Financial markets endured brief episodes of volatility this past week as the US Dollar gyrated against major FX peers during the Jackson Hole Symposium. A commanding risk-on tone prevailed nonetheless with US stock indices like the S&P 500 and Nasdaq advancing to new all-time highs. This was likely driven in large part by the Fed communicating a shift to average inflation targeting and an openness to ‘running things hot.’
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The pullback in gold prices fizzled out last week as inflation expectations climbed, which helped the precious metal form technical support around $1,910/oz. On balance, spot EUR/USD price action gained 0.9% over the last five trading sessions while GBP/USD and AUD/USD jumped 2.0% and 2.9% respectively. The Dollar-Yen spiked notably lower Friday on news that Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially resigned.
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In the week ahead, the DailyFX Economic Calendar details the upcoming release of China and US PMIs, Euro area inflation, and nonfarm payrolls. The Australian Dollar and ASX 200 stand to steal focus of traders owing to an RBA decision and Australia GDP report due next week as well. Further, a notable shakeup is scheduled for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was largely motivated by the Apple stock split set to take place on August 31. What other themes and markets are traders watching next week?
The Australian Dollar may rise following the RBA rate decision amid signs of economic stabilization and resilient risk appetite despite still-precarious fundamentals.
A further rebound in crude production may drag on the price of oil as signs of a protracted recovery dampens the outlook for global demand.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average may stay on its upward trajectory as the Fed sent a clear dovish message in the Jackson Hole symposium. But doubts remains about its rich valuation.
Gold prices may turn higher as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced the adoption of average inflation targeting.
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The Euro (EUR) continues to make gains against the US dollar (USD) but is sliding lower against the British Pound (GBP).
The Dollar could be in for some more trouble in the week ahead as it fails to spring to life and presses on long-term support.
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Gold price action has pulled back over 5% from its all-time high recorded earlier this month, but precious metals could be geared up for another advance following a healthy consolidation lower.
Little remains settled in the macro backdrop but the British Pound keeps on pushing higher against the USD.
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