Stocks and high-beta currencies initially catch a slight bid after Lighthizer’s optimistic trade comments

High-beta currencies and US stocks came off early session lows after US Trade Representative Lighthizer said he expects the Trump-Xi meeting to be a success.  The FX market has been very quiet ahead of the G-20 and tight ranges have been firmly being in place.  The Australian dollar rebounded from the session lows and recaptured the 0.7300 handle against the US dollar following Lighthizer’s comments.  The bounce however was short-lived and tight range trading persists.

The Dow and S&P 500 opened down 0.3%, while the Nasdaq started down only 0.1%.  The tech sector benefited from strong earnings from HP Inc. WorkDay, and VMware.  Technology stocks have had 3 consecutive down months and will likely strongly react to the outcome at the G20.  If the trade war worsens, the tech sell-off could resume.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute fundamental analysis of geo-political events and monetary policies in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the world’s leading forex brokerages and research departments including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including BNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. He is often quoted in leading print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Follow Ed on Twitter @edjmoya ‏
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