Bitcoin hit another high last week, moving above $52,000 as Elon Musk defended Tesla’s $1.5 Billion investment in the cryptocurrency.
The US state of Texas plunged into chaos as blackouts swept across the state in the midst of an historic cold blast leaving millions in the dark. The winter storms blanketing the US could cost the country over $50 Billion in economic damage. Oil prices spiked due to a supply squeeze as several US shale drillers paused operations in the Permian basin.
Regulators in the US are investigating the Gamestop mania by questioning CEO of Robinhood, the trading app that was primarily used by investors to fuel the buying frenzy. Unfortunately, a large number of retail investors lost money in buying Gamestop shares at its peak of $475/share. Gamestop traded at $42 down 90% from the highs made in late January.
Bond yields continued to climb on worries that inflation could return strongly if the Biden administration’s manages to pass its $1.9 Trillion relief package proposal.
US 4Q GDP data will be announced on Thursday February 25, expected at 4.1% QoQ.
On Wednesday February 24, Eurozone CPI data will be released and is expected to come in at 0.9% YoY.
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