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November 11. Oil continued to decline after inflation-induced drop

Oil prices continued to decline on Thursday, reaching the level of $82.10 per barrel. The drop in quotations began yesterday, after the release of inflation data in the United States.

According to recent statistics, the consumer price index (CPI) in the United States in October increased by 6.2% year-on-year. Analysts had forecast an increase of 5.8%. Such price growth has become the fastest in the last 30 years. The US dollar reacted with a strengthening amid expectations that the White House and the Federal Reserve will take measures to curb inflation. And this is a negative factor for oil prices.

WTI oil quotes are also declining, today's minimum was fixed at $80.22 per barrel.

The statistics on crude oil reserves in the United States had an additional impact on the dynamics of the oil market. According to the Ministry of Energy, reserves last week increased by 1 million barrels to 435.1 million barrels. Gasoline reserves decreased by 1.56 million barrels, to 212.7 million barrels, distillates – by 2.61 million barrels, to 124.51 million barrels.

November 10. US consumer prices in October increased by 6.2%

According to recent statistics, consumer prices in the United States in October rose more than forecasts suggested. This led to the highest annual increase in inflation since 1990.

Thus, inflation in the United States in October amounted to 0.9% on a monthly basis, while analysts predicted growth of 0.6%. Experts also note that inflation may remain high next year against the background of global supply chain problems.

In annual terms, the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 6.2% against the forecast of growth of 5.8%.

Excluding food and energy prices, consumer prices rose by 0.6%, with a growth forecast of only 0.4%. On an annualized basis, the base index grew by 4.6%, the forecast is an increase of 4.3%.

Meanwhile, data on the number of applications for unemployment benefits came out: it fell to 267 thousand, while analysts assumed the figure at the level of 265 thousand. Such figures were the lowest since mid-March 2020.
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November 15. Slowing GDP growth in China could lead to a global financial crisis

The US authorities continue to monitor the development of the real estate crisis in China caused by the default of the developer China Evergrande Group. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the consequences of the debt crisis in China and the slowdown in the country's economic growth could trigger a global financial crisis.

Yellen also noted that real estate is a very important sector of the Chinese economy, which accounts for about 30% of demand. And the contraction of the Chinese economy will hit many countries with trade ties with China.

It is worth noting that not only China Evergrande is struggling with a high level of debt and a potential default, but the size of the debt itself is impressive – $300 billion. To date, the company has managed to pay several overdue coupons on time, preventing default, but the situation continues to be tense.

November 12. The oil market is stable after the release of the monthly OPEC report

Oil at the end of the week continues to fluctuate in the range of $81.40-82.50 per barrel. The current Brent quote is $82.20.

The situation in the United States remains in the focus of attention of market participants, where pressure on President Joe Biden is increasing. Many, including representatives of his own party, expect the new president to solve the problem of high prices, since the inflation rate in the United States was the highest in the last 30 years.

In addition, investors are analyzing OPEC's monthly report, which contained unfavorable estimates for the oil market: the organization slightly lowered forecasts for oil demand growth in 2021 and 2022. First of all, the OPEC secretariat lowered its estimate of global oil demand in 2021 in North America and India, despite the fact that the recent figures of these countries significantly exceeded the level of a year ago.

At the same time, OPEC expects an increase in demand in China, which also came as a surprise to market participants, given the restrictions on flights in force in the country against the background of the growing number of infected Covid–19.

The non-OPEC supply forecast for 2021 has not been changed, and for 2022 it has been slightly reduced.
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November 17. The oil market remains highly volatile

For several days now, the oil market has been showing increased volatility, and the quotes of Brent and WTI fluctuate within wide ranges. If yesterday a barrel of Brent was worth about $83 per barrel, then today the quotes have dropped to $81.50.

Pressure on the «black gold» was exerted by the news that the administration of US President Joe Biden, considering the possibility of selling oil from the strategic reserve, is trying to achieve the same from China. At talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden also urged him to sell oil from the country's reserves, but China is not yet ready for such measures.

The current Brent quote is $81.90 per barrel, WTI oil is trading at $79.20 per barrel. Analysts note that if China agrees to release oil in order to lower prices on the market, it will be possible to talk about the beginning of a «bearish» trend.

Additional pressure on oil prices was exerted by yesterday's data from the American Petroleum Institute (API), according to which hydrocarbon reserves in the United States increased by 655 thousand barrels. A week earlier, inventories fell by 2.485 million barrels. Today, the US Department of Energy will present similar data. Analysts predict an average weekly decline in oil reserves by 2.5 million barrels, gasoline – by 100 thousand barrels, distillates – by 1.3 million barrels.

November 16. The Turkish currency has updated the anti-record again

On Tuesday, the exchange rate of the Turkish lira paired with the US dollar again updated the historical minimum amid expectations of another reduction in the discount rate by the country's Central Bank.

The current quote of the USD/TRY pair is 10.28 lira per dollar, which has become a new anti-record.

At the end of October, the Central Bank of Turkey decided to reduce the discount rate from 18% to 16% against the background of a record fall in the Turkish lira. After that, the national currency accelerated the decline. On Thursday, the Turkish regulator intends to lower the interest rate again.

Recall that the lira began to fall sharply in mid-October, after the news that three high-ranking officials of the Central Bank, including two deputy heads of the regulator, were dismissed by decree of President Tayyip Erdogan. As you know, they voted against reducing the interest rate at a meeting in September. Erdogan is in favor of lowering the rate, arguing that the increase in inflation is due to high interest rates.
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November 18. Analysts named the factors exerting pressure on the oil market

Yesterday ended with a decline in oil prices under the psychological level of $80 per barrel. What was the reason for this impressive fall?

The weakening of the oil market was recorded even despite the positive data on oil and petroleum products reserves in the United States. Yesterday, a report from the EIA was published, showing a decrease in oil reserves by 2.1 million barrels, which turned out to be better than forecasts for a decrease of 1.4 million barrels. Production decreased from 11.5 to 11.4 million b/d, net imports fell by 0.5 million b/d.

Oil sales accelerated after reports emerged that the United States is negotiating with other major global consumers, including China, India and Japan, to release oil reserves to compensate for market shortages. Back in early November, Washington criticized the slow pace of OPEC+ production growth, declaring its intention to use all tools to reduce energy prices.

At the same time, an increasing number of market participants are skeptical about oil prices. Fresh forecasts from the EIA, IEA and OPEC indicate a surplus throughout 2022, starting from the first quarter. The OPEC Secretary General even said that a surplus could be observed as early as December. And with such forecasts, the news about the possible release of stocks finally «crushed» the quotes.

During Thursday's trading day, Brent still managed to recover to $80.85 per barrel, but you can forget about updating the highs (which market participants were sure of until recently), experts say.
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November 22. Cryptocurrency Market | November 22 – 26

While the main cryptocurrency, bitcoin, is declining from the $58,000 level, some altcoins have started to grow and even reached new historical highs.

Bitcoin

Analyzing the dynamics of bitcoin, analysts predict that a «bearish» trend may take over the market in the near future. And if the cryptocurrency fails to stay near $57 thousand, then the further target of the decline will be the area of $52,500 – $50,000. In the worst case scenario (a breakthrough below the psychological support at the level of $ 50 thousand), you can expect the strongest sales, as traders will hurry to get out of their positions.

A more positive scenario assumes the recovery of bitcoin and the completion of the correction near $60 thousand, from where further growth can begin.

Last weekend, the President of El Salvador (the only country where bitcoin is recognized as legal tender) announced plans to build Bitcoin City – a city that will run exclusively on renewable geothermal energy sources. Residents of Bitcoin City will be exempt from paying all taxes (on income, property, capital gains, etc.), except VAT.

To finance the project, the authorities of El Salvador will issue tokenized 10-year bonds worth $1 billion.

Dogecoin

According to research, this cryptocurrency turned out to be the most popular by search queries in 23 US states. Analysts explain this popularity by the increased attention of Elon Musk to the asset. Recall that in May, Musk invited users to vote for the option of accepting payments in Dogecoin. Moreover, the billionaire said that in 2022 SpaceX will launch a Doge-1 satellite to the moon. The current Dogecoin quote is $0.22.

Shiba Inu

Another popular token is a clone of Dogecoin Shiba Inu. Cryptocurrency has outstripped many other crypto assets in popularity. Moreover, it became known that an anonymous investor last week acquired Shiba Inu for about $8.3 million.
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November 23. Trump criticized the current US energy policy

Former US President Donald Trump criticized the policy pursued by the current head of the White House Joe Biden in the energy sector. Trump noted that the United States is at the mercy of OPEC, and gasoline prices in the domestic market of the country continue to rise.

The former American president said that earlier for decades, strategic oil reserves in the United States were very low, since no president was engaged in replenishing them. During the Trump presidency, the reserves were replenished as much as possible, and they were intended for use in serious, emergency situations, for example, in the event of war. Biden's current policy seems outrageous to Trump.

«We were energy independent one year ago, now we are at the mercy of OPEC. Gasoline is selling for $7 in parts of California, going up all over the country, and they are taking oil from our Strategic Reserves. Is this any way to run a country?», Trump was indignant.

Recall that today Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve in order to lower commodity prices. It is noted that China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom also intend to use oil from their national strategic reserves.
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November 24. Japan also announced the sale of reserve oil

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida officially announced the decision to print part of the national oil reserve in response to similar actions by the United States and Biden's request to join the sale of oil reserves in order to stabilize world prices.

Kishida noted in his interview: «So far, we have been cooperating with America to stabilize the global oil market, so our country is keeping pace with the United States and in that form, as long as it does not violate the law.» The Prime Minister also stressed that stability of oil prices is a very important task for economic recovery after the pandemic.

Moreover, the Japanese authorities do not intend to limit themselves to these measures. Japan plans to work with oil-producing countries, take measures to support the agriculture and fisheries sectors, as well as measures aimed at mitigating the sharp rise in gasoline and oil prices.

Recall that yesterday US President Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from state reserves in order to lower prices for this raw material. In addition, India also confirmed its plans to release 5 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves.
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November 25. Emerging Markets shares break 6-day decline

Most emerging market currencies strengthened on Thursday, and stocks broke their six-day decline. The EM currencies were supported by the weakening of the US dollar after the rally caused by the tightening of the monetary rhetoric of the US Federal Reserve.

In particular, the Turkish lira rose to 11.99 per dollar, continuing its recovery after a long period of falling to historic lows at 13.45. The collapse of the lira was triggered by the actions of President Tayyip Erdogan, who called on the Central Bank to lower interest rates even in the face of a sharp rise in inflation.

The South African rand rose 0.4% to 15.84 per dollar. The Ukrainian hryvnia showed little fluctuation, staying close to its 13-week low. On the eve, Ukraine launched a «special operation» near the border with Belarus in order to strengthen the defense of its borders and prevent the migration crisis.

The Hungarian forint rose 0.5% against the euro, while the Polish zloty rose 0.3%. The MSCI stock index is up 0.1% after falling nearly 3% in the past six sessions.

Today the US Treasury and US equity markets are closed for Thanksgiving, so trading volume is expected to be low.
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November 26. European markets in the red due to concerns about a new strain of coronavirus

On Friday, European stock indexes are falling as news of the newly identified new Covid-19 strain raises fears of another powerful blow to the global economy. Experts believe that the new strain may be resistant to vaccines.

As a result, the pan-European STOXX 600 index fell by 3.3% to 468.72, showing the worst session in more than a year. The British FTSE 100 index also fell by 3.3%, to 7,091.10. The German DAX index fell to 15,426.10, and the French CAC 40 – to 6,806.76.

According to experts, the new strain found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong is still poorly understood. But there are already suggestions that it has an unusual combination of mutations and can evade the immune response, and is also possibly more contagious.

Shares of tourism and leisure companies fell by 6.5% after the UK banned flights from South Africa and several neighboring African countries. Travel restrictions from these countries have also been imposed by Japan, Italy and Singapore.
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November 29. Serbia will save €1 billion thanks to the price of Russian gas

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the republic will be able to save about €1 billion due to the gas price set during negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At the meeting of the two heads of state, an agreement was signed on an oil formula, which «did not always look as attractive as it does today». This formula, at an oil price of $82-83 per barrel, allows you to pay about €270-275 per 1 thousand cubic meters of gas. And this, as Vucic noted, is a huge saving for all citizens of Serbia. The price of €270 will remain for the next six months.

The Serbian leader also declared his readiness to continue working to maintain the lowest gas prices in Europe. While the average European gas price ranges from €650 to €1200 per 1,000 cubic meters, Serbia pays €270. Such a low price became possible due to the fact that Serbia had previously built the Balkan Stream main gas pipeline with a length of 402 km.

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said that the agreement concluded between Moscow and Belgrade is historic, and the policy course based on respect for international law and Vucic's diplomatic relations with other world leaders has become a guarantor of Serbia's long-term development and prosperity.
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November 30. Oil dropped below $71 for the first time since September

During trading on Tuesday, Brent oil quotes declined to $70.23 per barrel. The $71 level was broken for the first time since September 10. American WTI oil is also showing a decline – to the level of $67.09 per barrel.

Subsequently, prices recovered somewhat. The current Brent quote is $71.22 per barrel, WTI oil is $68.05.

Pressure on the market was exerted by the US statement that Washington does not intend to reconsider its decision to release oil from the country's strategic reserve, despite the fall in prices due to the appearance of a new omicron strain Covid-19. Recall, on November 23, the United States announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from strategic reserves in order to reduce fuel prices for Americans. In addition to the States, India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom made a similar decision.

Prices for «black gold» are also declining amid concerns caused by the spread of a new strain of coronavirus. The head of the drug manufacturer Moderna shared his doubts about the effectiveness of existing coronavirus vaccines against the omicron strain.

At the same time, due to the uncertain prospects for oil demand, expectations are growing that OPEC + will abandon the planned increase in oil production by 400 thousand barrels per day in January. And if the organization still decides to pause in increasing production, the oil market will receive a significant driver for strengthening.
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December 2. In focus: OPEC meeting and the Fed's «Beige Book»

At the end of yesterday's trading session, the US stock market fell sharply after US health officials announced the discovery of the first confirmed case of omicron, a strain of coronavirus, in the country.

What will affect the dynamics of the market today?

First, we should pay attention to General Motors, which announced yesterday the creation of a joint venture with South Korean Posco Chemical Co Ltd to build a plant in North America. The plant will process critical materials for batteries for the GM Ultium electric vehicle platform.

As you know, General Motors has recently decided to gradually switch to electric vehicles, and collaboration with South Korea will help the company take control of the supply chain. Analysts of the automaker expect that for the full year profit before tax will reach about $ 14 billion, which is higher than previously forecast (from $11.5 to $13.5 billion).

Further, the results of the two-day OPEC meeting will be of interest. Today, the cartel will meet to make a decision on production in January, after the participating countries agreed to gradually increase the supply on the market.

The Joe Biden administration, which has been pressing OPEC to increase production, said it could adjust the timing of the planned release of strategic oil reserves. However, only if world energy prices fall significantly.

The Federal Reserve's Beige Book was published last night. According to her thesis, the US economy continues to be under pressure due to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and inflation. At the same time, enterprises managed to raise prices to compensate for price pressure against the background of high consumer demand.

December 1. FED announced plans to accelerate taping

Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell said that at the December meeting of the Open Market Committee, the timing of the completion of the bond purchase program will be discussed. The regulator may complete the program several months ahead of schedule, given the good state of the economy, the shortage of workers in the labor market and high inflation.

Such a «hawkish» tone of Powell's comments took market participants by surprise, and also somewhat cooled the rally of US Treasury bonds. Stock indexes also rushed down: the S&P 500 index fell to 4,567.00, the Dow Jones fell to 34,483.72, and the NASDAQ – to 15,537.7.

Recall that in November, the Fed began to reduce $120 billion in monthly purchases of Treasury bonds and securities at a pace that would allow it to complete the winding down by mid-2022. Recently, an increasing number of Fed representatives have been advocating the end of asset purchases in the spring of next year. They are confident that this option will allow them to start raising key rates earlier, if the situation with rising inflation requires it.

Powell notes that the current inflation rate is twice the Central Bank's flexible target of 2%. And if earlier it was possible to apply the term «transitory issue» to high inflation, now this is no longer the correct definition for current levels.
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December 3. Non-farm Payrolls disappointed the markets

According to the monthly Non-farm Payrolls report, the number of people employed in the US non-agricultural sector increased by only 210 thousand in November after an increase of 546 thousand in the previous month. This indicator turned out to be significantly lower than analysts' expectations (573 thousand).

At the same time, despite the large shortage of personnel, the unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% to 4.2%. At the same time, the labor force participation rate increased over the month to 61.8%, which is the highest since March 2020.

The Labor Department noted that the U.S. economy created far fewer jobs than expected in November, before the threat of a new Covid strain roiled markets and raised concerns about a slowdown in economic growth in the winter.

The sectors that showed the largest increase in November include professional and business services (90 thousand), transport and warehousing (50 thousand), as well as construction (31 thousand). Retail trade decreased by 20 thousand employees, even though the holiday shopping season is approaching.
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Gold finally started to rise

The Fed's hawkish intentions continue to put pressure on gold. Nevertheless, metal finds the strength to move forward. After the growth last Friday, the asset is also in the green zone this morning.

The precious metal looked like a complete outsider last week. According to its results, bullion fell by 0.1%, showing the third consecutive weekly drop.

Analyst James Hatzigiannis stressed that at this stage, the main obstacle for gold is growing concerns about potential deflation.

Last week, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell exerted more pressure, saying that the regulator may raise the issue of accelerating the pace of reducing asset purchases during the next meeting.

This prospect adversely affected the value of the noble asset. The precious metal suffered the most significant losses on Thursday, when it plunged by 1.2% and reached the lowest value since mid-October.

The situation changed dramatically on Friday. Gold changed its direction upward after the release of statistics from the US labor market.

The data on the number of jobs created in November turned out to be disappointing. Economists assumed that the indicator would grow by about 550 thousand, but it increased by only 210 thousand.

Slower job growth indicates an uneven recovery in the labor market. This is a positive factor for gold, as it may prevent the transition to a more aggressive policy of raising rates.

On a wave of optimism, gold's price increased by 1.2%, or $21.20, at the end of the working week, reaching the level of $1,783.90.

Despite Friday's growth, gold still continues to trade below the psychologically important mark of $ 1,800. It was not possible to break through it due to the fact that the data on the US labor market were ambiguous.
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Stock markets rebound as risk-on mood returns

Risk sentiment returns to the markets. After being gripped by the uncertainty surrounding the new virus strain for the past couple of weeks, the markets finally breathed a sigh of relief.

US chief infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci recently told CNN that so far the Omicron strain does not pose a serious threat to the population. However, analysts at ING, the largest banking group in the Netherlands, still urge investors to stay alert: "Although the markets are already tired of the news about Omicron, this does not reduce the danger of a new strain for both the population and the global economy."

Fauci's encouraging announcement brought risk sentiment back to the markets. As a result, global stock indicators jumped sharply on Tuesday as traders shifted their attention from safe-haven currencies and bonds to riskier assets. Thus, the demand for the shares of companies that are directly or indirectly related to the tourism sector began to rise again. At the same time, pharmaceutical companies involved in the production of vaccines have faced some selling today.

The shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (up 9.51%), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (up 8.2%), American Airlines Group (up 7.9%), and others were on the rise today. Meanwhile, Pfizer (down 5.1%), Moderna (down 13.5%), BioNTech (down 18.7%), and AstraZeneca (down 1.67%) went into negative territory.

For the first time since February, the FTSEurofirst 300 index had added almost 1% by the time the article was published. European stocks were also gaining ground, with Germany's DAX trading higher by 2.10%, France's CAC 40 rising by 2.35%, and Britain's FTSE 100 adding 1.19%. The US dollar was growing against the Japanese yen, and even the Australian dollar was in high demand. This market recovery was possible thanks to Dr. Fauci and his positive statement.

Also on Monday, China's central bank was reported to make another attempt to stimulate its economy first time since July. The Chinese regulator is going to fulfill its plan by reducing the amount of cash held in bank reserves.

Diversified Chinese investment holding Evergrande is currently on the brink of a crisis, thus maintaining uncertainty in the real estate sector in China. However, based on the strong imports data of China's largest real estate operator, there is strong domestic demand in the country today. Evergrande shares jumped by 1.7% from yesterday's record low.

Australia's S&P/ASX200 was up by 0.95% today, while Japan's Nikkei increased by 2.1%. The main Asian index MSCI (excluding Japan) was down by about 5% this year. Hong Kong markets are showing the biggest losses, while India and Taiwan stocks look more profitable.

The US stock indices were also showing rapid growth at the beginning of the trading session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.23%. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index climbed by 1.79%, and the Nasdaq Composite jumped by 2.45%.
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December 13. Several scenarios for the development of the crypto market next year

The outgoing year was quite eventful in the cryptocurrency sector. Here is the official recognition of bitcoin by El Salvador as a legal tender, and China's tough measures against cryptocurrency mining, and Facebook's announcement of a project to create a metaverse, on which Wall Street began betting. In addition, the first Bitcoin futures ETF was approved in the United States.

Now, analysts are building their forecasts regarding the dynamics of the cryptocurrency market in the next 2022. Some assumptions still look fantastic, but progress does not stand still, and 2022 will most likely be able to surprise us, and more than once!

So, we offer for your consideration 10 forecasts for the further development of the crypto industry.

1. According to Tom Higgins, CEO of the Gold-i asset management platform, the growth of ethereum will overtake bitcoin due to the transition to Proof-of-Stake (PoS).

2. Bitcoin can gain an advantage over stocks. Mike McGlone, chief cryptanalyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, believes so.

3. One of the world's largest companies in terms of revenue from the Fortune 500 list, dealing with cryptocurrency, may take a remote path of development and announce that its official headquarters will be located in one of the competing metaverses.

4. The idea of the metaverse will be continued and will become a new interface for people to interact with the Internet and with each other. Most people will partially do their day-to-day work in the metaverse.

5. The capitalization of the crypto market will grow from a peak of $3 trillion in 2021 to more than $7.5 trillion in 2022.

6. The world's first hacking of $1 billion will occur, as the activity of decentralized finance (DeFi) will increase dramatically.

7. By the end of 2022, at least 25 countries will use the digital currency of central banks: either their own or issued by another country, for example, the Chinese digital yuan.

8. Investors will use bots to make NFT purchases, which could potentially scare off less sophisticated users.

9. If some countries take a hostile position towards cryptocurrencies, their implementation will be much slower. Banks will monitor cryptocurrencies to identify fraud trends.

Time will tell which of these forecasts will be realized next year
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December 15. Three world central banks will hold their meetings this week

This week, three meetings of the world's largest central banks will be held – the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.

US Federal Reserve

Market participants expect that the US Federal Reserve will announce a faster phasing out of economic stimulus and an earlier start of a new cycle of interest rate hikes. Consensus forecasts suggest that the volume of asset purchases by the Fed will decrease from $120 billion per month to zero no later than the end of March.

Such a move will pave the way for further interest rate increases in the middle of next year. In addition, the main reason for such measures of the regulator is the off-scale inflation in the United States: it is at the highest level since 1982 (6.8%). Moreover, producer prices are also growing at the highest rate in the last decade.

Previously, analysts assumed that the bad statistics were just the result of the distorting base effect of the previous year.

ECB

The European Central Bank will have to face for the first time the question of whether it should re-introduce some formal restrictions on the purchase of bonds. The term of the «Emergency Procurement Program in case of a pandemic» expires at the end of March 2022, and supporters of the «hawkish» policy of the regulator seek to restore some restrictions on the purchase of bonds.

However, many analysts assume that the ECB will buy bonds worth 40 billion euros per month until the end of next year, and a rate increase is not expected until 2023.

The regulator notes that it can afford to take its time with changes in monetary policy, since inflation in the region is not as high as in the United States, and the shortage of labor is still quite acceptable.

Bank of England

The Bank of England will have to choose between letting inflation expectations get further out of control, or raising interest rates just at a time when a new wave of coronavirus is slowing the economy.

The appearance of a new strain of omicron in the country led to some tightening of quarantine rules in the country and allowed representatives of the British regulator to take a break and observe the development of events before moving on to «hawkish» rhetoric. And this is despite the fact that annual inflation in the country exceeded 5% in November.

December 14. Price growth in Sweden has broken a record

According to Statistics Sweden, inflation in the country in November reached its highest in almost 30 years amid rising electricity and fuel prices.

It is noted that the inflation rate, according to the change in the consumer price index over the last 12-month period, amounted to 3.6% in November compared with 3.1% in October. The last time such figures were recorded was in December 1993.

At the same time, it is possible that in December the inflation growth may be even more significant and it may approach 4%. But in 2022, according to experts, this indicator should decrease.

Analysts specify that the contribution of energy resources amounted to about 1.8 percentage points, which corresponds to almost half of the inflation rate in November 2021.

As we know, the European Union has faced a significant increase in gas prices, which has led to an increase in the price of electricity. And this, in turn, puts pressure on consumers and the economy. Low gas levels in storage facilities before the start of the heating season were also one of the reasons for the increased prices.
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December 17. Producer prices in Germany in November rose to the highest in 70 years

According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Destatis), producer prices (PPI index) in Germany in November increased sharply by 19.2% compared to the same month last year. This growth was the highest since November 1951.

It is worth noting that analysts predicted an even more significant increase in the PPI index in November – by 19.9%.

The pace of price growth has accelerated for the eleventh month in a row, and the last five months the rise exceeds 10%. In particular, energy prices jumped by 49.4% in November: natural gas rose by 83.4%, electricity by 48%. The cost of intermediate products increased by 19.1%, consumer durable goods – by 3.7%, means of production – by 3.6%.

Experts note that such an increase in the PPI index indicates a gloomy outlook for the economy during the Christmas season, as the German industrial sector continues to struggle with disruptions in supply chains and the threat posed by a new strain of omicron.

December 16. The Bank of England unexpectedly raised the interest rate

Following the results of the December meeting, the Bank of England presented an unexpected surprise to the markets, sharply raising the base interest rate from 0.1% to 0.25%. The decision was made by a majority vote.

In addition, the regulator unanimously decided to leave the volume of the asset repurchase program at the level of 895 billion pounds, including the repurchase of government bonds in the amount of 875 billion pounds.

Analysts' forecasts did not suggest such actions by the central bank. The last time the British regulator changed the rate in 2018 – then it rose to 0.75%. After that, it either remained at the same level or decreased.

Representatives of the Bank of England said that such a decision was due to the acceleration of inflation to a ten-year high. In November, consumer prices increased by 5.1% compared to the same indicator in 2020. At the same time, the target level of the central bank is in the region of 2%.
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December 20. The Turkish Lira has updated the anti-record again

On Monday, the Turkish lira exchange rate collapsed again, updating another anti-record. The quote of the USD/TRY pair is 18.41 lira per dollar. During the day, the currency lost about 10%.

Back in January 2021, the lira was trading at the rate of 7.4 lira per dollar. During the year, the currency has fallen in price by more than 60%, and the lira has lost more than 40% of its value over the past month.

The driver of the weakening of the lira was another reduction in the interest rate by the central bank of Turkey. On Thursday, the Central Bank decided to reduce the discount rate from 15% to 14%. The regulator also announced new direct currency interventions.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is in favor of reducing the discount rate, arguing that this will lead to lower inflation. However, many do not agree with Erdogan's policy. As a result, since July 2019, the president has already changed the head of the central bank three times and the finance minister twice since November 2021.
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December 21. Tesla leaves the list of «trillion companies»

Tesla Inc. rose 35% in October after a deal was struck with car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc. This collaboration signaled a wider spread of electric cars, which caused an increase in the value of securities, but after this rally gradually began to subside until it completely evaporated.

Immediately after ordering Hertz for 100,000 cars, Tesla's shares rose so that the company's valuation significantly exceeded the coveted $1 trillion mark. However, Tesla shares fell 3.5% yesterday to close at $ 899.94. That is, even below the level at which they closed before the announcement on October 25 of the Hertz deal worth $ 4.2 billion.

Analysts say that the decline in the value of shares was due to the fact that Elon Musk began to get rid of part of his stake in the company. Tesla's market cap is now around $904 billion.

Further pressure on prices came from a severe downturn in the renewable energy sector, including the production of solar panels and electric vehicles. The market decline came after Senator Joe Manchin said he would not support President Joe Biden's $2 trillion spending plan.
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December 22. Oil prices rose sharply amid the energy crisis in Europe

Yesterday, oil prices showed a steady increase against the background of the energy crisis in Europe: the cost of gas in the region overcame another historical maximum at $2,187 per thousand cubic meters. And in such conditions, the demand for petroleum products will inevitably grow.

On Wednesday morning, Brent oil quotes settled at $73.91 per barrel. Yesterday's daily high was marked at $74.57. North American WTI crude oil rose to $71.78 per barrel.

Additional support for the oil market was provided by yesterday's data from the American Petroleum Institute (API), according to which crude oil reserves in the United States decreased by 3.67 million barrels. Today, we should pay attention to a similar report from the US Department of Energy, and if official data also confirm a reduction in raw materials stocks – this will be the fourth week of decline in a row.

Analysts and market participants also continue to monitor the situation with the emergence of a new omicron strain of coronavirus. Experts fear that the new strain carries even greater risks for global oil demand than its predecessors. «Any threat of falling demand will contribute to investors avoiding risks and outflow of funds from energy markets,» experts say.
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December 23. Oil is declining after yesterday's jump

Last night, after the release of statistics from the US Department of Energy on crude oil reserves in the country, Brent quotes jumped sharply to the level of $75.71 per barrel. Today, the price is declining, approaching the $75.00 mark. The price of WTI crude oil showed a decrease from $73.20 to $72.50 per barrel.

According to official weekly data on the energy market in the United States, stocks of raw materials decreased by 4.7 million barrels, while analysts predicted a smaller reduction – by only 2.7 million barrels. Oil reserves in the States have been declining for the fourth week in a row. At the same time, gasoline reserves increased by 5.53 million barrels, distillates – by 396 thousand barrels.

Additional support for the market is provided by various news that helps to reduce nervousness about the omicron strain, as well as the release of good statistics on the United States. The US GDP in the final assessment and the consumer confidence index from the Conference Board came out better than expected.

Quotes are also supported by the news about the suspension of production at several fields in Libya, as a result of which the country lost more than 300 thousand b/d of production.
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December 27. Great Britain faces a serious energy crisis

Analysts do not exclude that the UK will face a worsening economic situation due to gas prices, similar to what happened during the 2008 financial crisis.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, chief executive of OVO Energy, the nation's second-largest energy supplier, compared the current state of affairs to the period between the collapse of the Northern Rock bank and the collapse of Lehman Brothers a year later.

The current crisis is not expected to end soon. Moreover, Fitzpatrick accused the British authorities of being too slow in finding suitable solutions to break the impasse.

The UK government itself said it was in constant contact with representatives of the energy industry, and promised to protect consumers from rising prices.

Among the main causes of the energy crisis in Europe are unfavorable weather, inefficient operation of wind farms this year and insufficient gas reserves in underground storage on the continent. Britain also believes that Russia was the culprit in the crisis in Europe, but Moscow has denied the allegations. He pointed out that the European Commission itself insisted on the market pricing of the energy carrier, which ultimately led to the crisis.
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December 29. Mexico will stop exporting oil

Mexico has decided to process almost all the oil produced in the country on its own. In 2023-2024, the Dos Bocas oil refinery and the Kangrejera petrochemical complex will be launched, said Octavio Oropesa, head of the Mexican oil and gas state company Pemex.

It follows from this that Mexico will almost 100% abandon oil exports. Earlier, the country's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already stated that the government intends to stop exports before the expiration of Obrador's term in 2024. By doing this, the authorities intend to preserve hydrocarbon reserves for future generations.

Pemex's loss amounted to $4 billion in January-September. The company increased oil production to 1.73 million barrels per day, and exports of «black gold» increased by 58% to $25.2 billion.

Recall that back in April 2020, the OPEC+ countries agreed to reduce production by 10 million b/d, but Mexico refused to reduce production by 400 thousand b/d, putting the deal on the verge of collapse. The situation was saved by the United States, which agreed to reduce its quota by 400 thousand b/d. Experts note that if Mexico withdraws from the world oil market, it will facilitate the procedure for concluding agreements within the framework of OPEC+. At the same time, Mexico's share in the world market may be taken by Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

December 28. Gold has risen to a maximum of the last five weeks

Gold prices on Tuesday rose to the highest level in five weeks, reaching $1,819.35 per ounce. The current quote of the precious metal is $1817.75. The last time such values were recorded was in mid-November.

Prices were supported by the weakening of the dollar, since strong statistical data from the United States and high inflation did not lead to a jump in the exchange rate of the US currency and the yield of government bonds. The US economy in the third quarter grew by 2.3% in terms of annual rates, the estimate of the indicator was increased from the previous 2.1%. And the PCE Core index, a key inflation indicator for the Federal Reserve, jumped 4.7% in November compared to the same month last year, the fastest pace in more than 30 years.

This week, gold may well continue to rise, but the growth will be short-lived. Analysts note that gold's attempts to demonstrate a significant recovery are still inconclusive, and traders cut long positions at the first signs of trouble.

As for the other metals, the picture is as follows: silver rose 0.2% to $23.08 per ounce, platinum rose 0.3% to $973, and palladium fell 0.7% to $1957.68, retreating from the more than monthly peak reached in the previous session.
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January 4. Prospects of the precious metals market

In 2021, everything except precious metals rose in price: oil jumped in price by 55%, copper increased by 25% over the year, and inflation in the United States reached a 40-year high of 6.8%. At the same time, gold not only did not grow, but also lost about 4% in price over the year.

In fact, there is quite a logical explanation for this. The gold market is under pressure from the tightening of monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve. Market participants fear that the beginning of a cycle of interest rate increases will inevitably play against gold. Which leads to the fact that the market begins to look for more profitable instruments.

Many investment banks have already submitted their forecasts for 2022. In particular, JPMorgan expects an average gold price of $1,630 per ounce in 2022. Deutsche Bank is more conservative and expects $1,750 at the end of the year. The current price of an ounce of precious metal is $1808.

However, there are also those who hold more positive views on the dynamics of gold, expecting its value in the new year at the level of $ 2000-2100 per ounce. Investors believe that the «fashion» for risky assets will not always be relevant, so when gold becomes a sought-after asset again, its value can easily grow by 15-20%. Especially after a bad year.

There are many reasons that can change the vector of the direction of gold: there is an out-of-control inflation, new Covid strains and restrictions, as well as geopolitics and general tension in the world.

January 3. What awaits the oil market in the new year

During the first trading day of the new year, the oil market demonstrates a multidirectional movement, first continuing the decline that began at the end of the past year, and then sharply jumping up. The current Brent quote is $78, WTI oil is trading at $75.38 per barrel.

The pressure on prices is exerted by the continuing concern of the market about the fall in demand due to the new strain of the omicron coronavirus. At the same time, analysts note that due to mass vaccination in 2021, the threat of Covid in the world has significantly weakened, and by the end of 2021, Brent has grown by 34%, and WTI – by 38%. The growth was mainly due to the gradual lifting of restrictions on air travel and tourism and, accordingly, the growing demand for oil.

Predicting the movement of the oil market in 2022, analysts note that the periodic appearance of new strains of coronavirus may cause the resumption of lockdowns and restrictions in certain countries and sectors of the economy. Therefore, the oil market situation in the new year will not be too stable, and the market is waiting for sharp price fluctuations.

Another risk for the oil market in 2022 may be an increase in oil production in the United States. According to the IEA forecast, the supply of oil will also increase sharply in Canada and Brazil, and this will mean that there will be an excess supply of oil in the market of 2 million b/d, of which 1.1 million b/d will be for oil production in the United States.

Tomorrow, January 4, a regular meeting of the ministers of the OPEC+ member countries will be held, at which the parameters of the implementation of the current agreement on increasing oil production by 400 thousand barrels per day will be discussed, and quotas for January will also be set. Most likely, they will remain unchanged – the same as in December 2021. However, if the threat of new, more dangerous Covid strains persists, OPEC+ may temporarily suspend production increases due to uncertainty about future oil demand.

For 2022, we predict that the price of Brent oil will move on average in the range of $65-$90 per barrel, and during the first quarter of 2022 – in the range of $69-79 per barrel.
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January 5. Europe may be left without gas in two months

Experts note that against the background of the energy transition, gas reserves in the EU turned out to be insufficient, which could lead to the fact that by the end of winter, the level of reserves in storage facilities could fall to a historic low of 15%.

Today, Europe is in the midst of the so-called energy transition – countries are closing coal-fired power plants, thereby increasing dependence on renewable energy sources. And although wind and solar energy is much cleaner, these sources are fickle: last year, electricity generation in Europe fell sharply. And since there are still two cold winter months ahead, gas in European countries may simply run out.

Storage facilities in Europe are 56% full, which is 15 percentage points lower than the average for ten years. According to analysts, if Russia does not increase gas supplies, by the end of March, the level of reserves in Europe will drop to 15%, which could be the lowest in history. Experts note that without additional supplies of Russian gas via the Nord Stream-2, 2022 will be another unstable period for European prices for blue fuel.

Last year, exchange prices for gas in Europe broke several records. On December 21, the cost of fuel for the first time exceeded $2 thousand for 1 cubic meter . This was caused by a decrease in pumping through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, information about the launch of Nord Stream 2 no earlier than the second half of 2022, as well as news about a possible cooling in Europe.
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January 10. Wall Street futures decline in anticipation of further inflation in the US

Monday began with a decline in futures on major US stock indexes. Pressure on the market is exerted by the expectations of statistics, which should confirm the continued acceleration of consumer price growth in the United States.

In particular, futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Index (DJIA) declined by 0.02% to 36102 points, futures for the S&P 500 broad market index – by 0.11% to 4662.75 points, and the NASDAQ high–tech index – by 0.29% to 15536 points.

Consumer price statistics in the United States will be published on Wednesday. Analysts suggest that last year's inflation was 7%, which will be the highest since 1982. A month earlier, annual inflation in the United States reached 6.8%.

Experts note that the stronger-than-expected growth in average wages in the country reinforced the inflation expectations of investors. If the forecasts turn out to be correct, the US Federal Reserve will have to start raising the discount rate earlier than planned.

However, the tightening of monetary policy is unfavorable for nominal stock prices. High-tech companies, whose value depends more on future profits (which, in turn, is closely related to «cheap» money in the economy), may suffer the most. Therefore, NASDAQ futures are getting cheaper more significantly than other indices.
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January 11. Gold rises in anticipation of Powell's comments

The price of gold on Tuesday is rising for the third session in a row amid a decline in the dollar and treasury yields ahead of a speech by the head of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell. Market participants are confident that the regulator will start raising interest rates very soon, which puts pressure on the US currency exchange rate.

The spot price of gold rose today to $1.810 per troy ounce, subsequently declining to $1.805.

The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds retreated from a near two-year high, and the dollar declined against its main competitors.

Jerome Powell promised to prevent further acceleration of already high inflation. And it is the inflationary rhetoric of the policy that will be the central topic of the hearings in the banking committee devoted to the consideration of Powell's candidacy for a second term at the head of the Fed.

In addition to Powell's speech, markets are waiting for tomorrow's data on consumer prices in the United States: the index is expected to have grown in December by 5.4% year-on-year compared to November's 4.9%.

Palladium has risen in price today to $1,937.78 per ounce, silver – $22,710 per ounce, and platinum – up to $950,00.
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January 12. The first bitcoin transaction is 13 years old

Exactly 13 years ago, on January 12, 2009, the creator of bitcoin under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto made the first transaction in cryptocurrency, sending 10 BTC to cryptographer Hal Finney. Hal Finney played a crucial role in the history of bitcoin, and according to one version, he was the creator of the cryptocurrency. Since then, 700 billion transactions have been made.

The first BTC transaction was confirmed in block #170. The cost of the cryptocurrency received by Finney was almost zero. According to him, the cryptographer extracted several blocks on his own personal computer. Since then, cryptocurrency mining has become an industry in which specialized high-performance devices are used, and the hashrate of the network exceeds 170 EH/s.

However, currently, the solo mining of cryptocurrencies continues. Yesterday, an unknown miner with an equipment capacity of 126 TH/s included block #718124 in the blockchain. Experts note that the probability of this event was less than 0.0001%. The anonymous miner received a reward of 6.25 BTC. As you know, in 2009, 50 BTC was charged for the extracted block, but this figure is halved approximately every four years.

In December 2021, miners mined 90% of bitcoin. Analysts note that the cryptocurrency is expected to reach the issue limit of 21 million coins in 2140.
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13.01. Oil is growing after the publication of reserves statistics

On Thursday, the price of oil continues to rise, despite the appearance of quite alarming signals. The current Brent quote is $84.75, North American WTI oil is trading near $82.50 per barrel.

Yesterday, industry statistics from the US Department of Energy were presented, and the data came out somewhat ambiguous. In particular, according to the weekly report, oil reserves in the United States decreased by 4.6 million barrels, which turned out to be better than forecasts. Production decreased by 100 thousand b/d to 11.7 million b/d.

At the same time, gasoline stocks jumped by 8 million barrels at once, exceeding the average level for 3 years. Moreover, the level of oil refining remained stable, and the loading of the refinery even decreased slightly, from 89.8% to 88.4%. This may mean that the growth of gasoline stocks is associated with the weakness of demand. If this turns out to be a temporary phenomenon, then oil prices will remain high. Otherwise, alarm signals may begin to put pressure on oil prices.

Brent and WTI are supported by the general weakness of the US dollar after the release of inflation data. The growth of consumer prices in the country reached 7% (in November, inflation was 6.8%), which was the highest since 1982. Against this background, the DXY dollar index showed an impressive drop, updating two-month lows.
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January 17. Oil jumped to a three-year high

The price of Brent crude oil on Monday jumped sharply to a three-year high at $86.69 per barrel. The cost of a barrel of North American WTI oil has risen to $84.09 (the maximum since November 10, 2021).

The main support for the oil market is provided by expectations that supply will remain limited against the background of curbing production by major producers, and global demand will not suffer from a wave of infections with the Omicron coronavirus strain.

Analysts note that bullish sentiment persists, as OPEC+ does not provide sufficient supply to meet high global demand. And if investment funds increase the share of crude oil, prices may reach 2014 highs.

Experts are also confident that a summer surge in demand is inevitable ahead, especially in Europe and the United States, which may be greater than last year (if the hopes that Omicron will finally turn the Covid-19 pandemic into an epidemic are justified).

However, during the day, Brent quotes declined slightly, to the level of $85.60 per barrel, amid an increase in production in Libya. According to the National Oil Corporation of the country, the total volume of oil production has returned to the level of 1.2 million barrels per day. Recall that last week production in Libya was about 900 thousand barrels per day due to the blockade of western fields.

January 14. European stock exchanges decline on Friday

According to Friday's trading data, Europe's main stock indexes are declining after the release of data on the first monthly trade deficit in the eurozone in almost eight years. A similar indicator in the UK, which is now not part of the euro area, is fixed at almost zero.

The German DAX index declined during the day to 15,833.73 points, the French CAC 40 – to 7,119.01 points, the British FTSE 100 – to 7,523.02 points.

European macro statistics exerted pressure on the stock market. Thus, the deficit of the foreign trade balance of the eurozone countries in November amounted to 1.5 billion euros after a surplus of 3.6 billion in October. At the same time, analysts expected a surplus of 7.6 billion euros. The European statistical Agency Eurostat also noted that the trade deficit was recorded for the first time in a month since January 2014.

It is also worth noting that the stock markets of Europe repeat the dynamics of the American and Asian ones, which closed mainly in the red (due to news about the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in these countries).
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January 20. Cryptocurrencies are declining on expectations of a tightening of the Fed's policy

Since the beginning of the new year, the cryptocurrency market has been showing steady weakening amid expectations that the US Federal Reserve System will soon begin to tighten monetary policy.

The bitcoin exchange rate has decreased by 9.3% since the beginning of the year, and the Ether exchange rate, the second largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, by 14.5%. The current BTC quote is $43,308.60, and the Ether quote is $3,253.92.

The Fed is expected to raise the base interest rate in March and raise it at least three times in 2022. Some experts suggest that the rate increase in March may amount to more than 25 basis points. However, these are only assumptions, but market participants are waiting for «hawkish» comments from the Central Bank's leaders at the Fed meeting on January 25-26.

At the same time, the dynamics of bitcoin is likely to remain volatile as a result of «hawkish» rhetoric, as analysts note.

The negative dynamics of cryptocurrencies also affected the shares of companies related to the industry. For example, the price of Coinbase Global Inc. securities has dropped by 13% since the beginning of the year, Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. – by 24.4%, Riot Blockchain Inc. – by 21.7%.
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January 24. Bitcoin skids to a 6-month low

During Monday's trading session, the bitcoin exchange rate continued the fall, which began at the end of last week. The current quote of the cryptocurrency is $33.483. The last time such price values were recorded a half year ago, in July 2021.

Since the beginning of the week, bitcoin has lost about 9%. Analysts say the main reason for the fall is the decline in the value of shares of the largest technology companies. In particular, the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, lost $25.1 billion, the head of Meta (former Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg, became poorer by $ 10.4 billion, and Changping Zhao, the owner of the Binance cryptocurrency exchange, lost $17.7 billion.

In turn, the reason for the decline in the securities of technology giants was the widespread spread of the omicron strain, as well as the prospect of lower interest rates in the United States and the growth of instability in the world. At the same time, the main pressure on the crypto market was caused by fears of a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine – recently it became known that the United States and Great Britain began to withdraw diplomatic representatives from Ukraine.

Many analysts predict a further decline in the value of the most popular cryptocurrency – up to $ 20 thousand.
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January 25. Nikkei falls to 5-month low

The Japanese Nikkei stock index closed near a five-month low on Tuesday due to investor caution amid the situation on the border with Ukraine, the expansion of inflation risks and concerns about a faster-than-expected increase in the US Federal Reserve interest rate.

The current index value is 27.131.34 points, which was the lowest since August 20. During the trading session, the Nikkei declined to 26.890.94 – the lowest since December 29.

The broader Topix index dropped to 1.862.62. The Mothers Index of startups has fallen to its lowest level since April 2020.

Analysts note that the main driver of the downward dynamics of the index was the decline in the value of shares in the Japanese technology sector. In particular, the securities of the investor in startups SoftBank Group fell by 5.34%, shares of the manufacturer of equipment for creating chips Tokyo Electron – by 2.69%. NIDEC lost 4.44%.

The monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve also has an important impact on the index. A two-day meeting of the US regulator starts today, and investors assume that there is a small chance that the central bank will unexpectedly announce a rate hike from January.

Additional pressure on the Nikkei is also exerted by geopolitical tensions related to the buildup of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. Yesterday it became known that NATO is putting its troops on alert and strengthening its positions in Eastern Europe with additional ships and fighters.
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January 26. The US will release another 13.4 million barrels of oil from strategic reserves

The US Department of Energy has announced plans to release an additional 13.4 million barrels of oil from the country's strategic reserves.

The release of reserves will be distributed among seven companies: Shell will buy 4.2 million barrels, Trafigura – 3 million, Phillips 66 Company – 2.3 million, Macquarie Commodities Trading – 2 million, Chevron – 0.885 million, ExxonMobil – 0.515 million and BP Products North America – 0.5 million barrels.

Recall that US President Joe Biden in November 2021 announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from reserves due to high oil prices in the world and gasoline in the States themselves. The first deliveries were made in December, and the rest will be carried out gradually until April. The return of reserves to the strategic reserve is planned for 2022-2024.

Today, oil quotes are showing growth again. The current Brent quote is $88.00 per barrel. Raw materials are getting more expensive after the release of yesterday's report from the American Petroleum Institute (API), according to which stocks decreased by 872 thousand barrels after rising by 1.4 million barrels a week earlier.

Today, we should pay attention to similar statistics from the US Department of Energy. Experts expect that oil reserves in the country decreased by 2.1 million barrels last week, gasoline reserves increased by 2.2 million barrels, and distillate reserves decreased by 1.6 million barrels.
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