The US Fed announced on Wednesday April 29 that the target range for the federal funds rate will remain unchanged at 0.00-0.25%, adding that it will be kept at this level until the US economy recovers. The ECB announced their rate decisions on Thursday April 30, leaving the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0% and the base deposit rate at -0.5%.
Last week, US major tech companies including Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon released earnings reports for Q1. Alphabet reported its revenue at $41.16 billion, 13% higher compared to the same period last year whereas EPS slid slightly to $9.87. Compared to the Q1 2019, Facebook’s EPS went up 101% to $1.71 and total revenue jumped by 18% to $17.74 billion. Amazon also reported an increase in revenue by 26% YoY to $75.5 billion while EPS was down by 45% YoY, standing at $5.01.
US GDP for Q1 2020 was published on Wednesday, plunging 4.8% YoY, marking the biggest contraction since 2009 due to the coronavirus impact. The US Markit Manufacturing PMI also saw a record decline in April, standing at 36.1, falling from 48.5 in March.
The confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surpassed 1 million on Wednesday while the number of new cases is increasing at the slowest pace of the month. The US has planned to ease the lockdown restrictions from May 1 and Trump expressed on Wednesday that he has no intention to extend the social distancing guidelines.
On Monday May 4, China Manufacturing PMI will be released and is expected to come in at 50.3.
BoE will announce interest rate decision on Thursday May 7 and is expected to keep the current rate unchanged at 0.10%.
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