Trump comments on ‘too strong’ dollar send shivers through stock market

MarketWatch/Mark DeCambre/01-17-17

In a Friday interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said the U.S. currency, which touched a more-than 14-year high about two weeks ago, has gotten “too strong,” especially considering the China’s yuan is “dropping like a rock.” “Our companies can’t compete with them now because our currency is too strong. And it’s killing us,” he told WSJ.

Trump’s remarks about the dollar underscore the soon-to-be president’s unconventional political style, and could threaten to roil stocks, which have enjoyed a healthy run higher in recent months. Sitting presidents rarely offer their direct view on the strength or weakness in U.S. currency for fear of influencing the market.

PG View: Today’s weakness in the dollar has pushed gold to an 8-week high and silver is back above $17 for the first time in 5-weeks.

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