7, export orders off.

Japan March wages revised up to unchanged y/y from -0.4% (first drop in 10-mos).

Trump budget plan slashes food stamps, healthcare for poor.
Trump budget calls for Wall Street regulators to face restructuring.

China's April imports from North Korea sink below $100 mln as coal ban bites.

China urges North Korea not to violate U.N. resolutions.

Merkel's CDU on 39 pct, 14 pct points ahead of the SPD.


Economic Data Ahead

(0330 ET/0730 GMT) Germany May Markit manufacturing Flash PMI, 58.0 eyed; last 58.2.

(0330 ET/0730 GMT) Germany May Markit Service Flash PMI, 55.5 eyed; last 55.4.

(0330 ET/0730 GMT) Germany May Markit Composite Flash PMI, 56.6 eyed; last 56.7.

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Germany May Ifo Expectations, 105.4 eyed; last 105.2.

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Germany May Ifo Current Conditions, 121.2 eyed; last 121.1.
(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Germany May Ifo Business Climate, 113.1 eyed; last 112.9.

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Euro zone May Markit Services Flash PMI, 56.4 eyed; last 56.4.

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Euro zone May Markit manufacturing Flash PMI, 56.5 eyed; last 56.7.

(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Euro Zone May Markit Composite Flash PMI, 56.6 eyed; last 56.8.

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) UK April PSNB m/m (GBP), 8.15 bln eyed; last 4.37 bln.

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) UK April PSNB Ex Banks (GBP), 8.90 bln eyed; last 5.09 bln.


Key Events Ahead

N/A Eurogroup Finance Ministers' meeting in Brussels (Final Day).

N/A Norges Bank gov Olsen speaks at a conference.

N/A Conference “DIW Women's Finance Summit 2017” at the DIW Berlin.

(0630 ET/1030 GMT) Germany 2Y 5.000 bln auction.
(0630 ET/1030 GMT) UK 19Y 0.850 bln auction.

(1030 ET/1430 GMT) Britain’s Hammond, Germany’s Schaeuble, Spain’s Guindos participate in panel discussion.

(1100 ET/1500 GMT) ECB's Benoit Coeure participates in a discussion .

(1330 ET/1730 GMT) RBA DepGov Guy Debelle speaks at the BIS Symposium.


FX Recap

USD:
The dollar index lost 0.1 percent to 96.882.

EUR/USD: The euro was 0.1 percent higher at $1.1247 after touching $1.1264 overnight; it’s highest since November 9. The euro hovered near a six-month high against the dollar on Tuesday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the currency was “too weak”. Merkel said on Monday that the common currency is weak due to the European Central Bank's monetary policy, pointing out that this helped explain Germany's relatively high trade surplus. Pair made intraday high at 1.1254 and low at 1.1230 marks. Immediate support was seen 1.1161 and resistance was seen at 1.1263 marks.

USD/JPY: The Japanese yen trades marginally higher against U.S. dollar and was trading around 111.03 marks. The safe-haven yen advanced against major peers like the dollar and euro but its gains were modest. Pair made intraday high at 111.34 and low at 110.85 levels. A sustained close above 111.46 is required to take the parity higher towards 113.12, 115.37 and 117.42 marks. Alternatively, a daily close below 111.30 will drag the parity down towards 110.87/108.13 levels.

GBP/USD: The pound slipped against the yen after a suspected terrorist attack at a concert in Britain's city of Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. The pound slipped against the yen after a suspected terrorist attack at a concert in Britain's city of Manchester. Sterling was down 0.2 percent at 144.36 yen after weakening to as much as 144.06. It was little changed against the dollar at $1.2992 and a touch lower at 86.60 pence per euro. The pound had come under pressure overnight after opinion polls showed that Prime Minister Theresa May's lead had been halved going into an vote that she had been expected to win easily.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar rose to a three-week peak of 75 U.S. cents. Pair made intraday high at 0.7508 and low at 0.7466 marks. Short term bias remains bullish till the time pair holds key support at 0.7428 marks. On the top side key resistance was seen at 0.7556 marks.

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar nudged up 0.2 percent to a one-month high of $0.7010. Intraday bias remains bullish for the moment. Key support was seen at 0.6913 mark while resistance was seen at 0.7039 marks.






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Asia Roundup:
Antipodeans ease after Moody's downgrade China's rating,
rise in U.S. Treasury yields boosts dollar, investors eye ECB Draghi's speech – Wednesday, May 24th, 2017



Market Roundup

Moody's cuts China's rating to A1 from AA3; outlook stable from negative

Moody's: No timetable for re-assessment of rating after downgrade

China finmin: Downgrade overestimates difficulties, underestimates ability to reform

China finmin: Expects economy to maintain stable, relatively fast growth

Ex-FOMC Chair Bernanke: BoJ correct in pursuing 2% CPI target, policy correct

Reuters Tankan May mfg index +24, non-mfg +30, April +26/+28, Aug +24/+22 eyed

BoJ Gov Kuroda: Natural rate of interest uncertainty clouding policy outlook

U.S. rate hike in June 'a distinct possibility' – Fed's Harker

Fed could intervene in bond run-off as needed – Harker


Economic Data Ahead

(0200 ET/0600 GMT) Germany Jun GfK Consumer Sentiment, 10.2 eyed; last 10.2

(0200 ET/0600 GMT) Norway Mar Labour Force Survey, 4.3% eyed; last 4.3%

(0315 ET/0715 GMT) Switzerland Q1 Industrial Orders y/y, last -3.3%

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Italy Apr Flash Trade Balance Non-EU, last 4.14 bln


Key Events Ahead

(0330 ET/0730 GMT) Riksbank to publish Financial Stability Report

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Riksbank will hold a press conference on financial stability

(0945 ET/1345 GMT) ECB's Mario Draghi speaks at First Conference on Financial Stability

(1700 ET/2100 GMT) ECB to publish Financial Stability Report

(0630 ET/1030 GMT) Germany 10Y 3.000 bln auction


FX Recap

DXY: The dollar rebounded across the board following a rise in U.S. Treasury yields. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.1 percent up at 97.41, retreating from a low of 96.80 hit on Monday, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at 117.70 (Highly Bullish) by 0400 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro steadied after rising to a 6-1/2 month high in the previous session as investors awaited European Central Bank President Draghi’s speech for next direction. The European currency traded flat 1.1181, having touched a high of 1.1267 on Tuesday, its highest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 6.49 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on ECB Draghi's speech, ahead of the U.S. housing price index, existing home sales and FOMC officials’ speech. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1267 (Previous Session High), a break above targets 1.1300. On the downside, support is seen at 1.1105 (61.8% retracement of 1.0839 and 1.1267), a break below could drag it near 1.1055 (50.0% retrace)/1.1000.

USD/JPY: The dollar rose to a fresh 1-week high as the greenback rebounded from 6-1/2-month lows against its major peers strengthened by a rise in U.S. Treasury yields. The major traded 0.1 percent up at 111.89, having touched a high of 111.99 earlier, its highest since May 17. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at -109.60 (Highly Bearish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track sentiment around the U.S. Treasuries, ahead of the U.S. housing price index, existing home sales and FOMC officials’ speech. Immediate resistance is located at 112.32 (21-DMA), a break above targets 113.00. On the downside, support is seen at 111.61 (78.6% retracement of 110.23 and 111.99), a break below could take it near 111.32 (61.8% retrace).

GBP/USD: Sterling edged up after easing in the previous session, as the traders reacted to the UK PM May’s comments on the terror attack. Moreover, the upside was limited as a renewed risk-aversion wave gripped the market sentiment, after Moody’s cut China credit ratings, with outlook to stable from negative. Sterling trades 0.1 percent up at 1.2974, having hit a high of 1.3047 last week, its strongest since Sept. 29. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -18.34 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on U.S fundamental drivers, amid a lack of data from the UK docket. Immediate resistance is located at 1.3047 (May 18 High), a break above could take it over 1.3050. On the downside, support is seen at 1.2925 (21-DMA), a break below targets 1.2900. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.1 percent up at 86.15 pence, having hit a 1-1/2 month low of 86.74 the day before.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar declined on news that rating agency Moody’s downgraded China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative. On Tuesday, the major rose to a 3-week high as the crude oil prices rallied to multi-week highs on increasing OPEC-led production cut expectations. The Aussie trades 0.4 percent down at 0.7443, having hit a high of 0.7517 the day before, it’s strongest since May. 3. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at -152.01 (Highly Bearish) by 0400 GMT. Investors will continue to digest China's rating news, ahead of the U.S economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7444 (61.8% retracement of 0.7328 and 0.7517), a break below targets 0.7422 (50.0% retrace). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7517 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 0.7550.

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar eased, retreating from a 4-week high touched in the previous session following a downgrade in China's sovereign ratings. However, the downside was limited as New Zealand posted a trade surplus of NZ$578 million ($405 million) in April, the largest monthly figure since 2015 boosted by dairy, wood and wine exports. The Kiwi trades 0.2 percent down at 0.6993, hovering away from a high of 0.7046 touched on Tuesday, its strongest since Apr. 24. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at 37.96 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.7046 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 0.7052 (Apr 19 High). On the downside, support is seen at 0.6958 (61.8% retracements of 0.6817 and 0.7046), a break below could drag it till 0.6931 (50.0% retrace).


Equities Recap

Asian stocks tumbled despite modest gains on Wall Street overnight, as investors’ appetite for risky assets weakened after Moody cut its sovereign credit rating on China.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan declined 0.2 percent.

Tokyo's Nikkei rose 0.5 percent to 19,708.51 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.1 percent to 5,764.20 points and South Korea's KOSPI added 0.1 percent to 2,314.86 points.

Shanghai composite index fell 0.5 percent to 3,046.55 points, while CSI300 index was trading 0.5 percent down at 3,405.58 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading 0.1 percent lower at 25,380.54 points. Taiwan shares added 0.4 percent to 10,045.37 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices rose, having touched a high a 1-month high in the previous session, supported by increasing expectations that an OPEC-led production cut aimed at tightening the market would be extended through the first quarter of next year. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.1 percent up at $54.21 per barrel by 0408 GMT, having hit a high of $54.39 the day before, its strongest since Apr. 19. U.S. West Texas Intermediate gained 0.1 percent to $51.51 a barrel, after rising as high as $51.76 on Tuesday, its highest since Apr. 19.

Gold prices steadied after declining in the previous session as the U.S. dollar rebounded from 6-1/2-month lows and investors shrugged off heightened political risk. Spot gold was about 0.1 percent higher at $1,252.10 an ounce by 0412 GMT, having touched a near 3-week high on Thursday. U.S. gold futures settled 0.5 percent lower at $1,255.50 an ounce.




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Asia Roundup:
Aussie hits a 1-1/2 week low despite upbeat economic data, dollar steadies against sterling,
euro amid political uncertainties, Asian shares ease amid holiday-thinned trading – Tuesday, May 30th, 2017



Market Roundup

UK’s May, Corbyn set out opposing EU 'no deal' stances

PM May's Conservatives lead drop 6 pct, 43 pct vs Labour 37 pct -poll

Japan urges China to play bigger role in restraining N. Korea

N. Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

Draghi says ECB stimulus still needed despite better growth

Greece calls for debt relief deal in June, says lenders have no excuses

Japan Apr retail sales +3.2% y/y, +2.3% eyed, Mar +2.1%, lge retailers +1.1%

Japan Apr household spend +0.5% m/m, -1.4% y/y, +1.1%, -0.7% eyed, weak

Japan Apr unemployment 2.8%, jobs-applicants ratio 1.48, 2.8%, 1.46 eyed

Jobs availability best since 1974, retail sales good on China/Asia buys

Japan Apr crude imports +10.8% y/y, LNG +3.0%, thermal coal +8.7%

Australia Apr build approvals m/m, +4.4% vs forecast +3.0%; last -10.3%

Australia Apr private house approvals, +0.5%; last -4.3%

Australia unlikely to extend bond maturities beyond 30-year

New Zealand building consents m/m, -7.6%, last -1.8%


Economic Data Ahead

(0245 ET/0645 GMT) France Q1 GDP Detailed q/q, +0.3% eyed' last +0.3%

(0245 ET/0645 GMT) France Apr Consumer Spending m/m, +0.7% eyed; last -0.4%

(0245 ET/0645 GMT) France May Consumer Confidence, 101 eyed; last 100

(0300 ET/0700 GMT) Spain May HICP Flash y/y, +2.0% eyed; last +2.6%

(0400 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone May Consumer Confid. Final, -3.3 eyed; last -3.3

(0400 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone May Industrial Sentiment, +3.2 eyed; last +2.6

(0400 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone May Business Climate, +1.11 eyed; last +1.09

(0800 ET/1200 GMT) Germany May CPI Prelim, -0.1% m/m, +1.6% y/y eyed; last 0.0%, +2.0%


Key Events Ahead

N/A Norges' Oystein Olsen speaks at a business seminar

(0600 ET/1000 GMT) Italy 7YF E1.750 bln auction

(0600 ET/1000 GMT) Italy 5Y E3.000 bln auction

(0600 ET/1000 GMT) Italy 10Y E2.750 bln auction

(0615 ET/1015 GMT) ECB's Liikanen speaks at the Austrian National Bank conference

(1200 ET/1600 GMT) Austrian National Bank's Nowotny speaks about Marshall plan


FX Recap

DXY: The dollar gained versus the euro and sterling, supported by rising political uncertainties in the UK and eurozone. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.1 percent up at 97.72, drifting away from a low of 96.80 hit last week, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at 45.99 (Neutral) by 0500 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro declined to an over 1-week low after German newspaper Bild stated that Greece threatened to opt out of next payment without bailout payment of EUR 7 billion if creditors cannot agree on debt relief. The European currency traded 0.3 percent down at 1.1129, having touched a low of 1.1220 earlier, its lowest since May 19. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at -117.55 (Highly Bearish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on Eurozone's economic sentiment indicator and consumer confidence data, ahead of the U.S. personal consumption expenditures, personal spending and income figures for further momentum on the major. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1190 (5-DMA), a break above targets 1.1234 (May 26 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.1103 (61.8% retracement of 1.0839 and 1.1267), a break below could drag it near 1.1041 (21-DMA).

USD/JPY: The dollar tumbled to a near 2-week low against the Japanese yen after data released earlier showed labor demand in Japan rose to its strongest in more than 40 years while the unemployment rate held steady at a two-decade low last month. Moreover, Greece threat to opt out of next payment without a debt deal if creditors cannot agree on debt relief triggered a risk-aversion wave which offered further support to the JPY bulls. The major traded 0.3 percent down at 110.89, having touched an early low of 110.77, its lowest since May 18. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 49.84 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, head of the U.S. personal consumption expenditures, personal spending and income figures. Immediate resistance is located at 111.55 (10-DMA), a break above targets 112.11 (May 24 High). On the downside, support is seen at 110.68 (23.6% retracement of 110.23 and 112.11), a break below could take it near 110.23 (May 18 Low).

GBP/USD: Sterling eased, reversing most of its previous session losses, as British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party dropped to 6 percentage points in a poll published on Tuesday. Sterling trades 0.2 percent down at 1.2812, having hit a low of 1.2775 on Friday, its weakest since Apr. 25. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -46.90 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track developments surrounding UK elections, ahead of the UK and U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 1.2832 (78.6% retracement of 1.3046 and 1.2774), a break above could take it over 1.2900. On the downside, support is seen at 1.2775 (May 26 Low), a break below targets 1.2750. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.1 percent up at 86.86 pence, having hit a fresh 2-1/2 month low of 87.50 on Friday.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar declined to a 1-1/2 week low as continued weakness in the price of iron ore undermined the bid tone around the major. Markets seem to have ignored the release of better-than-expected Australian building consents data, which rose 4.4 percent in April, beating expectations of 3.0 percent. The Aussie trades 0.1 percent down at 0.7425, having hit a low of 0.7416 earlier, it’s weakest since May. 19. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at -58.37 (Bearish) by 0500 GMT. Investors will continue to track sentiments around the commodity bloc, ahead of U.S. economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7400 (38.2% retracement of 0.7328 and 0.7516), a break below targets 0.7372 (23.6% retrace). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7463 (5-DMA), a break above could take it near 0.7500.

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar slumped from a two-month high touched in the prior session as investors braced for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's half-yearly report on financial stability on Wednesday. The central bank is likely to flag ongoing risks in the housing sector, however, provide an improved outlook for the dairy sector. The Kiwi trades 0.1 percent down at 0.7043, having touched a peak of 0.7088 the prior session, its strongest since Mar. 2. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at 74.07 (Bullish) by 0500 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track overall market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.7100, a break above could take it near 0.7150 (Mar. 2 High). On the downside, support is seen at 0.7029 (78.6% retracements of 0.6817 and 0.7088), a break below could drag it till 0.6984 (61.8% retrace).



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Euro Roundup:
Sterling extends gains as investors speculate PM May's victory,
euro hits 1-1/2 week low on weak economic data, European shares decline – Tuesday, May 30th, 2017



Market Roundup

EUR/USD -0.04%, USD/JPY -0.22%, GBP/USD +0.15%, AUD/USD +0.13%

DXY +0.03%, DAX -0.09%, FTSE -0.41%, Gold -0.22%

Eurozone May business climate falls to 0.90 (Rtrs poll 1.11) from 1.10 in April

Eurozone May economic sentiment falls to 109.2 from 109.7 in April (Rtrs poll 110.0)

Eurozone May industrial climate rises to 2.8 from 2.6 in April

Eurozone May services sentiment drops to 13.0 from 14.2

Eurozone May consumer sentiment at -3.3 vs -3.6 in April

Eurozone May consumer inflation expectations drop to 12.8 from 13.9 in April

Eurozone May producer price expectations stable at 8.2

UK PM May says prepared to leave EU without a Brexit deal

UK Conservatives on 43 pct, Labour on 37 pct – Survation poll

Centre-left UK coalition might be positive for pound – JP Morgan

France May consumer confidence at 102 (forecast 101) vs 100 in April, near 10-yr high

Negotiated wages in Germany rose by 2.8 percent on average in the first quarter

German inflation slows more than expected in May, state data suggest

Spain inflation in line with ECB target for 1st time since December

Greece denies report it may opt out of receiving more bailout money

ECB's main issue is how quickly stimulus can be reduced: Hansson

Spain's PM says sees growth of at least 2.7 pct y/y in 2017

Swedish Q1 growth slower than expected, central bank seen unmoved



Economic Data Ahead

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The U.S. Commerce Department releases personal income figures for April, which is expected to rise 0.4 percent, having gained 0.2 percent in the previous month.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The U.S. Commerce Department releases the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index for the month of April. The index fell 0.2 percent5 in March, while core PCE is likely to have increased 0.1 percent in April after falling 0.1 percent in the previous month.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The U.S. Personal spending is likely to rise 0.4 percent in the month of April, after staying unchanged in the previous month.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The Statistics Canada releases its Raw Material Price Index for the month of April. The index posted a decline of 1.6 percent in March.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The Statistics Canada will report its industrial producer prices for the month of April. The indicator rose 0.8 percent in the prior month.

(0830 ET/1230 GMT) The Statistics Canada is likely to report that current account deficit expanded to C$12.00 billion in the first quarter, compared with a deficit of C$10.73 billion in the previous quarter.

(0900 ET/1300 GMT) The S&P/Case-Shiller is expected to report that U.S. home price index of 20 metropolitan areas rose at an annualized rate of 5.7 percent in March after increasing 5.9 percent in February.

(1000 ET/1400 GMT) The Conference Board is likely to report that U.S. consumer confidence index was little changed at a reading of 119.9 in May.

(1030 ET/1430 GMT) The Dallas Fed releases its Manufacturing Business Index for the month of May. The index posted a rise of 16.8 percent in the previous month.

(1700 ET/2100 GMT) The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will release its Financial Stability Report.

(1700 ET/2100 GMT) Mexico reports fiscal balance for the month of April.

(1901 ET/2301 GMT) The GfK Group will release Britain's consumer confidence index for the month of May. The index is expected to decline to 8 after slumping to 7 in April.

(1901 ET/2301 GMT) The British Retail Consortium (BRC) will report its Shop Price Index for the month of May. The index posted an annualized decline of 0.5 percent in the previous month.

(1950 ET/2350 GMT) Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry will release preliminary Industrial Production for the month of April. The indicator posted a final reading of -1.9 percent in the prior month.



Key Events Ahead

(1300 ET/1700 GMT) Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the economy and monetary policy before the New York Association for Business Economics Luncheon Speaker Series in New York.

(1430 ET/1830 GMT) FedTrade operation 30-year Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac (max $1.45 bn)



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DXY: The dollar eased versus the Japanese yen as a new round of political worries over Greece, Italy and Britain strengthened safe-haven assets. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.2 percent down at 97.43, drifting towards a low of 96.80 hit last week, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at 36.57 (Neutral) by 0500 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro declined to a 1-1/2 week low earlier in the session after data showed Eurozone's economic sentiment indicator edged down to 109.2 in May, against estimates of 110.0. However, the major trimmed losses after the Greek government spokesman denied reports that Greece is considering rejecting the debt relief tranche offered by its creditors. The European currency traded 0.1 percent down at 1.1152, having touched a low of 1.1109 earlier, its lowest since May 19. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at -162.79 (Highly Bearish) by 1100 GMT. The pair is struggling to break above 1.12678 and any violation above will take it to next level till 1.1300 Nov high/1.13660. On the lower side, any break below 1.1100 (23.6% retracement of 1.105694 and 1.12678) will drag the pair down till 1.1050/1.1000.

USD/JPY: The dollar slumped to a near 2-week low against the Japanese yen, as a weaker opening in the European equity markets underpinned the traditional safe-haven assets. Moreover, strong labor demand in Japan and retail trade figures supported the bid tone around the yen. The major traded 0.2 percent down at 110.96, having touched an early low of 110.77, its lowest since May 18. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 139.16 (Highly Bullish) by 1100 GMT. The pair is facing support at 110 and any break below will drag the pair down till 108.13. On the higher side, close above 111.82 (89 EMA) will take it to next level till 113.40/114.36 likely.

GBP/USD:
Sterling rose, extending previous session's recovery mode as with investors shrugged off opinion polls showing British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the Labour opposition narrowing down, ahead of the general election. Sterling trades 0.2 percent up at 1.2864, retreating from a low of 1.2775 hit on Friday, its weakest since Apr. 25. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at -27.07 (Neutral) by 1100 GMT. On the higher side, minor resistance is around 1.2905 (5- day MA) and any break above will take the pair till 1.2950/1.3000. The major support is around 1.27750 (resistance turned into support) and any break below will drag it down till 1.2705/1.2600. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.3 percent up at 86.68 pence, rebounding from a 2-1/2 month low of 87.50 hit on Friday.

USD/CHF:
The Swiss franc recovered after falling to a 1-1/2 week low against the dollar as renewed selling seen in oil and stock prices, triggered a fresh bout of risk-off sentiment. The major trades flat at 0.9770, having hit a high of 0.9807 earlier, its highest since May 18. FxWirePro's Hourly Swiss Franc Strength Index stood at -112.01 (Highly Bearish) by 1100 GMT. The pair is facing strong support at 0.9690 and any further bearish continuation can be seen only if it closes below that trend line. The near-term major support is around 0.96788 and a break below targets 0.96170. On the higher side, near term resistance is around 0.9847 and any break above will take it till 0.9900/0.9956 (89- EMA).

AUD/USD:
The Australian dollar retreated after falling to an early 11-day low as data released overnight showed Australian Building Approvals rose sharper-than-expected in April. The Aussie trades 0.2 percent up at 0.7451, having hit a low of 0.7416 earlier, it’s weakest since May. 19. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at -43.81 (Neutral) by 1100 GMT. On the lower side, near term support is around 0.7385 (61.8% retracement of 0.71599 and 0.77493) and any close below will drag the pair till 0.7325/ 0.7300. The near term resistance is around 0.7520 (89- EMA) and any close above targets 0.7580/ 0.7650.



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Asia Roundup:
Aussie gains on upbeat economic data, dollar rebounds from 7-month low after disappointing jobs report,
Asian shares ease amid risk-off sentiment – Wednesday, May 17th, 2017



Market Roundup

“Enough is enough” PM May says after London attackers kill seven

Japan May svcs PMI 53, best since Aug ’15, Apr 52.2, comp 53.4 vs 52.6
China May Caixin svcs PMI, 52.8, last 51.5

China's new border trade zone may be less than it seems
IMF warns US fiscal uncertainty, China's credit growth pose risk to Asia
Australia Q1 bis inventories q/q, +1.2% vs f'cast 0.5%; last 0.0%

Australia Q1 gross cos profits q/q, +6.0%; last +20.1%

Australia May new vehicle sales, 102,901, +6.4% – VFACTS

Australia limping to the finish line for global growth record

Sovereign investors raise property holdings, wary of UK on Brexit

UK manufacturers see brighter outlook as world economy grows


Economic Data Ahead

(0315 ET/0715 GMT) Spain May Svcs PMI, 57.5 eyed; last 57.8

(0345 ET/0745 GMT) Italy May Markit/ADACI Svcs PMI, 55.4 eyed; last 56.2

(0350 ET/0750 GMT) France May Markit Comp PMI, 57.6 eyed; last 57.6

(0355 ET/0755 GMT) Germany May Markit Comp Final PMI, 57.3 eyed; last 57.3
(0400 ET/0800 GMT) Eurozone May Markit Comp Final PMI, 56.8 eyed; last 56.8

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Great Britain May Markit/CIPS Svcs PMI, 55.0 eyed; last 55.8


Key Events Ahead

No major economic events are schedulede


FX Beat

DXY: The dollar rebounded after slumping to multi-month lows versus its major peers on the back of downbeat U.S. jobs data. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.1 percent up at 96.81, having touched a low of 96.65 on Friday, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at -100.83 (Highly Bullish) by 0500 GMT.

EUR/USD:
The euro slightly eased after rising to a near 7-month high in the previous session on the back of disappointing U.S. NFP data-led massive dollar sell-off across the board. The European currency traded 0.1 percent down at 1.1269, having touched a high of 1.1285 on Friday, its highest since Nov 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at 25.65 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on Eurozone's Markit Services and Composite figures, ahead of the U.S. Nonfarm productivity and Markit services and factory orders data. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1283 (Previous Session High), a break above targets 1.1300. On the downside, support is seen at 1.1248 (78.6% retracement of 1.1109 and 1.1285), a break below could drag it near 1.1210 (10DMA).

USD/JPY: The dollar rebounded after falling to an early 3-week low, amid a recovery in risk sentiment, especially after the Chinese services PMI came in much stronger than expectations. The major traded 0.1 percent up at 110.67, having touched a low of 110.30 earlier, its lowest since May 18. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at -21.84 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, ahead of the U.S. Nonfarm productivity and Markit services and factory orders data. Immediate resistance is located at 110.97 (61.8% retracement of 112.12 and 110.30), a break above targets 111.23 (10-DMA). On the downside, support is seen at 110.23 (May 18 Low), a break below could take it near 110.10 (Mar 27 Low).

GBP/USD: Sterling slumped after the third terrorist attack in Britain ahead of Thursday's UK election killed at least seven people on Saturday. The major trades 0.1 percent down at 1.2868, hovering towards a low of 1.2769 hit on Wednesday, its weakest since Apr. 21. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at 14.33 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track developments surrounding UK elections, ahead of the UK Markit service PMI. Immediate resistance is located at 1.2904 (10-DMA), a break above could take it over 1.2946 (May 26 High). On the downside, support is seen at 1.2829 (June 1 Low), a break below targets 1.2800. Against the euro, the pound traded 0.1 percent down at 87.53 pence, having touched a near 3-month low of 87.67 earlier.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar rose to a 5 day peak after firmer-than-expected business inventories and other domestic data lessened the risk of a contraction in economic growth. The Aussie trades 0.2 percent up at 0.7456, having hit a low of 0.7371 on Friday, it’s weakest since May 12. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at -36.71 (Neutral) by 0500 GMT. Investors will continue to digest upbeat domestic data, ahead of U.S. economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7371 (Previous Session Low), a break below targets 0.7336 (May 11 Low). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7461 (38.2% retrace of 0.7517 and 0.7371), a break above could take it near 0.7482 (23.6% retrace).

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar edged down, but was still within reach of a three-month high touched on Friday amid quiet trading due to a local public holiday. The Kiwi trades 0.4 percent down at 0.7116, having touched a peak of 0.7146 on Friday, its strongest level since Mar. 2. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at 10.51 (Neutral) by 0500 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track overall market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.7146 (Previous Session High), a break above could take it near 0.7200. On the downside, support is seen at 0.7088 (5-DMA), a break below could drag it till 0.7067 (50.0% retracements of 0.7058 and 0.7146).








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Equities Recap

Asian shares edged down, while the dollar rebounded from a seven-month low touched after U.S. jobs growth in May missed expectations.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly lower.

Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.1 percent to 20,208.20 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.7 percent to 5,748.70 points and South Korea's KOSPI eased 0.01 percent to 2,371.71 points.

Shanghai composite index fell 0.6 percent to 3,086.06 points, while CSI300 index was trading 0.7 percent down at 3,462.95 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading 0.2 percent lower at 25,861.92 points. Taiwan shares added 0.7 percent to 10,226.84 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices rose more than 1 percent, rebounding from recent lows as tensions in the Middle East where crude exporter Saudi Arabia and other Arab states cut off ties with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and condensate shipper Qatar. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 1.2 percent up at $50.54 per barrel by 0416 GMT, having hit a low of $48.99 the prior session, its weakest since May 10. U.S. West Texas Intermediate traded 1.1 percent up at $48.28 a barrel, after falling as low as $46.77 on Friday, its lowest since May 10.

Gold prices rose to its highest in over six weeks earlier, as a disappointing U.S. jobs report appeared to weaken the prospects for an aggressive string of interest rate hikes in the United States. Spot gold gained 0.1 percent to $1,280.49 per ounce by 0420 GMT, having touched a peak of $1,281.90 an ounce, its strongest since April 24. U.S. gold futures for August delivery rose 0.3 percent to $1,283.4 an ounce.


Treasuries Recap

The 10-year U.S Treasury yield stood at 2.167 percent higher by 0.009 bps, while 5-year yield was 0.01 bps higher at 1.728 percent.

The Australian bonds started the week on a strong note, following expectations of a softer gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in the first quarter of this year. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slumped nearly 3 basis points to 2.39 percent, the yield on 15-year note plunged 3-1/2 basis points to 2.77 percent while the yield on short-term 2-year traded 1-1/2 basis points lower at 1.57 percent.





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Asia Roundup:
Aussie rallies as RBA stands pat, dollar index hits 7-month low amid escalating geo-political tensions,
gold rises over 6-week high – Tuesday, June 6th, 2017



Market Roundup

RBA holds rates at 1.5% as widely expected

Wage growth to remain slow, labour market indicators mixed -RBA

High level of China debt a medium term risk -RBA

Australia current a/c balance, -A$3.1 bln vs forecast A$0.0 bln

Japan Apr real wages flat y/y, total cash earnings +0.5%

PBOC pushes 498 bln yuan into the financial system via MLFs

China to expand futures trading for foreign investors -regulator

UK May BRC like-for-like retail sales -0.4% y/y, -0.5% eyed, Apr +5.6%

UK May Barclaycard cons spending +2.8% y/y, Apr +5.5%

UK REC reports fastest permanent hiring since Apr '15, temps since Mar '15

New Zealand Q1 SA wholesale sales +2.1%, actual wholesale sales +5.3%


Economic Data Ahead

(0430 ET/0830 GMT) Eurozone Jun Sentix Index, 27.5 eyed; last 27.4

(0500 ET/0900 GMT) Eurozone Apr Retail Sales, 2.3% y/y, 0.2% m/m eyed; last 2.3%, 0.3%


Key Events Ahead

N/A Bank of Spain's Linde speaks before the Senate Budget Comm

N/A ESM bond issue possible

(0600 ET/1000 GMT) Austria 6Y E0.660 bln auction

(0600 ET/1000 GMT) Austria 10Y E0.660 bln auction

(0630 ET/1030 GMT) Germany 9YI 0.500 bln auction

(0630 ET/1030 GMT) UK 5Y 2.500 bln auction


FX Recap

DXY:
The dollar declined across the board as caution began to mount ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before a Senate committee. The greenback against a basket of currencies traded 0.2 percent down at 96.58, having touched a low of 96.56 earlier, it’s lowest since Nov. 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Dollar Strength Index stood at -102.20 (Highly Bearish) by 0500 GMT.

EUR/USD: The euro pared overnight losses, edging back towards a seven-month high touched on Friday, as the greenback eased across the board on fading expectations of future interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. The European currency traded 0.1 percent up at 1.1267, having touched a high of 1.1285 on Friday, its highest since Nov 9. FxWirePro's Hourly Euro Strength Index stood at -44.45 (Neutral) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ attention will remain on Eurozone's Sentix investor confidence and retail sales, ahead of the U.S. JOLTS Job opening and Economic optimism index. Immediate resistance is located at 1.1285 (June 2 High), a break above targets 1.1300. On the downside, support is seen at 1.1248 (78.6% retracement of 1.1109 and 1.1285), a break below could drag it near 1.1212 (10 DMA).

USD/JPY: The dollar tumbled to a 6-week low below the 110.00 handle as caution mounted ahead of Britain's election, a European Central Bank meeting, and former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to a Senate committee later in the week. Moreover, better-than-expected Japan’s labor cash earnings, which rose to a four-month high boosted the bid tone around the Japanese yen. The major traded 0.5 percent down at 109.88, having touched a low of 109.73 earlier, its lowest since Apr. 25. FxWirePro's Hourly Yen Strength Index stood at 143.41 (Highly Bullish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track broad based market sentiment, ahead of the U.S. JOLTS Job opening and Economic optimism index. Immediate resistance is located at 110.23 (78.6% retracement of 112.12 and 109.73), a break above targets 110.77 (5-DMA). On the downside, support is seen at 109.59 (Apr. 25 Low), a break below could take it near 109.00.

GBP/USD: Sterling rose, extending gains for the third consecutive session, as an opinion poll gave Britain's ruling Conservative Party a comfortable lead over Labour opposition ahead of Thursday's parliamentary elections. The major trades 0.1 percent up at 1.2922, hovering towards a high of 1.2940 hit in the previous session, its strongest since May 26. FxWirePro's Hourly Sterling Strength Index stood at 60.74 (BUllish) by 0400 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track developments surrounding UK elections, amid a lack of economic data from the UK docket. Immediate resistance is located at 1.2946 (May 26 High), a break above could take it near 1.3000. On the downside, support is seen at 1.2874 (61.85 retracement of 1.2769 and 1.2940), a break below targets 1.2800. Against the euro, the pound traded up at 87.18 pence, recovering from a near 3-month low of 87.67 hit the day before.

AUD/USD: The Australian dollar edged up, extending previous session gains after Reserve Bank of Australia left its cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent, a widely expected decision. The major initially tumbled to session's low of 0.7457 after data showed a larger-than-expected current account deficit. The Aussie trades 0.1 percent up at 0.7493, having hit a high of 0.7498 on Monday, it’s strongest since May 25. FxWirePro's Hourly Aussie Strength Index stood at 141.35 (Highly Bullish) by 0500 GMT. Investors will continue to digest RBA decision, ahead of U.S. economic releases. Immediate support is seen at 0.7457 (Session Low), a break below targets 0.7439 (5-DMA). On the upside, resistance is located at 0.7507 (May 24 High), a break above could take it near 0.7540 (May 1 High).

NZD/USD: The New Zealand dollar rallied to a fresh 3-month high as an upbeat assessment of the economy by the NZ Treasury and ongoing broad U.S. dollar weakness, boosted the Kiwi bulls sentiment. The Kiwi trades 0.3 percent up at 0.7161, having touched a peak of 0.7168 earlier, its strongest level since Mar. 1. FxWirePro's Hourly Kiwi Strength Index was at 136.79 (Highly Bullish) by 0500 GMT. Investors’ will continue to track overall market sentiment, ahead of U.S. economic data. Immediate resistance is located at 0.7168 (Session High), a break above could take it near 0.7200. On the downside, support is seen at 0.7105 (5-DMA), a break below could drag it till 0.7077 (50.0% retracements of 0.7058 and 0.7168).


Equities Recap

Asian shares tumbled, as escalating tensions in the Middle East, former FBI director Comey's testimony, upcoming British elections and a European Central Bank meeting this week triggered a fresh bout of risk aversion across markets.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.2 percent, retreating from a two-year high hit on Monday.

Tokyo's Nikkei declined 0.9 percent to 19,979.60 points, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index tumbled 1.3 percent to 5,676.60 points and South Korea's KOSPI eased 0.1 percent to 2,368.62 points.

Shanghai composite index fell 0.1 percent to 3,088.37 points, while CSI300 index was trading 0.1 percent up at 3,473.70 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was trading 0.4 percent higher at 25,960.98 points. Taiwan shares shed 0.2 percent to 10,206.18 points.


Commodities Recap

Crude oil prices declined to a near 1-month low, weighed lower by concerns that a political rift between Qatar and several Arab states undermined an OPEC-led push to tighten the market. International benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.4 percent down at $49.26 per barrel by 0424 GMT, having hit a low of $48.98 earlier in the session, its weakest since May 10. U.S. West Texas Intermediate traded 0.4 percent up at $47.18 a barrel, after falling as low as $46.77on Friday, its lowest since May 10.

Gold prices rallied to a more than six-week high earlier in the session on the back of weaker Asian stocks and diminishing expectations for aggressive U.S. rate hikes this year. Spot gold rose 0.4 percent to $1,284.50 per ounce at 0437 GMT, having touched a peak of $1,284.90 an ounce, its strongest since April 21. U.S. gold futures for August delivery rose 0.1 percent to $1,283.6 an ounce.




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