Global risk appetite continued to sour this past week. In the United States, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 declined while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite managed to inch out a cautious rise. The haven-linked US Dollar outperformed its major peers, seeing its best 5-day performance in about 6 months. This likely weighed against anti-fiat gold prices.
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Investors might have been growing increasingly impatient with a lack in expediency of additional US fiscal stimulus. At a congressional testimony, Fed Chair Jerome Powell stressed the need for further support from the government. Still, volatility cooled into the end of the week. The VIX ‘fear gauge’ failed to accumulate material upside momentum.
Might volatility pick back up? This coming week is certainly filled with event risk. All eyes will turn to the US House of Representatives where the chamber may vote on a $2.4 trillion fiscal package. This is as Donald Trump takes on Joe Biden on Tuesday during the first presidential debate ahead of what is likely to be a tense election come November.
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The Euro has been seeing some selling pressure, particularly as coronavirus cases in parts of Europe pick up pace. Might the British Pound regain some lost ground as the EU and UK head into another round of Brexit talks? All eyes at the end of the week turn to the US non-farm payrolls report. Chinese manufacturing PMI will also be watched to gauge the health of global growth.
EUR/USD fell sharply last week and there are few signs yet that the selling is over. However, a bounce is likely before the decline resumes.
The US Dollar will be bracing for a cascade of political risks including the first presidential debate, ongoing stimulus talks, the Supreme Court vacancy against the backdrop of key employment data.
The price of oil may continue to trade in a narrow range as the rebound from the September low ($36.13) appears to have stalled ahead of the month high ($43.43).
The S&P 500 index may struggle with a consolidation in view of several headwinds. The US presidential election may cool risk appetite and spook volatility.
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The Australian Dollar may extend its slide lower despite the planned easing of Covid-19 restrictions, as the market continues to price in an RBA rate cut on October 6.
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US DOLLAR WEEKLY PERFORMANCE AGAINST CURRENCIES AND GOLD