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.
Quiet Markets Looking for Dirrection
2020-08-14 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
EUR/JPY: The pair is trading in a bearish sentiment below the cloud. The currency pair has just surpassed the Kijun-sen and the Tenkan-sen, confirming a bearish momentum.
XAU/USD: Gold after a bearish correction is touching the 50% retracement area.
European Market View
European stock markets are seen opening cautiously higher Friday, with Chinese economic data suggesting a slow recovery ahead of the release of quarterly growth numbers for the eurozone. White House said Treasury Secretary Mnuchin told House Speaker Pelosi he was willing to move forward with COVID-19 aid on some issues, but not election funding. Looking ahead, highlights from macroeconomic calendar include Eurozone employment and GDP (2nd), US Retail Sales, Industrial Production and University of Michigan Survey.
European Key Point
- Eurostoxx futures trading at -0.2% in early European trading.
- NZ PM Ardern supports that will extend Auckland lockdown for an extra 12 days.
- Russia to publish coronavirus vaccine trials data in the coming days.
- Germany reports 1,449 new coronavirus cases in latest update today.
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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.