More positive moods could have been spotted during the Asian trading hours. S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6%, Kospi added 0.5% and indices from China traded 0.3-1.8% higher
DAX futures point to a higher flat opening of the European cash session
United States and Germany agreed that Nord Stream 2 cannot be launched following recent Russian aggression towards Ukraine
Joe Biden said that it is beginning of the Russian invasion on Ukraine
United States, United Kingdom and Canada decided to move more troops to the eastern NATO countries, like Poland or Latvia
Meeting between US Secretary of State Blinken and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Lavrov was called off
Satellite data showed increase in presence of Russian troops and equipment in Belarus
Reserve Bank of New Zealand delivered a 25 basis point rate hike, in-line with expectations. NZD moved higher following the announcement even as some market participants expected a 50 bp hike
Cryptocurrencies are trading slightly higher today. Bitcoin trades more or less flat near $38,000
Oil trades a touch higher – Brent trades near $93.50 while WTI trades in the $91.70 area
Precious metals trade mixed – gold drops, silver trades flat while platinum and palladium gain
NZD and AUD are the best performing major currencies while USD and JPY are top laggards
NZDUSD is trading higher following a RBNZ rate hike. The pair has managed to break above the upper limit of a local market geometry and is making a break above the resistance zone ranging below the 23.6% retracement of the downward move started a year ago.
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