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The Week Ahead On The Markets

Week commencing 3 January Chris Beauchamp’s insight The first week of the new year begins quietly, but it rapidly heats up. Key data such as China PMI figures and US ISM numbers are matched by the monthly US ADP and NFP reports, as the focus on the global economy and inflation returns. Corporate news remains quiet, although UK retail giant Next is the first of the sector to

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What To Expect From Global Markets In 2022

What To Expect From Global Markets In 2022 EconomyDec 30, 2021      By Laura Sanchez Investing.com - The year 2021 may have marked a real turning point in the markets. The coronavirus continues to spread via a new variant, while the threat of high inflation is increasing. Cryptocurrencies are back in the forefront of investors' minds, commodities have soared and currencies are facing volatility. Equity markets, on the other hand, have conti

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2021: The Year in Review

2021: The Year in Review EconomyDec 30, 2021  By Peter Nurse, Liz Moyer, Sam Boughedda and Yasin Ebrahim Investing.com -- The year 2021 is rapidly drawing to a close, and while it has been a significant improvement, market-wise, to the previous year, there was plenty of volatility along the way. As we move into 2022, here's a look back at the year that was. First Quarter: Biden arrives January: The new year started as the old on

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Tesla Stock Price: What to Expect in 2022

Dec 28, 2021 By: James Blakeway, Tastytrade Tesla’s (TSLA) 2021 return of 57% may not be quite as impressive as the parabolic, 740% return of 2020, but it still stands out against indices like the Nasdaq-100 and S&P 500. Tesla now sits firmly in the top 10 components of both indices, making it a target of investors and traders around the world as everyone waits to see what 2022 will bring for the dominant electric vehicle manufacturer. Despite being a car maker, there’s b

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Tech Stocks Lead Wall Street to Record High, Gold Prices Up on Inflation Bets

WALL STREET, TECH STOCKS, GOLD, US DOLLAR, CRUDE OIL – TALKING POINTS: S&P 500 surges to record high in thin trade on hopes for strong holiday sales Gold prices up as inflation expectations rise, pulling real interest rates lower Crude oil prices up in risk-on trade, eyeing API data as chart resistance nears Wall Street returned from the Christmas holiday in a chipper mood, with the bellwether S&P 500 stock index surging 1.38 percent on Monday. That move saw

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Dividend Adjustments 27th December 2021 - 3rd January 2022

Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 27th December 2021. These are projected dividends and likely to change. IG cannot be held responsible for any changes made. Dividends highlighted in red include a special dividend, therefore some or all of the amount will not be adjusted. Amount in brackets is the expected adjustment after special dividends excluded (where shown on major indices). Dividend adjustments due to be posted

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4 charts show the current state of the Covid pandemic heading into 2022

Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, reported daily infections are rising again as the omicron variant spreads rapidly around the world, in countries ranging from the U.S. and the U.K. to South Africa and Australia. The World Health Organization labeled omicron a variant of concern. While much remains unknown about it, the WHO warned that the variant is spreading “significantly faster” than the delta strain and could change the course of the pandemic.   Stil

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FTSE 100, British Pound (GBP) Nudge Higher on Positive News Flow

FTSE 100 and GBP/USD Price, Chart, and Analysis Omicron may not be as severe as the Delta variant, according to recent studies. US Q3 GDP data beat market expectations. The FTSE 100 is trading around 0.4% higher in early turnover mirroring gains seen in the US yesterday and Asian markets overnight. News from South Africa that the risk of hospitalization from Omicron is substantially lower than the Delta variant, echoed by new studies from the Universities of Edinb

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DXY Index Weakens as US Dollar has Mixed Fortunes Before PCE Data. Will it Recover?

US DOLLAR, CHF/JPY, CRUDE OIL, OMICRON, CHINA, US DATA - TALKING POINTS: The US Dollar tumbled back inside key range as sentiment lifted. Encouraging Omicron study results lifted commodities and associated currencies. Equities moved higher ahead of US data. Will USD resume its uptrend? The US Dollar weakened against commodities and commodity-linked currencies while it fared better against the defensive Japanese Yen. With risk currencies appreciating, an unusual m

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Gold Prices Eye PCE Data but the XAU/XAG Ratio Shows Silver Primed to Outperform

GOLD, SILVER, XAU/USD, XAG/USD, GOLD-SILVER RATIO, BREAKEVEN RATES, PCE - TALKING POINTS Gold prices gain on flatter yield curve and rising breakeven rates Silver prices look set to outperform looking at the XAU/XAG ratio PCE data due out tonight may influence Treasuries, breakeven rates Gold and Silver charts look poised for more strength after overnight gains Gold prices are slightly firmer through the early Asia-Pacific trading session after a str

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The Future of Gold Miners: Bright or Lackluster?

Dec 22, 2021 By: James Blakeway, Tastytrade Gold investors saw back-to-back double digit returns for 2019 and 2020, at 18% and 25% respectively. Perhaps more impressive were the returns of the gold miner ETFs which outpaced both the Gold ETF (GLD) and S&P 500 (SPY) for the 2019, 2020 stretch. Whether utilizing the larger gold miners (GDX) or the small-cap, “junior” miners (GDXJ), investor had an impressive two-year run as miners were seemingly propelled by general stock index eupho

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British Pound (GBP) – Mixed UK Q3 GDP Data, GBP/USD Nudges Higher

GBP/USD Price, Chart, and Analysis Mixed UK Q3 GDP data lends Sterling a small bid. Market liquidity continues to thin ahead of the holiday period. The UK economy grew by 1.1% between July and September this year, missing prior forecasts of 1.3% growth. The annualized rate however beta prior forecasts – 6.8% compared to 6.6% - due to an upward revision in the 2020 numbers. The latest data shows the UK economy is now 1.5% below where it was pre-coronavirus at Q4 20

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Nasdaq Pullback: Where’s the Santa Claus Rally?

Nasdaq Pullback Dec 20, 2021 By: James Blakeway, Tastytrade Whether you want to blame it on the spread of the Omicron variant and impending global lockdowns or the upcoming slowdown of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program, the broad stock indices are taking a turn. Gone are the days of back-to-back, nonstop rallies in the S&P 500, Nasdaq-100 and Russell 2000, for now at least. The S&P and Nasdaq hit all-time highs on November 22nd, while the Russell found its high

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Impact of Bank of England Rate Hikes on FTSE 100, FTSE 250, GBP/USD, GBP/EUR

GBP, FTSE 100, FTSE 250, BOE Analysis and News BoE Rate Liftoff Despite BoE’s Cautious Communication Historical Performance of UK Assets During BoE Hiking Cycles The Bank of England surprised market participants yet again by raising interest rates by 15bps to 0.25%. I say surprised given that ahead of the December meeting, notorious MPC hawk, such as Saunders cast doubts over a rate rise, having mentioned the potential advantages of delaying a hike in order to assess the i

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