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.
Chinese banks will demonstrate slowing loan surge
Chinese banks are braced for seeing a slowdown in lending surge during the second half of 2017, having used most of their annual credit quota, thus increasing the specter of corporate defaults because financing costs keep rising in the world's number two economy.
Beijing's crackdown on risky lending has already increased financing costs and affected profit margins. Experts estimate that banks have already utilized 80% of their yearly credit quota over January-June, against the regular 60%, amid a regulatory attempt to bring shadow financing activities to the key loan book.
China’s key lenders, including China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are going to report their first-half outcomes over the next two weeks.
China's policymakers have told that the government will keep lowering overall leverage and that slower surge in broad M2 money supply, includes demand deposits as well as monies in easily accessible accounts, could be a normal thing.
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.