State of The Markets

Stocks Rallied Ahead of CPI

Publish date: Thu, 12 Jan 2023, 08:24 AM


Stocks rallied ahead of CPIUS stocks rallied on Wednesday as investors turned optimistic on the CPI report scheduled on Thursday. Nasdaq (+1.76%), S&P (+1.28%) and Russell (+1.17%) made more than 1% gain while Dow (+0.80%) broke last week high as some cautious investors flock into bonds and send yields lower. The shorter 2Y dropped to 4.21% while the 10Y benchmark fell to 3.53% as the Dollar index struggled to float above the 103 handle.

In the commodity markets, crude oil jumped near $78/bl despite rising inventories as investors see higher demand from China after its border reopening. Flight to safety continued to press gold higher, near $1,886.50/oz, as New York closed. Elsewhere, iron ore continues its upward trajectory to hit $121/tn as investors continue to bid the commodity higher.

In the FX space, short term traders were quick to buy the oversold Yen but kept Swiss on offers alongside Kiwi and King Dollar. In the medium term, Dollar and Yen remained sold off while Euro and Swiss advanced further into the demand territories. Long term sentiments were little changed with more demand for Aussie and Sterling than Swiss and Kiwi.

On Thursday, markets may remain choppy as traders and investors positioned themselves for the inflation reports. CME FedWatch projects a 75% probability of a 25 points hike in February and a pause in March that may keep the floor in equities for now. Any upbeat surprise in CPI numbers today may spike the Dollar up and put pressure on equities. Earnings releases to watch include Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) and Washington Federal (WAFD) as well as the latest US jobless claims and the much awaited inflation data.

OUR PICK – No New Pick

No new picks amid volatile markets. Markets don’t seem to favor our setup for now as we were stopped out on Gold and NZD/USD. We stay on the sideline for now.


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