Monday 12th April 2021
Equities in the US finished Friday on new highs, ahead of corporate earning this week and despite a rise in bond yields. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says a lot of the optimism is being driven by vaccine optimism, as President Biden once again brings the dates of his vaccine targets forward. The spectre of rising inflation continues to hang over markets, particularly as PPI prices rose last week. But Jerome Powell sued his 60 minutes appearance on US TV to again make the point that any rise in inflation would be transitory. Nonetheless, a poll of economists are expecting a rate rise at least a year ahead of the Fed’s schedule. Aussie jobs data will be a focus this week, along with China’s aggregate financing data.