State of The Markets | Dollar Slipped As Tension Eases


Dollar slipped as tension eases. US stocks rebound on Wednesday after reports of easing in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, sending the Dollar lower and yields higher. Dow (+1.21%), Nasdaq (+2.47%), and S&P (+1.58%) including Russell (+2.76%) closed in the green as funds flowed out of bonds. The 10Y benchmark fell in price, sending yields higher to 2.04% as the Dollar pulled back to the 96 major handle.

In the commodities market, the easing tension sent major commodities lower. Crude settled below $90.50/bl as gold dropped below $1,855/oz while iron ore dived lower to $146.80/tn.

In the FX space, the sudden shift in sentiments manifested in more demand for Aussie and Kiwi while safe haven Swiss and Yen fell back to offers in the short and medium term accounts. Long term sentiments were mixed.

On Wednesday, markets look for earnings reports from NVIDIA (NVDA), Cisco (CSCO), Applied Materials (AMAT), Shopify (SHOP), Analog Devices (ADI), Equinix (EQIX), Kraft Heinz (KHC) and DoorDash (DASH) as well as the latest US retail sales and the very much awaited FOMC minutes. EIA petroleum status will be in the spotlight for energy traders.


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