Buz Investors XAUUSD Gold Prices Higher Gold prices edged higher on Monday’s session, marking its strongest level in two months as investors are closely watching on the most anticipated speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May and the inauguration of the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump later this week.

Gold Price Rallies $10 But ‘Targets $1200’ as Trump Sacks Comey

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Gold Price Rallies $10 But ‘Targets $1200’ as Trump Sacks Comey

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BUZ INVESTORS Gold Price Rallies $10   Gold is trading at $1223.40 per ounce at 09:40 GMT this morning, 0.15% higher from the New York close. This morning, the precious metal traded at a high of $1225.30 per ounce and a low of $1220.70 per ounce. Yesterday, gold traded slightly higher in the New York session and closed at $1221.60 per ounce. Immediate downside, the first support level is seen at $1216.23 per ounce, while on the upside, the first resistance level is at $1228.63 per ounce.

GOLD PRICES rallied $10 per ounce from new 2-month lows against the US Dollar on Wednesday morning, also rallying against other currencies after US President Trump shocked political pundits by sacking FBI director James Comey.
North Korea’s ambassador to the UK meantime said Pyongyang is preparing to conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test, ratcheting up tensions with neighboring South Korea and China, as well as the US.
Officially sacked over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation ahead of last year’s White House election, Comey had now been investigating links between Moscow’s Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
“Cryin’ [Democrat leader] Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’ Then acts so indignant.#draintheswamp,” Trump tweeted in response to Schumer calling the sacking a “big mistake”.




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Gold increased 2.40 USD/t oz. or 0.20% to 1,223.30 on Wednesday May 10 from 1,220.90 in the previous trading session. Historically, Gold reached an all time high of 1898.25 in September of 2011 and a record low of 34.83 in January of 1970.

The biggest producers of gold are China, Australia, United States, South Africa, Russia, Peru and Indonesia. The biggest consumers of gold jewelry are India, China, United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Russia and UAE. Gold Futures are available for Trading in the Commodity Exchange (COMEX) which merged with the New York Mercantile exchange in 1994 and became the division responsible for metals trading. Half of the gold consumption in the world is in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry. However, Gold is not only a precious metal but also a commodity vital for many industries. Gold is an excellent conductor of electricity, is extremely resistant to corrosion, and is one of the most chemically stable of the elements, making it critically important in electronics and other high-tech applications. This page provides – Gold – actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Gold – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on May of 2017.

 

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1223.30 1223.60 1898.25 34.83 1968 – 2017 USD/t oz. Daily

 

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BUZ INVESTORS big stock bonuses A year ago, Peabody Energy Corp's BTUUQ.PK chief executive was presiding over $2 billion of losses

Peabody Reports Earnings For Quarter Ended March 31, 2017; Revises Financial Targets For Full-Year 2017

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BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE Peabody Reports Earnings Revenue, income from continuing operations net of income taxes, net income, and Adjusted EBITDAR1

BUZ INVESTORS PRESS RELEASE  Peabody Reports Earnings Revenue, income from continuing operations net of income taxes, net income, and Adjusted EBITDAR1 all rise substantially on higher PRB shipments and increased Australian thermal and metallurgical coal pricing; net income reaches highest level in nearly five years; 2017 targets revised to reflect higher met coal volumes from full year of contributions from the Metropolitan hard coking coal mine.

Peabody (BTU) announced today that first quarter 2017 revenues, net income and Adjusted EBITDAR all showed substantial increases over the first quarter of 2016.  Revenues increased 29 percent to $1.33 billion.  Net income attributable to common stockholders increased $287.2 million to $122.1 million, the highest net income in nearly five years, and income from continuing operations net of income taxes rose $292.7 million to $131.0 million.  Adjusted EBITDAR increased $304.9 million to $390.0 million.

Peabody today also revised its full-year financial targets to reflect higher metallurgical coal volumes even in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in Australia.  The company is retaining the Metropolitan hard coking coal mine and its associated 16.67 percent interest in Port Kembla Coal Terminal in the company’s portfolio, after proposed purchaser South32 was unable to obtain regulatory clearance and terminated the purchase contract last month.

The company adopted fresh-start accounting under applicable accounting rules as of the April 3, 2017, effective date of the company’s plan of reorganization, which is not reflected in these first quarter results.  The adoption of fresh-start accounting may materially affect its results of operations following the fresh-start reporting dates, as the company will have a new basis in its assets and liabilities.  As a result, certain balance sheet and income statement items will not be comparable to previously reported historical results, including the first quarter 2017 results presented here.

“Peabody’s first quarter results were significantly improved over the prior year across the platform, reflecting sharply higher coal demand in the United States and expanded Australian margins for both thermal and metallurgical coal,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “Whilst several temporary issues in Australia prevented the quarter from meeting our full potential, our performance was greatly improved with excellent cash generation from our operations.  We look forward to advancing with a strengthened balance sheet, rebounding shipments in Queensland, and retention of the Metropolitan Mine in New South Wales.”




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Note: All comparisons are to first quarter of 2016 unless otherwise noted.

1 Adjusted EBITDAR is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the tables in this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures. 

First Quarter Results

First quarter revenues rose 29 percent to $1.33 billion (from $1.03 billion in the prior year), driven by a 26 percent increase in Powder River Basin shipments, 17 percent rise in Western sales volumes, and 139 percent and 44 percent average revenue-per-ton increases in Australian metallurgical and thermal coal, respectively.

First quarter 2017 net income attributable to common stockholders increased $287.2 million to $122.1 million, and reflected $93.3 million in lower interest expense associated with the impact of interest under certain debt instruments being stayed during the Chapter 11 proceedings, partly offset by $61.3 million in reduced tax benefits.

Quarterly income from continuing operations net of income taxes increased $292.7 million to $131.0 million, led by a 29 percent increase in revenues that outpaced a 5 percent increase in operating costs and expenses.

First quarter Adjusted EBITDAR rose to $390.0 million, a $304.9 million increase over the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted EBITDAR included approximately $30 million in negative first quarter impacts from Cyclone Debbie in Australia and a $20 million benefit associated with the sale of the company’s 37.5 percent interest in the Dominion Terminal Associates in Virginia as part of the company’s ongoing portfolio management process.

Within consolidated Adjusted EBITDAR:

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  • U.S. Adjusted EBITDA increased 24 percent to $191.7 million, with improvements led by higher Powder River Basin and Western shipments, partly offset by reduced margins at Midwestern operations and a $13 million benefit related to a contractual resolution with a Southwestern U.S. coal customer.  Sales volumes, revenues per ton and costs per ton were all consistent with the company’s prior annual financial targets.
  • Australian Adjusted EBITDA rose to $185.2 million from $5.6 million in 2016, driven by a 139 percent increase in metallurgical coal revenues to $150.22 per ton, as well as a 44 percent increase in thermal coal revenues to $48.65 per ton.  Operating costs per ton rose 35 percent in Australian metallurgical mining, led by the impacts of Cyclone Debbie, temporary geologic and operating issues at several operations, and increased royalties due to higher prices.
  • Trading and Brokerage Adjusted EBITDA increased to $25.4 million from a loss of ($18.8) million in 2016, benefitting from realized profits on hedge positions taken in prior periods.

“With profitable operations across the U.S. and Australian platforms, Peabody looks forward to generating cash, further reducing debt and returning cash to shareholders over time,” said Peabody Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Amy Schwetz.  “We have a new capital structure and focused capital discipline that is designed to serve shareholders well through all cycles.”

2017 Targets

Sales Volumes (short tons)

Australia Operations – Costs Per Ton (USD)3

PRB

115 – 120 million

Metallurgical

$85 – $95

ILB

18 – 20 million

Thermal

$31 – $35

Total U.S.

145 – 155 million

Total Australia

$51 – $54

Australia Metallurgical1

11 – 12 million

Capital Expenditures

$165 – $195 million

Australia Export Thermal2

13 – 14 million

Australia Domestic Thermal

~8 million

Q2 – Q4 2017 Cost Sensitivities4

Total Australia

32 – 34 million

$0.05 Decrease in A$ FX Rate5

+~$70 – $75 million

$0.05 Increase in A$ FX Rate5

– ~$30 – $35 million

Trading and Brokerage

3 – 7 million

Fuel (+/- $10/barrel)

+/- ~$24 million

Total Tons Sold

180 – 196 million

Priced Position

PRB Tons 

~115 million tons

U.S. Operations – Revenues Per Ton

PRB Average Price/Ton

$12.67

PRB

$12.40 – $12.90  

ILB Tons

~19 million tons

ILB

$41.75 – $43.75  

ILB Average Price/Ton

$42.39

Total U.S.

$18.90 – $19.30  

Essentially all of Peabody’s expected 2017 U.S. production

is priced as of March 31, 2017; 52% of 2018 volumes

are priced and 67% contracted (on a 2017 projected

sales volume basis).

U.S. Operations – Costs Per Ton

PRB

$9.75 – $10.25  

ILB

$31.25 – $33.25  

Total U.S.

$14.50 – $15.00  

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BUZ INVESTORS ETHETC The pair moved down, broke the triangle support at $49.00, opening the doors for a move towards the range support at $48.00.

ETHETC: Watch these price targets and time target

ETHETC: Watch these price targets and time target

 






ETH/USD Closing In On Range Support

  • If it fails to hold the $48 support, a test of the lower end support at $47 is possible.
  • There was a minor decline in the ETH/USD pair, as there was no close above the $50.00 handle
  • A contracting triangle pattern formed on the 2-hour chart was broken for a push towards the $48.00 range support.
  • If Ether fails to hold the $48.00 support, a test of the lower end support at $47.00 is possible

BUZ INVESTORS ETHETC The pair moved down, broke the triangle support at $49.00, opening the doors for a move towards the range support at $48.00. It has already tested the $48.00 support once and failed to break it. The current H2 candle is positive, suggesting the price may recover in the near term.

A break below $48.00 could lead to further declines, testing the lower end of the range support around $47.00. It is a crucial support and may play a key role for Ether price.

On the upside, an initial resistance is now at $49.00. It also represents the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of the last drop from the $50.05 high to the recent low near $48.00.  Above $49, the next hurdle is around the $50.00 handle.

A bounce from the range support could signal an attempt to challenge the all-important $50.00



ETHETC

While there was a healthy amount of debate and disagreement, eventually most of the Ethereum network switched to the hard fork. However those strongly against the hard fork have decided to maintain the pre-fork chain and reject the new chain. Thus the Ethereum Classic project (ETC) was born.Recently the Ethereum network successfully forked it’s protocol so as to return the compromised funds taken from the DAO smart contract and return them to DAO token holders.

As of yesterday Poloniex, the largest ETH exchange, announced that they have added market support for Ethereum classic.

What this means is that if you were holding ETH before the hard fork, your tokens now exist in 2 separate realities: ETH and ETC. Markets exist for both so you are free to hedge your bets on whichever version of the chain you think will be successful. You can essentially sell all of your ETC while maintaining all of your ETH, or vice-versa.

The problem is that separating your tokens on each chain carries risk. Specifically something called a replay attack. A number of solutions have been proposed and this post aims to walk you through one such method. While I make no guarantees for this method, I can confirm that I have used this method successfully using 5+ accounts. I’ll be making use of smart contracts which you need to trust for this procedure, but I’ll give a brief explanation of how they work.

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AUDUSD flirting with 2-month lows

$AUDUSD levels, Ranges, Targets

AUDUSD levels, Ranges, Targets

Buz Investors AUDUSD levels The pair is trading at 0.7633 at 10:40 GMT this morning, with the Australian Dollar trading 0.12% higher against US Dollar from the New York close.

AUDUSD

Buz Investors AUDUSD levels The pair is trading at 0.7633 at 10:40 GMT this morning, with the Australian Dollar trading 0.12% higher against US Dollar from the New York close. Looking ahead, market participants will keep a close watch on a speech by the RBA Governor, Philip Lowe, scheduled tomorrow. This morning, the pair traded at a high of 0.7641 and a low of 0.7606. The Australian Dollar traded slightly higher against the US Dollar in the New York session yesterday, with the pair closing the session at 0.7624. The pair is expected to its find support at 0.7608 and its first resistance at 0.7652.



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AUDUSD levels

 speech by the RBA Governor, Philip Lowe, scheduled tomorrow

 what is riding any AUD/USD rate actions is the USD side of the equation due to the fact the AUD facet is and has been quite lifeless for plenty many months. each week for lots months the AUD one hundred pip range tale stays the equal. explanations exist to lifeless exchange fees.

The RBA to align with different relevant bank structural changes has been within the midst of money market reforms and scheduled for of entirety this month and this time coincides with the BOE structural exchange end date. Secondly, structural adjustments perhaps why we do not see AUD cash markets flow. Europe is extra unstable than Australia which is pretty a observation to dead Europe money markets. What emerges from the RBA will be a persisted market oriented cash market but the effects to AUD is to date undetermined. The questions are will the RBA allow AUD to transport or will they preserve to compress tiers.

AUD/USD ninety three pip variety is determined from 0.7681 to 0.7588. at the high side of AUD is positioned a stasis line dated from 1999 at zero.7796. Many months in the past this line turned into as excessive as zero.7803 however is now in progress and dropping by using some points each day. This excessive line explains why AUD sees decrease highs. The factor at zero.7796 need to clean to see AUD far higher. we’re now not excited concerning AUD to interrupt this line anytime soon mainly when AUD trades for the beyond few weeks in overbought territory. For today, we;re searching at promote point at zero.7676 and that is pushing AUD’s upside limits. The point at zero.7668 seems more realistic.



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Buz Investors XAGUSD Price of Silver The silver market performed reasonably well in 2016, with the price of the precious metal picking up more than $2 to close the year at $15.88 per ounce. That in turn helped boost the prospects for silver-tracking investments like the iShares Silver Trust

$XAGUSD Correction Targets For Gold Price, Silver Price And Miners

Correction Targets For Gold Price, Silver Price And Miners

Silver

  • Buz Investors Correction Targets The precious metal is trading at $16.87 per ounce at 10:40 GMT this morning, 0.85% lower from the New York close.
  • During the session, silver traded at a high of $17.05 per ounce and a low of $16.84 per ounce. In the New York session yesterday, silver rose 0.29% and closed at $17.01 per ounce.
  • Immediate downside, the first support level is seen at $16.75 per ounce, while on the upside, the first resistance level is at $17.02 per ounce.

Correction Targets

Buz Investors XAGUSD Price of Silver The silver market performed reasonably well in 2016, with the price of the precious metal picking up more than $2 to close the year at $15.88 per ounce. That in turn helped boost the prospects for silver-tracking investments like the iShares Silver Trust

Correction Target Metals and miners may have topped yesterday, but we won’t know until each close beneath their respective 10-day EMA’s.

The dollar tested the 100 level again, and it should bounce as precious metals correct.



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Correction Target

Oil is in a drawn out topping situation similar to that of mid-2015. We may get a decent short play in the coming weeks if the $55.24 high isn’t surpassed.

Follow-through lower tomorrow in metals and miners will be highly suggestive of a top. Gold closing back below $1,200 and silver beneath $17.00 is necessary evidence. However, I don’t plan on trading the move down into the correction (could be tricky). I’d rather wait for signs of bottoming and then begin to buy long-term positions.

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Asante Gold Announces Drill Program Planned On New Targets Keyhole Gold Option Ghana

Asante Gold Announces Drill Program Planned On New Targets Keyhole Gold Option Ghana

Asante Gold Announces Drill Program Planned On New Targets Keyhole Gold Option Ghana

Vancouver, British Columbia – January 18, 2017 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE:ASE/ FRANKFURT:1A9/OTC:ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) announces that it has compiled the data from the first of a series of ground geophysical IP (Induced Polarization/Resistivity) surveys to be completed at its Keyhole Gold option property in Ghana.

Seven distinct linear trending IP zones have been outlined which are interpreted to represent areas with increased sulfide mineralization. Sulfide concentrations (relative high IP values) in this structurally favourable Keyhole area are considered to be prime drill targets. The IP map is available at: http://www.asantegold.com/assets/img/memipnr18jan17.jpg  and the Resistivity map at:  http://www.asantegold.com/assets/img/memres-_nr18jan17.jpg .

IP was chosen as the preferred technique to outline high potential drill targets given the strong association of gold with sulfide mineralization in the Asankrangwa gold belt, such as at the Asanko (Obotan) gold mine located 40 km along the belt to the northeast.  The subdued topography, extensive and locally thick alluvial cover, and heavy weathering and laterization mask mineralization from detection by the direct prospecting, trenching and soil geochemical methods which were used by previous explorers in the area.
Drill collars to test the outlined targets for gold mineralization are being selected for a proposed 1200 metre diamond drilling program, planned to commence in early February 2017.
One of the proposed high IP drill targets corresponds with large angular quartz reef float noted in the heavily galamsey disturbed area of the historical MEM showing – where significant gold values were previously reported:  http://www.asantegold.com/assets/img/img_20161210_001315.jpg .

Please see our September 18, 2016 news release http://www.asantegold.com/news/asante-acquires-strategically-located-keyhole-gold-project-ghana and website http://www.asantegold.com/projects/keyhole-option  for further information.

On behalf of the Board,
“Douglas R. MacQuarrie”
President and CEO

Scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been supervised, reviewed and approved by Douglas R. MacQuarrie, P.Geo. (B.C.) Geology & Geophysics, the President and CEO of the Company, who is a qualified person (“QP”) under NI 43-101. The IP survey was completed and data compiled by Fred Akosah, MSc. Geophysics, a registered geophysicist – Ghana Institution of Geoscientist’s (GhIG) utilizing a 2.5kw  time domain IP system; pole dipole configuration n=1 to 6 ; 50 metre dipole separation; 25 metre station separation.

About Asante Gold Corporation
Asante and BXC Company (Ghana) Limited have entered into a C$19.5 million joint venture, subject to final closing, to develop our Kubi Gold Mining Leases as a potential near term underground operation; and Asante is exploring the Keyhole and Betenase options, the Fahiakoba and other concessions, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on our web site at:  www.asantegold.com

For further information please contact:
Douglas MacQuarrie, President and CEO, tel: +1 604-558-1134; E-mail: douglas@asantegold.com
Doreen Kent, Shareholder Communications, tel: +1 604-948-9450; E-mail:  d.kent@eastlink.ca
Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, tel: +1 778-434-2241; E-mail: kirsti.mattson@gmail.com
Rebecca Greco, Business Development, tel: +1 416-822-6483; E-mail: fighouse@yahoo.com
Florian Riedl-Riedenstein, Director; European Investor Relations, E-mail:  frram@aon.net

WalMart Outlook Rebuts Target’s View of Jittery U.S. Shopper

WalMart Outlook Rebuts Target’s View of Jittery U.S. Shopper

WalMart Outlook Rebuts Target’s View of Jittery U.S. Shopper

WalMart Outlook Rebuts

Sorry, Target Corp., but the U.S. consumer isn’t the problem.

WalMart Outlook Rebuts That’s the view of WalMart Stores Inc., which boosted its forecast on Thursday following better-than-predicted growth last quarter. The outlook contrasted with that of rival Target, which cut its guidance for the year after sales declined.

Target blamed its woes in part on a broader retail slump, with Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell saying Wednesday that U.S. shoppers were being “very cautious.” That echoed the perspective of some other retailers, which fear that a tumultuous presidential election and slowing economies overseas are taking a toll on American spending. But Wal-Mart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said consumer sentiment is actually pretty stable, and the company continues to benefit from low gas prices.

“We think the consumer is OK,” Biggs said in an interview. “Not great, but we haven’t seen a marked change.”

Wal-Mart isn’t the only company benefiting from consumer strength. Total household purchases grew at a 4.2 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, the fastest rate since the end of 2014, according to the Commerce Department. Consumer confidence hovered near the high for the year in July.

“The latest retail sales data show that consumers are somewhat cautious at the turn to the second half of the year, but they are not pulling back sharply,” said Carl Riccadonna, the chief U.S. economist for Bloomberg Intelligence.

In contrast, Wal-Mart saw relatively stable growth across categories, including electronics. Greg Foran, the company’s head of U.S. operations, thinks most of the increase in traffic is coming from existing customers shopping more often. The company has worked to improve the appearance and service at its stores, possibly providing a greater incentive for repeat visits.

It’s also possible that more customers are shopping at Wal-Mart than Target because a shaky economy has prompted them to seek lower prices. But Target’s problems don’t appear to be universal, Riccadonna said.

Post-BoE GBPUSD Weakness to Persist; Downside Targets in Focus

Post-BoE GBPUSD Weakness to Persist; Downside Targets in Focus



Post-BoE GBPUSD Weakness to Persist; Downside Targets in Focus

Post-BoE GBPUSD Weakness to Persist; Downside Targets in Focus

GBPUSD stands at risk of giving back the rebound from the July low (1.2788) as the Bank of England (BoE) reverts back to its easing cycle, while positive data prints coming out of the U.S. economy boosts bets for at 2016 Fed rate-hike.

The Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) multipronged approach (fresh record-low interest rate, a new Term Funding Scheme, GBP 10B in corporate-bond purchases along with an addition GBP 60B in government-bond purchases) to mitigate the spillover effects of ‘Brexit’ casts a bearish outlook for the sterling especially as Governor Mark Carney keeps the door open to further support the U.K. economy. Indeed, the BoE may continue to push monetary policy into unchartered territory as the central bank cuts its growth forecast and warns ‘a majority of members expect to support a further cut in Bank Rate to its effective lower bound at one of the MPC’s forthcoming meetings during the course of the year,’ but the fresh remarks from Governor Carney suggests the central bank will avoid pushing the benchmark interest rate into negative territory as the committee enlists the ‘Term Funding Scheme to reinforce the pass-through of the cut in Bank Rate.’ Despite speculation for additional monetary support, the BoE’s reluctance to implement a negative-interest rate policy (NIRP) may limit the downside risks for GBP/USD as the central bank puts a floor on borrowing-costs.

At the same time, the 255K expansion in U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) may put increased pressure on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to further normalize monetary policy especially as the U.S. economy approaches ‘full-employment,’ and the key data prints due out next week may boost interest-rate expectations as Retail Sales are projected to increase another 0.4% in July, while the U. of Michigan Confidence survey is anticipated to rebound in August. Signs of stronger consumption may heighten the appeal of the dollar and encourage Fed officials to adopt a hawkish tone as it remains one of the leading drivers of growth and inflation, but Chair Janet Yellen may attempt to buy more time at the next quarterly policy meeting in September as the U.S. Presidential election clouds the fiscal outlook. With that said, the Fed may endorse a wait-and-see approach for the foreseeable future as the committee argues ‘market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; most survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance, in recent months,’ and the dollar stands at risk of facing additional headwinds over the near-term as central bank officials largely wait for evidence of stronger inflation.