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Post in Nasdaq leads the way for stock indices
Where are stock markets heading today and next week? Join the discussion: "Hard to call stock indices at present but still valid to work out scenarios to help light the way, if price action follows..."
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Japan and China to repair ties- EMEA Brief 26 Oct
Japan and China sign a bilateral currency swap to improve financial stability
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The ECB to announce its monetary policy amid growing tensions within the Eurozone - EMEA brief 25 Oct
The European Central Bank is announcing its monetary policy today, with expectations that Mario Draghi will confirm that the ECB stands by its plan to end its quantitative easing program by the end of the year.


The euro plunges on Wednesday as concerns over the Eurozone growth continue.


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Elevated volatility and choppy trade - APAC brief 25 Oct
Elevated volatility and choppy trade: Volatility is still elevated. It's one moment up and one moment down. Price action and sentiment is shifting all in the space of a single session. The extreme vacillations in price and sentiment are wrung by the twisting fortunes of the global economy's two major forces: the Chinese and US economies. Day-to-day, markets are playing out like a game of pong, with one side rising only to strike the ball in the opposite direction to send the other diving lower. Once again, a sharp rally in China's equities just prior to its lunch break yesterday fizzled throughout the day, to the chagrin of nonplussed European and North American equity traders. The remainder of Thursday's session since has seen a sea of red, as the bears one again have-their-way with the market.

Risk-off (again): Several causes have been used to rationalise last night's drop in US equities, ranging from fears regarding poor earnings and soft US housing data last night. Nothing major has thus far leapt out as a catalyst however, seeming more like a continuation of the very choppy trend we've watched play out for weeks. Havens maintained their trend higher amidst the risk-off sentiment, pushing US Treasuries (and bond markets in general) higher. The USD has rallied on this basis, diving into the 1.13 handle against the EUR and the 1.28 handle versus the GBP. While Gold prices have remained steady, as traders maintain their hedge against fiat currency risk.
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FTSE topping pattern & implications
The US stock market is still in a sell-off state as the S&P 500 recorded its fifth straight decline, with all other major indices down at least 4.8% for the month of October. How is the FTSE 250 fairing in this environment and does this present a trade opportunity?
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Deutsche Bank kicks-off European Banking Season - EMEA Brief 24 Oct
Deutsche Bank has kicked off the banking season in Europe today as the bank announced a net profit of €229 million, with analysts expecting a profit of €149 million, as the investment bank branch loses ground. Barclays has followed by beating expectations as net income came in at £1 billion vs. £723 million expected, Jes Staley announced he is "very pleased" with the Q3 results.
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Daylight saving times - Changes to opening hours from 28 October
UK and European clocks go back one hour when Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends on Sunday 28 October. From this date until Sunday 4 November, the end of DST in the United States, there are a number of changes to our opening hours.
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Stock Markets Retreat over Rising Geopolitical Tensions - EMEA Brief 23 Oct
Asian stock market retreats as China rally fades a day after Chinese stocks posted their biggest one-day advance in over 2 years. The Hang Seng is down 3.3% whilst the CSI 300 is currently down 3.5%.
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Copper - A worrying outlook for the Global Economy?
Recent global sell-offs and the ongoing US-China trade war have caused copper prices to decline to their weakest levels since July 2017. The price of the metal currently sits at around $6300 a tonne after recovering from its slump below $6000 in August this year. The relationship between prices of base metals and future growth has proved to be evident in the past, so much so that this specific commodity is often referred to as ‘Dr Copper’.
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Options trading
We've recently pushed out a new options interface to our HTML5 trading platform for all UK spread betting and Pro-CFD users, as well as Australia, Dubai, Singapore and South Africa. Feel free to post any honest feedback – good or bad –  and I'll send it in the direction of the options desk.
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Post in Gold & Silver in a LT rally
What are your thoughts on precious metals? "I am currently anticipating a retrace further down prior to a strong rally phase for both Gold and Silver.  This could happen if one of 2 scenarios as follows..."
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Dividend adjustment 22 Oct - 29 Oct
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 22 Oct 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section.
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Chinese Markets Rebound on Government Support - EMEA Brief 22 Oct
Chinese stock have rallied with the Shanghai Composite Index gaining more than 4% as officials attempt to support the market as GDP figures last week fell short of the 6.6% growth target by 0.1%
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Market sentiment - APAC brief 22 Oct
Markets put in a mixed day on Friday. The results for global equities were generally poor, but absent were any violent swings in market activity. Individual regions traded -off apparently their own idiosyncratic drivers, characteristic of the diverse web of risks plaguing investors.
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US-China empire building, Eurozone stability, Brexit - DFX Key Themes
Three key topics to keep an eye on this week: The Euro’s Fundamental Path is Growing More Complicated. Brexit Risk Jumps after EU Summit, Rumor of Border Breakthrough, Protests and New Credit Ratings. The United States and China Jostling for Economic Supremacy.
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China Growth Falls Below Expectations - EMEA Brief 19 Oct
China recorded its slowest growth in a quarter for almost a decade. GDP growth year-on-year came in at 6.5% down from estimates of 6.6%, largely down to the continued trade war with the U.S. and high debt levels.
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Legalisation results in Cannabis Stock Slip - EMEA Brief 18 Oct
Cannabis stocks slipped after Canada’s legalisation. Aurora Cannabis Inc posting a 15% slide shortly after market opened yesterday. Popular ETFs ETFMG Alternative Harvest and Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences also saw decreases
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Brexit EU Summit - EMEA Brief 17 Oct
The UK is back in focus today, with inflation data likely to build upon yesterday’s jobs numbers to build a picture of the pressures on the BoE. With average earnings on the rise, the predicted fall in inflation could actually provide a positive differential between wages and the cost of living, thus raising real wages. UK wages grow at their quickest pace in nearly 10 years. The level of pay rose by 3.1% from the three months prior to August and a fall of 47,000 to 1.36million in unemployment levels.The EU summit will shift the market mindset back to Brexit, with the EU having allowed Theresa May the opportunity to find a solution to break the deadlock.
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Signs of life - APAC brief 17 Oct
It's still early days, but investors appear to have regained their nerve overnight. The Asian session was tepid, to be sure, however a rally in European and US equities reveal a market that has found its appetite for equities again.

As the existing narrative would imply, much of this was underpinned by a fresh appetite for rate-sensitive US big tech stocks, which according to the NASDAQ, rallied almost 3 per cent overnight, leading both the Dow Jones and S&P in the realms of 2 per cent higher.

Implied volatility fell, but remains relatively high at around 18, so of course it would be foolish to claim the recent sell-off is authoritatively through.
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UK Data to forecast stability going into Brexit talks? - EMEA Brief 16 Oct
U.K. monthly average earnings and monthly unemployment release today at 9:30 BST. Earnings forecast to be stable at 2.6% whilst the unemployment rate is forecast to be 4%. The releases could be an important signal to the current economic health of the UK.
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Hurricane season in the US - Where to look for trading opportunities
Hurricane Michael is already regarded as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit US. The worst hit areas of Florida’s northwest coast saw significant damage to residential property, along with President Trump authorizing FEMA to step in and coordinate disaster efforts. 

Even though the worst might have already passed, the 2018 North Atlantic hurricane season is likely to have sizable effect for the next seven weeks. The effect on the markets can be notable around this time, with the following sectors likely to see an increase in volatility.
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Does volatility affect IPOs?
The music entertainment arm of Tencent, which has 800 million users across a variety of platforms in China, had originally planned to go public in the United States imminently. The IPO was initially set to launch as soon as this week but has now reportedly been delayed because of the recent global sell-off. It is not the first company to pull out or postpone an IPO in the recent weeks, and whilst Tencent have declined to comment on the decision, it’s likely to be on the back of volatility seen in the equity markets.
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