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Crude Oil
European and US equity markets underwent another disappointing session yesterday, undermined by continued weakness in oil prices, as well as concerns about sliding inflation expectations hitting banking stocks. This continued slide for oil prices, now down 17% from the May peaks, saw US crude prices hitting their lowest levels since...
WTI OIL
Having got off to a good start this week, equity markets managed to give back a good proportion of those gains yesterday as further sharp declines in energy prices undermined the initial positive sentiment that came out from events over the weekend in France. These falls were followed in Asia...
Stocks NYSE
European markets had a decent start to the week yesterday with the DAX making a record close, and set to open at a new record today too, while theCAC 40 also had a good day after President Macron won a healthy majority in the French parliament, fuelling optimism that...
Emmanuel Macron
Equity markets had one of those weeks last week where we saw conflicting signals as to whether we can expect to see further gains for stock markets, or whether we could be vulnerable to a sharp sell-off. Central banks who for so long have been the guardians of the move...
Bank of England
With political uncertainty still rippling through UK markets and economic data coming in on the weak side, the Bank of England caught everyone on the hop yesterday despite its decision to keep interest rate policy unchanged. The consensus expectation was for an almost unanimous decision to keep rates unchanged, however...
Federal Reserve
It was a rather mixed day for stock markets yesterday with the Dow making another new record close, while the Nasdaq and S&P500 slipped back, after the US Federal Reserve raised rates as expected by 0.25%. Energy stocks were the main laggard after crude oil prices slid back again after...
Pound
US markets once again managed to break records again yesterday, this time the Dow Jones and S&P500 making new record closes, helped by a rebound in financials and the tech sector ahead of today’s latest Federal Reserve rate decision, though the Nasdaq100 remains well below the peaks seen last...
Canadian Dollar
Stock markets around the world ‎have been trying to bounce back from Monday's big selloff. The rebounds have been moderate so far, clawing back up to half of recent losses. Most importantly, the NASDAQ which led the decline has not rebounded more than other US indices. Because of this...
Emmanuel Macron
Having had the weekend to absorb the events of last week, the only questions being asked are how long Prime Minister May can last, and whether next week’s Brexit talks will start as scheduled. It would appear that in the interests of expediency she may well survive in the short...
Theresa May
It’s not been a great night for the pound or the pollsters as against most expectations the Conservatives failed to win an overall majority in an election they were widely expected to stroll. With Brexit talks due to start in a few days’ time there is now some doubt about...
City of London
This week has seen European equity markets drift off, crude oil prices tumble and gold prices hit six-week highs, as investors adopt a safety-first position ahead of today's UK election vote, ECB rate meeting and the testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee. This testimony is expected...
British Pound
With most of the major event risk towards the back end of this week and after record highs last week, investors appear to be taking some money off the table, which in turn also appears to be boosting safe-haven assets like gold, which hit a six-week high just below...
Great British Pound
Last week saw record highs for the German DAX, FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250, largely as a result of some fairly decent economic data on both sides of the channel, though a disappointing US jobs report did prompt some late profit-taking. Friday's disappointing non-farm payrolls report was the second...
US Dollar Japanese Yen
European markets look set for a strong open this morning having started on the front foot yesterday, helped by a continuation of the recent theme of an improving economic environment, as further positive data fuelled a positive start to the month. This rise in US markets saw yet more record...
British Pound
May turned out to be a decent month for the FTSE 100, with regular record highs and its best month this year, despite an underperforming commodities sector, and while US markets closed lower for the second day in succession, they also enjoyed a decent month, with new record highs on...
Crude Oil
It’s been a bit of a strange week for European equity markets with more record highs for the FTSE100 and FTSE250, while the rest of Europe has struggled to make any progress at all, despite significant improvements in the macro economic outlook. The rise in oil prices that we’d seen...
British Pound
European markets underwent another mixed session yesterday ahead of last night’s release of the latest Federal Reserve minutes, while US markets saw another record close for the S&P500 as traders adopted a fairly relaxed demeanour to the latest Fed minutes. In them policymakers outlined a gradual approach to reducing the...
Janet Yellen - Federal Reserve
It’s taken four days but US markets have managed to recover all of the losses seen in last Wednesday’s sharp decline as investors focussed more on the success of President Trump’s overseas trip and less on his domestic woes. The postponement earlier this week of today’s testimony of ex...
Grest British Pound
US stock markets continued their recent rebound yesterday, led by US defence companies after the multibillion dollar deals signed by President Trump in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, while Asia markets traded sideways, seemingly shrugging off reports of a terror attack in Manchester, late last night. While US markets appeared...
US Dollar
While equity markets were able to recover some of their lost ground after last week’s sharp falls, US markets closed lower for the second week in succession, despite posting new record highs, the US dollar wasn’t so fortunate having its worst week in over a year against a basket...
US Dollar
US equities rebounded mildly last night as investors reassessed the likelihood of Trump’s impeachment following Wednesday’s panic selling. Doubts remain over how things will progress in the White House but sentiment has recovered overnight on strong earnings. The US dollar index rebounded 0.48% to the 97.8 area after touching a...
German Economy DAX
With the VIX languishing at multi year lows only a couple of days ago it was perhaps inevitable that the low volatility of the past few weeks would in all likelihood end rather abruptly, with the only unknown being as to what the catalyst might be. As it turns out...
British Pound
Even though we managed to post a marginal new record high for the S&P500, we weren’t able to close the day higher though the Nasdaq continues to defy gravity. As for markets in Europe, the FTSE100 also made new record highs, closing well above the 7,500 level while markets in...
London Stock Exchange
Not surprisingly cybersecurity stocks were popular yesterday in the wake of the “WannaCry” hack and are probably likely to remain so with UK based Sophos hitting new record highs yesterday along with the FTSE100. We’ve heard so much in recent years about the risks of viruses and phishing attacks that...
Oil
US markets had a rather subdued week, with retail woe on the one hand being offset by a fairly buoyant technology sector. There is also some concern that the weak retail data may well be signalling the beginning of a softening in the US economy at precisely the time...
Asian Stocks
The breaking news that the company plan to take over National Australia Bank’s private wealth business in Singapore and Hong Kong – which is expected to add $1.7bn of mortgage loans and $3bn deposit to its portfolio - sent its share price to its highest level in over two...
Brexit
Stocks had a disappointing day yesterday with a weaker bias across the board, despite further gains in the oil price, as a lack of positive drivers weighed on sentiment. It would be ironic in the extreme now that the worst of the political fog appears to have cleared, that we...
Bank of England
After initially slipping back in early trade US markets recovered to trade back near their record highs, shaking off any concerns about the decision by President Trump to summarily dismiss FBI director James Comey. One of the things it has done is polarise opinion on both sides of the political...
London Stock Exchange
While European markets enjoyed a bit of rebound yesterday they didn’t really come close to reversing the Monday post Macron sell-off that came in the aftermath of Sunday’s confirmation of his winning of the French Presidency, though US markets managed to post more new record highs before slipping back...
DAX Board
Monday's market reaction to Emmanuel Macron's win in the French presidential election turned out to be a massive anti-climax, as after opening higher, both equity markets and the euro were unable to build on the gains of the last two weeks, rolling over to finish the day lower in...

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