OPEC, G7, FOMC Minutes Headline A Big Week For Global Markets

Last week was relatively quiet on the data front. But price action, however, was not so quiet, as we saw some rather pivotal events take place in some very key markets. U.S. stocks sold off on Tuesday, recovering a portion of their losses in the remainder of the week: Euro-strength has become rather pervasive, and last week also brought a quick burst of strength in the Japanese Yen that drove through multiple resistance levels.

This week brings on a plethora of drivers, many of which are subjective to some degree, and is capped off by the G7 meeting in Taormina, Italy on Friday, leading into the weekend. On Wednesday, we hear from the heads of the Bank of Japan and European Central Bank when Messrs. Kuroda and Draghi speak in Tokyo and Madrid, respectively. Later on Wednesday, we get a Bank of Canada rate decision, and after that we get meeting minutes from the most recent FOMC meeting held earlier in May. Thursday sees a key OPEC meeting in Vienna, followed by the release of UK GDP and U.S. Advanced Retail Sales for the month of April; and Friday closes with the start of that G7 meeting along with U.S. GDP and Durable Goods Orders.

This collection of drivers can serve to extend or reverse last week’s quick spike in volatility, particularly in the U.S Dollar. Below, we look at three of the more interesting price action events across global markets in order to ‘hone in’ on what might be the more key areas to be focusing on.

EUR/USD Rockets-through 1.1200

Of recent, we’ve seen a concerted effort from the European Central Bank to allay concerns of QE-taper. We heard Mario Draghi speak to this at the most recent ECB meeting, remarking that the bank hadn’t yet begun discussions around exit strategies; but judging by price action, markets aren’t necessarily buying that idea, as Mr. Draghi’s dovish assurances merely brought on a quick support test, and this was followed by three weeks of strength as EUR/USD has run from a post-ECB low of 1.0839 up to a fresh six-month high of 1.1246.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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