Breakdown of the latest developments on the global exchanges
Jan 30, 2022, 11:00 AM GMT

U.S. Unemployment, ECB Policy Decision, Google and Amazon Earnings

What to Expect This Week - U.S. Unemployment, ECB Policy Decision, Google and Amazon Earnings

Another Decrease in the Pace of U.S. Jobs Creation Expected

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The U.S. non-farm payrolls data for January, which as per usual, is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) on the first Friday of the new month, will likely be the most important trading event taking place this week.

Another Decrease in the Pace of U.S. Jobs Creation Expected

The labour market is expected to have added 166 thousand new jobs last month, which would mark the weakest performance in over a year and a moderate decline in the pace of jobs created from a month prior.

Nevertheless, the overall rate of economic expansion continues to outstrip earlier projections, and the Federal Reserve remains fairly optimistic regarding the likelihood of a rate hike as early as March.

Alphabet and Amazon Next in Line to Post their Quarterly Earnings

Google's parent company is scheduled to deliver its quarterly performance for the three months ending in December on Tuesday after the market close, whereas the biggest online retailer in the world would report after the market close on Thursday.

Alphabet is expected to announce earnings per share (EPS) of $26.69, which, if realised, would beat the $22.3 EPS that were reported for the same quarter last year. As regards Amazon, investors' preliminary forecasts point to a probable slump of $3.88 to be reported for Q4, measuring a sizable dropdown from the $14.09 EPS that were posted last year.

So far, the earnings season as a whole has been beating the preliminary forecasts, underlining the resilience of the stock market in the face of growing global uncertainty.

The European Central Bank to Meet on Thursday

Last but not least, the Governing Council of the ECB, chaired by Christine Lagarde, will meet on Thursday to deliberate its current policy stance. Even though the nearly-negative Main Refinancing Rate is expected to be kept unchanged at 0.000 per cent, the ECB, like the FED last week, now has more reasons to adopt a more hawkish stance.

Eurozone industrial activity improved in December, while broader economic sentiment has been steadily recuperating over the last few months. That is why ECB's decision on Thursday could potentially help the reeling euro strengthen against the rallying greenback, at least temporarily.

As can be seen on the 2H chart below, the EURUSD finds itself in a strong downtrend, elucidated by the descending channel. Even still, a minor bullish pullback may be due soon, given the bullish crossover on the MACD indicator.

If the price action manages to penetrate above the 20-day MA (in red) and middle line of the channel, the pullback could then be extended towards the 23.6 per cent Fibonacci retracement level at 1.12069.

This Fibonacci threshold is currently converging with the upper limit of the channel, which makes it less likely for a decisive breakout above the two to take place anytime soon.

Moreover, the 100-day MA (in blue) and 50-day MA (in green), which serve as floating resistances, are threading near the channel's upper border, making it an even more prominent turning point.

EURUSD 2H Price Chart

Other Prominent Events to Watch Out for:

Monday - Eurozone Preliminary QoQ GDP Growth Rate; Germany MoM Inflation Rate; Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reporting BMO.

Tuesday - Australia RBA Cash Rate Decision; Canada MoM GDP Growth Rate; U.S. MoM ISM Manufacturing PMI; U.S. JOLTS Jobs Openings; New Zealand QoQ Unemployment Rate; Germany MoM Retail Sales; PayPal Holdings Inc. reporting AMC.

Wednesday - OPEC-JMMC Meetings; Eurozone Preliminary MoM Inflation Rate.

Thursday - UK BOE Rate Decision; U.S. MoM ISM Services PMI.

Friday - Canada MoM Unemployment Rate; Eurozone MoM Retail Sales;

BMO - Before Market Open; AMC - After Market Close.