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EUR/USD accelerates decline and nears 1.1200

The US Nonfarm Payroll report’s effects are long gone. The greenback gets attention as stocks eased sharply from intraday highs, still holding in the green, yet undermined by record coronavirus cases in the US.

EUR/USD News

AUD/USD hovering around 0.6920 after a dull day

AUD/USD pair seesawed between gains and losses, settling for a second consecutive day at around 0.6920. Australian PMIs and Chinese services output coming up next.

AUD/USD News

Gold: Bears seeking justice below key support

XAU/USD has been a mixed bag this week and for the start of the month, trapping bears ina recent stop hunt from the $1,757.66 level where it met a high of $1,779.69 on the last session before the US long weekend. 

Gold News

Crypto collapse with Bitcoin falling below $9,000 and Ethereum getting close to $220

Most cryptocurrencies are experiencing a significant sell-off after Bitcoin fell below $9,000. BNB/USD has suffered the most with a 4% drop towards $15 and needs to hold $14.8 support. 

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Oil: $40 per barrel has been broken again but there is a lack of conviction at these current levels

WTI has continued to move higher on Thursday but the price action seems pretty lacklustre despite volatility elsewhere. There have been some decent news stories in the past few sessions as it was confirmed OPEC output reached a two-decade low after over compliance from Saudi Arabia. 

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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.