Today traders await the European Central Bank to make a policy statement at 14:45 MT (GMT+3).
Weekly US employment data: chances for the USD
The United States will release unemployment claims on August 20, at 15:30 MT time.
Instruments to trade: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY
We continue to closely follow the situation with US employment. The release of US unemployment claims provides us an overview of the current situation in the labor market of the biggest economy. It is the number of people who applied for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. Judging by these figures, analysts may suggest what the next NFP release is going to be. Last week, the actual level of unemployment claims came out lower than the forecast of 1 410K. The data showed 1 186K people filed for unemployment benefits. This time analysts expect an even lower number of people (1 120K).
- If the indicator is higher than the forecasts, the USD will fall;
- If the indicator is lower than the forecasts, the USD will rise.
Oil dropped to the lows unseen since late May. Bitcoin has dropped below $30,000, while gold has reversed up from a dip under $1,800.
Moderna rocketed after an announcement that it is going to join the S&P 500 index. The New Zealand dollar surged after the nation’s inflation surpassed the central bank’s target level.
The overall market sentiment is risk-on. The S&P 500 index (US 500) is getting close to the all-time high. Oil is recovering quickly from its recent losses.
What will happen? The FOMC statement will be published at 21:00 MT (GMT+3) on Wednesday, July 28…
PMI reports from the EU, the UK, and the USA will be released during the day!