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August 2017

USD strengthens on risk factors

Published: Friday 18 August 2017

By David Johnson
  • USD strengthens on risk factors
  • Sterling fails to rally on upbeat retail sales
  • Canadian inflation data awaited
The US Dollar has strengthened again after the attacks in Spain and either because or in spite of the rumours circulating that suggest Donald Trump won’t be President for much longer. Business leaders appeared to have abandoned the President after his ill-considered comments about the Charlottesville incident. The Dollar also shrugged off poorer than expected industrial and manufacturing production numbers. Those won’t have been missed by the Federal Reserve though and just add to the growing list of reasons not to raise the base rate just yet. This afternoon brings the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index and the forecasts for that are all over the place. So there is scope for some volatility before US traders head off into the weekend.
Sterling had a day of narrow trading after the UK Retail Sales data showed a surge in food sales but fears over the gap between wage growth and retail inflation are a concern for future retail activity. The absence of UK data today should leave the Pound wallowing around €1.09 and $1.28, unless a banker or politician get themselves on the telly.
In fact the only other major data today is Canadian Consumer Price Inflation. An uptick is forecast and that would benefit the Canadian Dollar, but CAD is susceptible to the effects of the US Dollar and the impact that commodity prices have on its export prospects. So there may be influences that shift the Loonie around, which are not widely reported.
And a Kansas City theme park is building a record breaking stomach churning roller coaster. Named Time Traveller, it will feature a 10-story vertical fall, a dive loop, a zero-gravity roll and a 95-foot-tall vertical loop. At the same time, the passengers (or victims, as I tend to think of them) will be spinning through 360 degrees. I have just one word for that…Nope..

Today's Major Economic Releases

Market BST Data/Event Previous Expected
USD 13:30 US: Advance Gross Domestic Product 3.1% 3.1%
USD 13:30 US: Revised UoM Inflation Expectations 2.0% 2.5%

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Tennis One Liners

There is a very high divorce rate among tennis players because Love means nothing to them.
What do you call a woman who likes to stand in the middle of tennis courts? Annette
A new tennis player goes to the library and asks for books about aces. “Haven’t got any”, said the librarian, “No one ever returns them.”
Was in a hotel reception recently, I pressed the bell that said ‘Service’. I got hit in the face with a tennis ball.
Did you know tennis is mentioned in the Bible? Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court.