Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
NZD/USD buyers stay in near-term control, helped by risk-on tone
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Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
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 is still struggling to move higher and remains above the 38.2% retracement area.
EU Market View
Asian equity markets began the week with a mildly positive tilt whilst US equity futures rebounded from Friday’s losses, although upside was limited. Iraq plans to reduce oil output in January and February to compensate for breaches to the OPEC+ agreement in 2020.
Asian shares climbed to near all-time highs on Monday as concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and delays in vaccine supplies were eclipsed by the optimism of a $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan to help revive the US economy. At the same time, global equity markets have scaled record highs in recent days on bets COVID-19 vaccines will start to reduce the infection rates worldwide and on a stronger US economic recovery under President Joe Biden. Financial markets have been eyeing a massive package though disagreements have meant months of indecision in a country suffering more than 175 000 COVID-19 cases a day with millions out of work.
EU Key Point
- Germany reports 6 729 new coronavirus cases, 217 deaths in the latest update today.
- China is building border walls with Vietnam and Myanmar.
- China's Global Times says large-scale tests of digital currency are planned for this year.
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.