With only six weeks left until the official Brexit date, the U.K. is now set to compromise on its demands for a re-write of the Brexit agreement, according to Bloomberg.
New Zealand's official cash rate, as reported in the monetary policy statement released by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, has remained unchanged at 1.75 percent. This rate is expected to stay at this level through 2019 and 2020, according to the report.
Later today The Bank of England (BoE) will release its first Interest Rate publication for the year. The fact that the way towards Brexit, and its outcome, are still unsure, seems to put the growth of the British economy at a sluggish pace.
Reuters announced over the weekend that the Brexit date could be pushed back "by a couple of extra weeks." This statement comes to light just before Parliament is scheduled to vote on Theresa May's Plan B tomorrow.
The extension will give lawmakers time to approve legislation, said the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom. But how will the voting go on Plan B tomorrow, after May's first Brexit plan was voted down by 432 votes to 202 votes in favour?
The bullion pushed higher, boosted by the weakening greenback and was trading 0.60% stronger during the US session, hovering at around 1,245 USD, which are levels last seen in July this summer.
Earlier today, traders watched the US labor market data. The non-farm payrolls slowed sharply in November and the US economy created only 155,000 new jobs, against expectations of 200,000, while the previous number was revised lower to 237,000. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%.
The USDJPY pair declined sharply on Thursday and was trading 0.80% weaker during the US session, hovering below 112.40.
US bond yields plummeted again on Thursday, which dragged the USDJPY lower with them. The 10-year yield is now at 2.85% and the 30-year trades at around 3.12%. Moreover, the short-term yield curve remains inverted, confirming the risk-off sentiment.
Sentiment deteriorated on Tuesday as investors started to question the benefits of the weekend trade truce between USA and China and stocks fell, along with JPY cross. US bond yields also moved sharply lower, while the short-term part of the yield curve is already inverted, implying a possible recession over the next quarters.
Monday was another positive day for global equities and US indices were up 1%, while EU benchmarks surged more than 1% during the US session. However, indices were down notably from overnight highs reached during the Asian session as some profit taking hit the markets in the afternoon.
The EURUSD pair was 0.3% weaker during the US session on Friday and was trading at around 1.1360 as traders sold the shared currency after weaker than expected inflation numbers.
The euro zone's CPI inflation slipped to 2.0% year-on-year in November, down from 2.2% in October. This was broadly expected by economists, but the core inflation gauge slowed as well to 1.0% from 1.1% previously, while analysts had forecast this measure to stay unchanged at 1.1%.
The greenback was trying to erase yesterday's losses and the dollar index edged higher from the intraday low, despite not so positive inflation data from the US.
The core PCE inflation index, which is the favorite way of measuring inflation for the Fed, unexpectedly deteriorated to 1.8% in October, down from 1.9% (revised lower from 2.0%) previously. The normal gauge stayed at 2.0% year-on-year. Slowing inflation can deter the Fed from raising rates, along with other factors such as weakening economic momentum.
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