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On Friday, equities of the USA rose because market participants waited for good quarterly reports of companies in the beginning of the reporting season, while American leader Donald Trump said that a military attack on Syria could not be done too soon, thus soothing fears of geopolitical tensions.
On Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the attack on Syria, about the likelihood of which he announced the day before, could take place very soon or not at all soon.
Financial stocks rose by 1.8%, which is the highest outcome among the 11 main S&P sectors. Besides this, tech sector gained 1.3%.
The mood of investors also supported the good quarterly results of BlackRock Inc as well as Delta Air Lines Inc.
The profit of Delta exceeded forecasts, as a result of which the shares of the air carrier grew by 2.9%.
Paper BlackRock went up by about 1.5%, as the company's quarterly earnings in asset management also surpassed analysts' forecasts.
On Friday, the active phase of the reporting season will burst out: JPMorgan Chase&Co, Citigroup Inc as well as Wells Fargo&Co report on quarterly results.
Analysts expect that quarterly profits of S&P 500 companies will tack on by 18.4% in annual terms - as much as in seven years, according to Reuters.
The Dow Jones index rose 1.21% hitting 24,483.05, while the S&P 500 index added 0.83% showing an outcome of 2.663,99. As for the Nasdaq Composite index, it acquired 1.01% hitting 7.140.25.
Equities of Facebook Inc dived 1.5% having soared 5.3% in the two previous sessions. On Wednesday and on Thursday for up to 10 hours, the Head of the company Mark Zuckerberg answered the questions of American legislators in the Congress in connection with the scandal over unauthorized access to data of social network users.
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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.
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.