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The Fed eases rate rise fears while the ECB and BoE remain dovish

25 June 2021 By Lachlan Meakin

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Equity Markets

US markets broadly rallied last night with both S&P 500 and NASDAQ hitting all time highs and the Dow Jones jumping to finish up over 300 points for the session.

Source: CNBC.com

US Markets were given a boost by the Biden administration striking a tentative bipartisan $579 billion U.S. infrastructure deal with Republican lawmakers. This announced stimulus particularly helped the blue chip industrial stocks on the Dow, with the likes of Caterpillar (CAT) rallying strongly on the announcement.

This week we have also seen a concerted effort from the Federal Reserve to calm markets and put some context to the Feds statement released last week that caused the late week sell off.

Many Fed governors and Chairman Powell himself all made statements that they still believed inflation risks were transitory and that the labour market was some way off its recovery before tapering of bond purchases or rate rises would occur. This soothed investors’ fears of a tightening in Fed policy causing a turnaround in the market with last week’s losses being mostly erased.

Source: Bloomberg

Central Banks

This week saw the Bank of England released its monthly Monetary Policy Summary, testimonies from Fed chair Jerome Powell and ECB president Christine Lagarde.

Bank of England

The BoE released its monetary policy statement overnight, going into the meeting GBP bulls were optimistic that the BoE would strike a more hawkish tone mirroring the US Federal Reserve statement last week. While the BoE statement was a little more upbeat than might have been expected, ultimately the bulls were disappointed as Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) gave no new clues on rate hike timing and striking a dovish tone on inflation, sticking to the narrative it was “transitory”.

GBPUSD was the worst performing major FX pair of the night on the back of this, dropping around 40 pips despite a backdrop of USD weakness. 

Federal Reserve

After last week’s hawkish surprise sent equity markets tumbling, the Federal Reserve spent the week trying to calm market fears of an end to easy money policies.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday testified in front of the US congress where he reaffirmed the Fed’s intent to encourage a broad recovery of the job market, and not to raise interest rates too quickly based only on the fear of coming inflation.

This worked to soothe markets, seeing a multi-day rally in equity markets that erased the drop from last week.

Source: Twitter

European Central Bank

European Central Bank President Christine on Tuesday testified before the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. Lagarde struck a cautious and dovish tone where she said accelerating U.S. inflation that prompted the Federal Reserve to shift its view of price risks will have only a limited impact in the euro area.

Lagarde also stated that “ECB Still has room for rate cuts if needed”, this saw an already weakened Euro drop further against the greenback.

Source: Twitter

Forex Markets

Most major FX pairs outperformed the USD this week as the greenback retraced some of its gains that it saw on the back of the Fed meeting last week. Commodity currencies performed particularly well as commodity prices rebounded somewhat on USD weakness.

Source: Bloomberg

Source: GO MT4

AUDUSD

After setting new 2021 lows after breaking its range on the back of a resurgent USD last week, AUSUSD did retrace some of the losses this week.

Old support levels at 0.76c and 0.77c USD could now act as resistance to slow any further advances in AUDUSD. The July 6 RBA rate meeting will likely be the next catalyst in a move in AUDUSD from around these levels.

Source: GO MT4

Monday, 28 June 2021 
Indicative Index Dividends
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ASX200 WS30 US500 US2000 NDX100 CAC40 STOXX50
0 0 0 0.004 0 0 0
ESP35 ITA40 FTSE100 DAX30 HK50 JP225 INDIA50
0 0 0 0 56.68 0 0

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