Ichimoku Kinko Hyo CNH/JPY: The CNH/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo…
USDJPY climbed north of 115
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EUR/JPY: The EUR/JPY pair is trading into fresh highs. Further bullish momentum will fuel the pair further upwards. Alternatively, a break below the Tenkan sen level will push prices to find support at the Kijun sen level.
Equity futures in the U.S. were muted headed into overnight trading on Wednesday after the S&P 500 and Dow Jones extended a rally to close at all-time highs amid a thin trading last week of 2021 on Wall Street.
Contracts on the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ were mostly unchanged.
Market swings intraday were exaggerated by the low trading volumes. Earnings and economic calendars remain light for the final two trading days of 2021, though investors will turn their attention on Thursday to fresh data out of Washington on weekly jobless claims.
First-time unemployment filings are expected to tick up slightly from last week’s reading but remain close to pre-pandemic lows, signalling continued recovery in the labour market as high demand for workers pours into the New Year.
In the FX space, EURUSD is trading a bit lower this morning at around 1.13 while USDJPY climbed north of 115 for the second time since Nov 2021.
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.