Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oil N'Gold: Risk-Off Trades Dominate, Commodities Slump as USD Strengthens

Risk appetite remained weak in European session amid concerns about 'measured QE' policies. The dollar strengthened while growth currencies and other risk assets plunged. Aussie tumbled as inflation missed expectations. Focus in the US session will be on durable goods orders, new home sales and oil inventory data. Commodities fell across the board. The front month contract for WTI crude oil slipped below 82 ahead of official oil inventory report. Precious metals and base metals also slumped on profit taking.

The Wall Street Journal said that the Fed will likely announce a bond purchase program, worth a few hundred billion dollar spanning over several months, at the FOMC next week. The amount would be significantly lower than market expectations of at least $500B over 5 months. Investors took profits from previous 'short USD' trades as the selloff was probably over extended with such a 'small' amount of QE.

Currently trading at 0.9715, Australian dollar plummeted for a second day against the dollar as CPI surprisingly eased to +2.8% y/y in 3Q10 from +3.1% a quarter ago. This may prolong RBA's pause in tightening. Other commodity currencies, New Zealand and Canadian dollars also fell. The RBNZ will leave the official cash rate......Read the entire article.

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