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US open: Stocks plunge after NFP report smashes expectations

US stocks tumble after US NFP saw 517k jobs added & unemployment fall and after a disappointing round of numbers from tech bellwethers Amazon, Apple & Alphabet.

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Today 08:20 AM
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Gold down but not out as traders eye NFP

All the attention is going to be on the US jobs report.

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China’s economy is expanding again, according to official data (USD/CNH)

The National Bureau of Statistics China (NBS) released PMI data this week which shows both the manufacturing and services sector are expanding.

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Yesterday 09:40 PM
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Four guys walk into a bar before central bank meetings…….

Will the RBA signal that they are going to pause the rate hike cycle?

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Yesterday 03:03 PM

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ECB hikes 50bps, as expected. Another 50bps hike to come in March

During the press conference, Christine Lagarde seemed to be talking out of both sides of her mouth.

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Yesterday 11:42 AM
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NFP preview: Imbalanced labor market to remain a thorn in the Fed’s side?

Will this finally be the reading that shows signals the tight labor market is easing?

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Yesterday 09:47 AM
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US open: Tech rallies after Meta impresses & a less hawkish Fed

US stocks head broadly higher after a less hawkish than expected Federal Reserve and as Meta impresses. Big tech will be in focus ahead of more earnings after the close.

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Yesterday 08:59 AM

BoE’s dovish hike leaves pound in limbo

Investors are wondering whether the BoE was done with hiking...

Two trades to watch: GBP/USD, EUR/USD

GBP/USD rises towards 1.24 post-Fed & ahead of the BoE. EUR/USD rises above 1.10 with all eyes on the ECB.

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Yesterday 03:23 AM
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EUR/GBP probes YTD high ahead of BOE and ECB meetings

With the Fed having delivered their 25bp yesterday, it is now over to the BOE ECB today, who are expected to hike by 100bp between them.

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Fed fund pricing calls bulldust on Fed hike(s)

Whilst the Fed effectively confirmed two more 25bp hikes to are to follow, Fed fund futures remain unconvinced and are pricing in a single hike to take rates to 5%.

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February 1, 2023 10:25 PM
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FOMC hikes 25bps, as expected. More rate hikes to come?

Today’s FOMC meeting was uneventful. However, Powell’s press conference which followed provided less hawkish comments for the markets to feast on

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February 1, 2023 04:21 PM
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