Forex news for NY trading on February 21, 2020
The headline of the day is that the 30 year yield traded to a new all time low of 1.8843%. That took out the August 2019 low yield of 1.9039% and although the yield is closing above that old low, the closing level will be the lowest on record.
Helping the yields move lower is the:
- Expectation of a cut in US rates by July and potential for another cut later in the year
- Flight to safety flows
- Lower global growth from the coronavirus
- Dollar buying as the US remains a safe haven
- The Markit Service and Composite PMI data was below the 50.0 level while the manufacturing index was lower than expectations as well.
The 10 year yield also moved lower and approached the swing low from 2019 at 1.4272%. The low yield today reached 1.4359% before rebounding into the close to 1.4700%. The all time low yield was in 2016 at 1.3180% (see chart below).
Below is a table of the current, high and low yields for the US debt along the yield curve. The 2-10 year spread also flattened to 12.14 basis points from 12.60 basis points yesterday.
Gold was another big mover today and this week. The price of gold is trading up $24.00 or 1.48% at $1643.43. The high for the day reached $1649.26. That was the highest level since February 2013. For the week, the price of gold settled last Friday at $1584. The current price at $1643.43 is a $59.43 gain for the week or 3.75% gain. Big breakout move for gold this week.
The fall in stocks, rise in gold, fall in yields led to a fall in the USD today. The USD was the weakest of the major currencies today. The strongest currency was the GBP (but it came off the highs in the NY session). The dollar fell by 0.61% vs the GBP. It also fell versus the EUR by -.59% vs the EUR and -0.58% vs the CHF.
For the week, the dollar fared better with the largest gains vs the JPY, AUD and NZD. The JPY was hit on the back of much weaker GDP growth and concerns about the coronavirus on future growth. The AUD traded to 11 year lows this week also on the back of concerns about the coronavirus. The NZD did not escape the decline as well.
The CHF was the strongest as it remains somewhat isolated and is also a safe haven currency in times of uncertainty.