The main market tendency today is that the US dollar is rising against its major peers and riskier assets such as stocks and oil are plummeting.
Fed's intention to turn dovish and risks for Apple and Facebook
The final interest rate decision by the Bank of England
Today we are awaiting the monetary policy report by the Bank of England at 14:00 MT time. While traders are assessing the chances of a surprise rate cut by the regulator as the last chance for the BOE governor Mark Carney to influence monetary policy. You can read more about it in today’s analysis.
Fed Chair Powell: the shift in inflation strategy is possible
While no major changes to the monetary policy were announced during the yesterday’s release of the FOMC statement, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell hinted about one important upcoming update on inflation. As we suggested in the article, the Fed will take additional measures to boost the inflation above the 2% target. Thus, we may expect the Fed turning more dovish in the nearest future.
Facebook's financial results are upbeat, but investors are cautious.
The biggest social media company reported the slowest quarterly sales growth during yesterday’s earnings release. Despite upbeat EPS (2.56 vs. 2.53) and a quarterly record of $21.08 billion in revenue, the profitability growth rate made investors worry about the future performance of a company. Thus, the performance of a company’s stock was quite mixed, however, the price managed to close above the resistance at 222.45.
Coronavirus affects Apple
Apple closed more stores in China due to coronavirus spreading. The news may have a negative effect on the price of Apple stock, despite a positive company’s results reported on Wednesday. As a result, the stock price formed a doji candlestick on the daily chart.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
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.