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EUR/USD pressured below 1.1900 amid virus concerns, USD rebound

EUR/USD is trading under pressure below 1.1900 amid US dollar rebound. A softer risk tone, Powell’s upbeat comments extend support to the greenback. ECB Panetta's remarks kept the euro bulls on the defensive and capped gains.

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GBP/USD falls toward 1.3650 amid stronger USD, risk-off mood

GBP/USD pair is extending losses toward 1.3650, as the US dollar recovers ground across the board amid risk-aversion. Worries about the AstraZeneca covid vaccine and unrest in Northern Ireland further weigh on the spot.

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$1,730 holds the key for XAU/USD bulls amid a modest USD strength

A modest pickup in the USD demand exerted pressure on gold for the second straight session. The risk-off mood, softer US bond yields extended some support and might help limit losses.

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Dogecoin pauses before continuing 35% ascent

Dogecoin breached an ascending triangle pattern on April 11, triggering a bull run. DOGE spiked nearly 17% in a single candle on the 12-hour chart hitting $0.080. Now, a retracement to the immediate support level at $0.071 seems likely before it starts to climb again.

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S&P 500 Week Ahead: Bears hibernate as records keep getting smashed, earnings season awaits

Equity markets continue to set new records as the Nasdaq plays catch up. Fundamentals are backing bulls as Fed doves dampen inflation concerns. Earnings week ahead will likely add more fuel to the fire.

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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 former President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate.
  • Fiscal policy, trade deals, business laws decided by the US administration (Joe Biden), but also by the US Treasury Department (Janet Yellen) and the US Department of Commerce (Wynn Coggins). 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.