The U.S. proposes new sanctions on Russia
The EU suffers from higher price pressure
Gold is losing for Fed rates bets
the Dollar Index traded marginally lower at 98.955, just below the one-week high of 99.083. The dollar has been drifting this week so far as investors await the arrival of the minutes from last month’s Federal Reserve policy meeting, due on Wednesday.
The European Union decided not to take a big decision regarding the sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Furthermore, sources indicated that the new sanctions will allow oil and natural gas to flow freely, generating nearly $1 billion a day in export revenues for Russia. The common currency traded 0.1% higher this morning around 1.0984.
Meanwhile in the UK, a longer Russia-Ukraine dispute could resume to ramp up price stress and tense the squeeze on household incomes. However, experts believe that further policy tightening might be suitable to tame inflation. The sterling pound is finding demand as a safer alternative to the shared currency amid heightened concerns over an economic slowdown in the euro area. So, the cable didn’t have a difficult time holding above 1.3100.
Elsewhere, Aussie gained 0.9% to 0.7607, jumping to a nine-month high, after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.1% at its latest policy meeting, but indicated that rate hikes were coming.
Japanese Yen pair gained ground against the greenback to 122.58. The USDJPY pair was sinking further from the multi-year high of 125.10 reached in late March, while the Chinese Yuan was flat at 6.3638.
U.S. stocks opened marginally lower Tuesday. Market participants are cautious ahead of the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting, and the continuing war in Ukraine. The Dow Futures contract was down 0.3%, S&P 500 Futures traded 0.2%, lower while the Nasdaq 100 Futures dropped 0.2%. The Nasdaq was leading on Monday, helped by Twitter stock gains after billionaire Elon Musk bought a 9.2% stake.
Market participants focus on Wednesday’s release of Fed minutes of the March meeting. Expectations are growing that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will move more aggressively at its meeting in May. That will be supported by the report that showed an unemployment rate falling to a new two-year low of 3.6%.
European stock markets fluctuated today, with investors outlining the possibility of more sanctions against Moscow. More sanctions could lead to higher commodity prices and fuel inflation concerns. The German DAX traded 0.4% higher, the CAC 40 in France rose 0.1% while U.K.’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.1%. The European economic data slate Tuesday includes March manufacturing and services PMI releases from the region. French industrial production slumped 0.9% in February, a sharp drop from January’s revised 1.8% gain.
Gold edged lower on Tuesday as higher U.S. Treasury yields and expectations of aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve dimmed the appeal of non-yielding bullion. Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,929.43, trading in a narrow range, while gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,932.
Yields on 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or real yields, rose to a near two-year high on Tuesday. Additionally, the rising U.S. interest rates raise the opportunity cost of owning non-yielding bullion.
Spot silver rose 0.6% to $24.65 per ounce, platinum fell 0.6% to $980.61, and palladium gained 1.1% to $2,298.99.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures traded higher on Tuesday below their overnight high. However, the triggers after the gain are reports that the United States and Europe were planning new sanctions on Russia. Meanwhile, market participants continue to express concerns over tighter global supply after Iran’s nuclear talks with Western powers stalled.
The American Petroleum Institute reported its weekly inventory data, after recording a drop of 3 million barrels last week. WTI crude oil futures traded0.87% higher at $104.18, while the Brent contract rose 1.2% to $108.82.