Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
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EUR/JPY: The pair is trading above the cloud. An upward pressure would lead the pair to exit further the cloud, confirming a bullish outlook.
XAG/USD: Silver after still is struggling to move above 23.6% retracement area.
US Market View
The U.S. Congress passed the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, sending it to President Donald Trump for its signature into law. In addition, the Senate also passed a $1.4 trillion spending bill that will keep the government funded through September.
U.S. stock markets are set to open mixed after a surprisingly resilient performance on Monday, when the sight of the country’s banks gearing up to resume stock buybacks calmed fears about a fresh surge in the pandemic from the new strain of Covid-19 virus detected in Europe and Africa.
Crude oil prices edged down again in quieter trade overnight, after a bruising drop on Monday in response to fears that the discovery of a new strain of Covid-19 virus could lead to wider and longer lockdowns in the new year.
USA Key Point
- The CHF is the strongest and the NZD is the weakest
- US consumer confidence highlights a lively economic calendar
- European Commissioner recommends re-opening essential travel with UK
On Thursday, the 2nd of February, the Bank of England will publish its report concerning interest rates and inflation data for the Eurozone. Professionals and investors anticipate that Andrew Bailey’s lead team of policy makers will likely raise interest rates to 4%; the highest in over a decade, for the tenth time in a row.
The first FOMC meeting comes after a buildup of anticipation from traders and investors alike, as the markets await what posture the Fed will take regarding the interest rates; would there be a hike or a cut in interest rates? Recall that the Federal Open Market Committee had previously ended the year 2022 with a 50bps hike, and an indication from Powell, the committee chairman, that the Fed could consider raising interest rates by 75bps in the course of the year 2023.
Western countries are trying to find other options for oil and gas supplies after a 10th package of sanctions, which will put more pressure on Russian oil and decrease global oil supply. Italy, for example, is in talks with Libya.