USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.
The BOE meeting
|Every month the Bank of England announces the outcome of its meeting. In February, it will do so at 14:00 MT time on February 8. As no changes in monetary policy are expected, the key will be the minutes containing votes of the Monetary Policy Committee’s members.|
|The system X-X-X shows how many members voted for a rate hike, how many – to cut the rate, and how many – to keep the rate hold. Comparing these three numbers with those of the previous minutes, we can make predictions about the future actions of the regulator. The last vote was in December and all members voted not to change the rate. Back then the pound’s reaction was muted. This time the central bank will also release its quarterly Inflation Report, so GBP can make big moves versus other currencies.|
Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
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 market optimism waned amid stricter restrictions to control rising coronavirus infections. S&P 500 and Nasdaq dropped from the all-time highs, while the USD jumped higher.
S&P 500 skyrocketed to the all-time high on optimism that Biden’s fiscal stimulus will support economic growth and boost corporate earnings.
PMI reports from the EU, the UK, and the USA will be released during the day!