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CAD/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.
XAU/USD: Gold has started a remarkable downside correction and stands on the key 23.6% retracement area after a failure to hold the 38.2% retracement area.
EU Market View
Asian equity markets were lower across the board with weakness stemming from the uninspiring performance in global peers. European stock markets are seen largely rebounding Tuesday after the previous session’s sharp losses. However, the overall tone remains weak amid concerns that the region’s recovery will be stymied by fresh lockdowns.
Looking ahead, highlights from the macroeconomic calendar include Riksbank & Hungarian rate decisions, US existing home sales, BoE Governor Bailey, ECB's Panetta, Lane speeches, Fed Chair Powell, Evans Barkin speeches.
EU Key Point
- Dollar firms a little more to start the session
- UK's Gove supports that new restrictions will be imposed
- BoE rate cut expectations to increase
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?