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Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

U.S. Stocks Markets

Today marks the first session of the fall trading season. Although the last day of the North American summer is September 22, U.S. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to the holiday months. Institutional players will re-enter the markets in force over the next week or so, bringing a fresh dynamic to the U.S. indices and forex.

Earlier, the Wall Street open backed up this concept, featuring a 140 point sell off in the DJIA. Since that time both the DJIA and S&P 500 have bounced back. The first 90 minutes of trade have the DJIA down 35 and the S&P 500 off two.

U.S. Markets Are Open For Business: Economic Data

This morning has been an active one on the economic data front. There have been several secondary releases, most of which came in positive. Here is a quick look at the most important items facing the USD:

Event Previous Projected Actual
Construction Spending (MoM, July) -0.8% 0.5% 0.1%
ISM Manufacturing PMI (August) 58.1 57.7 61.3
IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism (MoM, Sept) 58.0 57.8 55.7

Recent statistical trends have held firm, with U.S. manufacturing remaining strong. However, Construction Spending (July) grew from the previous release but disappointed projections. Today’s numbers have brought more of the same — a strong U.S. economy, with lagging construction/real estate.


On the forex front, the USD is regaining some of its 2018 swagger. Gains against the Euro, Swiss franc, and Japanese yen have highlighted the session. With a wide-open economic calendar until Friday’s U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls, we may be in for a strong opening to September for the Greenback.

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About the author

Arslan Butt // Index & Commodity Analyst
Arslan Butt is our Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst. Arslan is a professional market analyst and day trader. He holds an MBA in Behavioral Finance and is working towards his Ph.D. Before joining FX Leaders Arslan served as a senior analyst in a major brokerage firm. Arslan is also an experienced instructor and public speaker.
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