US Market Wrap: Rising oil breathes life into FX
- Australia: Home Loans 0130 GMT
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The US dollar had a somewhat mixed day in a fairly quiet FX session with traders preferring to stay close to home. The Aussie and the Loonie managed to squeak out gains on firmer commodity prices while the Kiwi suffered modestly ahead of today’s Financial Stability Report. EURUSD continued to trade sideways around 1.1400 while USDJPY held on to its overnight gains.
Oil traders seem to be optimistic. WTI started the day at $43.17 which was also the low and then proceeded to rally to $44.65 by the end of the day.
Traders appear unconcerned with the changing of guard in Saudi Arabia’s oil ministry or with Russia’s Rosneft’s chief, Igor Sechin suggesting that internal differences are killing Opec.
The American Petroleum Institute report after the markets closed showed a build of 3.4 million barrels in Crude stocks. WTI dropped to $44.30 in after-hours trading.
Equity traders liked the rise in oil prices and bought stocks allowing the major New York indices to post healthy gains, helped by low volumes.
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-- Edited by Adam Courtenay
Michael O'Neill is an FX consultant at IFXA Ltd. Follow Mike or post your comment below to engage with Saxo Bank's social trading platform.