Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
5 important events this week will bring us!
- Canadian GDP (Tue, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT)) – According to analysts, the indicator will advance by 0.1%. If the actual level is higher than the forecasts, the CAD will go up.
- US ISM manufacturing PMI (Tue, 17:00 MT (14:00 GMT)) – Analysts expect the level of PMI to reach 50.4 points. Higher figures will push the USD up.
- Australian retail sales (Fri, 4:30 MT (1:30 GMT)) – Analysts anticipate the level of retail sales to advance by 0.5%. Higher-than-expected figures will boost the US dollar.
- Canadian trade balance (Fri, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT)) – The difference in value between imported and exported goods are expected to remain at the same level of -1.1 billion dollars. If the actual level is higher, the CAD will be supported.
- US jobs data (Fri, 15:30 MT (12:30 GMT)) – NFP is forecast to increase by 140 thousand jobs, while the unemployment rate will likely remain at the same level and the level of average hourly earnings is forecast to decline by 0.3%. If NFP and average hourly earnings are higher and the unemployment rate is lower than the forecasts, it will make the USD rise.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.
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The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.