Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
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Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
USD/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 continuous to stand below 38.2% retracement area. Despite the recent efforts from bulls, it seems that bears control the trend.
EU Market View
Asian equities traded higher following the positive performance on Wall Street where the S&P 500 and DJIA extended on record levels. Looking ahead, highlights from macroeconomic calendar include German ZEW, US retail sales, industrial production. Fed policymakers are expected to forecast that the U.S. economy will grow in 2021 by the fastest rate in decades, as it recovers from a coronavirus-stricken 2020. The Bank of England also meets this week on Thursday, while the Bank of Japan wraps up a two-day gathering on Friday.
Longer-term U.S. Treasury yields slipped further on Tuesday, as the market looked ahead to government debt auctions and the Fed's two-day policy meeting, which will conclude on Wednesday. The earlier rise in yields stemmed from investors speculating that rising inflation expectations could force the Federal Open Market Committee to signal it will start raising rates sooner than expected.
President Joe Biden's order to make vaccination available to all adults by May 1 contrasted with stuttering rollouts in Germany, France and elsewhere, where use of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been suspended due to concerns over possible serious side effects.
EU Key Point
- Germany reports 5,480 new coronavirus cases, 238 deaths in latest update today.
- BOE will continue bond purchases in 2021.
- Nikkei 225 closes higher by 0.5%.
- BOJ's Kuroda supports that asset prices are not part of BOJ's policy target.
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.