Weak dollar helping boost commodity prices

This past week’s Fed meeting and comments from Chairman Powell hinted at continued low-interest rates and a dovish stance to help the economy regain its footing in the current COVID-19 environment. Historically low-interest rates have already made an impact on the economy via a [...]

World sugar futures climb to highest close since early March

Open interest in world sugar futures rose in the last six reported weeks to a four-month high. Total managed money pushed to a ten-week high last week after seeming range-bound since early June. Total managed money was up 7 percent from the previous month [...]

World sugar consolidates after recovering from six-week low

On Tuesday Jul. 14, Oct-20 #11 hit a six-week low with a close at 11.32. The contract rebounded to longer-term retracement resistance above 11.80 the next day but failed tests of higher levels, turning instead to a four-session decline to retracement resistance below 11.65. [...]

Dollar’s rise during stay-at-home orders

Given its spread across borders, the COVID-19 global pandemic could be described as an equalizing force, at least from an economic perspective. Yet, considering its influence on foreign exchange rates, the pandemic’s economic impact has not been shared equally. The U.S. dollar index, a [...]

Dollar consolidates after correcting off multiyear highs

In the second half of March, the U.S. dollar index spiked to its highest levels since late 2002. The index corrected lower in a six-session slide, finding support near its 20-day moving average. Despite some contrarian views, the dollar clearly remains the world’s preferred [...]