23.05.2019: US warships threaten China and global financial stability (USD, NASDAQ, BRENT, CAD)
The US dollar resumed its growth amid the weakness of its rivals – the pound and the euro.
Uncertainty in the United Kingdom around Brexit and in Europe due to the upcoming parliamentary elections triggered investors’ concerns. Besides, market players consider risks of the US trade conflicts’ escalation and their negative impact on the global economy. Thus, the US dollar index rose above 98.20 attempting to maintain a rally to its 2-year highs.
In the meantime, the American economy signals a slowdown. The preliminary Markit manufacturing PMI moved to a completely different direction than analysts expected. In May, the reading dropped to 50,6, its lowest since September 2009, while it was forecast to increase to 53.0.
The disappointment on the market resulted in the falling of stock indices. The Nasdaq Composite returned to 7,640. Energy assets also declined amid traders’ concerns regarding worsening economic conditions.
The trade stand-off of the two superpowers, the largest oil consumers in the world, raises rather reasonable fears. The United States sent two warships through the strait between mainland China and Taiwan. In response to this provocation, the Chinese leader called for preparing for difficult times due to the escalating global tensions.
On this background, the Brent crude oil nosedived to $68 per barrel and slowed down there. But for how long?
The loonie softened as well as it lost support from expensive oil. The USD/CAD pair moved upwards and almost reached 1.3500.
So, this is how a trading day ends today. You can find out about further changes in the market sentiment from our news videos tomorrow. Subscribe to our channel and be aware of the latest information from the financial markets. See you!
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