Gold exceeded $2.000 per ounce. Stock futures rose on Wednesday as investors awaited further updates on stimulus talks.
JPY: the Forex market reconquest
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Performance in 2020: +2.4%
Last day range: 109.55 – 110.44
52-week range: 104.46 – 112.40
Now that the Coronavirus is reducing its pace of expansion inside China and increasing its conquest globally, the markets woke up to the probability of having it at a pandemic level. The USD is no longer a bastion of safety as it used to be just until recently, and a pre-panic mode is engulfing the Forex market. For the JPY, it means getting back at the pedestal of safe-haven and enjoying high demand from currency investors. The Japanese yen is performing well against most of its counterparts, and the USD/JPY is the most vibrant example of it.
JPY is changing gears
The USD/JPY finally left the corridor of 109.65-110.25 where it takes rest from time to time since the virus broke out. Currently, it trades at 108.96, which flirts with the support of 108.70 and comes to test the mid-term upward trend of the currency pair. Going below 108.70 would mean the currency pair aims at 108.25 – if it’s there, it means the mid-term tendency of USD’s appreciation against the JPY is broken. But it will take a while before that. This Friday, we are likely to see the support of 108.70 tested; next week, the downside corridor between 108.25 and 108.70 will be in the agenda.
New COVID-19 cases globally have been on the rise lately, although it is too early to call them second waves in most countries.
With the pandemic claiming about 1000 lives a day in the United States, many departments said they lack the money and the staff to identify people who have been exposed, according to a survey of a 121 local agencies.
China arrested Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong’s richest and best-known publishers, on suspicion of collusion with foreign agents.
Looking ahead, highlights from macroeconomic calendar include EZ Sentiment Index and Fed’s Evans speech who is a Fed non-voter. Rise in US-China tensions (WeChat specifically) sends US dollar higher.
US stocks are set to open lower Friday, with investors worry over rising tensions between the US and China, deadlock over the next virus relief bill and possible disappointments from the key monthly employment report.