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Yen softens, then comes back
Last week the news that Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine caused blood clots sent a shiver down markets for a few minutes. Once the headline was digested it was realised that there were still vaccine alternatives to replace J&J’s even if there was a delay in the roll out. This was underlined by White House COVID Coordinator Zients who stated last week that there is plenty of vaccine supply in the system, even without J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine and that the US Gov’t is doing everything it can to accelerate the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Ok, panic over. The dip was bought on the headline last week.
However, it is interesting to note that in stark contrast to the inflation fears, which came to nothing last week, the market remains laser focused on the vaccine roll out. So, right now, vaccines matter most. This is not to discount inflationary pressures, but simply to say the focus is still more on vaccines than inflation right now.
One interesting headline from last week that could be lost in the mix is the fact that Novavax will be taking part in a Oxford University study comparing mixed COVID-19 vaccine combinations from different manufacturers. The idea of the study is to explore any potential possibility there is of mixing doses. This will be extremely helpful if a ‘mix&max’ combination is possible and should help speed up the vaccination process and reward manufacturers who can supply the most quickly. One report to look out for as it could give risk assets a positive boost if the study proves positive.
President Xi Jinping to speak at the Boao Forum on Asia today
- keynote speech by video
- more than 2,000 officials and business executives are attending
- heads of the International Monetary Fund and United Nations are expected to attend the opening ceremony via video-link
US State Departyment statement says expresses deep concerns regarding Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea. State dept. calls on Russia to stop harassment of vessels and reverse the build-up of troops at the Ukraine border
UK’s Mirror newspaper with the report,
Vladimir Putin’s warships are building-up near Ukraine and Moscow now has at least 150,000 heavily armed troops on the border and in Crimea – experts fear Russia will seize water supply facilities
The PBOC 1 and 5 year loan prime rate (LPR) setting decision is due at 0130GMT Tuesday 20 April 2021.
- 1 year expected 3.85%, prior 3.85%
- 5 year expected 4.65%, prior 4.65%
Expectations are the one-year LPR will be left unchanged for the rest of 2021. Its been unchanged since May 2020.
Closing changes for the main US markets:
- S&P 500 -22 points to 4163 (-0.5%)
- Nasdaq -1.0%
- DJIA -0.35%
- Russell 2000 -1.4%