Charts that count: the story of two central banks

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Now for the cards of the week.

Gold hovers around $ 1,800 per ounce. After slipping earlier on the basis of positive US economic data, the yellow metal rallied after the Federal Reserve was a little more dovish than expected, and the Bank of England was much more dovish than expected – which implies that central bankers in developed countries are not quite as ready to raise rates as everyone had perhaps started to believe.

(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of currencies from its major trading partners) had a mixed week after the Fed began to “scale back” its quantitative easing program.

US dollar index chart

(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) has strengthened against the US dollar (when the red line rises, the dollar strengthens while the yuan weakens).

USD / CNY currency chart

(Chinese yuan in US dollar: since June 25, 2019)

The return on the Ten-year US government bond slipped.

U.S. Treasury Bond Yield Chart

(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The return on the Japanese ten-year bond fell hard (keeping in mind that we’re still talking about a few basis points – one basis point being 0.01 percent – here).

Japanese government bond yield chart

(Yield on ten-year Japanese government bonds: three months)

And the yield on the German Bund at ten years moved back too.

German Bund Yield Chart

(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

The copper prices continued to fall.

Copper Price Table

(Copper: nine months)

The closely related Australian dollar fell in sympathy.

AUD / USD currency chart

(Australian dollar to US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Bitcoin is off its all-time high, but still holds up to over $ 60,000.

Bitcoin Price Table

(Bitcoin: three months)

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims in the United States fell from 14,000 to 269,000. The four-week moving average fell from 15,000 to 284,750. Meanwhile, the non-farm payroll in the United States was a little stronger than expected.

Table of initial weekly jobless claims in the United States

(Initial jobless claims in the United States, four-week moving average: since January 2020)

The oil price fell, recovering from recent highs despite the Opec oil cartel promise to keep production at current levels.

Brent crude oil price chart

(Brent gross: three months)

from amazon The stock saw another sharp rise as the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hit new records.

Amazon stock price table

(Amazon: three months)

You’re here continued its seemingly unstoppable rise.

Tesla share price table

(Tesla: three months)

Have a good week-end.

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