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.
USD is the strongest and the AUD is the weakest
2020-11-20 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
AUD/JPY: The pair is trading below the cloud. A downward pressure would lead the pair to exit further the cloud, confirming a bearish outlook.
XAG/USD: Silver after many efforts to move higher returns aggressively bearish.
US Market View
U.S. stock markets are set to extend Wednesday’s losses when they open later, on fears that the current wave of Covid-19 cases will weigh heavily on output in the final quarter of the year.
The U.S. passed the grim milestone of over 250,000 deaths from Covid-19 as cities and states across the country moved to tighten restrictions on gatherings and economic life to stop their health systems from being overwhelmed. The number of people hospitalized with the virus rose to a new record high of over 79,000, while the death count hit its highest since early May.
The Central Bank of Turkey raised its key one-week borrowing rate by 475 basis points, as its new governor acted to shore up the world’s worst-performing currency among the big emerging markets this year.
USA Key Point
- November Philly Fed comes at 26.3 vs 23.0 than expected
- IMF's Georgieva supports that global economic recovery may be losing momentum, risks are very high
- Barnier reportedly cancels briefings to EU side planned for next week
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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.
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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.