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.
GBP minimize losses as Brexit pessimism under question
2020-12-18 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
EUR/JPY: The pair is trading above the cloud. Further bullish pressure will lead the currency pair to retest the previous highs.
XAU/USD: Gold after important gains consolidates below a full retracement.
European Market View
Asian equity markets traded cautiously despite fresh record levels on Wall Street. European stock markets are seen opening lower Friday, with doubts again growing that a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the European Union can be agreed upon. A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also warned it was “very likely” there would be no agreement unless the bloc changed its position “substantially”.
The US FDA has reportedly decided to approve Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine on an emergency basis following the panel recommendation. Looking ahead, highlights from the macroeconomic calendar include UK retail sales, German IFO, Canadian retail sales, will be watched.
EU Key Point
- BOJ's Kuroda claims that It is too early to taper ETF purchases
- Eurostoxx futures -0.2% in early European trading
- UK November retail sales -3.8% vs -4.2% m/m expected
- BOJ's Kuroda supports that will ease monetary policy further without hesitation as needed
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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.