US Stocks Enjoy Their Best Week Since June, JPY Weakens

US Stocks Enjoy Their Best Week Since June, JPY Weakens

This week starts with the news from China, the first US election results, and fresh speculations over the crypto market and the FTX scandal. Let's have a closer look at the headlines.

Today’s events:

18:30 GMT+2 - FOMC Member Brainard Speaks

Yen weakens

Today, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that the regulator would continue conducting monetary policy easing amid a slow economic recovery while keeping an eye on both upside and downside risks. While it confirms that Japan's prices are progressing toward sustainable inflation, it also signals uncertainty in the global economy. USDJPY has gained more than 0.8% since the start of the trading day, erasing the previous week's losses. The first obstacle for buyers lies at 140.80 (100-day SMA). If the price sticks above this level, bulls will push the price higher toward the resistance zone at  144.50-145.40. 


Other news worth mentioning:

  • The week-long saga that began with an abandoned takeover deal of FTX by Binance ended with FTX's bankruptcy. Analysts mention that millions of dollars of assets had been moved from the platform under what they called "suspicious circumstances." According to some sources, the founder of FTX had secretly transferred $10 billion of customer funds from the exchange to his own trading company Alameda Research. The customers are warned they have a low chance of recovering their deposits. 
  • Binance, the world’s biggest crypto trading exchange platform, and smaller rivals, including, OKX, and Derebit, have vowed to unveil information that they hold sufficient reserves to match their liabilities to customers. 
  • The preliminary results of the US Parliamentary Elections were revealed, with Democrats leading 50 seats to 49 in the upper chamber of the US Congress. As for the House, polls place Republicans on 203 seats and Democrats on 212. The winner needs 218 for a majority. Some analysts suggest that if Republicans control the House of Representatives, it will increase oil prices. 
  • Disney reportedly plans to freeze hiring and fire some employees after disappointing quarterly results last Tuesday. The Disney stock gained more than 4% on Friday after a huge selloff. 
  • US President Joe Biden meets China's leader Xi Jinping on Monday, where they are set to discuss macroeconomic issues and existing problems between the biggest economies.  
  • US stocks jumped almost 7% last week, marking their best week since June on upbeat inflation data.
  • Beijing and several other major cities in China reported record COVID-19 infections on Monday. HK50 slid lower after testing the levels above 18 000. 

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