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THE US dollar weakened by 0.49% to 97.352 after a report that Chinese officials were unsure if a longer-term trade deal with the US can be reached, one day after Fed chairman Jerome Powell hinted a pause in its rate cut cycle. The switch in trade narrative and better economic release elsewhere triggered the selling in dollar.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's manufacturing sector gained traction at the start of the fourth quarter, with the headline index climbing to a six-month high, says US-based critical information, analytics and solutions provider IHS Markit Ltd.
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit headed for its best week since September, helped by broad dollar weakness and better-than-expected Malaysia manufacturing.
SHANGHAI: Asian shares fell on Friday in a weak start to the month and off three-month highs struck this week on fresh concerns over Sino-U.S. trade prospects and ahead of U.S. economic data, while the dollar eased against major rivals.
KUALA LUMPUR: Banks underpinned Bursa Malaysia’s advance early Thursday, in line with the firmer Asian markets after the US Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 25 basis points but slower factory activity in China could cap gains.
IT LOOKS like the world has taken Halloween very seriously this time: On one side, we have Boris Johnson, and his desperate attempts to get ratified the already agreed with the European Union deal, whereas on the other side the world is being stormed by a series of demonstrations and protests all over the world.
According to Bloomberg Economics published just a few days ago, there is now only a 27% probability that the US will go into a recession within the next 12 months.
THE dollar appreciated by 0.36% to 97.631 following a confluence of factors such as the dovish ECB meeting; higher demand for safe-haven assets as optimism in the US-China trade talks was offset by another round of Brexit saga; and better-than-expected flash PMI data with the October Markit manufacturing PMI preliminary estimate rising to 51.5 points from 51.1 points in September and beating market expectation of 50.7.
Singapore: New Zealand’s dollar is set to take another leg down this week if key manufacturing data add to evidence business sentiment is deteriorating.
SO FAR this year can be described as either a vicious circle or constant dejavú.