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U.S. Dollar Higher Amid Coronavirus Fears

The U.S. dollar firmed against its major counterparts in the European session on Friday, as investors sought safe-haven assets following grim Eurozone business survey, as well as continued COVID-19 concerns after virus cases exceeded one million. The IHS Markit eurozone services purchasing managers index slumped to a reading of 26.4 in March from 52.6 in February, the worst-ever reading in the history of the series, as the covid-19 pandemic and associated measures taken to contain the outbreak through Europe weighed heavily on business performance. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark globally with a death toll of 53,030, according to the new tally from Johns Hopkins University. Around 1,015,403 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus across the world. Investors didn’t react to the disappointing U.S. jobs data for March. Data from the Labor Department showed that the U.S. employment fell much more than expected in the month of March. The report said employment plunged by 701,000 jobs in March after jumping by an upwardly revised 275,000 jobs in February. Economists had expected employment to slump by 100,000 jobs compared to the addition of 273,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. With the much…

*ISM U.S. Non-Manufacturing Index Drops To 52.5 In March

ISM U.S. Non-Manufacturing Index Drops To 52.5 In March The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

U.S. Employment Plunges Much More Than Expected In March

Employment in the U.S. fell much more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday. The report said employment plunged by 701,000 jobs in March after jumping by an upwardly revised 275,000 jobs in February. Economists had expected employment to slump by 100,000 jobs compared to the addition of 273,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected drop in employment, the unemployment rate surged up to 4.4 percent in March from 3.5 percent in February. The unemployment rate had been expected to climb to 3.8 percent. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Dollar Ticks Up Following U.S. Jobs Data

Following the release of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data for March at 8:30 am ET Friday, the greenback edged up against its major counterparts. The greenback was trading at 108.50 against the yen, 0.9781 against the franc, 1.2256 against the pound and 1.0780 against the euro around 8:31 am ET. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

Sweden Services Sector Activity Weakest Since 2012

Sweden’s services sector contracted at the fastest rate in 15 years to hit its lowest level since 2012, survey data from Swedbank and the logistics association SILF showed on Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers’ Index for the services sector decreased to 46.9 in March from 56.4 in February.Any reading below 50 suggests contraction in the sector. The latest monthly decline was the largest in the survey’s fifteen-year history and the reading was the lowest since 2012. The order index and production sub-indices recorded the biggest declines in March followed by employment. The sub-index for the suppliers’ delivery times increased for the second straight month, reaching a record high. “Normally, rising delivery times mean increased demand pressure, but this time it is rather a lack of supply that contributes to longer delivery times partly because of the corona virus and closed borders,” Swedbank analyst Jorgen Kennemar said. Service sector companies plans contracted in March, which indicates a darker economic outlook in the future. The Composite PMI, which combines manufacturing and services, fell to 45.9 in March from 55.4 in the previous month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

EUR/USD evening review for April 03, 2020. Market stuck in the range, to wait for the US state on Monday

Them US employment report for March was released which showed less than 700 thousand jobs and an increase in the unemployment rate from 3.8% to 4.5%.In the past years, Eureka would either soar up or drop-down, but now it stands still.The data from March serves as a recollection of the Tatar invasion. Over the past two weeks, the number of new unemployment benefits in the United States amounted to almost 10 million.The US administration pays huge sums of money to businesses and households in the midst of the pandemic, after all, there are almost 250,000 infected in the United States.In Moscow, Russia the number of infected cases is still at 3,500 which is so far an exponential increase, and the quarantine is still to last until April 30th. Amid this quarantine, the Russian authorities do not propose to pay people who find themselves in FORCED non-working condition.This was directly stated by Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, saying that, “The budget will not stand. We believe that the business has enough money to pay a month of vacation to employees.”Germany, on the other hand, paid their forced “vacationers” employees at about 3 Salaries. That is without any inquiries, just on request and…

Japanese Yen Higher Amid Rising Risk Aversion

The Japanese yen climbed against its major counterparts in the Asian session on Friday amid rising risk aversion, as oil prices retraced gains and a private survey showed that China’s services sector contracted further in March. Survey data from IHS Markit showed that China’s services activity contracted in March due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on demand and supply chains. The Caixin services Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 43.0 in March from 26.5 in February. However, a score below 50 indicates contraction. Oil prices fell after soaring on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s comment that he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to co-operate on output reduction. The United States reported a record 6.648 million jobless claims last week led by shut downs to contain the virus. Investors await the March payroll data due at 8:30 am ET. Economists are expecting a drop of 100,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate is seen rising to 3.8 percent. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark globally with a death toll of 53,030, according to the new tally from Johns Hopkins University. Around 1,015,403 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus across the world….

Will the dollar stop plan B?

All attempts by the Fed to rein in the US dollar were futile. Neither a sharp reduction in the federal funds rate, nor the launch of unlimited purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds under QE, nor the transfer of liquidity to foreign central banks using swaps and repos has dampened investors’ interest in buying the USD index. If this continues, I am afraid that currency interventions will be necessary. According to BofA Merrill Lynch, this will happen when the EUR/USD pair falls to 1.05.
In theory, this scale of dollar liquidity and the rapid expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet should have knocked the “American” down. Nevertheless, the number of supporters of the “dollar smile” theory is growing rapidly. It assumes that at the first stage, the USD index is strengthened due to the strength of the US economy and the associated inflow of capital to the US securities market. When a recession begins, the dollar peaks as investors flee to safe-haven assets. Then, thanks to those who want to save stock indices from falling into the abyss with the help of aggressive monetary expansion, the Fed forms the bottom of the smile. After that, the dollar begins to grow again, as…

Analysis of EUR/USD on April 3, 2020

Waiting for Nonfarm Payrolls
Hello, dear colleagues!
The main event of today and the whole week will be data on the US labor market, which will be published at 13:30 London time. Economists’ forecasts are disappointing. It is expected that the unemployment rate will rise from 3.5% immediately to 3.8%, and the growth of the average hourly wage will be the usual 0.2%. As for the creation of new jobs in non-agricultural sectors of the American economy, this indicator may fall to minus 100 for the first time since the financial and economic crisis of 2008.
In principle, market participants are well aware that in the context of the ongoing rampant COVID-19 around the world, strong data on the US labor market can not be expected. Interest is aroused by the actual figures and the reaction of investors to them. Has the coronavirus epidemic had such a significant impact on the economy of the United States of America, or will it be a little later? There will certainly be negative consequences for the world’s leading economy. The question is when exactly to expect a peak?
So far, it is in the United States that the most severe outbreak of a new type of coronavirus is…

Singapore Retail Sales Decrease In February

Singapore retail sales decline at the fastest pace in February, data from the Department of Statistics showed on Friday. Retail sales declined 8.6 percent year-on-year in February, following a 5.3 percent fall in January. Motor vehicle sales rose 1.3 percent annually in February, following a 33.6 percent fall in the previous month. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales decreased 10.2 percent in February, after a 0.6 percent increase in the preceding month. Sales of wearing apparel and footwear declined the most by 41.0 percent in February and those of food and alcohol, and department stores decreased 40.5 percent and 36.3 percent, respectively. On a monthly basis, retail sales dropped 8.9 percent in February, after a 0.2 percent rise in the prior month. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…