China's Caixin Services PMI clocked in at a surprising 53.1 for the month into September, with broader markets anticipating a restrained reading of 51.5.
China's Composite reading also improved, albeit slightly, ticking up from 52.0 to 52.1 for September, and risk-prone bulls in the Asia-Pacific session may have been given a reason to buy in the early Monday trading window. New orders improved as well, reaching their fastest pace of expansion in over 3 months, though the employment category did hit into contraction, printing at 49.0 for the first time since mid-2016.
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EUR/USD retreats to 1.0750, looks to post small weekly gains
EUR/USD lost its traction and declined to the 1.0750 area in the American session on Friday. In the absence of high-tier data releases, week-end flows seem to be impacting the pair's action heading into the weekend.
GBP/USD holds above 1.2550 ahead of the weekend
GBP/USD keeps its footing on Friday and trades modestly higher on the day above 1.2550 following Thursday's rally. Ahead of next week's all-important US inflation data and Fed policy announcements, modest US Dollar weakness allows the pair to stay in positive territory.
Gold struggles to find direction, holds steady near $1,960
Gold price struggles to make a decisive move in either direction on Friday in the absence of high-impact data releases. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield stays relatively calm above 3.7% following Thursday's slide, limiting XAU/USD's action.
Weekly Roundup: Binance US halts fiat services, Coinbase does business as usual, XRP hits key milestone
The US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) clampdown on exchange negatively influenced the crypto market and assets throughout the week. The lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase resulted in several challenges for the platforms’ users.
The Week Ahead - FOMC, ECB and Bank of Japan, US CPI, China retail sales and Tesco results
A busy week is ahead, including meetings from the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of Japan. Data to be released includes US CPI and China retail sales. Tesco will also release results.