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.
US dollar strength as Trump gains on key states
2020-11-04 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
USD/JPY: The USD/JPY pair is trading above the Kumo. Further bullish momentum will lead the currency pair to retest the previous high.
European Market View
- The main story in FX markets this morning is a broad strengthening of the USD while other safe havens have also benefitted on heightened uncertainty in regard to the US election outcome. RUB was the clear early in the morning.
- The odds of Trump re-taking the White House has risen quite substantially since yesterday. EUR/USD have dropped on this nearly a figure to from the 1.17's to 1.16's while now is trading in the middle of that range.
- The SP500 futures surged this morning as Trump leads in battleground states.
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