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Fed Lockhart’s Bullish Comment Boosts US Dollar



US stocks extended losses on Tuesday after Atlanta Fed President Lockhart said that a September interest rate hike is likely unless there is a significant deterioration in the economy. The strengthened, with the ICE US Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of six currencies, finishing 0.4% higher. The and slipped 0.2%. Investors will be watching closely the upcoming as policymakers indicated in the last Fed policy meeting they will raise interest rates after further improvement in labor markets.

Apple (NASDAQ:) fell 3.21%, closing below the 200-day daily moving average at $114.64. American International Group (NYSE:) fell 2.82% after missing earnings expectations, while home and auto insurer Allstate (NYSE:) fell 10.15% after reporting lower-than-expected profits. About three-quarters of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings this season and analysts now forecast a 2.8% drop in second-quarter earnings, better than a 6.4% fall expected about three weeks ago.

Factory Orders in June increased 1.8%, in line with expectations. Today at 12:00 CET will be released in US. At 13:15 CET will be released. The tentative outlook is negative. At 13:30 CET will be released. The tentative outlook is negative. At 15:00 CET July will be released. The tentative outlook is positive.

European stock markets retreated on Tuesday on disappointing earnings reports. The traded lower. The closed down 0.17%, Germany’s finished up 0.1%, while France’s slipped 0.2%. Greece is seeking to reach a deal for 86 billion euros ($94.5 billion) bailout with creditors by August 20 to pay off a European Central Bank debt of 3.5 billion euros that matures on that day, and European Commission described the progress in negotiations as encouraging.

BMW dropped 1.3% after the German car maker reported a decline in second-quarter profit due to slowing China sales. Banking shares were hit.

At 10:00 CET will be released in euro-zone. The tentative outlook is negative. Tomorrow at 7:00 CET will be released in Germany. The tentative outlook is positive. At 8:30 July Markit Construction PMI will be released. At 9:10 CET July Markit retail PMI will be released in , , and .

gained 0.5% today as edged lower and construction companies and real estate developers reported better-than expected earnings. Tomorrow at 00:50 will be released in Japan. At 06:00 CET and will be published. The tentative outlook is positive.

Chinese stocks are falling today on concerns government intervention such as trading halts, regulatory measures to curb short selling and a suspension of initial public offerings is driving away investors. A total of 515 mainland companies, or 18 percent of all listings, remain halted from trading.

is edging higher today after rebounding on Tuesday following Monday’s slump. Investors expect the today at 15:30 CET US will show a decline in US weekly inventory.

is slipping today following the bullish remark of Fed President Lockhart. We believe the July jobs report will provide some direction for the safe haven asset as the data will indicate whether the labor market dynamics supports the September rate hike scenario.

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