Major U.S. benchmarks are holding Monday’s gains and then some this morning after the Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high to start the week. Europe is leading this morning, the DAX is + 0.8% while Asia is muted. Traders want to keep an eye on Europe as Italy’s new PM Conte faces a bit of a confidence vote, though the coalition that appointed him has a majority.
It has been a day of two halves for the U.S. dollar. The greenback was initially lower and sharply so against some commodity currencies, before bouncing back in the second half of today’s session – most notably against the British pound but also versus the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen. Commodity currencies were still outperforming, however, no doubt boosted by the ongoing risk-on rally.
Friday’s “risk-on” rally, triggered in part by those strong US employment figures, followed through on Monday as Asian shares and U.S. index futures rose. Although Europe was also higher at the open, some of the major indices such as the German DAX gave up their earlier gains as investors considered the impact of U.S. import tariffs on metals and how this may impact European companies and their profits.