US Dollar Strength Calms on Risk Appetite Reversal?
The US Dollar remains strong yet the march downards has halted today on both cable and EUR/USD. Yesterday most positions were heavily weighted net short, yet now it seems that the order book is more mixed as traders appreciate renewed risk appetite and the subsequent stock market gains.
The S&P 500 has rallied another 1% today with gains totaling 3.5% in the last 48hrs. The FTSE has aslo rallied another 2% bringing the total gain to 4% in the UK over the last two day period.
Today has seen a boost in the sales of existing homes as more Americans have signed contracts to buy previously owned homes in October. This has helped avert concern that the absence of support from the US government in this sector could be further de-stabilising the US housing market.
The fundamentals that are driving the 10% rise in home sales are record low borrowing costs and improved confidence in the US economy. The US stock market move was undoubtedly fuelled by this announcement.
Analysts now expect an improvement in the jobs situation in the US as consumer confidence picks up. Tomorrow sees a labour department report that is expected to show that 145,000 jobs have been addded to the markets.
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