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.
The USD is the strongest and the CHF is the weakest
2020-09-30 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
CAD/JPY: The pair is trading in a bullish sentiment above the cloud. The currency pair has just surpassed the Kijun-sen and the Tenkan-sen, confirming a bullish momentum.
XAU/USD: Gold during the last hours is trying to move higher and continues to stand above 23.6% retracement area.
US Market View
World stocks fell and safer assets such as the yen and dollar found buyers on Wednesday after a chaotic first U.S. presidential debate and rising COVID-19 cases turned investors cautious, though strong factory surveys boosted China's markets.
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled over Trump's record on the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare, and the economy in a bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump's repeated interruptions.
US stock futures had nudged higher early during the debate but then retreated as Trump cast doubt on whether he would accept the election's outcome if he lost. Asian trading had been choppy rather than outright weak but Europe main markets
US Key Point
- ECB's Villeroy talked about symmetrical inflation target
- US final GDP for 2Q -31.4%% vs -31.7% estimate
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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.