Equity Markets and USD Rise as US Could Tolerate NAFTA Deadline in 2019 for the Right Deal

Equity Markets and USD Rise as US Could Tolerate NAFTA Deadline in 2019 for the Right Deal

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave an interview on NAFTA over the weekend where he said that President Trump is “more determined to have a good deal than he’s worried about any deadline”. He spoke about the US acceptance of the deadline slipping into 2019 once the right deal for the US is achieved. USDCAD is trading around 1.28735 with USDMXN trading around 19.90000. There is an element of “Risk on” this morning as equity markets moved up and USDJPY pushed to new highs. Gold has slipped lower while WTI Oil is higher, trading around $71.89.

Mnuchin also mentioned the US-China trade war and declared that it is currently ‘on hold’.

Canadian Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Apr) was 0.3% versus an expected 0.4% against 0.3% previously. Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Apr) was 2.2% versus an expected 2.3% against 2.3% previously.

Canadian Retail Sales ex Autos (MoM) (Mar) were -0.2% versus an expected 0.5%. Retail Sales (MoM) (Mar) were 0.6% against an expected 0.3% from 0.4% previously which was revised up to 0.5%. Retail sales exceeded expectations after missing expectations for the December and January readings with a higher revision welcome. USDCAD moved higher from 1.27961 to 1.28838 after the data release.


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Japanese Exports (YoY) (Apr) were released, coming in at 7.8% against an expected 8.1% from 2.1% previously. Imports (YoY) (Apr) were also released, coming in at 5.9% against an expected 9.6% from -0.6% previously. Merchandise Trade Balance Total (Apr) came in at ¥626.0B against an expected ¥405.6B. This data shows a fall in both Imports and Exports but an increase in the Trade Balance.

  • EURUSD is down -0.18% overnight, trading around 1.17475.
  • USDJPY is up 0.55% in the early session, trading at around 111.343
  • GBPUSD is down -0.14% this morning trading around 1.34378.
  • USDCAD is down -0.07% overnight, trading around 1.28715
  • Gold is down -0.49% in early morning trading at around $1,286.41
  • WTI is up 0.60% this morning, trading around $71.89

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Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets, having worked in London, New York, Toronto, Singapore & Australia. His early career saw him as an Interbank Trader, Futures Trader & Voice Broker before he moved to electronic trading in the early 2000s. With extensive knowledge of leverage platforms and instruments and as the Chief Market Strategist at FxPro, Ed provides in-depth Fundamental and Technical Analysis, as well as frequent market insights on multiple asset classes, to the benefit of FxPro clients.