The US equity market’s have shaken otherwise complacent investors and further sown fear of what a serious risk aversion move could wrought for the financial markets. It would seem a clear read for the greenback should stimulus-backed confidence falter…but is it?
The Euro struggled this past week, only outpacing the British Pound and the Canadian Dollar, while losing significant footing versus the Australian Dollar, the Japanese Yen, and the US Dollar.
The Japanese Yen held a narrow range going into the final days of February, but the low-yielding currency remains poised to face increased volatility in the days ahead as the new government plans to announced its nomination to replace Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Masaaki Shirakawa.
The British Pound finished the week at fresh multi-year lows against the US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR) as a surprising Bank of England vote tally warned that the central bank may soon initiate further Quantitative Easing (QE) and devalue the domestic currency.
It has been quite the week for gold traders with the precious metal plummeting nearly 2% to trade at $1578 at the close of trade in New York on Friday. Bullion has now triggered all of our targets cited in last week’s gold forecast after a surprisingly hawkish Fed minutes prompted a massive decline that saw prices drop more than $40 in a single session.
The Australian Dollar may succumb to the return of market-wide risk aversion as Italy holds a general election while US “sequester” budget cuts loom ahead.
The Canadian dollars weakened against its U.S. counterpart on the week, with USD/CAD hitting 7-month highs, as retail sales in December unexpectedly dropped by the most since 2010. In addition, Canada’s Consumer Price Index inflation for January came in lower-than-expected on both monthly and yearly basis.