- US indices finished yesterday’s session mostly higher. S&P 500 surged 0.94%, Dow Jones moved 0.63% higher, Nasdaq gained 0.50% while Russell 2000 fell 0.95%
- Mixed moods prevail in Asia. Nikkei fell 1.11%, S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.14%, while KOSPI jumped 2.31%. Liquidity was limited due to Chinese Lunar New Year
- DAX futures point to a slightly higher opening of the European cash session today
- Meta (FB.US) stock plunged 23% in premarket after the company released disappointing earnings results and weak revenue guidance for the current quarter. Earnings per share: $3.67 vs $3.84 expected. Revenue: $33.67 billion vs $33.4 billion expected, according to Refinitiv
- Australian imports jumped 5% mom to a fresh peak of AUD 36.96 billion in December
- Australia’s trade surplus dropped to AUD 8.36 billion in December 2021 from an upwardly revised AUD 9.76 billion in the previous month.
- The IHS Markit Australia Services PMI was upwardly revised to 46.6 in January, after a flash estimate pointed to a read of 45.00
- UBS forecast Brent at $100
- Japanese services PMI plunged from 52.1pts to 47.6 pts in January (flash 48.8 pts)
- Brazil’s central bank has raised its benchmark rate to 10.75%, as expected
- Cryptocurrencies are trading lower today. Bitcoin dropped below $37,000 while Ethereum trades above $2,650 after potential hackers attack on Wormhole
- Precious metals and oil prices fell slightly
- EUR and USD are the best performing major currencies while AUD and GBP lag the most
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