What you need to take care of on Tuesday, May 10:
Risk aversion took over financial markets at the beginning of the week. Global stocks edged lower, while government bond yields soared during European trading hours, giving up some ground ahead of Wall Street’s close.
The dismal mood came from the usual suspects. High inflation levels, increasing coronavirus cases, and tensions in Eastern Europe all contributed to the run to safety.
The American dollar ended the day mixed but generally stronger. The worst performers were commodity-linked currencies, as gold and oil prices were sharply down. The AUD/USD pair fell to a fresh multi-year low of 0.6974, while USD/CAD approaches 1.3000, trading at levels last seen in December 2020. Meanwhile, spot gold trades around $1,854 a troy ounce while WTI settled at $102.70 a barrel.
The EUR/USD pair fell to 1.0494 but managed to trim losses, ending the day with modest gains in the 1.0560 price zone.
GBP/USD is unchanged at 1.2340. Bank of England external Monetary Policy Committee member Michael Saunders said a neutral rate might be in the 1.25%-2.5% range, adding that UK rates might need to go above neutral if inflation expectations go higher.
In the US, Federal Reserve member Raphael Bostic said that a 75 bps rate hike has a low probability, but added that he is not taking anything off the table. Anyway, he said that he sees two or three 50 bps rate hikes as a baseline.
Across the Pond, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that they keep making progress on a Russian oil embargo but still need to secure energy resources for the region.
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