Date: 6th February 2024. Market Recap – Stocks surge as hopes of rate cuts recede; USD, yields higher. Economic Indicators & Central Banks: Treasury yields elevated and US government bonds remained in a selloff after Fed Chair Powell pointed to fewer interest rate cuts this year than markets had been projecting. Strong ISM services index added to the selloff for Treasuries, as did the concession building ahead of this week’s $121 bln Treasuries auction. RBA left its cash rate unchanged at 4.35% – 12-year high. Surprisingly the statement indicated that “a further increase in interest rates cannot be ruled out,” hence leaving a hawkish bias in place. – possibly this is more prudence and a cautious move in order to keep rate cut expectations from building. Forecasts show inflation will not be coming into the 2% to 3% target range until 2025, hence the hawkish slant, and will not hit the midpoint until 2026. BOE’s Huw Pill said that he did not need to see underlying inflation actually hit the 2% target to begin lowering rates. UK retail sales slowed in January. An unexpected jump in German manufacturing orders at the start of the European session reduced the pressure on the ECB to cut rates. German manufacturing orders unexpectedly jumped 8.9% y/y. This was the strongest bounce since June 2020 – glimmers of hope but overall demand subdued! Market Trends: Chinese stocks rose after the announcement that China’s securities regulator will meet President Xi Jinping. Equities declined in Japan, Australia and South Korea. Topix fell 0.8% in the early trade ahead of earnings releases from Toyota Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation. JPN225 (Nikkei) fell 0.5%. US and European futures contracts showed modest gains this morning, extending the positive lead in Asia. UBS Group AG said it will resume share buybacks this year, vowing to hand as much as $1 billion to shareholders in the second half. Financial Markets Performance: The USDIndex rallied on the less dovish Fed outlook, rising to test 104.60 before dipping back to 104.15 today. The AUDUSD rallied to 0.6520 as Aussie bond yields jumped with the benchmark rising over 7 bps to 4.166. USOIL recovered modestly from its better than -7% plunge last week, rising to $73.28 per barrel before drifting down to $72.98. Gold fell to an overnight nadir of $2014.95 per ounce thanks in part to the rise in bond yields, but inched up to finish at $2026.30, the weakest since January 26. Always trade with strict risk management. Your capital is the single most important aspect of your trading business. Please note that times displayed based on local time zone and are from time of writing this report. Click HERE to access the full HFM Economic calendar. Want to learn to trade and analyse the markets? Join our webinars and get analysis and trading ideas combined with better understanding on how markets work. Click HERE to register for FREE! Click HERE to READ more Market news. Michalis Efthymiou Market Analyst HFMarkets Disclaimer: This material is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and does not constitute an independent investment research. Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of buying or selling of any financial instrument. All information provided is gathered from reputable sources and any information containing an indication of past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future performance. Users acknowledge that any investment in FX and CFDs products is characterized by a certain degree of uncertainty and that any investment of this nature involves a high level of risk for which the users are solely responsible and liable. We assume no liability for any loss arising from any investment made based on the information provided in this communication. This communication must not be reproduced or further distributed without our prior written permission.