Morning Preview: North Korea at it Again – Gold Jumps
Rowan Crosby • 1 min read
Just when we thought North Korea had passed us by, sure enough, they’re back. Markets got a jolt after North Korea's foreign minister declared that the nation can shoot down U.S. warplanes. While the rhetoric was really just more of the same, it did enough to stir up the safe-havens and weaken stocks.
Gold spiked higher as did the traditional safe-haven currencies with money flowing towards the JPY and CHF. Stocks were weaker however it was the Nasdaq that was the major index that felt the brunt.
DXY Still Strong
While the safe-havens are coming and going at the moment, of most interest to me is how the USD is reacting. Interestingly it was quite strong despite all the turmoil. After the FOMC brought forward plans to hike rates, I suspected it might be stronger than anticipated.
That leaves me to think that there are more opportunities for buying the USD if we can push through this resistance level on the DXY. At the very least we are putting in a solid base for the time being.
US Dollar Index – 240 min Chart
Top Economic Data at a Glance
USD – Consumer Confidence
USD – Durable Goods & Pending Home Sales
NZD – RBNZ Interest Rate Decision
EUR – Business Confidence
EUR – German CPI
USD – GDP
JPY – Unemployment
EUR – German Unemployment
GBP – GDP
EUR – Inflation
USD – Chicago PMI and Michigan Consumer Confidence