Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
EUR/USD enters a consolidation period
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Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
GBP/JPY: The pair is trading in a bearish sentiment below the cloud. The currency pair has just surpassed the Kijun-sen and the Tenkan-sen, confirming a bearish momentum.
XAG/USD: Silver moves at 38.2% retracement level. It seems that silver has entered a consolidation period.
US Market View
Dow notched gains Thursday, led by value stocks like energy and financials, on hopes the economy is set to get a fiscal boost after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested an agreement on stimulus was nearing the finish line. The Labor Department said 787,000 people filed for unemployment insurance, down 55,000 from the prior week's downwardly revised 842,000, and well above economists' forecast for 870,000. Some economists, however, questioned whether the trend will continue in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases.
US Key Point
- Kudlow supports that there are still policy differences on stimulus
- French government told fishing industry it would get smaller catch from UK waters
- Netherlands hits 10,000 daily virus cases for the first time
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.
Last year was tough for the Japanese yen. USDJPY gained more than 30% over 2022, striking above 150 in October. While anticipation of slower Fed rate hikes pulled the pair below the 130 level at the start of 2023, the speculations over the destiny of BOJ’s yield control policy grabbed the attention of the Japanese assets in the middle of January. What lies ahead for traders of the Japanese yen?