Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Forex - Yuan, U.S. Dollar Fall as Trade Deal Roller-coaster Ride Continues

© Reuters.  © Reuters. - The Chinese yuan and the U.S. dollar both fell on Monday in Asia as the trade deal roller-coaster ride continued.

The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies slipped 0.1% to 96.655 by 11:40 PM ET (03:40 GMT).

The USD/CNY pair gained 0.2% to 6.9979. In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizersaid the phase one U.S.-China trade deal is “totally done.”

Under the deal, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed not to pursue a new round of tariffs set for Sunday. In return, Beijing said it would substantially increase agricultural purchases, although it did not specify how much.

While Trump said on Twitter that "phase two" trade talks would start immediately, Beijing made it clear that moving to the next stage of the trade negotiations would depend on implementing phase one first.

Lighthizer also said there is no timetable set for the next phase of talks.

Meanwhile, Investors will pay attention to remarks from several Fed officials in the coming days after the Fed decided to hold rates steady last week.

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan, New York Fed President John Williams and Eric Rosengren of the Boston Fed are all due to speak on Tuesday, while Chicago Fed President Charles Evans is scheduled to speak a day later.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said the banks view of the economy remains favourable.

On the data front, updates on U.S. industrial production, housing, consumer sentiment, personal income and spending are all due this week.

In China, industrial production and retail sales data beat estimates, suggesting the economic may be stabilizing.

The GBP/USD pair jumped 0.5% to 1.3386 after a landslide victory for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Partylast week.

The EUR/USD pair inched up 0.1% to 1.1130.

Meanwhile, the AUD/USD pair and the NZD/USD pair both slipped 0.1%.

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