Markets continue to be dominated by new all-time highs in the two major cryptocurrencies.
The cryptocurrency sector rose strongly, with Bitcoin and Ethereum reaching new record highs before pulling back. The price of Bitcoin is likely to continue its advance over the coming days if the nearest key support level at $65,300 holds.
WTI Crude Oil rose strongly yesterday to end the day at a new multi-year high price, although the recent absolute high price has not been reached. There seems to be a lot of resistance close to $85 but the long-term bullish trend here remains intact.
The price of gold closed yesterday at a 4-month high above $1830 but the price has fallen back quickly. The price does not seem ready to make this major bullish breakout just yet, however, and will probably need to consolidate here for at least a few more days. The price may well fail to break and turn bearish again.
In the Forex market, the US dollar and Japanese yen are the strongest currencies right now while the Australian dollar is the weakest.
There is a release of US CPI (inflation) data due later today which will be closely watched by the market. It could be significant for the values of the US dollar and for stocks also, especially in the US market.
Global stock markets are mostly lower.
Yesterday’s US PPI data came in as expected, with prices rising by 0.6% month on month.
Last week saw the third consecutive global weekly rise in new confirmed coronavirus cases after two months in which cases fell steadily.
It is estimated that 51.1% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccination.
Total confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide stand at over 251.5 million with an average case fatality rate of 2.02%.
The rate of new coronavirus infections appears to now be increasing most quickly in Austria, Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Jordan, South Korea, Laos, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vietnam, and the Ukraine.