A strong bearish wind is blowing over European assets
Despite triggering a bout of risk-off sentiment in the market when he warned of tough times ahead for the economy, and all but ruled out an increase in interest rates until at least 2023, Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, gave dollar bulls a boost by not announcing any increases in monetary stimulus. Many investors had braced for the announcement of an increase in the Fed’s asset purchase program, which would have weighed down on the dollar; as it turned out such predictions failed to materialise, which explains the dollar gains across the board versus other major currencies during early Thursday trading.
Ricardo Evangelista – Senior Analyst, ActivTrades
A strong bearish wind is blowing over European assets on Thursday, following the trend registered by Asian shares during the night. This change in mindset came at the end of the US session on Wednesday after the FOMC, while maintaining its dovish stance, failed to provide investors with further clues regarding its economic stimulus plans. All sectors are trading in red territory this morning with tech and financial shares leading declines as a “risk-off” mood takes over. The FTSE-MIB is seeing the worst performance – even underperforming the Stoxx-50 index – as the Italian banking sector is among the most shorted this morning. European investors will however pay close attention to this morning’s CPI release as it could seriously impact the next move from the ECB. The meeting minutes from the BoE and the batch of US data release (Jobless Claims and Building Permits) are also likely to drive market volatility higher in the afternoon.
Pierre Veyret– Technical analyst, ActivTrades
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