Global Stocks Recover

US stocks recovered slightly ahead of the second quarter earnings season in the U.S. USD index declined by 50.2% to settle below 94 pip. 

European markets closed higher yesterday as a recovery in oil prices and a rally in banks boosted investor sentiment. Euro was slightly affected by European markets and settled at $1.14 vs. USD.

GBP traded higher yesterday and jumped by 1% against USD and EUR, positively affected by the improvement in the equity markets. The pair is awaiting today's inflation report issued by the BOE, which is likely to push the pound to decline. GBP/USD settled at $1.4250.

USD/JPY was hovering near 108, the lowest level in 18 months against the yen, as Japanese officials again warned that they could intervene in the market to weaken the Yen. The greenback could extend its losses against JPY and decline to 107 and 105 levels

Gold prices rose to $1,260, ignoring all the gains made by the European and U.S markets. The precious metal could rally to $1,300. 

Oil prices fluctuated during yesterday’s trading session, ahead of major oil producers’ meeting in Qatar. WTI jumped to $40 and could move further during the course of the week. 

The most important economic events:

  • GBP Consumer Price Index (YoY) (MAR): (GMT 10:30) – Important – Forecast (0.4%) – Previous (0.3%).
  • GBP Core Consumer Price Index (YoY) (MAR): (GMT 10:30) – Important – Forecast (1.3%) – Previous (1.2%).
  • GBP ONS House Prices (YoY) (FEB): (GMT 10:30) – Medium – Forecast (N/A) – Previous (7.9%).
  • USD Monthly Budget Statement (MAR): (GMT 20:00) – Medium – Forecast (-104.0b) – Previous (-52.9b)

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