We are now past the middle of January, and this means that the largest US companies will report their earnings for the fourth quarter and many of them will provide the results of the entire 2020.
China's August industrial revenue surge accelerates as commodity prices leap
In August, annual revenues at China's industrial companies inched up 24%, speeding up from last previous month, thus proving that economic surge remains in good heart notwithstanding signs of receding momentum following a firm first half.
The positive earnings happens to be another sweetener for Chinese government because it actually focuses on stripping out financial risks from the period of debt-fueled surge and keeping the national economy on a firm footing ahead of an important party meeting next month.
August’s revenues soared 24% hitting 672 billion Yuan, the greatest percentage leap since the January-Feb period, as the National Bureau of Statistics reported on Wednesday. Apparently, annual revenues surge turned to be 16.5% in July.
For the first eight months of 2017, the companies reported revenues of up to 4.92 trillion Yuan, which is a leapt of 21.6% from the same period of 2016, picking up moderately from the 21.2% annual surge in the January-July period.
Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
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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.