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Summary – February 21

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  • Mexico retail sales data for December will cross at 1200GMT, but the focus for Wednesday’s session will be on the FOMC minutes released at 1900GMT, with markets on watch for any further details on the FOMC's deliberations over the easing cycle and any fresh approach to quantitative tightening.
  • Global News:
    • CHINA - China has banned major institutional investors from reducing equity holdings at the open and close of each trading day, part of the government’s most forceful attempt yet to prop up the nation’s $8.6 trillion stock market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission has also created a task force to monitor short selling and issue warnings to firms that profit from the wagers.
    • COMMODITIES - Aluminium and nickel surged on speculation that a fresh wave of US sanctions against Russia may target the metals and potentially disrupt supplies. President Biden said the US plans to unveil a “major” sanctions package against Moscow on Friday, although he wasn’t specific about which industries would be affected.
    • US - Nvidia Corp. will announce fiscal Q4 results on Wednesday and give a forecast for the current period, showing whether one of the biggest stock run-ups in history was justified. The chipmaker faces sky-high expectations, with investors betting that it will remain the key beneficiary of booming AI spending.
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  • Mexico retail sales data for December will cross at 1200GMT, but the focus for Wednesday’s session will be on the FOMC minutes released at 1900GMT, with markets on watch for any further details on the FOMC's deliberations over the easing cycle and any fresh approach to quantitative tightening.
  • Global News:
    • CHINA - China has banned major institutional investors from reducing equity holdings at the open and close of each trading day, part of the government’s most forceful attempt yet to prop up the nation’s $8.6 trillion stock market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission has also created a task force to monitor short selling and issue warnings to firms that profit from the wagers.
    • COMMODITIES - Aluminium and nickel surged on speculation that a fresh wave of US sanctions against Russia may target the metals and potentially disrupt supplies. President Biden said the US plans to unveil a “major” sanctions package against Moscow on Friday, although he wasn’t specific about which industries would be affected.
    • US - Nvidia Corp. will announce fiscal Q4 results on Wednesday and give a forecast for the current period, showing whether one of the biggest stock run-ups in history was justified. The chipmaker faces sky-high expectations, with investors betting that it will remain the key beneficiary of booming AI spending.