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    US stock market closes higher, Dow Jones gains 1.37%

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    At the close of the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones rose 1.37% to hit a monthly high, the S&P 500 rose 2.62% and the NASDAQ Composite rose 4.06%.

    Shares of Microsoft Corporation led the way among the components of the Dow Jones index in today's trading, which gained 16.84 points (6.69%) to close at 268.74. Salesforce.com Inc rose 9.84 points or 5.77% to close at 180.30. Walmart Inc rose 4.61 points or 3.78% to close at 126.59.

    The biggest losers were 3M Company, which shed 1.89 points or 1.34% to end the session at 138.86. The Travelers Companies Inc was up 1.90 points or 1.18% to close at 158.96, while Visa Inc Class A was down 2.02 points or 0.95% to close at mark 210.47.

    Leading gainers among the components of the S&P 500 in today's trading were Enphase Energy Inc, which rose 17.89% to hit 254.77, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, which gained 14.70% to close at 1.00. as well as PayPal Holdings Inc, which rose 12.18% to end the session at 86.42.

    The biggest losers were Sherwin-Williams Co, which shed 8.78% to close at 231.97. Shares of Garmin Ltd lost 8.72% to end the session at 93.56. Quotes of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated decreased in price by 7.01% to 372.01.

    Leading gainers among the components of the NASDAQ Composite in today's trading were Blue Water Vaccines Inc, which rose 53.17% to 3.14, Cryptyde Inc, which gained 43.70% to close at 1.27, and also shares of QualTek Services Inc, which rose 37.78% to end the session at 1.35.

    The biggest losers were ObsEva SA, which shed 75.40% to close at 0.40. Kalera PLC lost 20.77% to end the session at 2.48. Quotes Burcon NutraScience Corp fell in price by 18.06% to 0.59.

    On the New York Stock Exchange, the number of securities that rose in price (2573) exceeded the number of those that closed in the red (519), while quotations of 108 shares remained virtually unchanged. On the NASDAQ stock exchange, 2,854 companies rose in price, 916 fell, and 174 remained at the level of the previous close.

    The CBOE Volatility Index, which is based on S&P 500 options trading, fell 5.87% to 23.24.

    Gold futures for August delivery added 0.86%, or 14.70, to $1.00 a troy ounce. In other commodities, WTI crude for September delivery rose 3.35%, or 3.18, to $98.16 a barrel. Brent oil futures for October delivery rose 3.00%, or 2.98, to $102.44 a barrel.

    Meanwhile, in the Forex market, EUR/USD rose 0.84% to hit 1.02, while USD/JPY shed 0.30% to hit 136.51.

    Futures on the USD index fell 0.68% to 106.31.

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    USD tactics and strategy: we need to retreat in order to put the euro's vigilance to sleep

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    At the end of this week, the US currency partially lost its position, giving way to the European one. However, some analysts believe that this is a clever tactical move on the dollar's part. The latter has to use a withdrawal strategy to distract the attention of the euro and give it a false sense of superiority.

    According to experts, the greenback can afford to retreat, since its position in the global financial arena is quite strong. A short-term redistribution of forces in favor of the euro will not prevent the USD from reaching new heights. Currently, the greenback has sunk a bit, but soon financial fortune will smile on it, experts believe.

    A short-term pullback of the US currency occurred after the Federal Reserve meeting, following which the central bank increased the interest rate by 75 bps, to 2.25-2.50% per annum. This decision coincided with market expectations, although some feared aggressive steps on the part of the Fed, namely raising the rate by 100 bps. However, the central bank prefers to move gradually, believing that in this way it will be able to control inflation.

    At a press conference that took place after the central bank meeting, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell expressed readiness to further raise the rate if circumstances require it. According to Powell, the scale of the next hikes may be reduced in the event of a slowdown in inflation. According to Powell, as the monetary policy is further tightened and inflation is curbed, it is advisable to slow down the pace of the rate hike.

    Market participants reacted positively to this information, considering that the central bank will limit itself to raising the rate by 50 bps at the September meeting. Note that the Fed currently adheres to the toughest strategy of raising rates over the past 40 years. Earlier, after the global financial crisis of 2008, the American economy was much harder to bear even a slight increase in rates. Now the situation has improved, despite its decline by 0.9% year-on-year and the decline in US GDP.

    Against this background, the EUR/USD pair remained stable and was trading near 1.0220 on Thursday, July 28. The pair managed to maintain an upward momentum for a long time, which was occasionally interrupted. The EUR/USD pair was trading at 1.0242 on Friday morning, July 29, significantly strengthening its positions. According to analysts, the pair is currently in a consolidation phase, and in the next few weeks it will remain in a wide range of 1.0100-1.0285.

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    The euro made a sharp turn after the Fed meeting, taking advantage of the weakening of the greenback. This was due to the central bank's actions, which led to an increase in demand for high-yield assets, while politicians focused on curbing inflation. However, the euphoria in the markets did not last long, especially among euro bulls. Economic problems in the European Union, primarily related to gas supplies, put serious pressure on the euro. The cherry on the cake was the fall of the EU economic sentiment indicator. It should be noted that this indicator fell to 99 points in July, which is worse than the predicted 102 points. At the same time, the level of consumer confidence in the eurozone decreased to -27 from the previous -23.8.

    An additional factor of pressure on the euro was the preliminary assessment of the German harmonized consumer price index. In July, this indicator showed an increase of 8.5% Y/Y, which is higher than the previous value of 8.2%. At the same time, the annual CPI of the eurozone was 7.5%. Against this background, the EUR/USD pair fell to a threatening low of 1.0113 ahead of the release of macro data from the US, but later managed to recover.

    The US monetary authorities just published the first estimate of GDP for the second quarter, which did not meet market expectations. The reason is the contraction of the American economy by 0.9% in annual terms. According to current reports, US GDP has been declining for the second consecutive month. In such a situation, experts declare the onset of a technical recession.

    Many economists are sure that at the moment the US economy is gripped by this kind of recession. However, the volume of decline in the American economy (by 0.6% over the past two quarters) is not so frightening compared to the European one. According to analysts, this failure is the result of budget cuts, not a consequence of higher rates. Recall that changes in monetary policy are not immediately noticeable, but their effect manifests itself in about six months. According to the results of the fourth quarter of 2022, you can see the results of current decisions, experts summarize.

    In such a situation, the Fed is able to sharply slow down the pace of rate hikes and quickly move to easing the monetary policy. However, this is unlikely now. High inflation, which the central bank is struggling with, requires a tight monetary policy. If negative trends increase in the first quarter of 2023, the US economy may plunge into recession, analysts warn.

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    Oil rises in price at the close of the trading session on Friday

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    As of 20:09 GMT+3, the price of September futures for Brent crude grew by 2.73% to $110.06, October futures - by 2.24% - to $104.11 per barrel, September futures for WTI — by 2.82%, to $99.14. September Brent crude is trading above $110 a barrel for the first time since July 5.

    Pressure on quotes is exerted by fears of a recession in the global economy and, accordingly, a decrease in demand for energy resources. At the same time, experts warn that the supply of oil on the market may be insufficient.

    Craig Erlam, senior market analyst, noted that oil prices are rising again amid reports that OPEC+ will leave production targets unchanged next month when they meet on Wednesday.

    At the same time, since the beginning of the month, quotes have decreased by 4.5% for Brent and 6.6% for WTI. Demand concerns intensified in the markets amid recession risks.

    Earlier Friday, Baker Hughes, an American oil and gas service company, released weekly data on the number of operating oil rigs in the US. In the week to July 29, their number increased by six units compared to the previous week and amounted to 605 units.

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    American stock indices fell during trading

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    Investors are also evaluating a new batch of quarterly reports from major US companies. The value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16:45 GMT+3 fell by 0.93% - to 32493.3 points.

    The leader of the decline in the index, in addition to Caterpillar, are papers Boeing Co., falling by 2.6%. Only 5 out of 30 companies included in the indicator calculation are trading in positive territory, including Amgen Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.

    Standard & Poor''s 500 has dropped 0.57% since the market opened to 4095.17 points.

    The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.4% to 12,319.41 points.

    Shares of Uber Technologies jumped 13.7%. The taxi and food delivery company posted a loss again in the second quarter of 2022, although its revenue more than doubled, beating analysts' forecasts.

    Papers Activision Blizzard rise in price by 0.2%. The American video game developer in April-June reduced revenue for the third quarter in a row, but the figure was higher than the market forecast.

    Quotes of papers Marriott International increase by 0.5%. The operator of the world's largest hotel chain posted a 61% increase in net income in the second quarter on the back of a recovery in the travel industry, with adjusted figures and revenue well above expectations.

    Shares of Cowen Inc. rise in price by 7.6%. Canadian Toronto-Dominion Bank has agreed to acquire a US investment bank in a $1.3 billion deal as it continues to expand its presence in the US market.

    Capitalization of Caterpillar falls by 5.2%, the company is the leader of decline in the Dow Jones index. The manufacturer of equipment for road construction and mining in the second quarter increased its net profit by 18.4%, but the revenue was slightly worse than experts' expectations.

    Market value of KKR & Co Inc. decreases by 4.7%. The American investment firm posted a net loss in the second quarter of 2022 and cut its distributable earnings (cash that can go towards paying dividends) by about 9%.

    DuPont de Nemours Inc. fell 1.7%. The American chemical company posted a sharp increase in its second-quarter net income and a 7% increase in revenue, but its third-quarter guidance disappointed investors.

    The price of Arconic securities decreases by 7.4%. The American producer of aluminum products in the second quarter of 2022 received a net profit and increased revenue better than market expectations, but worsened its forecast for the year.

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    Pound signed the death warrant. And the policy of the Bank of England has nothing to do with it.

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    The main topic of the day is the increase in interest rates in the UK. If the Bank of England goes on the biggest rise since 1995, the pound will skyrocket. However, its euphoria will be short-lived. Why?

    BoE is not omnipotent

    Today, the British central bank once again intends to raise interest rates. This will be the sixth increase since December last year.

    Recall that at each of its previous meetings on monetary policy, the BoE made a minimum step of 25 bps.

    The market is now expecting more hawkish action from the BoE as UK inflation continues to break records. In June, it accelerated to a 40-year high of 9.4%, and so far there is no sign of a peak.

    The situation is also aggravated by gloomy forecasts for further price hikes. Many economists are predicting inflation to rise to double digits this year.

    In June, the BoE said it would act more decisively if inflationary pressures in the country become more sustainable.

    According to analysts, now the BoE has no choice but to fulfill its promise, especially since its colleagues are not dragging their feet.

    Since the beginning of the year, the US Federal Reserve has already raised rates four times, and twice - by 75 bps at once.

    The European Central Bank only started tightening last month, but its first step was to raise the rate by half a percentage point.

    Compared to other central banks, the BoE's policy looks more dovish now. This weakens the pound, as a result of which the cost of living in the country continues to increase.

    In order to prevent inflation from taking root in the British economy, the BoE is likely to be forced to go for the largest rate hike in 27 years.

    According to many currency strategists, a rise of 50 bps to 1.75% could significantly strengthen the pound's position against the dollar.

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    GBP/USD is expected to rise above 1.2170 today after the BoE meeting. However, the pound's rise will be short-lived.

    The BoE, which launched the tightening mechanism much earlier than other central banks, delayed the process too much, and this allowed the inflation monster to become very strong.

    Now, to defeat the monster, a 50 bps increase won't be enough. Inflation will not start to disappear, as if by magic, and BoE can no longer afford a larger increase in the current situation, when the country's economy is on the verge of a recession.

    Far from beautiful

    The threat of a recession that hangs over the UK economy is the main argument that the BoE will not risk raising rates by 50 bps at today's meeting.

    Some experts expect the BoE to continue to act cautiously, as it has been extremely pessimistic in its latest economic growth forecasts. Recall that the central bank does not expect the UK economy to recover until 2025.

    If the central bank does indeed raise rates by just 25 bps this month, despite rising inflation, that would further weaken the pound in the near term.

    As for the pound's dynamics in the long term, it does not depend at all on what pace of tightening British officials choose now, UBS is certain.

    Swiss bank analysts believe that the future of the pound is already predetermined, and it is not at all rosy. According to their forecasts, this year the GBP will fall to historical lows amid an exacerbation of the gas crisis.

    According to UBS, Russia will continue to use energy exports as the main means of pressure on the West. The reduction in the supply of Russian blue fuel will cause huge and irreparable damage to the economies of Europe and the UK.

    Electricity bills on the peninsula are expected to rise even more by mid-autumn, leading to another surge in inflation in the country and exacerbating the cost-of-living crisis.

    In addition, the pound's growth will be limited by the uncertain political environment in the UK.Recall that Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned in early July, and now the Conservative Party faces a long search for a successor.

    Considering all the negative background that will put strong pressure on the British currency in the next few months, UBS sharply lowered its forecast for the GBP/USD pair.

    Analysts expect the pound to fall against the dollar to 1.15 in the fourth quarter. The pound was trading at about this level two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic shook global markets.

    The Swiss bank's forecast is rather surprising, as most other experts believe that the currency will stay at 1.22 until the end of the year as the BoE raises interest rates sharply.

    UBS also believes that even the biggest increase in almost three decades this month will not give the pound a solid boost and, moreover, will not serve as a long-term driver for it.

    Analysts predict that the pound will be able to recover against the dollar only next year. So, the GBP/USD pair will still be trading at the level of 1.18 in the first quarter, and by June it will be able to rise to the level of 1.20.

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    American stock indices rise during trading

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    The number of Americans who first applied for unemployment benefits increased by 6 thousand last week and reached 260 thousand people, according to a report from the US Department of Labor. Analysts, on average, also expected a rise to 260k from the previous week's previously announced level.

    For clear guidance, investors should also wait for US nonfarm payrolls (NFP) data for July, expected to reach 250K, up from 372K earlier. It is also important to monitor the global reaction to China's strong military exercises near Taiwan.

    The US trade deficit fell by 6.2% in June to $79.6 billion, according to the country's Department of Commerce. According to the revised data, in May, the negative trade balance amounted to $84.9 billion, and not $85.5 billion, as previously reported. Experts on average expected a decline to $80.1 billion.

    The value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16:47 GMT+3 rose by 0.03% - up to 32821.17 points.

    Standard & Poor's 500 added 0.1% to 4159.39 points.

    The Nasdaq Composite increased 0.4% to 12,719.37 points.

    U.S. health insurance and services company Cigna Corp. posted a 6% increase in net income in the second quarter and improved its guidance for the full year of 2022. Its shares are up 3.7%.

    eBay Inc. stocks cheaper by 4.9%. The world's largest online auction recorded a net loss in the second quarter of 2022 and reduced revenue. However, the latter figure, along with adjusted earnings, beat market expectations.

    Papers of Booking Holdings Inc. drop by 4%, although the company that owns various travel planning services returned to profitable levels in the second quarter of 2022 as the market recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

    American oil company ConocoPhillips increased its net profit by 2.5 times in the second quarter due to rising oil prices and increased production and announced its intention to increase payments to shareholders by $5 billion, that is, up to $15 billion. Meanwhile, its shares are depreciating by 1.1%.

    Share price of WeWork Inc. decreases by 4.8%. The American co-working service reduced its net loss in the second quarter of 2022 and increased revenue by more than a third, but the figures fell short of analysts' expectations.

    Papa John's International is down 1.7%, although the pizza chain owner returned to profitability in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 with a modest increase in revenue and an increase in annual dividends.

    Shares of Shake Shack Inc. fall by 13.8%. The American fast food chain again suffered a loss in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, and the company's revenue increased weaker than expected.

    Walmart Inc. shares are down 0.3%. The nation's largest retailer is laying off hundreds of corporate management employees as part of a plan to restructure operations.

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    EUR/USD: dollar maintains momentum, euro difficult to recover

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    The US currency started the week quite cheerfully, trying to maintain the positive momentum received after the release of the Nonfarm Payrolls data. At the same time, the euro cannot boast of similar dynamics, demonstrating pendulum dynamics.

    The euro is once again teetering on the brink of falling, while trying to settle in the positions it has won. However, these actions are not always successful as the USD continues to dominate the market. At the same time, according to reports on the dollar index (USDX), investors are showing bearish sentiment against the US currency. Over the past two weeks, market participants have reduced their positions on USD growth after a long build-up. A continuation of the current trend can lead to a short-term drawdown of the greenback.

    Currently, the greenback is trying to gain a foothold in the upward trend, and not without success. Its rise was catalyzed by impressive US employment data. Against this backdrop, markets expect more decisive action from the Federal Reserve in terms of tightening monetary policy. Recall that, according to reports, 528,000 jobs appeared last month in the US economy, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%.

    According to economists, positive data on US employment revived the hopes of traders and investors about a significant increase in the key rate (by 75 bps) at the Fed's September meeting. Note that strong data on employment growth in America came as a surprise to the markets. Most experts expected opposite results, referring to recent studies on the onset of a recession in the US economy and to a slowdown in economic growth in the country.

    For the time being, however, fortune favors the greenback. After the release of Nonfarm Payrolls, the dollar confidently overtook the euro. The EUR/USD was trading near 1.0186 on Monday morning, August 8, trying to return to last week's highs near 1.0200.

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    Note that after the release of the US employment report, the EUR/USD pair plunged sharply to the critical 1.0170, but later managed to recover. Against this background, some experts are optimistic about the immediate prospects for the euro. According to preliminary calculations, in the coming months, the euro may be in an upward trend, despite the threat of a recession in the European economy. The reason is the increased risk appetite in global markets. Against this background, experts believe that the fair rate of the EUR/USD pair is close to 1.1400. Analysts' conclusions are based on the difference in rates in the US and Germany. At the same time, experts do not exclude another fall of the euro to parity with the dollar.

    This week, investors are focusing on US inflation data. The release of the July consumer price index is scheduled (the preliminary forecast provides for an increase of 0.2% in monthly terms) on Wednesday, August 10. The markets will get acquainted with the US producer price index on Thursday, August 11. This indicator is crucial for the further dynamics of the interest rate. Recall that the positive report on employment in the US opened the way for the Fed to aggressively tighten monetary policy.

    According to experts, having received confirmation of the strengthening of the US economy, investors will return to long positions on the dollar. This will give an additional impetus to the latter and set up traders for an extreme tightening of monetary policy by the Fed.

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    US stock market closed mixed, Dow Jones up 0.09%

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    At the close of the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones rose 0.09%, the S&P 500 fell 0.12%, and the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.10%.

    The leading performer among the components of the Dow Jones index today was Walt Disney Company, which gained 2.48 points or 2.33% to close at 109.11. Quotes Dow Inc rose by 0.66 points (1.28%), ending trading at 52.15. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc rose 0.49 points or 1.26% to close at 39.48.

    The biggest losers were JPMorgan Chase & Co, which shed 1.41 points or 1.22% to end the session at 114.35. Visa Inc Class A was up 2.55 points (1.18%) to close at 213.32, while McDonald's Corporation was down 2.43 points (0.94%) to close at 256. .80.

    Leading gainers among the S&P 500 index components in today's trading were Penn National Gaming Inc, which rose 5.56% to hit 36.05, Gap Inc, which gained 5.44% to close at 10.27, and also shares of General Motors Company, which rose 4.16% to close the session at 37.56.

    The biggest losers were Tyson Foods Inc, which shed 8.40% to close at 80.10. Shares of NVIDIA Corporation lost 6.30% and ended the session at 177.93. Enphase Energy Inc lost 4.38% to 287.74.

    Leading gainers among the components of the NASDAQ Composite in today's trading were Helbiz Inc, which rose 114.64% to 1.61, TOP Financial Group Ltd, which gained 102.66% to close at 20.57, and also shares of Karuna Therapeutics Inc, which rose 71.84% to end the session at 241.19.

    Shares of Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc became the leaders of the decline, which decreased in price by 32.61%, closing at 24.06. Shares of Uniqure NV lost 27.02% to end the session at 18.64. Quotes of Nuzee Inc decreased in price by 24.32% to 0.84.

    On the New York Stock Exchange, the number of securities that rose in price (2119) exceeded the number of those that closed in the red (1018), while quotes of 123 shares remained virtually unchanged. On the NASDAQ stock exchange, 2399 companies rose in price, 1436 fell, and 229 remained at the level of the previous close.

    The CBOE Volatility Index, which is based on S&P 500 options trading, rose 0.66% to 21.29.

    Gold futures for December delivery added 0.79%, or 14.15, to $1.00 a troy ounce. In other commodities, WTI September futures rose 1.51%, or 1.34, to $90.35 a barrel. Brent oil futures for October delivery rose 1.37%, or 1.30, to $96.22 a barrel.

    Meanwhile, in the Forex market, the EUR/USD pair remained unchanged at 0.13% to 1.02, while USD/JPY advanced 0.05% to hit 135.04.
    Futures on the USD index fell 0.20% to 106.28.

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