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Investors that will be returning to the markets after Easter holidays and will face a number of top-tier market events in the week ahead. Rate decision from the Bank of Canada, Q1 earnings from major US banks as well as FOMC minutes and US inflation data are highlights in this week’s calendar. Be sure to watch GOLD, US500 and USDCAD in the week ahead.

GOLD

A number of top-tier data releases from the United States will be offered to investors this week, including CPI for March (Wednesday, 1:30 pm BST), FOMC minutes (Wednesday, 7:00 pm BST) as well as retail sales for March (Friday, 1:30 pm BST). All of those may shed light on what Fed does next – is a 25 bp rate hike in May still in play or will the Fed pause the rate hike cycle? Higher CPI reading and poor retail sales data may see dovish bets in the markets increase. This, in turn, may help gold look towards highs in the $2,060 per ounce area.

US500

Wall Street earnings season for Q1 2023 will begin this Friday with the release of reports from major US banks. JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup are set to report their financials before the opening of the Wall Street session on Friday. Beats and misses in results will be company-specific but investors are also likely to be offered hints on an issue with more broad-based implications – impact of recent banking turmoil on the economy, businesses and credit action. Recent data from the Dallas Fed showed signs of a crunch in consumer loans.Confirmation that deterioration in credit action is indeed taking place may deteriorate market moods.

USDCAD

USDCAD will be one of the FX to watch on Wednesday. Not only because US CPI data for March and FOMC minutes will be released but also because the Bank of Canada is set to announce the rate decision at 3:00 pm BST. No cut is expected as the Bank of Canada strongly hinted that the rate hike cycle is over. However, wage growth in Canada remains elevated, which should exert upward pressure on inflation. Having said that, some hawkish remarks may be offered by BoC.

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