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European Open Preview – Yen retreats as risk appetite firms; trade, EM-angst and Brexit remain in the background

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 8:03 am GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: The US dollar was nearly flat against a basket of six major currencies on Wednesday (-0.03%), after posting some modest losses in the previous session. Meanwhile, the yen retreated notably on Tuesday, as risk appetite remained firm and investors rotated out of safer assets. In Canada, the loonie staged a significant comeback amid encouraging NAFTA signals from the US President and a surge in oil prices. STOCKS: US markets closed in the green on Tuesday, buoyed by [..]

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US Open Preview – Dollar posts gains though still trades near lows; kiwi traders eye dairy auction

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm GMT

Here are the latest developments in global markets: FOREX: After considerable declines in the days that preceded, the dollar is in the green relative to other major currencies during today’s trading, though it managed to recover only a relatively small portion of earlier losses. The dollar index was 0.3% up at 90.73. On Monday it touched 90.46, its lowest since early 2015. The British currency experienced some losses following the release of UK inflation data. STOCKS: European bourses were broadly [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – Europe in red, though losses contained; US tax story remains a major driver of sentiment

Posted on November 10, 2017 at 10:04 am GMT

Following yesterday’s sharp reversal that saw the Japanese Nikkei 225 and Topix indices retreat from multi-decade highs, the two benchmarks extended losses today, finishing lower by 0.8% and 0.7% respectively. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.05%, staying near its highest in almost 10 years, while the Shanghai Composite added 0.2% to record a more than one-year high close. There were reports that China will allow foreign firms to take controlling stakes in local securities as well as remove foreign ownership [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – Spanish stocks underperform on Catalan uncertainty; Stoxx 600 remains near 2-year highs

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 10:37 am GMT

Equities in Asia were giving a mixed picture today with most major indices finishing the day not much changed. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed marginally higher and the Topix lost 0.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little changed and the Shanghai Composite added 0.5%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slid 0.1%. Dollar/yen today touched a near eight-month high of 114.72 on the back of monetary policy divergence as the Federal Reserve remains on a path of normalization whereas the Bank of [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – Spanish equities decline on Catalonia uncertainty; Alphabet, Amazon in focus

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 9:58 am GMT

After yesterday’s decline that ended their long streak of gains, the Japanese Nikkei 225 and the Topix indices advanced by 0.15% and 0.1% respectively during today’s trading. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.4% and the Shanghai Composite added 0.3%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.2%. Today’s decision on monetary policy by the European Central Bank at 1145 GMT as well the press conference by President Mario Draghi at 1230 GMT are without a doubt the highlight of the day. The ECB [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – FTSE declines on rising sterling; Coca-Cola and Boeing to release results before US open

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:56 am GMT

Asian markets projected a mixed picture today with movements from major benchmarks being fairly limited. The Japanese Nikkei 225 and Topix indices finished the day lower by 0.45% and 0.3%, ending a 16- and 12-day streak of positive closes respectively (the longest on record for the Nikkei) that brought them to multi-year highs. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5% and the Shanghai Composite rose by 0.3%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.1%. In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx 600 was down [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – Spanish stocks underperform; Nikkei longest streak of gains on Abe landslide

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 10:04 am GMT

In Japanese equities, the Nikkei 225 and the broader Topix once again finished the day in the green, extending their multi-year high closes; the Nikkei added 1.1% and the Topix rose by 0.8%, closing at their highest since 1996 and 2007 respectively. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng declined by 0.6%, while the Shanghai Composite added 0.1%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.2%.  The Nikkei recorded its longest streak of gains – 15 consecutive days – as it finished in positive territory today. [..]

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Stock Market News (US Open) – Stoxx 600 reverses gains to trade flat; S&P 500 posts fresh record high

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm GMT

At 1330 GMT and as US traders were beginning their trading day, the Stoxx 600 was roughly flat relative to where it closed on Friday, having reversed earlier gains that saw it record a four-month high of 392.42. Basic materials was the pan-European index’s best performing industry sector on a day when copper prices rallied, boosting mining firms. The FTSE 100 was 0.1% higher, while the DAX and CAC 40 traded up by 0.2% and 0.25% on the day respectively. [..]

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Stock Market News (US Open) – FTSE benefits on falling sterling; major Wall Street indices open slightly lower

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm GMT

With the open of US markets, the pan-European Stoxx 600 and the blue-chip Euro Stoxx 50 were both trading lower by 0.1% and 0.2% on the day with major blue-chip benchmarks in Europe giving a mixed picture. The FTSE 100 was the brightest spot in terms of performance among main European blue-chip indices. The closely-watched benchmark was up by 0.3%, reaching its highest since early June at one point during today’s trading. FTSE constituents’ revenues are to a significant extent [..]

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Stock Market News (European Open) – Stoxx 600 close to flat; FTSE on the rise on weakening pound; Volkswagen falls

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 10:09 am GMT

The Nikkei 225 finished the day marginally lower with Japan’s broader index, the Topix, declining by 0.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite added 0.5% and 0.3% respectively, with Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 adding 0.2%. Major markets in Asia will be closed for holidays next week – this includes mainland China which will be holding National Day celebrations throughout the week. Equity traders have been paying close attention to the Trump administration’s tax plan in recent days, with questions remaining [..]

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