Mnuchin lifts Markets in early trade; Nothing new from Carney’s Testimony

US stocks are set to rise in early trade as the US appears set to delay more Chinese tariffs.  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated that the US-China deal is 90% complete in a CNBC interview which delivered an optimistic tone.  Markets are also bid because the tensions between the US and Iran seem poised to be a war of words and not a full-blown military conflict. Iran President Rouhani said that if they keep getting tested they will not get to the negotiating table.  Tensions in the Middle East appear to be going nowhere anytime soon, with risks for further tanker attacks, non-US assets seem likely.

Positioning ahead of the G20 summit meeting between Trump and Xi could see investors want skin in the game ahead of what many feel could yield a very positive outcome.  A reset of talks is likely becoming the base case scenario and if we see a timeline put in place, we could see equities resume the march to uncharted territory.

The S&P 500 futures are up 0.5% while the Nasdaq is higher by 0.7%.  The dollar is softer to the commodity currencies and unchanged against the euro.

BOE

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney testimony before Parliament’s Treasury Committee on the May Inflation Report highlighted that the risks for no-deal have risen.  He reiterated that the BOE is more likely to provide stimulus if we see a no-deal.

Carney’s comments did not deliver any new insights, just further proof the BOE will wait to see how Brexit unfolds before doing anything substantial.

The British pound is slightly higher against the dollar.

 

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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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