Mark Carney will stay on as the BoE (Bank of England) governor until the end of January 2020 to help the UK through any Brexit turbulence.
Unilever laid out plans for it's December listing as a new Dutch entity, initiated originally due to Brexit risks.
China is set to request the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hit the US with good duties. Dollar slips.
Oil prices have risen following a report that the US crude inventories are set to decline.
Whilst top oil produce
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Thursday 24 December
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Friday 25 December
All markets closed.
Theresa May will begin the five days of her House of Commons debate today, culminating in a historic vote on her Brexit compromise deal on December 11.
The Dow Jones closed 1.13% higher at 25,826.43 yesterday, whilst both the S&P and Nasdaq posted gains of 1.09% and 1.51 percent, respectively.
Asian shares fell on Tuesday as the optimism gathered from the US-China trade truce ends over doubts of a final resolution: the Hang Seng lost 0.3% as the ASX gave up 0.8% and Japan's Nik
A lack of trade war news is jumped on by Asian equity markets which rally for a third consecutive session.
Boris Johnson follows David Davis and resigns from his position of Foreign Secretary sparking speculation of a rebellion.
Oil dropped yesterday after Merkel and Li commit to Iran nuclear deal, before supply shortages and strikes in of oil workers in Norway aided the reversal for brent and WTI to finish up.
Gold prices inch up amid the continued Brexit uncertainty, whils
Asian equities are modestly up as investors price in strong US job report and president Trump’s optimism on trade talks. The top performer was Japan’s Topix index which was up 1% at 3:32 GMT, following a weaker Yen. Major markets across Asia will close for part or all of the week as the region heads into Lunar New Year holidays.
India NSE Nifty 50 is down 0.5% as of 5:15 GMT as investors evaluate the populist push in the government’s last federal budget. India is set to cut taxes to middl
Written by Kyle Rodda - IG Australia
Week starts soft: Global equities are down to start the new week. The stories driving the overnight moves are slightly different, but the themes remain the same: the dual risks of higher global interest rates and the prospect of slower global growth has put the bears (at least momentarily) back in control. It can feel repetitive to keep having to reel-off this story. Slower growth, higher rates, slower growth, higher rates – the message keeps echoing thr
Weeks Left of Liquidity, A Laundry List of Unresolved Fundamental Threats
We have officially closed out November Friday and we are now heading into the final month of the trading year. Historically, December is one of the most reserved months of the calendar year with strong positive returns for benchmark risk assets like the S&P 500 along with a sharp drop in volume and significant drop in traditional volatility measures (like the VIX index). There is a natural, structural reason for t
Asian shares down. China sees GDP growth data for Q2 soften which fuels fears as trade war row concerns build.
Trump and Putin will sit down today for their first ever summit. Remarks from the pair could boost defence stocks.
May's Brexit brings another MP resignation as the trade bill fight looms over the government.
The UK's Rightmove house price index was published this morning and shows continued stalling and devaluation in London’s housing market. This could be seen as
China trade war escalates as new tariffs kick in: U.S. economy set to slow from here on, damaged by trade war
EM ASIA FX soften as dollar recovers after falling for six straight sessions
Wall Street sets record for longest bull run in history; Key S&P 500 index passes landmark as it goes 3,453 days without major correction
Brexit contingency plan papers released; Brexit could be good news for Britain's farmers
Australian dollar drops as three government ministers
Geopolitics is already shaping-up as the major driver of financial markets this week. Data is rather light, with the US Federal Reserve’s meeting on Thursday morning (AEST) the centrepiece of an economic calendar otherwise filled with a handful of central-bank-head speeches and a meeting of the RBNZ. Hence, traders will find themselves sucked into a vacuum that can only be filled by noise surround the global economy’s biggest contemporary international-political hot-points. The break-down in tal
A flowless rally: It’s being dubbed the “flowless rally”. Equities are ticking higher, but without the fundamental buying-support one might assume. This is especially so when considering the milestone achieved on Wall Street on Friday. Finally, the 2815 resistance level has tumbled, and the bulls have cautiously, quietly rejoiced. There are yellow flags popping up here and there, however, and that is making participants wary. It goes back to this “flowless rally” business: the latest leg of glob
Yesterday saw further pessimism from corporate giants as the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Macy's Inc and BlackRock Inc cut profit forecasts.
Geely Group halves 9.7% stake in Daimler AG.
Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group to buy Flybe for £2.2million after Flybe profit warning saw shares prices tumble in October 2018. A fall from which it hasn't recovered.
Trump announced intention to bypass Congress by declaring a national emergency in order to fund wall. This comes as gover
Stocks pull back in the Asian overnight market after a tepid close of Wall Street last night.
Bellwether metals copper and zinc, along with other industrial metals, continue their rally as investors and traders focus on increasing demand rather than US-Sino relations.
Rio Tinto announced a $3.2bn share buyback scheme, and whilst the Anglo-Australian miner saw 3.2% gain the ASX didn’t follow suit and ended down slightly. Potential swings on the UK Rio listing on the open.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both set new records, passing the 2900 and 8000 mark respectively for the first time in their history.
Focus shifts on talks between the US and Canada on an updated NAFTA, which could be signed in the coming days.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is now in Washington to carry out negotiations.
The previously announced deadline for Brexit talks set for the 18th of October may not be feasible, as rumors spread that it may now be postpone
The Asian market index futures boards are seeing a sea of red on the back of continued EM anxieties.
Dollar seeing pressure as European peers are bid up.
Tesla stock slips as investor worries deepen, whilst the Tesla bond hits a record low.
Uber on track for an IPO in 2019, however there are no plans to sell it's tech unit according to CEO.
Goldman have dropped bitcoin trading plans for now according to reports. Crypto space crashes.
Gold seeing an increase in
Nissan shares fell more than 5% following Chairman Carlos Ghosn being placed under arrest for allegedly violating Japanese financial law
Societe Generale SA settles sanctions violation case with US authorities agreeing to pay $1.34 billion
Talk talk hackers who caused massive data breach affecting 1.6 million customer accounts in 2015 have been jailed for cyber crimes
Oil prices ended on a high yesterday, as EU reported to back French sanctions on Iran
Dow Jones tu
Bitcoin hit year low falling below $3,500 after a 11% dive.
Chip stocks in Europe and Asia tumbled after the arrest of Huawei CFO . AMS dived 7%, STMicroelectronics fell 4% and Dialog Semiconductor slid 3%.
Dow rebounds after falling 780 points ending the day only slightly lower yesterday.
10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.83% amid stock sell-off compared to the beginning of the week where it was above 3%.
Non-Farm payrolls today expected to have expanded by 198,00 i
Global equity markets are shining with the Japanese Nikkei hitting an 8-month high, Chinese shares on course to make their biggest weekly gains in 2 years, and a strong earnings outlook expected to continue.
US stock market also looks to continue it's march to record highs are strong fund inflows support the market. Figures released on Thursday by EPFR Global quoted a $14.5bn inflow.
The Hong Kong dollar (pegged to that of the USD) strengthened early Friday ahead of the US Federal
The price of Bitcoin jumped 23% on Tuesday, surpassing the $5,000 line and hitting its highest level in almost 5 months in just under an hour. This sudden surge caught investors off guard as Cryptocurrencies' volatile sessions, which were popular at the beginning of last year, have now become a rare occasion. The trigger of this rally is unknown, which is common with unregulated assets, but other digital currencies followed suit, as Ethereum surged 12% and Ripple gained 6.5%.
The US and
The Turkish lira crashes yesterday as the central bank decided to keep rates unchanged despite soaring inflation.
The UK housing market looks to remain stagnant as figures released by HMRC showed housing transactions slipped last month by as much as 3%. House sales were down nearly 6% YoY. Housing market data in the US set to release today, so keep an eye out at 12 midday and 3pm for mortgage apps and new home sales figures.
Banking shares continue to gain globally. Metro bank has
Dolce and Gobbana tension rises as their goods are no longer available on a few Chinese e-commerce sites, including Taobao and JD. Com.
Spain threatens to vote against the Brexit deal as they request that any decisions in relation to the territory of Gibraltar to only be discussed directly with Madrid. EU negotiators are meeting today to try and resolve this before the summit taking place on Sunday
Asian markets show a decline with the Shanghai composite falling 2.25%, the Shenzhe
The U.S. Government has seen turmoil over the weekend after "Trump's Wall" disagreement on Friday resulted in a government shutdown.
Trump will be bringing in the new year with new Defence Secretary. Patrick Shanahan will replace James Mattis on 1st January, earlier than expected.
The end of the year sees further stock slumps, particularly for 2018 tech IPOs. Domo plummeting 25%, Zscaler tumbling 18% and Zurora and SurveyMonkey falling over 10%
Asian Stocks saw a mixed Mond
In the Aftermath of the Fed
The baton has been dropped. The Federal Reserve was by far the most aggressive major central bank through this past financial epoch (the last decade) to embrace ‘normalization’ of its monetary policy following its extraordinary infusion of support through rate cuts and quantitative easing (QE). Over the past three years, the central bank has raised its benchmark rate range 225 basis points and slowly began to reverse the tide of its enormous balance sheet. As of
Turkeys government has said it would provide liquidity and cut reserve requirements to Turkish banks yesterday. Lira drops.
MSCI world equity index which tracks shares in 47 countries across the globe, down 1.1% yesterday and subdued overnight.
Nikkei bounces 2.3% overnight.
Deutsche Bank pointed to 5 lenders most at risk in the country due to a ‘meaningful presence’ - BBVA, UCG, ING, BNPP, and HSBC - the latter of which was down 0.72% on the closing bell yesterday.
Ending a Trade War is a Windfall for Growth?
US and Chinese trade officials met this past week to lay the groundwork for another attempt to push for a breakthrough in the superpowers’ ongoing trade war. These are lower level meetings aimed at finding concessions and terms for which Trump and Xi would eventually sign off on. With over $350 billion in goods from both countries saddled with import taxes, the economic toll the engagement is exacting is starting to show through in data. In the
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