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LGT Navigator: Corporate earnings season takes center stage

July 10, 2018

Sentiment on capital markets remained positive at the beginning of the week and investors are now focusing on the company-reporting season that starts on Friday with the Q2 results of major US banks JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.

The ECB's cautious bias toward an interest rate turnaround, despite the announcement to end its billion-dollar bond purchase program probably at the end of this year, weakened the euro significantly. The ECB maintained its key interest rate at a record low and remained extremely cautious in its communication. At the same time, the Bank of Japan also left its key interest rates unchanged and even lowered its inflation expectations.

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