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    WGC Gold Forecast for 2024​​​​​​​

    The World Gold Council on Wednesday published a report on gold demand trends for the fourth quarter and the year 2023. The report states that the annual demand for the precious metal, excluding over-the-counter markets, amounted to 4,448 tonnes. This is 5% lower than the demand registered in 2022. However, considering over-the-counter markets and equity flows, the overall demand for gold last year rose to a record 4,899 tonnes.

    According to the latest report from the World Gold Council, central bank purchases and purchases of metal on over-the-counter markets contributed to a huge physical demand, leading to a record-high price in the last month of the year. Juan Carlos Artigas, head of WGC's research department, said despite challenging obstacles, as the Federal Reserve continued its aggressive monetary policy, supporting higher bond yields, the precious metal managed to grow by 15%.

    Judging by the final price of gold on LBMA, the yellow metal ended 2023 at $2,078.40 per ounce with an average price of $1,940.54 per ounce. This is also a record, 8% higher than the prices of 2022. According to final estimates, central banks bought 1,037 tonnes of gold last year, falling short of the 2022 record by only 45 tonnes.

    Over the last ten years, central bank demand has almost doubled compared to the average figure.

    As for the World Gold Council's forecast, WGC still expects substantial purchases by central banks in 2024. The report states that central bank demand will return to the pre-record average level of around 500 tonnes.

    Analysts also noted that the leader among central banks in gold purchases last year was the People's Bank of China, which acquired 225 tonnes throughout the year. For comparison, the National Bank of Poland was the second-largest gold buyer, purchasing 130 tonnes, thereby increasing its gold reserves by 57%.

    Demand for gold-backed ETFs was also driven by Chinese investors. However, China's economy is facing growing obstacles and economic uncertainty. Nevertheless, the precious metal may attract certain demand from Chinese investors.

    The report also suggests that central banks may not continue the rapid pace of purchases observed in the last two years, but this trend clearly indicates that gold has become an important risk management tool.
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    Stocks and the dollar: stability vs. growth ahead of key consumer price index

    At the start of the week, global market indices remained virtually unchanged, while the US currency slightly strengthened ahead of Tuesday's consumer price index report in the US, which could hint at when the Federal Reserve might begin cutting interest rates.

    In the realm of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin reached $50,000, a level not seen in over two years, with its value increasing by 5.6% to $50,207. Cryptocurrency stocks also saw gains: Coinbase Global (COIN.O) increased by 3.7%.

    The S&P 500 index slightly fell after reaching a new intraday record high. Last week, the S&P 500 index surpassed 5,000 points for the first time in history. The MSCI global stock index remained unchanged after reaching its highest level since January 2022.

    The January report on the consumer price index is expected on Tuesday, with the US producer price report to follow later in the week. Investors are also eagerly awaiting the January US retail sales report, set for release on Thursday.

    Initial expectations of a Fed rate cut at the upcoming meeting were not met due to data indicating the economy remains stable.

    Market estimates put the likelihood of rates staying unchanged in March at 84.5%. According to CME FedWatch Tool data, the chance of a rate cut of at least 25 basis points in May dropped to 61% from over 95% at the start of 2024.

    "Moderate consumer price index data and soft retail sales should reinforce the Fed's confidence that inflation is returning to its target," said Mark Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex in New York.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Index (.DJI) rose by 125.69 points, or 0.33%, to 38,797.38, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 4.77 points, or 0.09%, to 5,021.84, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 48.12 points, or 0.30%, to 15,942.55.

    Among the Dow Jones index components, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) shares increased by 2.71 points (2.59%) and closed at 107.21. Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) went up by 8.63 points (2.25%), finishing at 392.89. Shares of 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) rose by 1.76 points (1.89%), closing at 94.66.

    Shares of Salesforce Inc (NYSE:CRM) fell by 3.76 points (1.29%), ending the session at 287.54. Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose by 5.29 points (1.26%), closing at 415.26, while shares of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) dropped in price by 1.70 points (0.90%), finishing trading at 187.15.

    Among the S&P 500 index components, shares of VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC) appreciated by 13.92% to 17.43, Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG) gained 9.38%, closing at 165.98, and shares of Mohawk Industries Inc (NYSE:MHK) increased by 6.61%, ending the session at 117.28.

    Shares of Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) decreased in price by 3.20%, closing at 320.30. Shares of ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) lost 3.19%, ending trading at 786.98. Quotes of Monolithic Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ:MPWR) dropped by 2.98% to 729.87.

    Among the NASDAQ Composite index components, shares of Beamr Imaging Ltd (NASDAQ:BMR) surged by 371.56% to 9.95, Renalytix Ai Plc (NASDAQ:RNLX) increased by 228.00%, closing at 1.25, and shares of Millennium Group International Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:MGIH) rose by 201.94%, ending the session at 3.11.

    Shares of AN2 Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ANTX) decreased in price by 74.50%, closing at 5.10. Shares of Medavail Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MDVL) lost 43.22%, ending trading at 1.80. Quotes of TOP Financial Group Ltd (NASDAQ:TOP) dropped by 40.63% to 3.20.

    Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) reached a 52-week high, increasing by 2.25%, 8.63 points, and finished trading at 392.89. Shares of Beamr Imaging Ltd (NASDAQ:BMR) reached a historical high, rising by 371.56%, 7.84 points, and ended trading at 9.95. Shares of Medavail Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MDVL) fell to a 3-year low, losing 43.22%, 1.37 points, and closed at 1.80.

    The global stock index MSCI (.MIWD00000PUS), tracking stocks in 49 countries, dropped by 0.01%. European stocks (.STOXX) increased by 0.5%.

    Markets in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia were closed for holidays.

    Financial markets in mainland China were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday and will resume trading on Monday, February 19. Trading in Hong Kong will resume on February 14.

    Investors also tempered their expectations for a European Central Bank rate cut after two policy makers stated last week that the ECB needs more evidence of inflation falling before it can reduce rates.

    On Monday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York published its January survey of consumer expectations, which showed that inflation expectations for one year and five years remained unchanged at 3% and 2.5%, respectively. The predicted inflation growth over three years fell to 2.4%, the lowest level since March 2020, from December's 2.6%.

    The dollar index, which tracks the dollar's performance against a basket of other major trading partners' currencies, increased by 0.1% to 104.13.

    The dollar rose by 0.03% against the yen to 149.35, while the euro dropped by 0.1% for the day to $1.0769.

    The yield on US Treasury bonds fell, with the rates on benchmark 10-year bonds decreasing after three consecutive periods of growth.

    The yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bonds decreased by 1.9 basis points to 4.168% from 4.187% late on Friday.

    Oil futures closed mixed, almost unchanged. Concerns over interest rates and global demand caused the market to pause after prices jumped by about 6% last week.

    US oil increased by 8 cents and settled at $76.92 per barrel. Brent crude oil decreased by 19 cents and settled at $82.

    Spot gold prices fell by 0.3%.
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    Inflationary explosion in the US: how do the dollar and bonds react?

    The consequences of high inflation are felt across the financial market. Specifically, the main Wall Street indices reacted to this news with a decrease after the publication of data indicating a higher than expected rise in consumer prices. This event pressured the expectations regarding the imminent lowering of interest rates, which in turn led to an increase in the yield of US Treasury bonds.

    Among other things, the Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded its most significant drop in almost 11 months after the US Department of Labor's report showed an unexpected increase in consumer prices in January, especially due to the rise in housing costs.

    Against this backdrop, market indices, which were on the rise in anticipation that the Federal Reserve System (FRS) would begin to lower rates as early as May, showed negative dynamics. The S&P 500 index, for example, closed above the 5000 point mark for the first time, and the Dow Jones index traded near record-high values. However, the publication of inflation data revised expectations regarding the FRS's policy, increasing the likelihood that rate cuts may not occur until June.

    Mega-cap companies sensitive to rates, such as Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon.com, and Meta Platforms, showed a decrease in stock prices amid the rise in yields of US Treasury bonds to a two-month high. A similar situation was observed among chip manufacturers, including Micron Technology, Qualcomm, and Broadcom, which led to a 2% drop in the Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index.

    The real estate, consumer discretionary, and utilities sectors faced the most significant losses among the 11 major industry indices of the S&P 500, especially real estate, which reached its lowest values in more than two months.

    Small-cap companies also felt the pressure, with the Russell 2000 index showing the most significant daily drop since June 2022.

    "Various statements by Federal Reserve System officials in recent weeks have indicated that the market-anticipated rate cuts in the first half of the year might have been premature. The latest consumer price index data certainly confirms this trend," commented Bob Elliott from Unlimited Funds.

    The consumer inflation data followed a modest revision of inflation figures for the last quarter of 2023, giving investors temporary relief regarding inflation expectations.

    The Cboe Volatility Index reached its highest level since November, highlighting the growing market concern. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indices lost 1.37% and 1.79% respectively, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 1.36%, marking its most significant decline since March 2023.

    Among other developments, JetBlue Airways shares surged by 21.6% after Carl Icahn disclosed his stake in the company, calling the shares "undervalued." Arista Networks' shares declined by 5.5% following a gross profit forecast below expectations, and Marriott International lost value after forecasting annual earnings below analyst expectations.

    Cadence Design Systems and toy manufacturer Hasbro also faced a drop in share value after publishing gloomy forecasts. Meanwhile, Tripadvisor shares jumped by 13.8% following the announcement of the creation of a special committee to review deal proposals.

    The total trading volume on US exchanges reached 12.9 billion shares, comparable to the average of the last 20 sessions at 11.71 billion shares.

    The US stock market continues to demonstrate record levels, supported by leading technology companies and expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts. The global stock index MSCI and the Stoxx 600 European index also showed a decline amid current events.

    The dollar index reached a three-month high, and bitcoin set a new record since December 2021, despite subsequent declines.

    Data on US retail sales and the producer price report are expected shortly, which may further influence market sentiments.

    The rise in oil prices continues amid tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with Brent crude futures and West Texas Intermediate showing significant increases. Meanwhile, gold prices fell below the key level of $2000 per ounce after the CPI data was released, reaching a two-month low.
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    XAU/USD: review and analysis

    The positive factor for raw materials currently lies in the fact that the dollar bulls are awaiting important economic events regarding the path and timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate reduction. This week, the FOMC minutes will be published, which is expected to contribute to some impulse in the precious metal.

    Also, a decent increase in Treasury bond yields provides some support for the U.S. dollar and limits the rise of the non-yielding yellow metal. In addition, the overall positive tone in the stock markets contributes to restraining the global increase in the price of gold.

    And since yesterday was a holiday in the United States, there were no significant movements in the markets. From a technical point of view, any upward movement is likely to encounter some resistance near the $2,030 level, where the 50-day SMA is located, with subsequent testing. If this level is decisively surpassed, it will create a foundation for further growth beyond the intermediate barrier at $2,044–2,045 towards the supply zone at $2,065.

    On the other hand, the 100-day SMA, currently around $1,992–1,991, may act as immediate support before the $1,983 region or the two-month low reached on Wednesday. Following this is the 200-day SMA, currently tied to the $1,965 area, and in the case of a decisive breakthrough, it will be considered a new trigger for the bears.

    After that, gold may accelerate its decline to the November 2023 low, with some obstacles along this path.
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    2025: Gold and oil raise rates

    In Asian markets on Tuesday, gold prices remained within a narrow range amid fears of long-term interest rate hikes. The absence of trading signals was also due to a holiday in the American market.

    Gold demonstrated some strengthening, reaching the $2000 per ounce mark after recovering from a two-month low over the last two trading sessions. However, current fluctuations in gold prices are still occurring within the range of $2,000-$2,050, which was established for the majority of 2024.

    Spot gold prices increased slightly by 0.1% to $2,019.17 per ounce, while the price of gold futures expiring in April settled at $2,030.20 per ounce as of 23:34 Eastern Time.

    Analysts from Citibank highlight three main catalysts that could push gold prices to $3000 per ounce and oil to $100 per barrel in the next 12-18 months. Among them are a sharp increase in gold purchases by central banks, stagflation, and a deep global recession. Currently, gold is trading around the $2016 mark and could rise by approximately 50% in the event of any of these scenarios materializing.

    Analysts point to dedollarization in central banks of developing countries as the most likely path to reaching $3000 per ounce of gold. This would lead to a doubling of gold purchases by central banks and shift the focus of demand from jewelry to gold as the main driver.

    Central bank gold purchases have reached record levels in recent years, aiming to diversify their reserves and reduce credit risk. Leading this trend are the central banks of China and Russia, as well as India, Turkey, and Brazil, actively increasing their gold bullion purchases. According to the World Gold Council, global central banks have maintained a level of net gold purchases exceeding 1000 tons for two consecutive years.

    In the context of a global recession, a deep economic downturn could force the United States Federal Reserve to drastically cut rates, which, in turn, could be the reason for gold prices to rise to $3000. Gold traditionally exhibits an inverse correlation with interest rates, becoming a more attractive asset compared to fixed income in a low-rate environment.

    Stagflation, combining high inflation with economic slowdown and rising unemployment, could also trigger a rise in gold prices, despite the low likelihood of such a scenario. Gold is perceived as a safe haven in periods of economic instability, attracting investors looking to avoid risks.

    In addition to the above factors, Citi suggests that the baseline scenario for gold involves reaching a price of $2150 per ounce in the second half of 2024, with an expected average price just over $2000 per ounce in the first half of the year. Record prices may be achieved by the end of 2024.

    Although geopolitical tensions in the Middle East provide support for gold prices, a more significant price increase is restrained by the prospect of long-term interest rate hikes in the US.

    Traders are lowering expectations regarding the Federal Reserve's imminent rate cuts following reports of high inflation in the US, and statements from Fed officials reinforce assumptions about maintaining high interest rates over a longer period.

    The outlook for gold in the near future remains uncertain, similar to the situation in the market for other precious metals. Prices for platinum and silver show a decline, and copper experiences a slight drop in price, despite a reduction in the base interest rate in China, the largest importer of the metal.

    In the context of the oil market, analysts consider a scenario where oil prices could once again reach $100 per barrel, considering risks associated with geopolitical tensions, actions by OPEC+, and possible supply disruptions from key oil-producing regions. Tensions in the Middle East, particularly the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and increasing tension on the border between Israel and Lebanon highlight potential risks for oil suppliers in the OPEC+ region.
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    Keynote speech by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell

    The euro and the British pound continue to strengthen against the US dollar amid weak fundamental statistics coming from the United States recently. However, today we are anticipating a more interesting event: a speech by the Federal Reserve Chairman on Capitol Hill. Today marks the first of two speeches before Congress. Powell will first speak at the House Financial Services Committee and then repeat a similar speech at the Senate Banking Committee tomorrow. It is expected that legislators will pose a number of important questions to him, concerning not only the economy and monetary policy but also the operation of the banking system.
    The discussion will include the widely criticized proposal by the Federal Reserve to increase capital requirements for large banks. However, the cost of borrowing will also be an important issue on the agenda.

    Since July 2023, the Fed has maintained interest rates at their highest level in the last two decades, making access to credit increasingly difficult for many Americans. This affects purchases of homes and cars, not to mention servicing credit card debt.

    Lately, Democrats have sharply criticized Powell's actions. Senators Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren have called on the Fed's head to lower interest rates soon, arguing that there is no longer a need for such a strict approach. Although recent inflation data suggest otherwise, many dovish policymakers consider the inflation spike to be temporary.

    It is clear that even against the backdrop of slowing economic growth, the Fed is in no hurry to make changes to interest rates. The labor market remains strong, and the monthly inflation rate in January this year was much higher than economists' expectations. Persistent concerns about price pressure have rallied central bank representatives who are convinced that additional evidence is needed that inflation is firmly moving towards the 2% target before starting a cycle of lowering interest rates.

    Some experts note that the longer the Fed delays the rate cut, the higher the chances that they will be lowered by the November presidential elections, which are almost certain to be a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

    While Fed representatives have repeatedly stressed that their decisions were independent of politics, lowering interest rates closer to election day could lead to sharp criticism of the Central Bank's work from Trump and the Republicans. Obviously, lowering rates at the time of presidential elections would benefit the Democrats and Biden, which they will surely take advantage of.

    As for the euro/dollar pair, demand for the euro persists after a series of weak statistics from the US. Now, bulls need to think about how to push the price to 1.0875. This will allow them to test 1.0900. From there, the pair may reach 1.0930, but doing so without support from major players will be quite challenging. The next target is the peak of 1.0965. If the trading instrument declines to 1.0835, I expect some serious actions from major buyers. If they do not take action, it would be wise to wait for the pair to hit the low of 1.0790, or to open long positions from 1.0760.

    As for the pound/dollar pair, bulls need to drag the price to the nearest resistance at 1.2730 to start an uptrend. This will allow them to target 1.2770, above which it will be quite difficult to break through. The next target is the area of 1.2800, after which we can talk about a more rapid surge to 1.2830. In case of a decline, bears will try to take control over 1.2690. If they succeed, breaking through this range may push the pair towards the low of 1.2660 with the perspective of reaching 1.2630.
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    US election: Wall Street at a crossroads

    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices ended the trading session in the negative on Friday, retreating from the record highs reached during the day. This decline occurred against the backdrop of a decline in the sector of chip manufacturers and mixed data on the labor market, reflecting the exceeding of expectations for the number of jobs created while the unemployment rate rose.

    During the trading session, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices briefly hit all-time highs, but by evening their dynamics changed to decline. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (.SOX) experienced a noticeable drop, losing 4% by the close of the day after earlier reaching the day's high.

    Shares of Nvidia (NVDA.O), highly regarded in the market for its contributions to the development of chips for artificial intelligence, suffered a 5.6% loss, ending their six consecutive sessions of gains. This was despite the fact that they were up more than 5% in early trading.

    Broadcom (AVGO.O) shares in the chipmaker index also experienced a significant decline of 7%, driven by low investor expectations for the company's full-year outlook. In addition, Marvell Technology (MRVL.O) lost 11.4% in value after its first-quarter guidance fell short of market expectations due to weaker demand.

    The stock posted gains at the open after data showed that U.S. job growth accelerated in February, with job openings in the nonfarm payroll sector rising by 275,000, exceeding analysts' forecasts for a gain of 200,000. At the same time, the January jobs data was downwardly revised.

    There is also an increase in the unemployment rate in February to 3.9% compared to the previous figure of 3.7%, which was maintained for three months. It should be noted that the rate of wage growth fell to 0.1% on a month-over-month basis.

    Brian Price, head of investment management at Commonwealth Financial Network, highlighted a trend toward more restrained spending on the part of consumers. This is reflected in shares of Costco Wholesale (COST.O), which posted a 7.6% decline as its quarterly sales volumes fell short of expectations due to moderate demand for higher-priced goods.

    Nevertheless, Price emphasized that overall market sentiment remains optimistic with the anticipation of continued growth in the absence of any negative factors.

    He expressed his belief that the market is focused on the continuation of the favorable situation: inflation is expected to be maintained at a moderate level and the Federal Reserve is expected to initiate a policy of easing economic conditions.

    Upcoming data for February, which will be released next week and include information on the consumer price index (CPI) and retail sales, will provide additional information that could influence the assessment of the possibility of lowering interest rates.

    In a speech on Thursday, Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, shared his view that the central bank is nearing the point where it is confident enough that inflation is falling, allowing it to begin the process of lowering interest rates.

    While investors continue to analyze possible profits and keep an eye on monetary policy, they are also beginning to consider a new factor that could significantly impact market conditions this year - the upcoming U.S. presidential election in 2024.

    In an address to the nation on Thursday, US President Joe Biden put forward a proposal to raise corporate taxes, while his predecessor and potential Republican Party rival, Donald Trump, earlier in 2017 passed legislation aimed at cutting taxes for companies and the wealthy. Biden also expressed pride in U.S. economic achievements during his presidency.

    It is difficult to determine how politicians' proposals and initiatives ahead of the election will affect asset market prices. The winner of the election is likely to face the challenge of dealing with a divided Congress, which could significantly complicate any legislative initiatives.

    This uncertainty does not stop analysts from trying to assess how political changes may interact with other key elements influencing market dynamics. Such factors include increasing interest in the business outlook for artificial intelligence and adjusting expectations about when the Federal Reserve might begin easing monetary policy. The S&P 500 Index (.SPX) has made notable gains, up 7.4% YTD and near all-time highs.

    Polls show a tight contest between the 81-year-old Biden and 77-year-old Trump. Despite the U.S. economy performing better than most advanced economies, the American people generally express higher confidence in Trump's economic competence in polls.

    As part of his speech on Thursday, Biden unveiled an initiative to impose a 21% minimum tax on the profits of corporations whose revenues exceed $1 billion, building on the provisions of the 2022 Clean Energy Act.

    In addition, he expressed his intention to reinstate his "billionaires tax" initiative, which would impose a minimum tax of 25% on the income of U.S. citizens whose wealth exceeds $100 million.

    Analysts note that the Republicans' success in the elections is likely to entail an extension of the 2017 tax cuts, which could lead to higher inflation. At the same time, the Democrats' victory will result in an increase in tax rates for households and corporations with high income.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) index of industrial companies closed down 68.66 points, or 0.18%, stopping at 38,722.69. The S&P 500 Index (.SPX) fell 33.67 points, or 0.65%, to settle at 5,123.69, while the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) fell 188.26 points, or 1.16%, to 16,085.11.

    Among the 11 key sectors in the S&P 500, the technology sector (.SPLRCT) posted the largest decline, losing 1.8%. It was followed by the consumer staples sector (.SPLRCS) with a 0.8% drop, where Costco made a significant contribution.

    Over the past week, the S&P 500 Index declined 0.26%, the Nasdaq fell 1.17%, and the Dow Jones lost 0.93%.

    Meanwhile, real estate stocks (.SPLRCR) were the biggest gainers, rising 1.1%. Behind them are shares of energy companies (.SPNY), which grew by 0.4%.

    Shares of Gap (GPS.N) jumped 8.2% as the retailer beat Wall Street analysts' forecasts for fourth-quarter results. That was due to increased demand for a revamped assortment of Old Navy and Gap-branded merchandise during the holiday season, as well as lower volumes of discounted merchandise.

    On the New York Stock Exchange, the number of stocks that increased in value outnumbered those that declined by a ratio of 1.25 to 1, with 708 new highs versus 48 new lows.

    On the Nasdaq exchange, the number of stocks that increased totaled 2,086, while 2,192 declined, showing a predominance of declining over rising stocks with a ratio of about 1.05 to 1.

    The S&P 500 index marked 65 new 52-week highs and recorded no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 351 new highs and 83 new lows.

    Trading volume on U.S. exchanges reached 12.29 billion shares, which compares with an average of 12.08 billion over the past 20 sessions.
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    Wall Street's decline driven by tech sector and Fed rates

    The global stock index also showed a decrease on Friday, setting a course for a weekly decline after seven consecutive weeks of gains, while the dollar strengthened, heading for its most significant weekly gain since mid-January as the latest US inflation data fueled new hopes for interest rate cuts.

    Data released on Friday showed a slight increase in US import prices in February, as the rise in the cost of petroleum products was partially offset by modest growth in other areas, suggesting an improvement in the inflationary landscape.

    Stocks this week faced challenges after US consumer and producer price data indicated that inflation remains persistent, dampening expectations that the Federal Reserve would cut rates by its June meeting.

    Market assessments of a Fed rate cut of at least 25 basis points in June stand at 59.2%, down from 59.5% in the previous session and 73.3% a week ago, according to CME's FedWatch Tool.

    The central bank is expected to maintain interest rates at its meeting next week, but investors will closely monitor the central bank's economic forecasts, including interest rate projections.

    On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) fell by 190.89 points, or 0.49%, to 38,714.77, the S&P 500 (.SPX) lost 33.53 points, or 0.65%, to 5,116.95, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) dropped 155.35 points, or 0.96%, to 15,973.17.

    Over the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.13%, the Dow dropped 0.02%, and the Nasdaq decreased by 0.73%.

    Additionally, a study by the University of Michigan showed its preliminary consumer sentiment and inflation expectations data barely changed in March, while a separate report indicated that US factory production in February increased more than expected.

    Adobe (ADBE.O) shares fell by 13.7% the day after the company forecasted second-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates, citing competition and weak demand for photos, illustrations, and videos integrated with artificial intelligence.

    Among other declining stocks, Ulta Beauty (ULTA.O) shares fell by 5.2% after its projected annual profit came in below Wall Street estimates, as rising supply chain costs and intensified promotional activities negatively impacted its profits.

    The S&P 500 technology index (.SPLRCT) dropped by 1.3% for the day, leading the downturn among sectors. Shares of Microsoft (MSFT.O) fell by 2.1%, marking one of the index's most significant declines.

    The semiconductor index (.SOX) decreased by 0.5% on Friday, registering its most significant weekly percentage drop since the beginning of January. Announcements related to AI at Nvidia's (NVDA.O) GTC developers conference, scheduled for March 18-21, will be closely watched.

    The Russell 2000 index of small-cap companies (.RUT) fell by 2.1% for the week.

    Friday's volume was the highest of the year on US exchanges, with 18.76 billion shares traded. The average full-session volume over the last 20 trading days was about 12.4 billion.

    Although Wall Street's AI-driven growth has stalled, the S&P 500 index has continued to rise by 7.3% since the beginning of the year.

    According to data released on Friday, US factory production in February grew more than expected, but the January figure was sharply revised downwards, as production continues to be constrained by higher interest rates.

    The dollar index gained 0.05% to 103.43, recovering some of the previous week's decline with a 0.71% increase, while the euro rose 0.06% to $1.0889 for the session. The sterling weakened by 0.13% to $1.273.

    Against the Japanese yen, the dollar strengthened by 0.49% to 149.05, despite expectations that the Bank of Japan is expected to end its negative interest rate policy at its meeting next week.

    The MSCI global stock index (.MIWD00000PUS) fell by 5.07 points, or 0.66%, to 767.58, heading for its third consecutive daily drop, the longest streak since the beginning of the year, and a 0.48% decrease for the week.

    The STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) closed down by 0.32%, while the broader European index FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3) fell by 7.42 points, or 0.37%.

    The yield on benchmark 10-year US Treasury bonds rose by 1 basis point to 4.308% after reaching 4.322%, the highest level since February 23. The yield on 10-year bonds this week jumped by 22 b.p., the most significant increase since mid-October.

    The yield on 2-year Treasury bonds, which typically moves in step with interest rate expectations, rose by 3.9 basis points to 4.7297% and increased by 24.6 b.p. for the week, marking the biggest jump in two months.

    Oil prices fell a day after exceeding the $85 per barrel mark for the first time since November. Oil indices finished the week with a growth of more than 3%. U.S. crude oil decreased by 0.27% to $81.04 per barrel, and Brent crude fell by 0.09% to $85.34 per barrel.
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    The main events by the morning: March 26

    Bitcoin has returned to the area above $71 thousand. A day earlier, investment guru Jim Roger said that the cryptocurrency would collapse to zero. He does not see any long-term value in it, believing that the crypt will disappear.

    The United States has imposed sanctions against Russian operators of CFA and blockchain services. In the list: Atomize, Lighthouse, Distributed Registry Systems, Web3 Tech, B-Crypto, Netexchange, Masterchain.

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia ordered the sale of 27.5% in the Sakhalin-2 operator company for 95 billion rubles. Gazprom's daughter Sakhalin Project will buy a share, TASS reports.

    France may come into direct conflict with Russia in the event of the defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The LCI channel claims that there are several scenarios for the entry of French troops into the territory of Ukraine, including the deployment of NATO troops in fortified areas and trenches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the possible construction of a military plant in Kiev or the deployment of troops in Odessa.

    Hamas has confirmed its unwillingness to make concessions. According to Reuters, the Palestinian movement informed the mediators that it would insist on a complete ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as well as demanding the complete withdrawal of the Israeli military from the region and a «real exchange» of prisoners of war.

    The March package of assistance to Ukraine from the United States in the amount of $300 million was used back in November. According to Politico, a representative of the American administration said that these funds are currently «not available for use,» and the approval of assistance was rather a symbolic gesture.
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    On the verge of inflation: how the Dow Jones and S&P reacted for the third session in a row

    On Tuesday, amid expectations of important economic releases during the short holiday week, US stock markets fell, marking the third consecutive decline for the Dow Jones and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes. Investors are in a wait-and-see mood as they analyze potential changes in Federal Reserve policy.

    Tesla (TSLA.O) rose 2.92% on CEO Elon Musk's announcement that he would test self-driving technology for the company's vehicles, available to both new and existing customers in the United States. Over the current week, the stock price has increased by about 4%, although during the year their quotes have decreased by more than 28%.

    Market participants are particularly focused on the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index, the Federal Reserve's main tool for assessing inflation. It is expected that the latest data on this indicator will be published on Friday, a day when trading on American exchanges will not be held due to the celebration of Good Friday.

    It is predicted that in February the inflation index will increase by 0.4%, reaching 2.5% at the annual level. Meanwhile, core inflation, which excludes volatile items such as food and energy, is expected to rise 0.3% for the month, keeping annual growth at 2.8%, according to expert forecasts.

    "Friday is key. All attention will be focused on this day, and any events before then will be perceived as background. Therefore, we should not expect significant changes in the market until the data is published," said Stephen Massocca, deputy president of Wedbush Securities. San Francisco.

    "It would be extremely risky for the market if there were any speculation that Fed rates have not yet peaked. Any hint from the Fed that interest rates could be raised further could signal an immediate shift away from risk assets."

    The U.S. economic sector is growing, with February orders for durable goods exceeding forecasts and equipment investment pointing to the start of a recovery. According to the Conference Board, consumer confidence remained virtually unchanged in March at 104.7.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 31.31 points, down 0.08%, to 39,282.33. The S&P 500 was down 14.61 points (down 0.28%) at 5,203.58, while the Nasdaq Composite was down 68.77 points (down 0.42%) at 16. 315.70.

    Last week, all three major US indexes hit new all-time highs after the Federal Reserve confirmed its forecasts for three interest rate cuts this year.

    Market expectations for the Fed to cut rates by at least 25 basis points in June continue to rise, now reaching 70.4% probability according to CME's FedWatch tool, up markedly from last week's 59.2%.

    Shares of the media and technology group linked to Donald Trump rose 16.1% to close at $57.99 after temporarily hitting $79.38 on the first day of trading following its reverse merger with the company. , specializing in the issue of securities.

    McCormick (MKC.N) jumped 10.52% to become the top gainer in the S&P 500, as its first-quarter sales and earnings beat market expectations.

    Shares of Seagate Technology (STX.O) also posted strong gains, rising 7.38%, after analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded the hard drive maker's stock from overweight to overweight.

    At the same time, United Parcel Service (UPS.N) shares lost 8.16% following the release of the company's 2026 guidance.

    On the New York Stock Exchange, decliners outnumbered advancers by a 1.24-to-1 ratio. A similar trend was seen on the Nasdaq, where decliners outnumbered advancers by a 1.34-to-1 ratio.

    Trading volume in US stock markets reached 10.43 billion shares, less than the average volume of 12.23 billion shares over the past 20 sessions. Trading activity is expected to remain moderate throughout the current week, and as the holidays approach, volumes may decline further.

    The pan-European stock index STOXX 600 gained 0.24%, while MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares ex-Japan closed 0.25% higher at 535.59.

    Market attention is focused on the Japanese yen, which remains at its weakest against the dollar since 1990 despite the Bank of Japan raising interest rates last week for the first time in 17 years.

    The dollar strengthened 0.1% against the yen to hit 151.56, raising the risk of Japanese intervention to prevent further weakening of its currency. In October 2022, the dollar/yen exchange rate rose to 151.94, followed by a decline due to intervention.

    Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki on Tuesday expressed readiness to consider options to stabilize the yen, reiterating statements made the day before by the country's top monetary policy official.

    The US dollar was marginally weaker, down 0.06% at 7.248 against the offshore Chinese yuan, which strengthened thanks to an unexpectedly high trading range setting. The yuan's fall the previous Friday, after a period of market volatility, had sparked concern among investors, with some speculation that China could loosen controls on its currency, allowing it to fall.

    Spot gold rose 0.24% to $2,176.69 an ounce, while U.S. gold futures rose 0.09% to $2,176.80 an ounce. In the cryptocurrency space, Bitcoin lost 1.74% to $69,753.73, while Ethereum fell 1.55% to $3,572.7.
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