By Laura Sanchez
Investing.com - Markets start the year at record highs as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread uncontrollably.
Today there is a meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) calls for Christmas celebrations to be cancelled or delayed.
Cryptocurrencies are trading lower.
These are the five factors that investors should take into account when making their decisions today:
1. Omicron, soaring; cases of Flurona, influenza and Covid detected together
In just over a month, Omicron has become the predominant coronavirus variant worldwide. This week Israel confirmed a case of Flurona (Covid-19 and influenza together) in a pregnant woman. In Spain, several cases have already been detected.
2. PMI in Japan and China, better than expected
Early this morning we got the Japanese manufacturing PMI for December (54.3), one tenth of a percentage point higher than expected but two tenths of a percentage point lower than the previous month (54.5).
China's Caixin manufacturing PMI , also for December, was 50.9, nine tenths of a percentage point higher than estimated and also above the previous month's figure (49.9).
3. OPEC meeting
4. Asia and the US stock market
5. Macro data
The South African markets closed in the green yesterday.
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