Crude oil prices managed to recover some of their losses made in the immediate aftermath of EIA’s weekly crude inventories report which showed an unexpected build. Both Brent and WTI oil contracts remain near the multi-year highs they have hit recently.
There have been some sharp moves in the markets in the first half of Wednesday’s session with global stock indices, Turkish Lira, euro and pound all tumbling and safe-haven yen, Swiss franc and to a lesser degree gold all rallying.
The pound has started the new week how it ended the last one: lower. It fell below the $1.34 handle for the first time since December earlier this morning before bouncing back slightly ahead of Brexit talks and publication of UK inflation data later in the week.
Void of any major economic news from Europe or the United States, the dollar rose further first thing this morning while stocks came under some pressure. As the session wore on though, the dollar eased back a little against safe-haven currencies while European equities remained under pressure, undermined by a growing sell-off in Italian bond markets. This has been in response to Italy’s populist parties reaching a deal to govern the country together, which has raised concerns about the nation’s future in the Eurozone.
Today is fairly light on the data front. The only notable exception will be Canadian inflation and retail sales figures, which will be released later at 13:30 BST (08:30 EDT). CPI inflation is expected to have risen in April by another 0.3% like it did in March. Meanwhile, retail sales are also expected at have risen by 0.3% month-over-month in March, while core sales, which exclude automobiles, are expected at have risen 0.5% after the previous month’s disappointing flat reading.
Risk remained on the table in the first half of European session. Safe haven gold and yen fell while stock indices pushed higher with the German DAX printing a new high for the week and reached its best level since early February.
The euro/U.S. dollar (EUR/USD) currency pair is breaking down as the dollar upsurge continues. This follows buck-denominated gold's meltdown from the day before. The metal remains under pressure amid an appreciating US dollar and rising bond yields.