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US Dollar May Climb Today Amid Tensions in Russia, Turkey, Italy & EU

08/10/2018 11:01 am EST

Focus: FOREX

Robert Savage

Partner & CEO, CCTrack Solutions

Markets should be on watch for the U.S. intervention risk as it now maybe something Trump can deliver to allies to soothe the troubled waters of markets. Watching the USD index today is key with 96.10-45 next but the big picture suggests we have lots of room for higher.

The summer ended last night. Fear of economic war, contagion from EM, populist politics breaking the euro (EUR) – all that mixed with GDP reports from Japan and UK but we aren’t close to done with  U.S. CPI today ahead begging the risk for more Fed hikes.

1) Russia retaliation. Russian PM Medvedev said that Moscow saw the new U.S. sanctions as economic war and that the country would respond economically, politically or by other means if needed.

2) Turkey contagion. The ECB is concerned about Turkey exposure at EU banks. This set the tone for the European morning with Turkish lira (TRY) trading to 6.30.

3) Italian budget. The EU/Italy fight over budget underway with DiMaio vowing to use tough tactics. These stories mattered more than Japan GDP and UK GDP beating expectations.

We are in a crisis mode market where Swiss franc (CHF) is bid, U.S. dollar (USD) is bid against EM and bonds are bid – yields lower – as equities move into a sea of red. Notable exception was China where rates squeezed higher in 7-day to 2Y and where equities were flat while the Chinese yuan (CNY) held steady. This maybe more by design and likely can’t hold given the bigger moves in other G10 currencies.

The USD has broken out of its previous highs and unless we see some action from Trump tweeting about the USD being too strong, we will have the USD even higher after the CPI today.

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