US Dollar Down, Gold Up as Trump Warns Russia and Syria

Talking Points:

– The DXY Index is on gait for a fourth uninterrupted down day as trade tensions insist with China, geopolitical tensions with Russia and Syria jump.

– The Mar US CPI and Mar FOMC mins might play second fiddle to a news handle today.

Sentiment for a US Dollar stays disastrous as a new entertain gets underneath way.

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Global financial markets are saying a uninformed call of sensitivity entering Wednesday as trade tensions between China and a US have lingered, while a awaiting of US troops movement opposite Syria have ratcheted higher. US President Trump took to Twitter this morning to advise Russia of incoming airstrikes on Syria for a Assad regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons, ensuing in a transparent downshift in risk appetite.

The US Dollar (via a DXY Index) is operative on a fourth uninterrupted down day following a Mar US Nonfarm Payrolls news on Friday, with rate travel expectations for 4 hikes this year descending next 25%, per Fed supports futures. Two information releases that would differently squeeze marketplace participants’ courtesy could simply be mislaid in a ravel of an active news handle this morning.

Incoming US acceleration information for March will uncover that both measures of a US Consumer Price Index are now above a Federal Reserve’s medium-term aim of +2%. Headline CPI is due in during +2.4% from +2.1%, and Core CPI is due in during +2.1% from +1.8% (y/y). Both of these readings would advise that acceleration is above approaching rates of expansion for a US, with a Atlanta Fed GDPNow Q1’18 expansion foresee in during +2.0% – representing a process maze that Fed officials will note be gratified with (and roughly positively USD-negative).

Given a backdrop of China-US trade tensions festering, joined with developments around Russia and Syria, as good a awaiting of a Jun travel already priced-in (above 75% still per Fed funds), it would seem that a Mar US CPI release, as good as a Mar FOMC minutes, will usually have a singular impact on markets.

The transparent leader this morning from rising tensions around a universe has been Gold, that is now operative on a fourth uninterrupted day in a black. As discussed final week, Gold’s elemental and technical backdrop stays bullish; today’s events usually offer to offer a narrative. To this end, larger sensitivity in equity markets should offer to advantage a Japanese Yen.

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