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/ZAR: stabilization planned
2020-07-16 • Updated
The South African rand has been following a downward trajectory since its peak in early April. The spike at the beginning of June did not change this trend. It aims at the channel within 15.82 – 16.46: this is the likely zone to where the USD/ZAR will drop to pick up its pre-virus trajectory. Given the fact that the latter trajectory has been strategically bullish, we are likely to see a dip into the mentioned channel, but after that, the USD’s mild appreciation against ZAR will take place again. For this reason, go bearish in the short-term, then moderately bullish in the mid-term.
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