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AUD/USD approaches 0.7200 on a better market’s mood

Wall Street was able to close the day with gains, although the US Congress was unable to clinch a deal on a coronavirus aid package. Investors keep selling the American currency.

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XAU/USD retreats after hitting one-week highs above $1900

The recovery in gold after last week sharp decline continues to be capped by the $1,900/oz area. Recently, boosted by a slide of the US dollar, XAU/USD rose to $1,902 reaching the highest level in a week, but it failed to hold above $1,900 and pulled back.

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EUR/USD ends the day in the red just above 1.1700

The shared currency was the worst performer, ending the day in the red against the greenback, despite this last persistent weakness. Coronavirus concerns and new restrictions in the EU weighed.

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Ethereum continues to reign the DeFi market, but TRON’s network activity skyrockets

After the total DeFi market capitalization exploded, surpassing $15 billion, several prominent projects announced the launch of their own DeFi products. 

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WTI looks to settle with strong gains near $40

After suffering heavy losses on Tuesday, crude oil staged a decisive rebound and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) touched a daily high of $40 before going into a consolidation phase. 

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S&P 500

The Standard & Poor's 500, abbreviated as the S&P 500, or just "the S&P” is a market value-weighted index of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It is seen as a leading indicator of U.S. equities and generally perceived as the most representative.

The S&P 500 stock market index, maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices, comprises exactly 505 common stocks – including two share classes of stock from 5 of its component companies – issued by 500 large-cap companies and traded on American stock exchanges (including the 30 companies that compose the Dow Jones Industrial Average, DJIA) and covers about 80% of the American equity market by capitalization. The index is weighted by free-float market capitalization, so more valuable companies account for relatively more of the index. The index constituents and the constituent weights are updated regularly using rules published by S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The companies of the index are selected by the S&P Index Committee, a team of analysts and economists at Standard & Poor's following selection criteria including market size, liquidity and industry grouping.

Over time, the S&P 500 can be used as a benchmark for the economy.


HISTORIC HIGHS AND LOWS FOR S&P 500

  • All-time records: Max: 3397 on 20/02/2020 - Min: 4.4 on 05/1932
  • Last 5 years: Max: 3397 on 20/02/2020 - Min: 1807 on 11/02/2016

* Data as of February 2020


ASSETS THAT INFLUENCE THE S&P 500 THE MOST

  • Currencies: USD.
  • Commodities: Oil and Gold.
  • Bonds: T-Bond (Treasury bond is a marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security).

ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC DATA THAT INFLUENCE THE S&P 500

Since the S&P 500 is a benchmark of American stocks, what will impact its value is related to all those decisions and figures that affect the results of big companies in the USA. That is, among others:

  • Economic indicators of inflation (CPI, PPI,...), consumer confidence (as Michigan Consumer Confidence Index), growth (GDP), employment (Non Farm Payrolls) and salaries (Average Hourly Wages)
  • interest rates decided by the Federal Reserve System, which is the central banking system of the United States of America. It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, after a series of financial panics led to the desire for central control of the monetary system in order to alleviate financial crises. Jerome Powell is the 16th Chair of the Federal Reserve, serving in that office since February 2018. He was nominated to the Fed Chair position by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate.
  • Fiscal policy, trade deals, business laws decided by the US administration (President Trump), but also by the US Treasury Department (Steve Mnuchin) and the US Department of Commerce (Wilbur Ross). The US Department of the Treasury's mission is to maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively. The US Department of Commerce is an executive department of the federal government concerned with promoting economic growth. Among its tasks are gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, and helping to set industrial standards
  • Energy prices such as electricity, oil, etc...because they have impact on production costs for those companies that are part of the S&P500.