Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
USD/CAD: softer US dollar and higher crude oil helping the pair
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Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
CAD/JPY: The pair is trading above the cloud. An upward pressure would lead the pair to exit further the cloud, confirming a bullish outlook.
XAU/USD: Gold facing a further weakness the last hours and trading below 23.6% key retracement area. Gold bulls are disappointed from the current price action.
US Market View
U.S. stocks are seen opening slightly lower Thursday, consolidating after recent gains amid cautious trading ahead of key unemployment data, while the cold snap keeps oil prices elevated. Oil prices extended recent gains Thursday, as although the winter storm that crippled the Texas electrical grid is moving out of the state, freezing temperatures remain, hampering attempts to restore power.
Data Wednesday pointed to a strong economic recovery, with retail sales climbing 5.3% on the month in January and producer prices climbing more sharply than expected, but the FOMC minutes from its last meeting emphasized that its monetary stance will nonetheless remain easy for some time.
USA Key Point
- ECB policymakers agreed that ample monetary stimulus remained essential.
- BOE's Saunders supports ‘’don't need to decide yet on negative rates.’’
- Cable closes in on the week's high as buyers stay in the hunt towards 1.4000.
- US futures keep lower ahead of North American trading.
- EUR/USD regains some of yesterday's decline, but sellers stay in near-term control.
- EUR/GBP falls to lowest levels since April last year as the technical breakdown continues.
- The GBP is the strongest and the USD is the weakest.
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.