Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
USD/CHF: remains under significant selling pressure
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NZD/JPY: The pair is trading above the cloud. Further bullish pressure will lead the currency pair to retest the previous highs.
XAG/USD: Silver consolidates below 23.6% retracement level. It seems that silver will struggle further to gain.
European Market View
Asian shares stalled near record highs on Friday as investors weighed renewed doubts about a highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine against hopes that some of the region's economies will recovery quicker than their Western peers. U.S. hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at a record and experts warn that Thanksgiving gatherings could lead to further infections and deaths. More than 20 million people across England will be forced to live under the toughest restrictions even after a national lockdown ends on Dec. 2. Partial lockdowns in some European countries have also raised concern about economic growth.
Asian equity markets were mixed as trade continued to lack firm direction following the holiday closure in the US for Thanksgiving. Looking ahead highlights from macroeconomic calendar include Eurozone Consumer Confidence (Final) & Economic Sentiment, Black Friday, ECB's Schnabel and Panetta speeches.
European Key Point
- Tokyo reports a record 570 new coronavirus cases in latest update today
- ECB's Panetta supports that ecb stimulus so far has not been sufficient
- Germany sees total confirmed coronavirus cases surpass the 1 million mark
- ECB's Panetta says there should be no doubt on the Bank's inflation commitment
- China Industrial Profits for October comes at +28.2% y/y (prior +10.1%)
- The UK is moving to get Oxford-Astra COVID-19 vaccine drug approved faster
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.