Markets Week Ahead: Nasdaq 100, Gold, Crude Oil, US Dollar, Euro, Ukraine, Fed, RBNZ
Market sentiment deteriorated this past week around the globe as geopolitical tensions around Ukraine mixed with the road ahead for tightening monetary policy. On Wall Street, futures tracking the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow Jones declined 1.5%, 1.4% and 1.7% respectively. In Europe and Asia, the DAX 40 and Nikkei 225 sank 2.5% and 2.0% respectively.
Uncertainty is a plague for financial markets, and tensions between Russia and the west are stirring volatility. The White House continues to believe that Russia is positioned to attack Ukraine while leaving the door open to diplomacy. President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, said that the country ‘does not want war’ in Europe.
Gold prices found a strong footing amidst this uncertainty, with the yellow metal closing at its highest since June. Crude oil prices, while still being elevated, stabilized this week . Progress on the Iran Nuclear Deal was a likely cause. The anti-risk US Dollar struggled to build momentum amid less hawkish Fed rate hike bets for the year ahead.
A meeting between the US and Russia will be taking place this week and the Euro could be vulnerable to elevated volatility. In addition to the proximity of the European Union, the latter’s dependence on gas from Russia could result in supply disruption amid escalating conflict. That would be a pickle for the European Central Bank, which is slowly opening the door to tightening.
The New Zealand Dollar will be closely eying the RBNZ monetary policy announcement, where the central bank is expected to raise rates and live up to what is anticipated to be an aggressive tightening cycle. All eyes will also be on the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation for January, where another strong print risks adding to recent market volatility. What else is in store for markets?
US DOLLAR WEEKLY PERFORMANCE AGAINST CURRENCIES AND GOLD
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EUR/USD could show a bearish or neutral bias in the coming days amid rising geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and increased risk aversion in financial markets.
The New Zealand Dollar sits in a precarious situation as it finds itself between what is expected to be an aggressive RBNZ tightening cycle and geopolitical tensions around Ukraine.
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The US Dollar put in a doji this week, but a morning star building on the daily that completed on Friday highlights the potential for strength.
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