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Talking Points:

- US equities have posed bullish breakouts from congestion patterns that have been building over the past few months, and perhaps not coincidentally, this has happened as the US Dollar[1] has finally started to soften after what became an aggressively strong three-week-run.

- The US Dollar produced a bearish evening star pattern yesterday around the release of April inflation figures, and while inflation remains above the Fed’s target and primes the bank for a hike in June, the fact that the data printed in-line with expectations may have allayed fears that were keeping pressure around US stocks. Higher forces of inflation forcing faster rate hikes presents a quandary for bond markets, and this could also make the operating environment for American corporates considerably less-friendly. With that theme taking a step back from the ledge in yesterday’s inflation report, the potential re-opens for a continuation of trends in USD-weakness, and US Equity strength.

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Dow, S&P Breakouts as USD-Weakness Shows Up

It’s been a fairly climactic week across global markets, and for US equity traders the release of that building tension has worked out in a positive way. While the S&P 500[6] and the Dow had

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currensceneFLOGO WHTsquareThough not the oldest form of currency, some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent. The shell most widely used worldwide as currency was the shell of Cypraea moneta, the money cowry.

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