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Analytics, 31 July 2023

What will drive the markets this week?

Investors’ confidence was bolstered by positive Big Tech earnings, economic data, and central bank announcements, leading to gains in the three major U.S. indexes at the end of the week, signaling a soft landing for the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) climbed 176.37 points (0.5%) to reach 35,459.09. The S&P 500 (.SPX) recorded an advance of 44.76 points (0.99%) to reach 4,582.17, and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) surged 266.55 points (1.9%) to close at 14,316.66.

In contrast, European shares retreated from multi-month highs due to mixed earnings and a surprise Bank of Japan policy tweak. However, German blue-chips closed at a record high as signs of cooling inflation were observed, with Germany’s DAX index hitting an intraday record and closing 0.39% higher, thanks to the downward trend in inflation in Europe’s largest economy.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei 225 experienced a decline of as much as 2.4% on Friday, following the Bank of Japan’s adjustment to its yield curve control policy, which raised speculation about a potential shift in its massive stimulus program.

As we look ahead to the coming week, earnings season will continue, with reports due from major companies like Apple and Amazon, among others. Moreover, updates on the labor market, including the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for June, ADP’s National Employment Report, and the July nonfarm payrolls report, will be eagerly awaited. Additionally, we can anticipate the release of PMI readings from S&P Global and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), along with inflation and GDP readings from the eurozone, and an interest rate decision from the Bank of England (BoE).

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