Market Update – December 29 – The final few days

2020-12-29 21:07    HotForex



US stock futures are in the green with gains of 0.45% to 0.65% after President Trump signed the $2.3 tln spending bill that will fund the government through to September 2021 and which also includes the $900 bln pandemic relief package. Further supporting investor sentiment has been the Brexit deal — while not ideal for either side, it eliminates the hard Brexit result that was most feared. These factors, and the positive developments on vaccines, should smooth out trading over the rest of 2020, though thin holiday trading could make for some choppy price swings. All three major US markets closed at new all-time highs yesterday.

Market Update – December 29 – The final few days Institution Opinions

Earlier, the JPY225 closed up an impressive 2.7% and closed over 27,000 for the first time since 1991. End of year portfolio rebalancing, profit taking and accounting all conspire to boost equities in the final trading days of the year. The 161.8 Fibonacci extension of the March sell-off sits at 28,800. The MACD has a rising signal line and histogram, the weekly ATR remains over the 500 point and although the RSI has been technically in the overbought range for over 6 weeks, it is still moving higher and currently trades around 78.00. The JPY225 is one of the best performing assets for 2020 of all the ones we monitor; for more details of what the long term Weekly & Monthly charts might be suggesting for the next few months, join me tomorrow in our “2021 – The Year Ahead in Charts” webinar. You can register here:

In the FX markets, Dollar, Yen & Sterling dropped against most currencies, with USDJPY falling back to 103.71. EURUSD is back to 1.2250 territory and the commodity currencies also remain bid, with AUDUSD touching 0.7600 earlier, the Kiwi at the daily R1 (0.7130) and USDCAD spiking below S1 to touch 1.2807. Crude prices are up from overnight lows, amid the prospect of new supply from OPEC+ members. The front end USOIL future is currently trading north of $48.00 per barrel. Gold rotates through the daily pivot point at $1881.00.

Stuart Cowell

Head Market Analyst

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