Optimism builds into the weekend
Stock markets are ending the week on a positive note, with earnings continuing to surprise to the upside and Covid fears being brushed aside as the S&P and Nasdaq hit fresh record highs.
Whether both of these things will continue, we’ll see in the coming weeks, but for now investors are extremely enthused by what they’ve seen and optimistic about what’s to come.
Central banks continue to play their part, with the ECB on Thursday reaffirming its commitment to ultra loose monetary policy, driven largely by its inability to get inflation even close to target, beyond the transitory price pressures we’re currently seeing.
Next week it’s the Fed’s turn and that will be far more interesting, with it being a central bank that actually has recent experience of tightening monetary policy. The strong second quarter we’re currently seeing from corporate America will make taper discussions all the more interesting.
Brighter outlook for bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies were given a helping hand by their old friend Elon Musk this week and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Just as bitcoin was pushing below $30,000 – a level which if significantly broken could have sent the price tumbling back towards $20,000 – Elon rode to the rescue.
His declaration that Tesla could u-turn on its u-turn and start accepting bitcoin again in the future, combined with his disclosing of personal holdings of bitcoin, ethereum and dogecoin, was enough to send prices soaring again. Now back above $32,000, the near-term outlook is looking a little brighter for cryptos.
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