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/JPY runs into key resistance trendline area
2021-01-11 • Updated
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
AUD/JPY: The pair is trading below the cloud. Further bearish pressure will lead the currency pair to retest the previous lows.
XAG/USD: Silver stands above 50% retracement level with an indecision between bulls and bears.
European Market View
Asian equity markets began the week indecisively as ongoing COVID-19 concerns and US-China tensions contributed to the cautious mood. US House Speaker Pelosi said the House will take up a resolution to impeach US President Trump unless VP Pence and the cabinet invoke the 25th amendment. Treasury yields were at a 10-month top as "trillions" in new U.S. fiscal stimulus plans were set to be unveiled this week, stoking a global reflation trade.
Oil prices fell on Monday, hit by renewed concerns about global fuel demand amid tough coronavirus lockdowns in Europe and new curbs on movement in China, the world's second-largest oil user, where infections jumped. Mainland China saw its biggest daily increase in virus infections in more than five months, authorities said on Monday, as new infections rose in Hebei, which surrounds the capital, Beijing. Looking ahead, highlights from macroeconomic calendar include Eurozone Sentix Index, BoE's Tenreyro, ECB's Lagarde, Fed's Bostic and Kaplan speeches.
EU Key Point
- Germany reports 12,497 new coronavirus cases in latest update today
- There are two Federal Reserve speakers on the docket for Monday
- Trump's 2nd impeachment will likely be this week, a conviction could take until mid-April
- Pakistan is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to put the fiscal support program back on track
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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.