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Calm After The Storm? 5 Things To Watch This Friday

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By Laura Sanchez – Markets are trying to return to normal after the recent declines.

Corporate earnings season continues.

Oil prices – both and – are up this morning.

The main cryptocurrencies are trading higher.

Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks.

Here are the five factors investors should consider when making their decisions today:

1. Markets: Calm after the storm?

This week’s higher than expected US has brought back fears of more hawkish central bank policy and the possibility of economies facing a new recession.

2. Luis de Guindos (ECB) speaks

At 7:00 GMT, , vice-president of the European Central Bank (ECB), will make an appearance and investors will be watching to see if he says anything related to a possible interest rate hike.

Lagarde suggested this week that the hike could come after the end of the purchase program, which is set to expire at the beginning of July this year.

3. Crypto on the rise

The cryptocurrency sector seems to be bouncing back on Friday after this week’s heavy losses. The collapse of (LUNA) has also affected stablecoins such as . is trading at $30,000 and at $2,000.

4. Asia and the US stock market

Positive signs today on the main Asian indices. is up 2.5%. Hong Kong’s is up 1.9% and the is up 0.5%.

On Wall Street, the market ended yesterday mixed. The (-0.1%), (+0.06%) and (-0.3%) closed lower.

5. Macro data

Key macroeconomic releases in Europe include CPI in and , as well as Eurozone .

In the US, we will see the University of and several members of the FOMC will speak.

Follow the day’s events on our economic calendar:


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