Markets’ sentiment continues to be positive this Tuesday. Stocks and Dollar are looking higher ahead of fresh economic data due later today. Elsewhere the Japanese Yen jumped higher after policy comments from the BOJ. Oil prices remain at multi year high levels, boosted by falling U.S. supplies. Here are the top things to know for today’s trading.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both closed at fresh record highs on Monday, though the Dow took a slight step back, and U.S. futures pointed to another small move higher for Tuesday’s session as investors took positions ahead of Friday’s full schedule when Wells Fargo and JPMorgan kick off the fourth quarter reporting season and the latest inflation data will be released
Elsewhere, European equities continued the upward trend on Tuesday, hitting highs not seen since August 2015.
Earlier, Asian shares also edged higher on Tuesday. Of particular note, Japan’s Nikkei 225 returned from a holiday to close with gains of 0.6% at its highest level since November 1991.
The dollar was hovering at one-week highs against other major currencies on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a light day for economic data.
Market participants will take stock of more labor market data with the release of Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) at 15:00 GMT.
Coming after last Friday’s employment report that disappointed consensus but still showed a solid labor market, outgoing Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has cited JOLTS when assessing labor market conditions.
Strong fundamentals would encourage the U.S. central bank to forge ahead with gradually tightening monetary policy this year despite inflation persistently running below its 2% target.
Markets price in odds of 68% for the next 25 basis point hike to occur in March. At 10:03 GMT, the U.S. dollar index gained 0.24% at 92.30.
Markets seemed to bed reminded on Tuesday that the eventual path of the Bank of Japan’s ultra-loose monetary policy will be towards tightening.
The BoJ trimmed its buying of long-dated Japanese government bonds in market operations, helping to stoke speculation about a future exit from its massive stimulus policy.
Specifically, the Tokyo’s central bank cut its purchases of Japanese government bonds of 10 to 25 years left to maturity and those of 25 to 40 years to maturity by 10 billion yen ($88.39 million) each from its previous operations.
Furthermore, Kyodo News reported that the BoJ will consider raising its forecast for 2018 economic growth at its January 22-23 meeting.
Even though most economists expect the BOJ to keep both short-term rates and the 10-year bond yield target unchanged at least until the second half of 2019, while most experts believe the Japanese central bank will not begin scaling back its stimulus until late 2018 or after, the hint of removing accommodation pushed the yen higher despite generalized dollar strength on Tuesday.
At 11:04 GMT, USD/JPY fell 0.27% to 112.81.
Crude oil prices remained supported near multi-year highs on Tuesday, still boosted by a decline in U.S. oil rigs and supply cuts by major oil producers, while market prices waited to see if U.S. stockpiles would fall for an eighth straight week.
The American Petroleum Institute will release its weekly stockpiles data after the market close Tuesday, while the official government data will be released a day later amid expectations for an inventory decline of 4.1 million barrels.
U.S. crude oil futures gained 0.24% to $61.88 at 11:05 GMT, while Brent oil was unchanged at $67.78.