Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
Equity markets were higher in Wednesday’s trading session
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Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
CHF/JPY: The CHF/JPY pair is now trading slightly above the cloud. Should the bulls manage to withstand the bears’ pressure will trigger the market above the Kijun sen level, targeting the previous top with further bullish implications. A plunge of the market will lead the pair within the Kumo.
European Market View
Equity markets were higher in Wednesday’s trading session, finishing near best levels as investors bought into the message from Fed. No clear direction among sectors or styles though, with cyclicals vs defensives and value vs growth tightly bunched. Dow Jones closed up by 0.3%, S&P 500 by 0.7% and NASDAQ by 1%. VIX index ticked lower, down to 15 which is a year-low. Asian markets are joining the sigh of relief this morning, with most markets higher around 0.5-1%. US futures are broadly unchanged.
In the FX space EURUSD moved a bit lower and currently trading in the area of 1.1550. Keep an eye on EURGBP for a possible move higher on a dovish Bank of England.
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.