Keep an eye on the Fed minutes: 5 key stock market events on Wednesday

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Keep an eye on the Fed minutes: 5 key stock market events on Wednesday

By Laura Sanchez - Investors take a breath of fresh air after Russia's easing of tensions on the border with Ukraine.

We will also be watching the minutes of the latest US Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting today.

Corporate earnings season continues.

Cryptocurrencies are higher this morning.

Here are the five factors investors should consider when making their decisions today:

1. Fed minutes

At 21:00 local time, we will see the minutes of the Fed's last monetary policy meeting. We will be watching to see if the Fed reiterates its willingness to raise interest rates, which experts expect in March.

2. Russia-Ukraine truce?

Stock markets are recovering after Russia decided yesterday to return to its bases at least some of its troops concentrated on the border with Ukraine.

This 'good' news has been interpreted by investors as a possible truce between the two countries, and as a point in favour of the diplomatic track.

3. Corporate results; crypto rises

The corporate earnings season continues. Today, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA ), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO ), Shopify, and others are reporting their results.

The cryptocurrency sector, meanwhile, is once again riding the stock market's coattails, rising again this morning. Bitcoin is trading at $44,000 and Ethereum at $3,100.

4. Asia and the American stock market

Positive signs today in the main Asian indices. Nikkei is up 2.2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up 1.1% and the Shanghai Composite is up 0.4%.

On Wall Street, the market also ended yesterday in the green. The S&P 500 (1.5%), Nasdaq (2.5%) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (1.2%) closed higher.

5. Macroeconomic data

Among the main macroeconomic releases, the UK CPI and PPI will be released, as well as the industrial production in the Euro zone.

In the US we will see retail sales , industrial production index and crude oil inventories from the IEA .

South African will release its core CPI (MoM) and  Retail Sales

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