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  • Editor’s Picks / 13 minutes ago

    Fed's Fischer sees gradual rate hikes

    MarketWatch
    Investors the world over have long been keeping an eye on the US Federal Reserve, which appears to be ready to raise interest rates as soon as the country's economic landscape permits such a move. According to Fed vice-chair Stanley Fischer, the central bank sees itself normalising its monetary policy over a three-to-four year period, topping out at between 3.25% to 4% once the process is complete. Fischer's comments echo those of Fed chair Janet Yellen, who said last Friday that the central bank is on track to raise rates this year but remains wary of less than robust growth and inflation in the US.
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  • Article / 18 minutes ago

    US Stocks: Choppiness reaches 17-year high

    Trader / TheSteadyTrader.com
    United States
    US Stocks: Choppiness reaches 17-year high
    Another week went by and US stocks pushed marginally higher again, at least as measured by the benchmark S&P 500 index (SPX.I). As such the game of musical chairs continues until equity investors stop reacting to stimulus-enforcing central banks. I am focusing on two major economic data prints coming up in the next few weeks, the anticipation of which could serve to hold up US stocks... at least until those data points have come and gone.
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  • Article / 1 hour ago

    FX Board: USDJPY breaks free of range

    Head of FX Strategy / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    FX Board: USDJPY breaks free of range
    The USD was on the comeback trail last week, but most of the focus was on EURUSD after last week’s European Central Bank rhetoric. Then suddenly we have USDJPY stealing the spotlight today with a huge break of 122.00 resistance.
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  • Squawk / 1 hour ago
    Head of Macro Strategy / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    US new home sales, consumer confidence rise:

    Consumers in the world's largest economy are getting more upbeat about their situation, according to the Conference Board's May report. The headline confidence index rose to 95.4 from 94.3 (revised down from 95.2) beating expectations of 95. While the May report was better than expected, it is worth keeping in mind that the index stood at 103.8 back in January, so there is still some way to go before a new cyclical high is reached.

    In another report we learned that new home sales rose by 6.8% in April, faster than the 5% expected, resulting in 517,000 sales last month vs. 484,000 in March.

    Lastly, the Richmond Federal Reserve released its May manufacturing index, which printed 1 vs. 0 expected and -3 prior as new orders bounced back to 2 from -6 while shipments gained 5 points to -1.
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  • Squawk / 1 hour ago
    Senior Options Trader / Saxo Bank a/s
    Denmark
    EURUSD options flow: EURUSD did not do that much after the US numbers, and hence vols are getting given a little. 1 m atm trading at 13,4 and offered on 13,8 and 14 earlier today when spot was making new lows.
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  • Calendar event / 1 hour ago

    US Consumer Confidence Index

    forecast
    actual
    Med Consumer Confidence Index
    95
    95.4
    Med Expectation Index
    86.9
    Med Present Situation Index
    108.1
  • Calendar event / 1 hour ago

    US New Residential Sales

    forecast
    actual
    Med Overall Sales
    510K
    517K
    Med Months' Supply
    4.8
    Med Percent Change
    +6%
    +6.8%