On Wall Street, the S&P 500 wrapped up its best week since 1974 as it climbed 12.10%. Granted, the Good Friday holiday shortened the time period. Optimism in financial markets meant the haven-linked US Dollar and similarly-behaving Japanese Yen were under pressure. This is as the growth-oriented Australian Dollar outperformed. Crude oil prices struggled to follow sentiment.
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Anti-fiat gold prices rose, particularly as the Federal Reserve revealed a US$2.3 trillion loan program which dented government bond yields. Lawmakers continued to hint at another virus relief bill with varying amounts of stimulus. These efforts and rising bets of coronavirus easing meant dismal economic data from the world’s largest economy was brushed aside by investors
Earnings season is in play with major US banks reporting in the week ahead. Meanwhile the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hosts its virtual Spring meeting alongside the World Bank. April’s Global Financial Stability Report and the World Economic Outlook will be updated. As such, further insight into the economic damage of COVID-19 will be better understood.
Focusing on economic data, first-quarter Chinese GDP is due towards the end of the week. A historical contraction is widely anticipated. United States retail sales are expected to shrink the most on record. Australian unemployment is expected to tick higher. The markets will continue weighing the harsh economic reality against valiant efforts to stabilize the fallout.
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