Prime Minister May will announce further details of the Brexit Bill on Tuesday with parliamentary reaction watched closely.

Trade concerns dominated during Monday with tensions over Huawei’s access to US technology firms reinforcing underlying US-China uncertainty.

Equity markets moved lower as the technology sector came under pressure, although Chinese markets attempted to rally on Tuesday.

Currencies were held in relatively narrow ranges with the US dollar continuing to significant gain net support from a lack of attractive alternatives.

Political concerns continued to sap support for the Euro and Sterling.

The Australian dollar declined after Reserve Bank Governor Lowe stated that a rate cut would be considered at the June meeting.

Oil prices were resilient as underlying supply issues continued to provide support.

Bank of England Deputy Governor Broadbent stated that the underlying investment trend had declined in every quarter during 2018 and that the trend is still negative. The downbeat comments and warning over Brexit uncertainty were significant in maintaining negative Sterling sentiment. Money markets indicated that the potential for a Bank of England interest rate increase this year had declined to 11% from around 30% two weeks ago.

Markets also remained very sceptical that the government would be able to secure approval for the Brexit Withdrawal Bill in parliament. GBP/USD briefly moved above 1.2750 in a correction from recent sharp losses before fading again while GBP/EUR continued lower towards 1.1400.

Prime Minister May will announce further details of the Brexit Bill on Tuesday with parliamentary reaction watched closely. Sterling was unable to make headway and GBP/USD traded around 1.2725 with political and global trade developments likely to dominate during the day.

Economic Calendar

Expected Previous
09:30 BoE Gov Carney Speaks - -
09:30 BoE MPC Member Michael Saunders - -
09:30 GBP BoE Ben Broadbent Speech - -
11:00 GBP CBI Industrial Trends Orders (MAY) - -5
15:00 USD Existing Home Sales(APR) - 5.21M
15:00 USD Existing Home Sales Change(APR) - -4.90%
15:00 Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence(MAY) - -7.9
15:45 Fed President Evans Speaks - -
17:00 FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks - -
23:30 AUD Westpac Leading Index (M/M) - 0.2
23:45 NZD Retail Sales (Q/Q) - 1.70%
23:45 NZD Core Retail Sales (Q/Q) 0.90% 2.00%

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