Indices from Wall Street continued to gain yesterday. S&P 500 gained 0.28%, Dow Jones moved 0.11% higher and Nasdaq added 0.23%. Russell 2000 lagged and finished trading 0.82% lower
Stocks in Asia-Pacific traded mostly lower today. Nikkei dropped almost 1%, Kospi moved 0.2% lower and indices from China traded 0.3-1.6% lower. S&P/ASX 200 added 0.5%
DAX futures point to a flat opening of the European cash session today
Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said that more decisive actions against Omicron and Delta are required in Chinese virus hotspots
According to prepared text of the speech, Fed’s Brainard will tell US lawmakers today that inflation is too high and bringing it back towards the goal is an important task
Fed’s Daly said that part of policy accommodation needs to be removed. Daly also said that she supports beginning of rate hike cycle in March
Fed’s Bullard said that 4 rate hikes this year are likely. Fed’s Harker said he is open to more than 3 rate hikes in 2022 if situation requires it
Maersk, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, warned that global ports remain congested. However, situation in European ports is said to be improving
Cryptocurrencies continued recovery yesterday with Bitcoin climbing above $43,000
Precious metals and oil trade lower
Turkish lira drops over 2% against USD and EUR
NZD and JPY are the best performing major currencies while CHF and EUR lag the most. Overall, ranges on the FX market are narrow
EURTRY dropped yesterday but declines were halted at the 38.2% retracement of the late-December plunge. The pair is recovering today with an over 2% upward move this morning. There was no fundamental news behind the moves therefore they may be technical in nature.
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