Strong dollar or weak dollar; take your pick. The dollar took a break last week after President Donald Trump said that the dollar was too strong. U S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the Financial Times that a strong dollar was a positive in the long term. Overall, this did not help the mood of the commodity sector that is acting like it had too many Easter eggs. Both precious metals and industrial metals are taking a hit and that is not helping oil as the market sells off in a light volume frenzy.
With the world economy entering a more uncertain phase and the top central banks sounding ever more cautious, attention may turn in the coming week to signs of whether years of aggressive stimulus have yielded any significant rise in inflation.