- S&P 500 soars 2 points to 3340,
- US 10-year yields down 1 bps to 0.67%,
- Gold down $4 to $1941,
- WTI crude oil up 2 cents to $37.35
The early tone was positive but it only lasted 30 minutes before sentiment began to deteriorate. It was stock markets that were in charge overall. The weekly low held for a time and then gave way. Despite some adversity dip buyers stepped in to salvage a small win in an otherwise bad week.
The CPI report was largely alligned by a jump in used car prices but the effect on markets appeared negligible. Treasury yields declined on the report but that might have been more of a risk aversion trade, even if the timing was odd.
The focus continues to be pound . A break to 1.2865 early in Europe and again early in New York was nearly beaten back below 1.2800 but the European low held. There is some support nearby but bullish hopes likely rest on a change.
The CAD was the underperformer in the group. It soars above 1.3200 and last week’s high for a time before tracking back below. Commodity currencies tracked the move in the risk trade.
The euro consolidated within Thursday’s range and few of the ECB comments had any effect.