Earnings season is a crucial time for investors and analysts, as it provides insights into how well companies have performed over the past quarter and gives indications of their future earnings. In 2023, expectations for US Q1 earnings were low due to economic challenges and rising interest rates. Surprisingly, many companies beat these low expectations, with 75% of S&P 500 companies surpassing forecasts.
EUR/USD: looks at 1.25 target
2020-12-14 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
USD/JPY: The pair is trading below the cloud. Downward pressure would lead the pair to exit further the cloud, confirming a bearish outlook.
XAU/USD: Gold sell-off keeps going. Sellers send price below 38.2% retracement area.
US Market View
The dollar headed lower in early European trade Monday, as traders deserted the safe haven on hopes that Congress will finally agree on a fiscal stimulus package ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. A bipartisan bill for a $908 billion Covid-19 relief package is set to be introduced in Congress later in the day, which could be split into two separate packages in order to maximize the chances of something getting through differences between Republicans and Democrats. The pound rebounded after the U.K. and European Union agreed to extend their negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade agreement yet again, after missing the latest self-imposed deadline on Sunday. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will release its monthly report on the world oil market as crude oil futures consolidate above $50 a barrel for the first time since the pandemic erupted.
USA Key Point
- The GBP is the strongest and the USD is the weakest
- US expects to immunise 100 million by March
- ECB's Panetta says inflation will remain subdued
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The S&P 500 had a good week due to the impressive start of Q1 earnings and favorable inflation data. In March, the consumer price index rose 5%, lower than the previous month's 6%, and met economists' expectations.
The past several weeks have been a real triumph for the bulls in the oil market. The Brent spot price grew by 8.5% during the last month.
Gold prices are rising for three consecutive days ahead of the Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate decision, which is expected to remain unchanged due to declining inflation and a positive economic outlook. Investors are keen on the Fed's interest rate guidance, fearing a hawkish stance that could trigger market risk aversion.
Amid concerns of a Chinese economic slowdown, reports of declining investment often overlook China's efficient investment strategy in emerging sectors for long-term growth. China has taken measures to stabilize foreign and private sector investments, like reducing the reserve requirement ratio to boost investor confidence.