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    JPN225 Again Renews its All-Time Highs, Yen Down Against All Currencies!

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    • China keeps interest rates on hold at 2.5%, whereas investors were previously expecting another rate cut. Asian stocks mainly rise after the Bank of China announcement and Taiwan election results.
    • The World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos. Economists, brokers and bankers will be discussing the global economy, interest rates and inflation throughout the day. Traders will be listening keenly to how bankers view inflation after US and EU inflation rose.
    • No US trading on Monday 15th, for Martin Luther King Day, meaning limited volatility for the Dollar. Friday’s earnings data “mixed” and provides no particular support for stocks.
    • The Pound sees “mixed” price movement on Monday before the release of major economic data for the UK.
    GBPJPY – Investors Await UK Employment Data and Inflation!

    Investors turn their attention to the GBPJPY ahead of major economic releases for the UK. Additionally, the Yen struggles against all currencies on Monday providing FX traders with further opportunities. The GBPJPY has risen 0.40% in this morning’s Asian session and continues to obtain buy signals from indicators. The Pound has been supported by the UK’s Gross Domestic Product which rose 0.3%. As a result, the UK economy continues to avoid a recession and the Bank of England is less likely to consider interest rate cuts.

    The growth in the UK’s Gross Domestic Product was primarily due to the acceleration of the services sector by 0.4%. From the G7, the Bank of England is the regulator which is expected to cut interest rates the least. Investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut rates in March or May, whereas the Bank is England is not likely to do so until the Summer. If this transpires, the Pound can potentially gain, particularly if the Bank of Japan remains ultra dovish.

    The Pound is likely to experience a lot of volatility over the next two days due to four upcoming announcements. These include the change in Unemployment Claims, Average Earnings Index, the Bank of England Governor Speech, and the UK Consumer Price Index. If the UK’s employment sector remains resilient and inflation remains above expectations, the Pound is likely to again rise. Analysts expect inflation to decline from 3.9% to 3.8%. However, the Pound potentially can increase if inflation does not decline. Anything below 3.8% will be considered positive for the Pound.

    In terms of technical analysis and indicators, the exchange rate has been obtaining buy signals since January 3rd. Since then, the price continues to trade above the price sentiment line, above 50.00 on the RSI and continues to form higher lows. If the price increases above 185.495, further buy signals will be seen as the asset crosses the 61.8 mark (Fibonacci). However, investors should note that this will also depend on tomorrow’s UK employment data and Bank of England Speech.

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    Nikkei225 Continues to Renew its All-Time Highs

    Earnings season started on Friday, with mixed results from the banking sector. However, the global stock market performed generally well as US Producer Inflation unexpectedly fell. The JPN225 is increasing in value for a ninth consecutive day and is trading more than 6% higher than its previous all-time highs. The bullish price movement is a result of an ultra-supportive monetary policy and a weakening Japanese Yen.

    Economists expect that the Bank of Japan in its quarterly outlook report will cut its initial estimate of inflation. This is considered a key indicator of the broader price trend, believed to weaken from the current 2.8% to 1.9% for both fiscal year 2024 and 2025. As consumer price growth has beaten the 2% threshold for more than 12 months, investors believe that the central bank will abandon its ultra-loose policy and increase the interest rate. The Bank of Japan’s interest rate has been at -0.10% since 2016. If rates rise, the JPN225 may struggle to hold onto gains unless earnings remain strong, and the global economy experiences higher growth.

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    Dollar Demand Rises and Global Stocks Tumble, Find Out Why!

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    • Investors price in 6 rate cuts in 2024, but all Fed members remain hawkish. Economists advise investors are getting ahead of themselves and the Fed is only likely to cut 3 times.
    • Finance giants gather in Davos and advise markets rate cuts are premature and the risk of inflation still remains.
    • Trump beats Ron DeSantis in Iowa and is on track to represent the Republicans in the 2024 US elections.
    • The UK’s employment sector remains resilient, but salaries again see a considerable slow-down. The salary slowdown pushes the Pound lower.
    GBPUSD – UK Salaries Decline And Dollar Demand Rises!
    The GBPUSD is trading at its lowest level since January 5th after being pushed lower by Dollar strength and UK data. The US Dollar Index has been increasing in value for 3 consecutive days due to higher inflation data and hawkish comments from global banking leaders. Another indication that interest rates are likely to remain high is this week’s bond yields. During this morning’s Asian session, the US 10-Year Bond Yields rose 0.055% and again rose above 4.00%. Higher bond yields are known to be Dollar bullish, but investors will monitor if bond yields can hold onto gains. This is something yields were not able to achieve last week.
    The Pound this morning is declining against all currencies which provides traders with clear opportunities within the GBPUSD. However, the data from the UK is not “all bad” for the Pound. The UK’s Claimant Count Change read 11,700, lower than previous expectations and lower than the previous 3 months. Strong employment means higher consumer demand and means a trickier fight against inflation. However, the lower earnings do help regulators fight against inflation. As a result, investors are ditching the Pound in favor of the Dollar.
    According to analysts, investors today have preferred the Dollar where there is already confirmation that inflation rose. Nonetheless, the Pound may correct if tomorrow’s UK inflation data is higher than the 3.8% expectations. Though, if inflation does read 3.8% or lower, the Pound may witness further downward momentum.
    When evaluating indicators and technical analysis, the GBPUSD exchange rate is currently witnessing potential sell signals. The price is trading below trend-lines, average price movements and below the neutral on most oscillators. The price is also trading below the regression channel and the regression channel is also widening while declining. All the above indicates downward price movement, however, if the price rises above 1.27127, these signals can potentially change.

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    US30 – Global Sentiment Towards Stocks Declines. Eyes on Goldman Sachs Earnings!
    The US30 is experiencing a decline during this morning’s Asian session, similar to all other US indices. The US30 was pressured by negative earnings data from the banking sector on Friday as well as the possibility of less rate cuts this year. However, technical analysts remind investors that the price has declined to a previous support level which the asset has not been able to break on the past 3 occasions. Traders monitor the price action as the asset tests this support level.
    The next vital announcement for the asset will be Goldman Sach’s earnings report which will be made public before the US Session opens. Analysts expect the banking giant to see a 23% drop in earnings per share and a slight decline in revenue. Though, if the data is lower than expected, the stock price can decline. Goldman Sachs is the third most influential stock within the Dow Jones and holds 6.63% of the index.
    Lastly, another negative for the USA30 is the stock market performance today globally; UK, EU and Asian indices are trading lower. The poor sentiment within the stock market is largely due to hawkish comments from the Fed and finance ministers in Davos. Analysts advise investors are pricing in up to 6-7 rate cuts in 2024, but banks are predicting 3-4.

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    Date: 17th January 2024.

    Eurozone Economic Trends: Inflation, Growth, and Central Bank Outlook.



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    In the ever-evolving landscape of the Eurozone economy, key indicators suggest a complex scenario of lower inflation and weakened growth. While central bank officials express optimism about a potential soft landing, the ongoing improvement in German ZEW investor confidence supports this outlook. As we delve into the intricacies of economic data, it becomes evident that the European Central Bank (ECB) is contemplating rate cuts later this year, despite maintaining a cautious wait-and-see stance, while investors are onec again buying into hopes of early trade cuts.

    Eurozone data so far was mixed, with German HICP ticking up at the end of 2023 and German ZEW investor confidence coming in stronger than anticipated. At the same time, consumer inflation expectations declined, according to the latest ECB survey. ECB officials meanwhile continued to signal that it is too early to talk about rate cuts, even if ECB’s Villeroy repeated that rates are set to decline this year.

    German Inflation Landscape: German HICP inflation, confirmed at 3.8% y/y for December, reflects a nuanced picture. The rise in national CPI to 3.7% y/y is partly attributed to base effects from a one-off energy support payment in December 2022. Notably, food price inflation eased to 4.6% y/y, contributing to an overall inflation rate of 3.5% y/y when excluding energy and food. The challenge lies in the impact of these rising prices on disposable income, weighing on demand and overall growth.

    Economic Contractions and Optimism: The German GDP contracted -0.3% last year, with adjusted figures showing a flash estimate of -0.1%, potentially indicating a technical recession in the latter half of 2023. Factors such as high inflation, increased debt financing costs, and weakened domestic and external demand have posed challenges to the recovery from the pandemic. Despite these setbacks, German ZEW investor expectations unexpectedly improved, suggesting a cautious optimism driven by hopes of major central bank rate cuts.

    Eurozone Industrial Production and Trade Dynamics: Eurozone industrial production contracted -0.3% m/m in November, aligning with expectations and signaling a potential decline in GDP for the last quarter of 2023. Concurrently, the Eurozone seasonally adjusted trade surplus widened to EUR 14.8 billion in November, driven by a rise in exports and a decline in imports. However, the subdued improvement in real terms indicates that the widening surplus may not necessarily signify an overall economic upturn.

    Central Bank Insights and Currency Movements

    ECB officials remain vigilant, emphasizing that it is premature to declare victory over inflation. Despite differing opinions within the central bank, the latest ECB survey shows a drop in consumer inflation expectations. Geopolitical risks further complicate the outlook, with potential impacts on inflation. Austrian central bank head Holzmann cautions against expecting a rate cut in 2024 amid increasing geopolitical threats.

    In the current WEF Annual Meeting, ECB’s Lagarde flagged rate cuts in the summer. When asked about a possible rate cut in the summer the central bank head told Bloomberg she suggested that there is likely to be a majority in favor of such a move by then, but cautioned that the ECB has to be “data dependent”. Lagarde stressed “that there is still a level of uncertainty and some indicators that are not anchored at the level where we would like to see them”. Meanwhile, ECB’s Knot stated it’s unlikely that rates will go up again, but he warned that the ECB needs to see a turnaround in wages before making a decision and that any easing, if it happens, will be very gradual. Knot also stressed that the more easing markets are pricing in, the less likely it is that the ECB will indeed cut rates. More push back against excessive rate cut expectations has put bonds under pressure this morning, amid the large number of central bankers stressing that rate cuts are not on the agenda for now.

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    EURO: Central Bank and Growth Outlooks Influence Exchange Rates
    In the currency markets, EURUSD has undergone correction in response to central bank and growth outlook uncertainties. With the USDIndex surpassing the 103 mark and Treasury yields fluctuating, EURUSD corrected to 1.0883, reflecting the dynamic interplay of market forces.

    EURJPY has been oscillating within the 158.50-160.00 range after experiencing a robust rebound to a one-month peak of 160.17 last week.

    From a technical perspective, the short-term range is delineated by the 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement levels from the previous decline. Notably, the sequence of higher highs and higher lows, initiated from December’s low point, remains encouraging.

    Furthermore, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is still hovering above its neutral mark of 50, and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is showing marginal strengthening, positioned slightly above its zero and signal lines. This maintains a positive bias in the market sentiment.

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    Practically, for the bullish momentum to persist, a decisive close above the 160.00-160.50 zone is essential. This breakthrough could pave the way for an advance towards the 78.6% Fibonacci level at 162.00 and the previously breached ascending trendline from March 2023, located at 162.70. Further upward movement may retest the ceiling observed in November at 163.70-164.28.

    Conversely, if the price dips below the 158.50 support, a period of consolidation might occur around the 38.2% Fibonacci level at 157.40 before sellers target the lower boundary of the bullish channel at 156.45. A bearish breakout from this point could extend towards the 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) positioned at 155.20.

    In summary, while EURJPY retains bullish momentum, a sustained breach above the 160.00-160.50 region is crucial for a more significant upside potential.
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    Date: 18th January 2024.

    Gold Council Indicates Higher Prices Amid Geo-Political Tensions.

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    • The US Dollar Index ends the day higher for a fifth consecutive day but declines during this morning’s Asian Session.
    • Investors continue to lower the possibility of significant easing in 2024 after the latest US Sales data.
    • US Core Retail Sales were twice as high as expectations and rose to a 3-month high. Additionally, US Industrial Production was 0.2% higher than analysts’ expectations.
    • The British Pound gains after inflation rose from 3.9% to 4.00%. The GBPJPY this morning is trading close to all-time highs.
    • Gold Report indicates high demand for Gold from institutions amid Middle East tensions and possible lower rates.
    USA100 – The NASDAQ Declines But Outperforms Other Indices Due to Upcoming Earnings

    The USA100 ended the day lower for the first time after 8 days of consecutive increases. However, technical analysts are noting that the price has shown signs of weakness since November 11th. The price yesterday fell to a new weekly low but quickly saw buyers re-enter the market. Earnings season starts next week for the technology sector and the bullish momentum is likely to remain only if earnings continue to impress. The Dow Jones and the SNP500 did not see an increase in buy orders like the NASDAQ. This is due to significant earnings expected next week for the technology sector.

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    When looking at the NASDAQ’s individual components, which determines and drives the price movement of the USA100, most stocks were trading lower. Of the top 20 influential stocks only six ended the day high. Of the “magnificent seven” stocks, only Meta rose in value, but not enough to obtain buy signals. From the most influential stocks Intel witnessed the strongest decline falling 2.12%.

    Investors continue to scale back interest rate cuts after US data remains strong and economists at Davos correct the market’s outlook. The latest US data was the Retail Sales which read 0.6% and Core Retail Sales reading 0.4%. Both releases read higher than expectations and led to a decline in the USA100 and other indices. The higher UK inflation also lowered global investor sentiment. Today’s price movement globally signals a slight “risk on” sentiment but the question remains as to whether this will remain.

    During this morning’s Asian session, the USA100 is trading higher increasing by 0.20%. If we look at most indices around the globe including the JPN225, GER40 and Hang Seng, all are rising. When looking at technical analysis, the price of the USA100 is yet to obtain a “buy signal” from Moving Averages and Oscillators. However, the price is trading higher than the VWAP indicator and buy orders are reading higher than sell orders. Therefore, if upward momentum remains, buy signals will start to materialize after surpassing $16,784.

    XAUUSD – World Gold Council Indicates Higher Gold Prices!

    Gold fell for a second day on Tuesday after the Dollar continued to strengthen. Bond Yields also rose, which applied further pressure on the commodity. However, Gold trades slightly higher this morning as the Dollar retraces and bond yields decline 0.010%. However, as the European Session opens the Dollar has slightly risen and most other major currencies are declining except the Yen. Therefore, the market still sees demand in safe haven currencies which can negatively affect Gold.

    If Gold’s price remains above the pivot point at $2,005.70, buy signals are likely to continue to materialize. The same applies if XAUUSD rises above $2,014, but longer-term timeframes continue to signal weakness in Gold. However, the latest World Gold Council report advises the possibility of a higher Gold price remaining. According to the report, demand amongst central banks remains high and amid tensions in the Middle East many countries continue de-dollarization. Nonetheless, the timing cannot be known, therefore technical analysis remains vital.

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    Market Recap: Global Stocks on AI rally; Yen Drifting.
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    Economic Indicators & Central Banks:

    • US labor-market data, strong weekly jobless claims, and higher-than-expected retail sales have added pressure against market rate-cut expectations.
    • Markets now pricing a 57% chance of a US rate cut in March, down from 75% a week ago.
    • Central bankers suggest markets are overly being aggressive in pricing rate cuts for 2024, contributing to the Dollar’s resurgence amid turbulence in China’s property and financial markets.
    • Japan’s core inflation slowed to 2.3% in December, its lowest annual pace since June 2022, easing pressure on policymakers and weakening the Yen to 148.44 per dollar.
    • UK: An unexpected rise in British inflation has also led to a pullback in bets on Bank of England rate cuts, supporting the Pound.
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    Market Trends:

    • The TSMC projection of 2024 revenue growth of over 20% boosted Tokyo Electron and Advantest, contributing to a total 497-point jump in the Nikkei on the day, with respective advances of 6.03% and 8.2%.
    • Chip-related shares, influenced by US peers’ gains, were prominent performers. Its earnings spurred the biggest rally in chipmakers in more than a month on Thursday and pushed the Nasdaq 100 index to close at an all-time high.
    • Chip-industry stocks led a rally in Japan’s Nikkei share average, contributing to a 1.4% daily gain to close at 35,963.27, and a weekly gain of 1.09%.
    • “The better-than-expected results from TSMC could be positive signals on demand recovery,” said An Hyungjin, chief executive officer and fund manager at Billionfold Asset Management Inc. “With strong AI demand, not only the US big tech firms but also most tech firms around the world have to invest in AI and that could be good news to stock markets.”
    Financial Markets Performance:

    • The USDIndex is set for a 2nd consecutive weekly gain as signs of strength in the US economy and cautious remarks from central bankers reduce expectations of rapid interest rate cuts.
    • AUDUSD and NZDUSD are on track for their largest weekly gains since November and July, respectively.
    • Bitcoin hit a 5-week low at $40,484 as traders took profits following US approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs. Investors poured $1.9 billion into new bitcoin ETFs in the first three trading days, falling short of some aggressive estimates.
    • Oil prices held steady at a 3-week high amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, where the US and Iranian-backed Houthis engaged in tit-for-tat strikes affecting global shipping.
    • UKOIL hovered around $79 per barrel after a 1.6% rise, while USOIL stood above $74, supported by a decline in US inventories. The US conducted multiple attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen, but shipping remains under threat. President Biden affirmed continued US strikes. Crude prices, marked by volatility, face conflicting factors, including Middle East tensions, Fed rate cut uncertainty, and a well-supplied market forecast by the International Energy Agency.
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    Date: 22nd January 2024.

    Market Recap: Stocks extend rally.

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    Economic Indicators & Central Banks:

    • China’s lending rates remain unchanged. That followed the PBOC’s decision to maintain borrowing costs earlier this month, which was another disappointment that did little to boost Chinese stock markets.
    • Recent data showing resilient US economic activity has caused a shift in expectations, with markets now predicting rate cuts to start in May instead of March.
    • European & US stock futures keep rising, extending the rally in global equities that pushed the US500, US100 and US30 to all-time highs. Optimism over expected Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts and the artificial-intelligence boom boosted Equities.
    • Interest rate futures indicate a 100 basis points gap between market expectations and the Fed’s own projections for year-end rates, contributing to the dollar’s struggles.
    • In political news, Ron DeSantis withdraws from the US presidential race and endorses Republican front-runner Donald Trump ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
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    Market Trends:

    • Chinese markets underperformed again today toward their lowest level in almost two decades. The Hang Seng plunged -2.8%, the CSI 300 -1.5%. Chinese tech behemoths including Meituan and Tencent Holdings Ltd. were among the biggest drags.
    • JPN225 rallied to a fresh 34-year peak today (closed at 36,546.85) on weaker yen but also mainly as the US500’s record-high close on Friday buoyed investor sentiment, despite continued signs of overheating in the Asian market.
    • DAX and FTSE 100 are up 0.9% and 0.5% respectively while Treasuries have pared overnight gains, and the 10-year rate is now up 0.8 bp at 4.13%. The short end is underperforming in both the US and the EU.
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    Financial Markets Performance:

    • The USDIndex is struggling to extend above 103 due to uncertainties related to central bank decisions in Japan and Europe this week. EURUSD down to 1.0890.
    • USDJPY had a notable movement, bouncing from a 1-month low to a high, impacted by the Bank of Japan’s 2-day meeting and the expiry of a large amount of currency options.
    • Oil prices are down as OPEC member Libya restarted output at its largest field, bolstering global supplies and overshadowing for now concerns about tensions in the Red Sea that look set to continue disrupting shipping.
    • Key events for the week include the first estimate of US Q4 GDP, central bank meetings in Japan, Canada and Europe, South Korean economic output data, and initial readings of purchasing managers’ surveys in Europe for 2024.
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    Date: 23rd January 2024.

    Market Recap: Asia stocks higher; Yen up post Ueda’s comments.
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    Economic Indicators & Central Banks:

    • China: Reports that Chinese officials are looking into a rescue package for the beleaguered stock market has given Asian equities, and particularly the Hang Seng, a big lift. Sources suggest authorities are proposing some $278 bln be invested in onshore funds.
    • Japan: The BoJ left policy unchanged, maintaining its -0.100% policy rate and keeping YCC intact, as well expected. BoJ governor Ueda said there is more certainty in the outlook, which saw JGBs paring earlier gains. There were no significant indications on forward guidance. We see more of a dovish lean from the downwards forecasts, with the Bank likely to leave its stance in ultra-accommodative mode until April when the wage talks should be under our belt.
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    Market Trends:

    • Asian stock markets mostly moved higher, with the Hang Seng surging 3% to a session peak of 15,472 before paring gains to 15,345. The CSI rose to 3240 after slumping to a 5 year low of 3218 yesterday. It was at a 2023 peak of 4201 in late January 2023.
    • The JPN225 (Nikkei) is up 0.29% to 36,630.
    • Stock futures are higher across Europe, but while the US100(NASDAQ) has found buyers, the US30(Dow Jones) is slightly lower but holds above its record high at 38k.
    • Microsoft and other tech giants along with Goldman shares, which jumped 1%, have boosted the Dow higher.
    Financial Markets Performance:

    • The USDIndex slipped to 102.70 from 103.384 and is seeing broadbased declines.
    • USDJPY has been choppy, spiking to 148.55 before drifting down to 147.86.
    • Oil prices reached $75 again, as US and UK launch new strikes at Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, adding to the tension in Middle East.
    • BTCUSD dropped below $40,000 as the launch of the first US ETF holds the digital currency abated, as investors take profits off the table. Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, fell 6% to $2,325.[​IMG]
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    Andria Pichidi
    Market Analyst
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