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Despite civil unrest on Capitol Hill last week, US and global stocks ended on a positive note to start the first full week of the new year. The Russell 2000, an index measuring the performance of predominantly small-cap US companies, outperformed the highly technological Nasdaq 100, closely followed by the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones.
What was rather interesting was the story of fixed income assets. Yields on longer-term Treasuries have skyrocketed, with 10- and 30-year rates rising the most since August. Financial markets greeted Democratic senators by winning both polls in Georgia. This opened the door for a larger fiscal stimulus, providing much needed support for an economy recovering from the coronavirus.
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The disappointing December non-farm payroll report supported the case for increased support. Due to rising government bond yields, gold prices could be left vulnerable after the worst week since late November. Meanwhile, crude oil prices could benefit, also supported by an unexpected cut in production from Saudi Arabia after the OPEC meeting last week.
The US dollar could also take a break as rising local bond yields make it a more attractive investment, but the extent to which it could benefit is unclear given the Fed’s still accommodative stance. Further equity gains would likely continue to play against the safe haven greenback, with sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand dollars poised to take advantage.
Stricter lockdowns remain a risk for markets amid the new, more contagious strain of Covid-19. Markets will be eyeing a plethora of speeches from Federal Reserve Chairs such as Eric Rosengren and Raphael Bostic. The director of the ECB, Christine Lagarde, is also on duty. Towards the end of the week, pay attention to US retail sales and sentiment. What else do we expect for the markets to come?
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