In the absence of any major news or data releases, markets are making natural price movements in swings, with most stock markets closing higher yesterday.
- Yesterday was a typically quiet Monday in the markets, with no major news to move prices. Over the day, the US Dollar sold off, while stocks traded higher. However, towards the end of Tuesday’s Asian session, the US Dollar has started to regain some ground.
- The U.S. votes today in midterm congressional elections. Republicans are strongly favoured to regain control of the House and are also favoured to regain control of the Senate, which would make President Biden’s job more difficult. It is possible markets, especially the stock market, will welcome any significant Republican gains.
- In the Forex market, at the end of the Asian session, the US Dollar was the strongest major currency, with the Australian Dollar the weakest, putting the AUD/USD currency pair in focus.
- WTI Crude Oil seems to have made a technical bearish double top at $93.50, suggesting the current downwards movement may have some way to run.
- Daily new global coronavirus cases dropped last week, continuing a downwards trend which began last July.
- It is estimated that 68.2% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccination, while approximately 8.1% of the global population is confirmed to have contracted the virus at some time, although the true number is highly likely to be much larger.
- Total confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide stand at over 638 million with an average case fatality rate of 1.04%.
- The rate of new coronavirus infections appears to now be significantly increasing only in Japan.