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From the Floor: Big banks kick off earnings season — #SaxoStrats

   • JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Citi to release earnings prior to US bell
   • EURGBP breakdown could open up range to 0.8300 area
   • USDJPY pushing on cloud resistance at 107.50
   • British Airways parent IAG takes 4.6% stake in Norwegian
   • Equities could see a boost from earnings if macro, political scene remains stable

By Michael McKenna

Saxo Bank head of equity strategy Peter Garnry is bullish the three big banks – JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Citi – reporting earnings ahead of today's US open. Citing expectations for strong trading income and commercial banking results, Garnry says that he could see equities rally throughout the earning season provided the negative macro surprise trend eases and there are no major new provocations on the political (read: President Trump) front.

In single shares, Garnry reports that British Airways parent IAG has taken a 4.6% stake in low-cost carrier Norwegian, boosting shares of the latter by 46% on speculation of an acquisition (IAG already owns low-cost carrier Vueling, as well as Aer Lingus and Iberia).

Saxo's equities head says that he fails to see the big synergies here and is surprised by the timing of the IAG bid.

In the FX space, Saxo Bank head of forex strategy John Hardy reports that EURGBP is in focus on what appears to be a major flow/technicals-driven drop below key support around 0.87, with Thursday's close around 0.8660 having the potential to open up room for a more protracted fall towards major support around 0.8300-0.8325.

They key upcoming factors here, Hardy says, are next week's UK data releases, which include producer prices and inflation prints on April 18.

Hardy also notes the yen's continued weakness with USDJPY pushing on resistance at 107.50 for a potential re-entry into the Ichimoku cloud above 108.00. In his view, the USDJPY rally does not yet look to be particularly dramatic but could extend if the current swell in risk appetite – due partially to President Trump's unexpected reversal on the Trans-Pacific Trade partnership – continues in the short- to medium-term.

Michael McKenna is head of editorial content at Saxo Bank
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