Equities Reverse Higher Again, ECB In Focus


After strong declines, seen on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday was marked by “risk-on” trading. Most of the major indices managed to recover some of their losses, made in the beginning of the week. In the US, the recovery was led by a jump in the cyclical stocks, the ones of cruise operators and airlines. Overall, the main sectors, which helped the market to regain some of the losses were financials, consumer cyclicals, industrials, technology and healthcare. One of the biggest losers in the US during Wednesday’s trading were NextEra Energy, Oracle and Netflix. The latter one delivered its 2021 Q1 financial results, which showed a decline in new user subscriptions. Other popular streaming companies, such as Disney and Roku, were in the red initially, but managed to get into positive territory by the end of the US trading session. The decline in user subscribers is due to the fact that people are now hoping to have the restrictions to be lifted, allowing more free movement. But that doesn’t mean that it could be all down-hill from here for the streaming companies. There are still concerns that governments across the globe may continue with the lockdowns, especially due to new reports showing side-effects from some of the vaccines. And how bad this wouldn’t sound, but if people’s movement continues to be restricted, Netflix and other similar companies, might remain on the winning side from all this.


After yesterday’s strong reversal to the upside, the DJIA cash index had almost recovered all the losses made in the first half of the week. We can see that after finding support near the 33690 hurdle, the price drifted back above the short-term tentative upside support line taken from the low of April 1st. In addition to that, the cash index climbed back above a short-term tentative downside resistance line drawn from the high of April 16th. If DJIA continues to balance above both of those line, we will remain positive, at least with the near-term outlook.


On the currency front, the Canadian dollar was the biggest gainer among its major counterparts. The second and third best performers were NZD and AUD. The latter two were mainly driven by the recovery in the risk assets, such as equities. But the Canadian dollar attracted buying interest after the Bank of Canada came out with the interest rate decision and the monetary policy report. Certainly, there were no surprises in the regards to the interest rate decision, as it remained at the same level of +0.25%. But in relation to the Bank’s economic outlook, it sounded more positive, as it stated that economic growth in Q1 was considerably better than they have initially forecasted in January. Businesses and households managed to adjust to all the imposed restrictions, which helped keep the economy running. This is why the Bank said it will lower its bond purchases from CAD 4bln to CAD 3bln as of April 26th. Also, the GDP growth forecast for 2021 was revised higher, going from 4% to 6.5%. That said, the growth forecast for 2022 was lowered from 4.8% to 3.7%. The overall positive tone from the BoC gave CAD a significant advantage over its top counterparts, especially CHF and JPY. The Canadian dollar may continue strengthening today as well, just as a follow up to yesterday’s positivity from the BoC. However, we will closely monitor oil prices, because if those slide further in the near-term, this might have a negative effect on CAD.


NZD/CAD continues to drift lower, after hitting resistance near the 0.9082 barrier yesterday. Also, the pair managed to break below a short-term tentative upside support line taken from the low of April 13th. The pair might drift a bit further south, however, we would still class this move as a temporary correction, if another short-term upside line, taken from the low of April 1st, stays intact.


Today, we will get the ECB’s interest rate decision, which is not expected to end up with any fireworks. The current rate is set at 0.0% and it is expected to stay at the same level for a while. As mentioned in our weekly report, delivered on Monday:


The other events on the economic calendar, which is worthwhile to be mentioned, are the US jobless claims, both initial and continuing. Although the initial ones are believed to have increased slightly from 576k to 617k, the continuing ones are expected to decline, going from 3731k to 3667k.



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