Market Overview

27 August 2021 09:23

Mark Goichmann

The paramount intrigue of the week is the results of the Jackson Hole conference run by the Federal Reserve (Fed) and the statement of its Chairman Jerome Powell that is going to take place on Friday. Financial markets are desperately waiting for the major Fed policymaker to announce further perspectives surrounding the monetary policy. However, the Fed is in awkward situation as, on the one hand, it has clear signs of economic recovery with 6.6% GDP up in the second quarter of 2021, and above 6.4% in the first quarter of this year, together with the first estimate of Q2 GDP growth being 6.5%.
25 August 2021 12:34

Lysakov Sergey

The European markets continue to slowly and steadily climb higher , with the Euro Stoxx 50 major indicator adding just about 0.8% since the beginning of the week until noon on Wednesday. However, its increase is almost 2.5% if compared with the last local price bottom of August 19.  Frankly speaking, most of the EU stocks could perform even better if it were not for the German market which clearly underperformed today after today's contradictory release of the national business climate gauge regularly measured by the well-known Ifo Institute on a monthly basis.
18 August 2021 13:15

Lysakov Sergey

As markets are mostly steady on Wednesday, anticipating the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes, which probably would not contain any defining signs for policy changes but may cause some usual after-volatility, a week of corporate reports from major retailers have already made some preliminary discrepancy into the overall sentiment.  The Home Depot, which is Atlanta-based and the largest home improvement and furniture shopping network in the United States, is still very successful amidst the pandemic crisis time. However, its shares initially dropped more than 4.
5 August 2021 11:49

Mark Goichmann

The middle of this week, was expected to  bring about high volatility in the markets suddenly. But the truth of the matter is that it is showing extreme fragility and uncertainty with price movements and factors affecting it. Investors are trying to tune into any kind of signals that would reflect the policy of the Federal Reserve (Fed). In fact, markets are picking up some signals that were considered with low relevance before. Summer complacency was suddenly interrupted by worse July unemployment data compiled by ADP.
4 August 2021 11:50

Lysakov Sergey

The New Zealand Dollar, or just the Kiwi, according to the traders' slang term, could become the second of the major currencies to strengthen on a systematic basis after the Loonie, which is the Canadian Dollar. The last one has been embarking on a healthy path since the third week of April when the central bank of the country changed the size of the quantitative easing (QE) monetary program from $4 billion to $3 billion loonies per week, thus partly compressing the growth pace of the excessive money supply.
30 July 2021 13:52

Mark Goichmann

The British Pound is among the most prominent currencies that are seen to be benefiting from the U.S. Dollar weakness in the end of July. And, there are several drivers that seem to be pushing the Pound upside. The U.S. Dollar is consciously being pressured by the Federal Reserve (Fed) with its loose monetary policy. The Fed and its Chair Jerome Powell reconfirmed recently its commitment to continue quantitative easing policy with pumping as much as $120 billion each month for an uncertain period of time.
28 July 2021 13:33

Lysakov Sergey

More corporate earnings updates from the market's world-known issuers, followed by CEOs conference calls - as it usually happens - wore ruts in the fundamental background road of the week. None of them tried to eclipse the overall sunny sentiment with even one cloud.  Tesla, the pioneer mass manufacturer of electric vehicles, broke its own delivery record by building and shipping more than 200,000 vehicles during the second quarter. That was as much as 151% growth over last year. The company also added nearly 1,000 supercharging stations to its network.
23 July 2021 10:41

Mark Goichmann

Platinum prices have been performing a downside movement since mid-July as they fell from $1146 per troy ounce to $1054, or by almost 8%. Platinum went under a global sell off of risky assets used for the production of other items – crude, stocks, metals, etc. fell victim to negative market sentiment as new, more contagious and deadly COVID-19 Delta and other strains spread around the globe. Besides, signals of possible early tapering of monetary stimulus in the United States due to the rise in inflation levels are seen to be much more visible recently.
21 July 2021 10:30

Lysakov Sergey

The market's bulls were routed during the first trading day of the week, both at the American and the European battlefields. The U.S. S&P 500 broad market index futures initially lost 96 points just one hour before the closing of Monday's session, touching the local bottom, which was 3.65% lower compared with the multi-month high of 4384.38 points on July 14.
16 July 2021 10:21

Mark Goichmann

It seems that the single European currency has been laying on the side of risky assets over recent months. All of these risky assets are currently standing against the U.S. Dollar, which has been acting like a safe haven asset so far this year. The dovish rhetoric of Federal Reserve’s (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell in the U.S. Congress seems to be pressuring the Greenback while supporting the Euro. Mr. Powell streamed placidity despite shocking inflation figures in the United States that hit 5.4%.
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