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.
Private consumption powers German surge in second quarter
In Germany, in the second quarter consumers turned to be the major source of surge, as data disclosed on Friday. It’s because Europe's number one economy derived the benefits of record-high employment, ascending wages as well as low interest rates.
In April to June, the German economy ascended by 0.6% percent, as the Federal Statistics Office informed, providing support to Chancellor Angela Merkel's campaign for re-election, revolving around a pledge to generate jobs and reduce taxes.
Private consumption inched up by 0.8%, adding 0.4% to ascend in GDP. A labor market hungry for manpower has powered wages, while low interest rates set by the ECB are stimulating German consumers to spend rather than save.
Private consumption still appears to be a reliable driver of surge, as many financial experts state.
Apart from private consumption, the German economy also benefited from state spending as well as investments in equipment and construction.
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.