STATE OF THE MARKETS
Dollar rebounded on strong job reports . US stocks edged lower on Wednesday after ADP reported 208k jobs were created in September, compared to 185k in August. Fear of further Fed’s rate hikes sent the Dollar near the 111.80 barrier before settling around the 110.90 mark. Major averages retreated from earlier gains with Russell (-0.74%) down the most, followed by Nasdaq (-0.25%), S&P (-0.20%) and Dow (-0.14%). Bonds lost bids, sending yields higher, with the 10Y benchmark back above 3.75% while the short term 1Y yields 4.16%.
In the commodity markets, Crude climbed higher and closed above $87.40/bl after news of a 2 million bpd cut from OPEC+. Dollar strength weighed on gold as the precious metal dipped near $1700/oz before bidders emerged to settle it around the $1,716 mark. Elsewhere, iron ore stalled around $95.20/tn waiting for a catalyst for the next move.
In the FX space, short term traders were quick to bid more Dollar, Aussie and Kiwi while sending Loonie, Euro and Sterling to offer. Medium term accounts flipped King Dollar back to demand alongside Kiwi, Euro and Sterling while keeping Yen, Aussie and Swiss in offers. Long term accounts were little changed.
On Thursday, markets expect to remain cautious as investors positioned for the NFP report on Friday. Earnings to watch include Constellation Brands (STZ), McCormick (MKC), Conagra Brands (CAG), Levi Strauss (LEVI), Accolade (ACCD) and AngioDynamics (ANGO) as well as the latest US jobless claims.
OUR PICK – No New Pick
We stay on the sideline ahead of the NFP. With thin markets ahead of the NFP Friday, we decided to stay on the sideline for now.
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