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  1. Theresa May has scheduled another vote on her Brexit deal following the latest round of voting on the house of commons as MP’s voted last night to extend article 50. It still remains to be seen whether this extension will be agreed to by the EU. The US senate has voted to prevent funding for Trump’s border wall, the main sticking point of the government shutdown at the beginning of the year, potentially setting up a veto from the president. The FTSE was up 0.5% yesterday but most of that came at the market open following Wednesdays vote that a no-deal situation wouldn’t be accepted. Asian markets traded higher yesterday with the Hang Seng gaining 0.83% and the Nikkei up 0.77%. Reports of an official visit from the Chinese president were linked to potential trade talks which gave markets some buoyancy. Tesla have announced a new vehicle, the Model Y, an SUV with a forecasted starting price of $47,000 Brent and US crude were up 0.27% and 0.31% respectively as OPEC pushed for supply cuts yesterday Gold lost over 1% yesterday as the dollar strengthened on the possibility of trade war progress between the US and China Asian overnight: Asian market traded in the green overnight, with the Australian ASX 200 once again providing the outlier to the overall market direction. Trade talk concerns have reared their head this week, with the meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump being pushed back to April at the earliest. However, we have since seen the Chinese media reporting on substantive progress, with Beijing passing a new law that allows greater foreign investment into the country. The session also saw the release of foreign direct investment data, with the growth rate rising to 5.5%. Elsewhere, we saw the BoJ rate decision, with the bank maintaining rates as expected, yet offered a bleaker assessment of trade for the Asian powerhouse. UK, US and Europe: Today sees a likely calm end to a hectic week, with the third and final Brexit vote taking place yesterday that ended in a request to the EU for an extension to article 50. The final eurozone CPI figures are released this morning, while a number of tier two figures such as the Empire state manufacturing survey, industrial production, and Michigan consumer sentiment are released in the US. However, markets will instead be looking for drivers from the US and UK in the form of shifting sentiment around Brexit and trade talks. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 10am – eurozone CPI (February): expected to 0.3% MoM and 1.5% YoY, and core CPI to be 1%, down from 1.1% YoY. Market to watch: EUR crosses 2pm – US Michigan consumer sentiment (March): confidence index to fall to 93 from 93.8. Market to watch: USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Restaurant Group saw a 51% fall in annual pre-tax profit for 2018, to £13.9 million, though revenue was up 1% at £686 million. Like-for-like sales were down 2%. JD Wetherspoon said that first-half profits fell 18.9% to £50.3 million, while revenue rose 7.1% to £889.6 million, while like-for-like sales rose 6.3%. Higher wages hurt profits, and labour costs are expected to rise in the second half of the year. Berkeley Group has restated its guidance for full-year pre-tax profit to grow 8% as weaker demand in London and the south-east hits performance. Cerved upgraded to buy at HSBC Dufry upgraded to buy at Baader Helvea GEA Group upgraded to overweight at Barclays Galenica upgraded to buy at Kepler Cheuvreux Britvic downgraded to neutral at Citi Cairn Energy downgraded to sector perform at RBC Leroy downgraded to sell at DNB Markets Wirecard downgraded to sell at Citi IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  2. Developments have been made in the US-China trade war with Trump announcing ‘substantial progress’ has been made by both sides resulting in the hike on Chinese imports being delayed. Theresa May is set to meet world leaders in Egypt later today. Yesterday she announced there will be a new vote on her deal by the 12th of March but has faced criticism that this is just 17 days before the deadline. Asian markets have rallied on the back of the trade war announcement, with the Shanghai Composite raised over 6% The yen has softened as investors have come away from the safe-haven currency. The Australian dollar has seen gains as a result. Oil has remained relatively flat with US exports at all time highs however the trade war could see some optimism on increased demand. Kraft Heinz are said to be considering selling their Maxwell House coffee business following last week’s announcement that there are being investigated by the SEC which caused their shares to fall 27%. Huawei have released a video of their folding phone named the ‘Mate X’. As with the Samsung version, both phones are testing price points at the higher end of the market with the Mate X being priced at £2000 which should be available mid-2019. Asian overnight: Chinese markets saw huge gains overnight, as Donald Trump called for a delay to the ramp up in tariffs on Chinese goods, citing progress on many of the top issues faced by the two sides. No new deadline was set, yet with the president calling for a potential meeting between himself and President Xi Jinping to finale a deal, we appear to be moving into the endgame. This sent the yuan to a new seven-month high against the dollar. Data-wise, overnight retail sales figures from New Zealand spiked sharply, negating the weak figure from the previous quarter. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, we are set for a very quiet start to the week, with an appearance from Mark Carney providing the one event of note. For the most part, we are likely to see market feed off the positive sentiment provided by the overnight announcement from Donald Trump. South Africa: Global equity markets are trading firmer this morning after US president Donald Trump confirmed that he would extend the deadline of a trade truce between the US and China (previously set for 1 March). The Shanghai Composite has added 5.3% in early trade. Emerging market currencies have renewed strength as risk appetite improves in the short term. The dollar is weaker and in turn we are seeing commodity prices trading mostly firmer on the day. Tencent is trading flat in Asia, suggestive of a similar start for major holding company Naspers. The BHP Group is up 0.9% in Australia, suggestive of a positive start for local diversified resource counters. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 1.30pm – US Chicago Fed national activity index (January): forecast to fall to 0.1 from 0.3. Market to watch: USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Provident Financial has rejected a bid from rival Non-Standard Finance, calling the bid a ‘highly opportunistic approach’. Bunzl reported a 6% rise in full-year adjusted pre-tax profit, boosted by small acquisitions and growing business in North America. Separately, it said that it had acquired US firm Liberty Glove & Safety, for an undisclosed sum. Associated British Foods said that it would deliver first-half growth in all of its businesses apart from sugar. Adjusted operating profit is expected to fall slightly, offset by lower net financial expenses. Roche is set to buy Spark Therapeutics for $4.8 billion. BW LPG upgraded to buy at SEB Equities Oriola upgraded to accumulate at Inderes Rheinmetall upgraded to buy at Pareto Securities Elekta downgraded to underweight at JPMorgan Fresenius Medical cut to neutral at MainFirst Retail Estates cut to hold at Bank Degroof Petercam IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. 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  3. The AUD continues to trade lower following the Chinese ban of Australian coal to its Dalian port. The ASX has benefited for the weaker exchange rate as it is trading at its highest level since October. Trump yesterday tweeted about not inhibiting technology from coming to the US with specific references to 5G networks implemented by the Chinese firm Huawei. This suggests a softer stance towards the Chinese firm which recently saw governments stating they would no longer allow the company to be involved with their infrastructure upgrades. Brexit woes have continued as more conservative members have warned they may rebel against the party in order to stop a no-deal Brexit. Amendments for Wednesday the 27th include a vote on preventing a no-deal Brexit and a vote to delay the deadline at the end of March. The Dow fell 100 points yesterday on the back of poor economic data. USD durable goods orders missed forecasts by 0.5% whilst existing homes sales fell by 1.2% when they were expected to rise 0.2% The FTSE followed suit with a loss of 0.85% over the main session. UK Net public sector borrowing was up over 4.5 billion. Brent and WTI oil both softened yesterday on US data. US inventories rose to over 450 million barrels and production has reached 12 million barrels per day, the highest production rate any country has ever achieved. Cotton is trading 3.7% higher following trade talk discussions with the US that stated they have committed to buying $30 billion of US agricultural goods. Kraft Heinz has fallen over 20% as they have disclosed they are cutting their dividend and announcing they have been served a subpoena by the SEC in relation to their procurement accounting policies. The search engine Baidu gained over 4% yesterday as they beat earnings estimates by 18c per share Asian overnight: A mixed affair in Asia saw Chinese and Australian gains despite losses throughout Japan and Hong Kong. The US-China trade war remains the hot topic, with Donald Trump now scheduled to meet with the top Chinese negotiator, Liu He. Fears over the rejection of Australian coal in China has not been allayed, with coal miners understandably losing ground over the course of the session. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the focus remains on the eurozone, with the and final CPI and German Ifo business climate figures expected to bring euro volatility. Meanwhile, the afternoon sees Canadian retail sales followed by appearances from a host of Fed members. Crude traders will be keen to watch for the Baker Hughes rig count figure too South Africa: After a soft close for US markets overnight, Index futures out of the region are starting to rebound this morning as are Chinese equity markets. US China trade talks continue today, while the UK is expected to ask the EU for an extension on the Brexit deadline. It is an otherwise light calendar, in terms of scheduled economic data. The dollar has softened slightly to aid gains in commodity prices. The rand has managed to claw back further strength and trade back below the R14/$ mark. Tencent Holdings is down 0.6% in Asia, suggestive of a similar start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Group is 0.4% lower in Australia suggestive of a flat to lower start for local miners. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 9am – German IFO index (February): business climate index to fall to 98.5 from 99.1. Markets to watch: EUR crosses 10am – eurozone CPI (January, final): CPI to fall to 1.4% from 1.6% YoY. Markets to watch: EUR crosses 5:30pm ECB President Draghi Speaks (EU)Market to watch EUR Crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Centrica has renewed a series of debt facilities worth a combined £4.2 billion with 21 banks. The new debt will mature in February 2024. Pearson reported a 46% rise in annual profit for 2018, to £590 million, although adjusted operating profit was down 5% to £546 million. The dividend was raised by 8% to 13p per share. Merlin Entertainments has sold its Australian ski resorts to Vail Resorts for £95 million. Dairy Crest has agreed to a takeover by Canada’s Saputo Inc for £975 million, or 620p in cash for each Dairy Crest share. Codemasters upgraded to buy at Berenberg DKSH raised to neutral at Credit Suisse DNB upgraded to overweight at Morgan Stanley Leroy upgraded to buy at Fearnley Centrica downgraded to neutral at Goldman KAZ Minerals downgraded to sell at VTB Capital Nordea cut to equal-weight at Morgan Stanley Retail Estates cut to hold at Kepler Cheuvreux IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. 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  4. Another shutdown of the US government has reportedly been avoided in the latest round of negotiations. Following the longest shutdown in the history of the US at the start of this year, the government was opened temporarily whilst budget negotiations continue. US markets had a mixed session yesterday with the Dow down 0.21% but the S&P and Nasdaq marginally higher at 0.13% and 0.07% gains respectively. Could the end of shutdown fears spur a rally in today’s session? With a subdued session in most of yesterdays major markets, the Nikkei was the stand out from the crowd with a gain of 2.61%. The gain saw the index rebound from its monthly low on the back of strong demand for automakers and machinery makers as well as a weaker yen. UK economic growth over the last 3 months was the weakest since 2012 which is thought to be attributed to global and Brexit worries. Meanwhile, a study has claimed British companies have diverted £8 billion to the EU amid the uncertainty. Brent and WTI were up 0.37% and 0.29% respectively. El Molla, the Egyptian petroleum minister has said that he believes $60-70 is a fair price for a barrel of oil. Gold has firmed slightly following a pull back of the US dollar amid ongoing US-China trade talks London Cocoa was up over 2% yesterday but there are concerns that this may be short lived as it tests its resistance level seen over the past 6 months. Iron Ore has retreated from its 2 year high following a 20% in the past week. Ocado has begun to claw back some of their lost market cap following last weeks warehouse fire. The food delivery company is now trading at the price it was 2 weeks ago. Plus 500 shares have fallen over 30% following the announcement that they expect to miss earnings expectations which they attribute mainly to tightening regulations by the EU. Asian overnight: Japanese markets were playing catch up overnight following Monday’s bank holiday, with both the Nikkei and Topix rising 2% over the course of the session. Sentiment is likely to be guided by any developments in trade talks between the US and China, yet at least we are seeing tentative signs of a possible breakthrough in negotiations to avoid another government shutdown. This has helped the dollar to rise to the highest level since December yesterday. However, while a deal appears to have been reached, it is still down to President Trump to approve that deal. Sentiment is likely to be guided by any developments in trade talks between the US and China... UK, US and Europe: In the latest of Brexit woes, a ferry contract has been cancelled with the company Seaborne Freight. The deal received criticism as the company owned no ships and had never ran a ferry service before. A fund of £102 million was used to reduce congestion on the Dover port in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The government asserted that the procurement process which involved companies submitting bids for the funds was done competitively and that the Department of Transport acted transparently. Looking ahead, central bankers are in focus, with appearances from Jens Weidmann, Mark Carney, and Jerome Powell will dominate sentiment. Coming at a time where global growth is slowing and inflation is also on the slide, markets will be watching intently for any more dovish signals from these prominent central bankers. South Africa: Markets have found some solace in news that the US policymakers had reached a tentative deal which looks to avert the commencement of another government shutdown later this week. Markets will now look to the next bout of trade talks this week ahead of the March 1 deadline (before US raises import tariffs again) for resolve on the matter. Our local bourse is trading firmer on the improved global market sentiment although the rand remains weakened as the dollar remains firm. Industrial rand hedge counters have been the play (in the short term) leading our local bourse higher while, financial and retail counters have proven to be more vulnerable to rand weakening. Metal prices trade mixed this morning with precious metals slightly higher and most base metals slightly lower. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 11.30pm – Westpac Australia consumer confidence (February): index to fall to 99.2 from 99.6. Markets to watch: AUD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Nissan's net income for the last quarter fell 76% TUI suffered a fiscal Q1 loss of €83.6 million for underlying earnings, compared to a €36.7 million loss a year earlier. Weather conditions and a weaker pound hit margins. AA said that its motor insurance business saw strong growth for the full year, with policies up 16% to 731,000, but roadside breakdown members fell 2% to 3.21 million. Capital expenditure and full-year earnings are expected to be in line with guidance. Stagecoach has agreed a new short-term rail franchise with the UK Department for Transport, running from 3 March until 18 August. Debenhams has secured financing of £40 million as it looks to renegotiate debts with lenders and accelerate plans for store closures in the latest of British high street stores to face difficulties. Softbank have invested $940 million in Nuro a self-driving delivery service. Galp upgraded to neutral at Goldman Leoni upgraded to buy at Quirin Privatbank AG Polymetal upgraded to neutral at JPMorgan Rio Tinto upgraded to buy at Goldman BHP Group downgraded to neutral at Goldman Britvic cut to equal-weight at Morgan Stanley Spire Healthcare downgraded to underperform at Credit Suisse Fiat Chrysler downgraded to add at AlphaValue IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. 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  5. MP’s have voted to remove the Irish backstop and remove the possibility of a No-Deal Brexit in the latest round of Commons voting. Venezuela’s Maduro is reported to have said he is ready to talk to the opposition. This could hopefully stop the escalation of unrest in Venezuela which yesterday saw defectors calling on the Trump administration to arm them against Maduro, labelling him a dictator. The FTSE gained 1.75% yesterday whilst the Dow gained 0.8% Meanwhile the Hang Seng was up 0.97% yesterday but as at the time of writing it has shown a retracement of those gains. A similar pattern is shown by the Nikkei with yesterday’s gain at 0.83% Gold is continuing to trade at its 8-month high with a 0.89% gain so far this week. Part of this gain is attributed to the expected US Fed announcement to pause rate changes. The announcement is tonight 7pm GMT. Oil edged higher yesterday after the US announced sanctions on Venezuelan oil firms on Monday however it remains relatively flat overall due to wider concerns of slowing global growth. Apple earnings marginally beat expectations with $4.18 EPS compared to $4.17 expected. Their share price gained over 4.5% as a result. Pfizer also beat earnings by 1 cent with expectations being 63c per share compared to 64 achieved. Whilst also making a loss in their 4th quarter their shares gained almost 6% as their CEO stated their products in development are the best in their history. Asian overnight: Asian markets have experienced a largely downbeat session, as minimal gains in Australia and the Hang Seng did little to make up for wider losses throughout China and Japan. This tells us a lot about the tone and expectations for the US-China trade talks which get underway later today. The tragic dam accident in Brazil has driven iron ore prices higher overnight, as markets attempt to quantify the impact on supply. This spike helped boost the mining sector, driving the ASX 200 into the green. Meanwhile, the pound has been gaining ground in the wake of yesterday’s Parliamentary votes, with two amendments managing to garner enough votes to gain approval. However, while Parliament voted to avoid a no-deal Brexit and possibly seek an alternative to the backstop, it is unlikely that Theresa May is going to get any concessions when she returns to EU (as happenend after her last humiliating defeat in parliament). MP's have agreed they want to remove the backstop agreement... UK, US and Europe: Today looks set to be a busy one, with the mainstay of hard-hitting economic data points coming out of the US in the afternoon. German CPI is speculated to bring a sharp decline in inflation for Europe’s largest economy. However, all eyes will be on the likes of the ADP payrolls figure, alongside the first FOMC meeting of 2019. Given the recent slowdown, all eyes will be on Powell to see quite exactly how dovish a shift we are going to see as we shift more onto a data-dependent policy for rates. Also keep an eye out for US crude inventories, with a second build expected after last week’s sharp rise. On the corporate front, earnings releases from the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, and McDonald’s should ensure that sentiment is at least in part driven by individual equities. Following a largely negative night of voting on amendments to the Brexit deal, one of the few things MP’s have agreed on in that they want to replace the backstop arrangement. The amendment was passed with 317 to 301 votes, other votes came close to passing but ultimately failed to gain a majority in the House of Commons. MP’s also voted to reject the possibility of a no deal Brexit (although non-binding) which passed with a majority of 8 votes. As a result, Jeremy Corbyn has said he will begin discussions with Theresa May which were originally delayed until the possibility of ‘no deal’ was removed. South Africa: After UK parliament has rejected the proposed Brexit deal presented by Theresa may, the British Prime Minister will now go back to the European Union to renegotiate a deal. Parliament has however backed amendments to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario. The Nasdaq is leading the US market higher this morning after Apple reported better than expected results after the bell last night. Today will see the resumption of talks between the US and China regarding trade. Metal prices are trading mostly higher this morning as is Brent crude following US imposed sanctions on a major oil producer in Venezuela. The rand remains firm as the dollar remains weak ahead of this evenings US rates meeting. Tencent Holdings is down 0.3% in Asia suggestive of a slightly lower start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Group is trading 2.5% higher in Australia suggestive of a positive start for local resource counters. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 10am – eurozone business confidence (January): previous reading 0.82. Market to watch: EUR crosses 1pm – German CPI (January, preliminary): previous reading saw a rise of 1.7%. Market to watch: EUR crosses 1.15pm – US ADP employment report (January): 175K jobs expected to have been created, from 271K a month earlier. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – US pending home sales (December): expected to fall by 8% YoY. Market to watch: USD crosses 3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 25 January): previous reading saw a rise of 8 million barrels. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI 7pm – FOMC meeting: no change in rates expected, but watch for any comments on the current situation and policy path. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Wizz Air saw an 87% drop in Q3 net profit, to €1.7 million, despite a 21% rise in revenue from higher passenger volumes. Fuel costs weighed on performance, but the firm kept full-year profit guidance unchanged at €270-300 million. 3i said that it remained on track to meet full-year guidance, thanks to a good level of income in Q3. Gamestop shares fell 22% as they cancelled the sale of the company. Medco have agreed to buy Ophir Energy for 55p per share in a cash deal Shoprite shares fell over 10% following a profit warning Fraport upgraded to buy at HSBC Gjensidige upgraded to outperform at KBW Siemens Healthineers upgraded to buy at DZ Bank Uniper upgraded to neutral at JPMorgan CVS Group downgraded to sector perform at RBC Suez downgraded to underweight at Morgan Stanley Tryg downgraded to underperform at KBW Voestalpine downgraded to hold at Baader Helvea IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. 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  6. Chinese growth has officially fallen to its slowest in 28 years. Fourth quarter figures have been announced which confirm analysts’ expectations that growth would be 6.4%, averaging 6.6% for the year. The US shutdown has now entered its 30th day. Trump offered protections for ‘Dreamers’ in an attempt to negotiate but this was quickly rejected by democrats as inadequate. Analysts now believe the shutdown will cause a 0.25% reduction in growth figures for the first quarter of 2019. Jeremy Corbyn has repeated calls for Theresa May to rule out a no deal Brexit. The PM is due in parliament today to outline her plans following last week’s defeats Rightmove have published data for British property asking prices, they have had their weakest start since 2012 due to lack of demand as a result of Brexit uncertainty Markets made strong gains over the weekend with the FTSE gaining 1.95% and the Dow gaining 1.38%. Asian markets followed suit with the Hang Seng also gaining over 1% and the Nikkei up over 2% High demand from China for Oil has pushed prices to 2019 highs despite the news of their economic slowdown. Sugar prices have gained 1% in response to the gains in Oil. Sugar cane can be used to produce ethanol biofuel so higher oil prices increases demand for cane. South Africa: Global equity markets are trading mixed this morning with US index futures around 0.3% lower, while Asian markets trade roughly 0.3% higher. Chinese GDP data showed slightly slower economic growth than in the previous quarter, although industrial production and retail sales data came in better than expected. Theresa May will again appear in U.K. parliament to try progress the Brexit deal with the country's policy makers. Precious metal prices trade modestly higher this morning, while crude oil has extended last weeks gains, with Brent now trading above the $62.50/barrel mark. Tencent Holdings is up 0.89% suggestive of a positive start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Billiton is trading 0.3% higher in Australia, suggestive of a slightly positive start for local resource counters. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and recent acquirer of House of Fraser is now in talks to buy HMV The account scandal for Patisserie Valerie has continued with the investigation finding thousands of false entries in their ledgers Rolls Royce are in talk to supply a nuclear plant in Essex. Concerns over the future of UK nuclear power have arisen following the announcement by Hitachi last week to suspend work on a plant in Anglesey William Hill has adjusted profit guidance down by 15% IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  7. Netflix announced subscriber growth of 8.8 million over the past year giving them a total of more than 139 million. Meanwhile, their quarterly revenue was up 27% from the same period in 2017 but the share price is down 3% as they failed to hit analysts’ expectations. Theresa May has rejected calls of Jeremy Corbyn to rule out a no deal Brexit whilst the FTSE yesterday stayed flat. American Indices were up yesterday with the Dow gaining 0.67% despite no resolution to the US government shutdown yet being found. The US delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum has been cancelled as a result. Fidelity Investments stated yesterday that Chinese stocks are “very very attractive”. Asian markets were up yesterday with both the Hang Seng and the Nikkei gaining 1.29%. Brent futures are up 1.19% and WTI futures are up 1.33% this comes as the market for heavy oil such as Heavy Louisiana Sweet is seeing tight supply. Palladium is continuing to trade at its all time high as this month has saw a 11% surge in the precious metal on supply concerns. Meanwhile, Gold has remained steady at around $1290 Morgan Stanley shares are down over 4% following their release yesterday of 80 cents per share compared to 89 cents EPS expected Afterpay Touch group are up almost 13% after their H1 sales surged. UK, US and Europe: Markets have eased on promising signs of trade war progress. A report has stated that the US is considering easing Chinese tariffs during their recent negotiations. Germany have also pledged to deepen financial cooperation with China in areas of banking, finance and capital markets. However Germany have also reported that they are considering banning Huawei products, the latest large country to make such a suggestion over security concerns. South Africa: Global equity market have resumed short term gains as markets find renewed optimism around the progression of trade between China and the US. Oil prices have added more than 1% today following reports that OPEC production had fallen sharply in December 2018. Metal prices are trading relatively flat on the day, while the rand has held onto, although not really extended, its short term strength against the majors. Tencent Holdings is up 1.63% in Asia suggestive of a positive start for major holding company Naspers. BHP Billiton is up 0.73% in Australia suggestive of a positive start for local resource counters. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Ryanair have reduced profit guidance by 100 million. JP Morgan have downgraded EasyJet to Neutral Phillips are to close their UK factory in 2020 resulting in a loss of 400 jobs Lloyds have secured their Berlin Banking Licence as part of their preparation for Brexit IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  8. Today is considered ‘Super Thursday’ as a number of large UK retailers are set to release their Christmas sales data. This comes after a report from the British Retail Consortium which said that average retail sales saw 0% year on year growth Jeremy Corbyn is expected to launch an election bid if May loses the Brexit vote, scheduled for Tuesday the 15th. Yesterday saw May suffer another defeat in the house of commons which will mean she will have just 3 days to come up with a plan B if her current deal fails Tuesdays vote. ‘Modest progress’ is said to have been made in the US-China trade talks. The three-day talks have now ended with America announcing that China have pledged to buy a substantial amount of goods and services from the US. Could this see an end to investor fears over the trade war? Euro pairs are in the spotlight today as Italy are set to release economic data including industrial production. Current estimates are for 0.4% growth but recent announcements from Italy have failed to meet expectations Oil continued to make gains yesterday with a strong surge following the US-China announcement, despite an audit revealing that Saudi Arabia’s inventories are 2 billion barrels larger than reported. Cryptocurrencies have had a large sell off this morning as Bitcoin has lost 5% and Litecoin almost 10% with most of the losses happening in a 30 minute time frame. Jaguar Land Rover have announced they plan to cut up to 5000 jobs as part of a £2.5 billion savings plan ...the US is at risk of losing its triple A credit rating if the shutdown continues. Asian overnight: Asian markets have dipped overnight, as both US and China emerged from three-days of trade talks with little more than a desire to continue talking. The Australian ASX 200 was the one outlier, rising marginally despite a strengthening AUD. Yesterday’s FOMC minutes provided yet another hint that the committee is happy to be more patient when it comes to rate hikes, thus allowing them the ability to better judge how higher rates are impacting the economy. Overnight data saw Chinese CPI fall from 2.1% to 1.9%, while PPI tumbled to 0.9% from 2.7%. To an extent this frees up the hand of the PBoC, who will likely reach a more accommodative stance in the wake of recent economic strife. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, central banks remain the focus, with the ECB minutes expected to dominate the European session. Meanwhile, appearances from Fed members Bullard, Powell, and Evans should continue to shed light on the future pathway of US rates. Meanwhile, Trump walked out of a meeting with Democrats leaders yesterday as negotiations to end the government shutdown broke down. Trump called the meeting “a total waste of time’ as he remains defiant on his demands for funding for a border wall. The government has now been shut down for 19 days. Trump later tweeted that when he said “bye-bye” as Nancy Pelosi said no to allocating funds in the budget for increased border security. Fitch have since said that the US is at risk of losing its triple A credit rating if the shutdown continues. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 12.30pm – ECB meeting minutes: these will provide further insight into the views of the central bank. Market to watch: EUR crosses 3pm – US new home sales (November): forecast to rise 2.9% MoM from a 8.9% drop a month earlier. Having declined steadily throughout 2018, US housing data is a key data point for investors at present. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Tesco said that like-for-like sales rose 2.2% over Christmas, but Q3 growth was just 0.7% higher. It said that the environment remained challenging but that it was still confident of meeting expectations for the full year. Marks & Spencer saw an overall fall of 2.2% in same-store sales for the 13 weeks to 29 December, and while online sales were up 14%, clothing was down 2.4% and food was 2.1% lower. Jupiter Fund Management suffered a drop in assets under management for Q4, down to £42.7 billion from £47.7 billion at the end of Q3. Debenhams reported a 3.5% drop in like-for-like sales in the six weeks to 5 January, and were down 5.7% in the 18 weeks to the same date. It said it was still on track to meet expectations for the full year, however. Halfords fell 29% following a profit warning AB InBev upgraded to buy at Bank Degroof Petercam BASF upgraded to overweight at JPMorgan BBA Aviation upgraded to buy at Jefferies Eutelsat raised to overweight at Morgan Stanley Air Liquide cut to underweight at JPMorgan Ted Baker downgraded to neutral at Goldman Burberry downgraded to hold at Berenberg Polymetal cut to hold at Renaissance Capital IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. 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  9. The three main American indices: the Dow, the S&P and the NASDAQ all rose over 4% on boxing day following the Dow’s worst Christmas eve ever. Asian markets followed the trend with the Nikkei also raising 4% Oil saw its largest daily gain since 2016 with an 8% rally. Oil related companies in Australia also climbed on the price increase. The dollar basket rose almost 0.6% in the main session but finished the day with a strong gain of 0.29% Huawei concerns deepen as the UK Defence Secretary states the firms’ involvement in the UK’s network upgrades should be reviewed. This follows an announcement earlier in the week that Huawei’s hardware is to be removed from UK emergency services. UK business confidence is at its lowest since the Brexit vote according to a poll by the Institute of Directors which showed a negative outlook by 57% of directors. US consumer confidence released today could highlight the public perception on the ongoing trade war with China, the Fed rate hike and the Huawei tribulations. Gold is sitting near its 6 month high as market volatility pushes people towards the safe haven asset. UK, US and Europe: The Trump administration has assured markets that the head of the Fed, Jerome Powell will not be fired following this month’s rate hike. However, Trump has made it clear that he believes rates are being raised too fast, causing this recent volatility and contributing to the Dow’s worst Christmas eve. Meanwhile, the partial government shutdown has continued with Trump stating it will be sustained until a deal on the border wall is made. Large end of year FX swap rates: Please be aware that due to year end market factors we are seeing significant moves in the funding rates for most FX pairs. This has been observed across the market, although some pairs are looking to be worse affected than others (most notably if you are short US dollars). These factors include financial institutions balancing their books before the end of the year, putting a strain on certain currencies. Read more... Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News Head of Tesla, Elon Musk has announced they are looking at setting up supercharger coverage in Africa in 2020. Huawei have announced they expect revenue to reach $109 Billion fror 2018, a 21% increase YoY. Vinci are set to buy a 50.01% stake of London Gatwick for £2.9 Billion IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  10. Markets fall as Fed raised US interest rate from 2.25% to 2.5% At its lowest the Dow fell over 4% following the announcement (its lowest point in over a year) of which it has now seen a small retracement. Asian markets we also affected, the Hang Seng was down 1.24% at close whereas the Nikkei lost 2.84%, a 15-month low The announcement saw the dollar gain almost 0.5% against the dollar basket but as investors have fully digested the statements made by the Fed this now sits at a 0.16% gain. As can be expected, the inverse was seen from gold which fell 0.8% and has now recovered half of that. Oil has lost most of the gains made in yesterday amongst demand and over supply fears. This comes as U.S inventories have dropped and OPEC have reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day Looking ahead, the Bank of England are set to make their rate announcement today although forecasts expect them to remain at 0.75%. Brexit is currently dominating the UK rate, analysts have stated they would normally expect a raise in current conditions but the BoE have implied they are also mindful of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Forecasts expect the UK rate to remain at 0.75% as Brexit dominates the decision... Asian overnight: Asian markets have followed their US counterparts lower, coming off the back of the Fed’s decision to raise rates for the fourth time. This drop comes despite the dot plot shifting the expectations to two rate hikes in 2019, rather than three. Japanese indices suffered the most overnight, with the BoJ rate decision also coming into play. Kuroda & co decided to keep rates steady, also pointing out that that is unlikely to change anytime soon given that inflation expectations remain relatively subdued. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the Bank of England maintains the central bank focus, with the MPC widely expected to keep policy steady. With UK retail sales also due out, it should be a volatile morning for the pound. In the US watch out for the Philly Fed manufacturing survey. Whilst this rate hike was largely expected by investors, many believed that this rate hike would be the last in this tightening cycle. However, the announcement made by the Chair of the Fed, Jerome Powell was less dovish than expected. Whilst original projections we for three rate increases in 2019, this has now been reduced to two. Powell also reiterated that politics played no role in influencing their decision as Trump has criticised the Fed in the past for subduing the economy by raising rates. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 9.30am – UK retail sales (November): sales to rise 3.4% YoY. Markets to watch: GBP crosses 12pm – BoE rate decision: no change in rates expected. Markets to watch: GBP crosses 11.30pm – Japan CPI (November): prices to rise 1.4% YoY, and core CPI to rise 1%. Markets to watch: JPY crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Stagecoach has agreed to sell its North America division for $271 million, as it refocuses on its UK operations. AstraZeneca said that the US FDA had approved its ovarian cancer treatment. Separately, it said that two trials for chronic kidney disease had met their primary objectives. Kier reported that less than 40% of shareholders took up the rights issue, although it had managed to raise the £250 million required. Pinterest are said to be preparing for an IPO as early as April 2019 Ceconomy upgraded to hold at HSBC Geox upgraded to neutral at Mediobanca SpA Ashmore downgraded to sell at Citi Funding Circle Holdings downgraded to sell at Citi Man Group downgraded to neutral at Citi Novozymes downgraded to underweight at JPMorgan IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  11. The Dow will open lower today than its open price for the year following weak jobs data and the resulting sell-off of FAANG companies. US Non-farm payrolls grew by 155,000 on Friday, missing estimates of 198,000 whilst unemployment is near record lows at 3.7% Chinese markets had a poor start to the week following missed trade estimates for November. The Hang Seng has fallen 1.41%, the Shanghai composite by 0.84% and the Shenzhen composite by 1.15% The European Court of Justice has ruled this morning that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 and the withdrawal from the EU. The FTSE lost over 4% last week. This was likely due to reduced confidence that Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement will be agreed on by MP's when they vote on it tomorrow following last week's 5 day debate. A range of UK data on today's economic calendar including monthly GDP growth and the October trade balance could see the FTSE and GBP crosses have an eventful start to the week Oil is up almost 4% following an announcement from OPEC that they will cut production by 800,000 barrels per day. Gold rose 2.16% last week as we continue to see risk aversion increase with investors. New York Cocoa saw its largest single day jump on Friday, growing 4.36% coming amidst supply worries from the Ivory Coast, the top producer of the commodity. London Cocoa saw a similar jump of 3.57% Asia overnight: Japan saw a 3Q contraction of GDP by 2.5%, 0.5% more than the expected 2% reduction. However this move did not move the Nikkei significantly compared to the losses it sustained last week which almost hit 6%. The ASX is now at 2 year lows following US-China tensions as the poor trade data for China. Weaker demand from China could see commodities exports fall for Australia. UK, US and Europe: Whilst tensions between the US and China have risen once again, the usual suspect of a trade war is not to blame this time. Following last week’s arrest on Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian Authorities with the speculated intention of extradition to the U.S, China has demanded her immediate release. They have also stated that the Canadians will face consequences for their “unreasonable” actions. Ms Meng is accused of circumventing US sanctions on Iran via a subsidiary company which had been misrepresented as a separate company to Huawei. The tech giant which recently surpassed Apple to be the second largest smartphone maker in the world (behind Samsung) has seen its fair share of limelight recently. They were banned by both Australia and New Zealand over cyber-security concerns and Japan is expected to follow suit. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Facebook has increased their stock buyback program to $9 Billion Nissan's Carlos Ghosn is set to be charged for under-reporting his salary Softbank has set the price of their telecom IPO at 1500 yen (£10.47). The shares will begin trading on the 19th of December Interserve shares are down 60% as they are in talks with lenders about converting debt to equity. Cronos shares were up over 20% on Friday as they announced they are in talks with Altria, the tobacco giant. IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it. It has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer and quarterly summary.
  12. UK government found in contempt of parliament for the first time due to not releasing the full legal advice regarding Brexit. The government has now agreed that it will be published which may cause more instability in the markets Markets have retreated following their rally attributed to agreements made between the US and China at the G20. The fall comes amidst increasing sentiment of an economic slowdown as well as reduced faith in trade war negotiations following officials of the Trump administration admitting it was too early to say if a longer-term deal could be reached. The Dow was down over 2.5% whereas the Hang Seng was down over 1.5%. Meanwhile, the EU volatility index was up over 7% over the course of yesterday. Australian GDP missed growth QoQ by 0.3% and YoY by 0.5%. The growth targets were 0.6% and 3.3% respectively. Oil prices have fallen again as the Chinese government has warned of a falling demand due to a slowing down of the economy whilst the US oil inventories have continued to grow according to a report by the American petroleum institute. Official US oil inventories will be released today at 15:30 GMT. Gold has fallen from its recent 5 week high and the dollar has strengthened. The dollar basket gained 0.4% yesterday. This market sell off comes as bond yields have dropped, showing a flight from equities into the less risky assets. The current US yield curve and what it means for investors is discussed here. The contempt vote was another blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May as she battles to gain support for her withdrawal agreement. Asian overnight: Asian markets fell sharply after a dismal day for US equities, with 3%+ losses for the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Recession fears are rising as investors watch the yield curve warily, while growth fears hit oil prices too, reversing some of the gains from earlier in the week. UK, US and Europe: US markets are closed today for the funeral of President George H W Bush, which should result in lower volumes across the board. The pound remains in focus, after the prime minister suffered a series of reverses in Parliament, which may however mean that a no-deal Brexit is much less likely, and a possible ‘Norway option’ becomes a possibility if the current deal fails to pass Parliament. The contempt vote was another blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May as she battles to gain support for her withdrawal agreement. The vote was won by 311 votes to 293 and saw a substantial drop it the pound which briefly hit its lowest level since April 2017. The vote also saw 26 conservative MP’s vote for their leader to release the full details of the legal advice. The vote was also notably backed by the DUP who have a parliamentary pact with the conservatives, however they have been outspoken with their displeasure with how the withdrawal agreement approaches the Irish boarder issue. Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that the advice is published before the parliamentary vote on the withdrawal agreement next week, so MP’s can make an informed decision. Andrea Leadsom has only indicated that she plans to “respond” today as MP’s meet again as part of the 5-day debate. Speaker of the House John Bercow has stated it would be unimaginable that the advice is not provided before the vote. Continued division between and within the parties suggests the PM may need to increase her efforts if she wishes to get this agreement passed when the MP’s make their decision on it on Tuesday the 11th. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 9.30am – UK services PMI (November): activity expected to increase, with the index rising to 54.1 from 52.2. Markets to watch: FTSE 100/250, GBP crosses 1.15pm – US ADP employment report (November): 189K jobs expected to have been created, from 227K jobs a month ago. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3pm – Bank of Canada rate decision: no change in policy expected. Market to watch: CAD crosses 3pm – US ISM non-mfg PMI (November): expected to drop to 59.5 from 59.7. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses 3.30pm – US EIA crude inventories (w/e 30 November):stockpiles to rise by 2 million barrels, from a 3 million increase a week earlier. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades Stagecoach suffered a pre-tax loss of £22.6 million, compared to a profit of £96.7 million a year earlier, with a writedown in the value of the US business the main culprit. Adjusted pre-tax profit was down 10% to £87 million. Wood Group has won a $43 million contract to construct 80 miles of steel pipeline in west Texas. Patisserie Valerie have appointed an interim finance chief following issues with their accounting reported in October The Civil Aviation Authority has announced it is taking legal action against RyanAir. The airline are claiming that they do not have to compensate customers for delays during strikes from their staff as they believe this constitutes "extraordinary circumstances". The EU mandate that passengers must be compensated for delays does not apply if the situation is deemed to be extraordinary. Takeda have gained shareholder approval for their £46 billion takeover of Shire, the largest corporate takeover Japan has ever had Alpine shareholders have approved their merger with Alps Electric Aker Solutions upgraded to buy at Kepler Cheuvreux Bayer upgraded to buy at DZ Bank HeidelbergCement upgraded to overweight at JPMorgan Salzgitter upgraded to neutral at Macquarie Electrolux cut to underweight at Morgan Stanley Ted Baker downgraded to hold at HSBC Glaxo downgraded to equal-weight at Barclays Hargreaves Lansdown cut to underweight at Morgan Stanley IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. 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  13. Theresa May to visit Brussels today to meet with EU leaders. The visit will see May attend ceremonies marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and she will also have a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron which is expected to cover the Brexit deal following news of a draft withdrawal agreement this week. US Fed holds rates as expected with a further hike anticipated in December which saw USD gains and Treasury yields hit highest level since 2008 Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to reassure companies of the Chinese economy following slowing economic data and trade war speculation as he offered tax breaks and financing help. Chinese PPI fell 0.3%, in line with expectations whilst CPI remained at 2.5% YoY Oil continues to trade low following increased OPEC exports, increased US output and exemptions granted to the Iran sanctions. The US now has a higher crude oil output that both Russia and Saudi Arabia Gold is trading lower following USD gains after the Fed announcement Disney have announced their Netflix competitor will be called Disney+ and will launch by the end of 2019 Volkswagen have announced they will sell an electric car to rival Tesla at a price of $23,000 Bombadier shares fall 20% following an announcement they will cut 5000 jobs and sell two businesses for $900 million Asian overnight: A hawkish Fed has sent Asian markets lower, with the Hang Seng leading the losses after falling more than 2%. The US central bank held off for now, yet it is clear that we will see further rates hike in the near future, raising the cost of borrowing from the US. Energy stocks fared particularly bad, as the recent weakness in crude prices took its toll on markets such as the ASX 200 and Hang Seng. Data-wise, all eyes were on the Chinese inflation data, with PPI falling from 3.6% to 3.3%, while CPI remained flat. DUP leader Arlene Foster is said to be unhappy with the proposed solution regarding the Irish border... UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the UK comes into focus amid the release of Q3 GDP, manufacturing production, industrial production, goods trade balance, and the NIESR GDP estimate. Meanwhile, the US session brings PPI inflation, alongside the Michigan consumer sentiment survey. Theresa May will visit Brussels today following news that the UK cabinet was invited to review a draft withdrawal deal. The EU had been said to be considering a summit without the inclusion of Theresa May so they could assess the current situation and allow their leaders to put questions forth to their chief negotiator Michel Barnier. DUP leader Arlene Foster is said to be unhappy with the proposed solution regarding the Irish border that is currently speculated to be in the withdrawal agreement. Foster stated a letter she received from May implied a contingency Northern Ireland customs border that May said she would not allow to come into force but the leader of the DUP has said its inclusion raises alarm bells. This visit comes just one day after the UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab admitted he wasn’t aware of how important the Dover-Calais crossing was to trade for the UK. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 9.30am – UK GDP (September), trade balance (September): GDP to rise 0.5% over the previous three months, from a 0.7% rise in August, and trade deficit to narrow to £1.1 billion. Market to watch: GBP crosses 1.30pm – US PPI (October): forecast to be 0.3% MoM from 0.2%. Market to watch: USD crosses 3pm – US Michigan consumer sentiment (November, preliminary): index to fall to 95 from 98.6. Markets to watch: US indices, USD crosses Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades The US is suing UBS in relation to defrauding investors in the approach to the 2008 financial crisis Informa said that revenue rose by almost a third in the first ten months of the year, and it remains on track to meet full-year expectations. Morgan Advanced Materials said that sales had risen by 7.2% over the ten months to 31 October, and that the outlook for the full year was unchanged. Grainger has acquired a development in north London for £41 million. S4 Capital has confirmed it is in discussion with Mightyhive about an acquisition but also talked down speculation saying it is often in discussion with several marketing services about a possible acquisition KPMG have announced they will no longer offer consultancy work for their audit clients in an attempt to reduce conflicts of interest AO World will acquire Mobile Phones Direct for £32.5 million Hochschild Mining upgraded to outperform at RBC Inchcape upgraded to buy at HSBC Tele2 upgraded to buy at DNB Markets Valneva upgraded to hold at Kepler Cheuvreux BillerudKorsnas downgraded to neutral at Goldman Smurfit Kappa downgraded to sell at Goldman Centrale del Latte d’Italia cut to hold at UBI Banca Legrand downgraded to hold at SocGen IGTV featured video Information has been prepared by IG, a trading name of IG Markets Limited. 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  14. USD reaches its highest level this year as it breaches the 97.00 level it tested earlier this year, a level it hasn't seen since June 2017 Asian markets have shown signs of recovery heading towards the end of October which saw significant losses globally. The Shanghai Composite rose just over 1% despite the manufacturing growth rate missing forecasts The Dow Jones also saw strong gains yesterday following a consumer confidence report which beat expectations, reaching its highest level since 2000. As a result Wall Street is no longer in the negative since the beginning of the year. US oil inventories to be announced today may see the price fall further. The price is already down over 13% from its peak this year which was at the beginning of this month. Reports suggest the outlook may be bearish as reports suggest stockpiles may be higher than expected and BP have reported their refinery output has increased at the fastest rate for 15 years. Gold is at its lowest price in over 2 weeks but October is set to be the first month of gains following 6 straight months of losses, the longest streak since 1997. Facebook beat earnings expectations yesterday with an EPS of $1.76 compared to $1.47 expected, providing relief for the company that has had negative press over the past year . Samsung saw a 21% increase in operating profit for Q3 YoY, in line with guidance. Reports of a new Boeing aircraft crash in Indonesia have sparked inquiries into what could cause problems with such a new aircraft. Airlines and their suppliers are likely to be under scrutiny in the coming weeks. Eurozone YoY CPI is set to be released at 10am and Canadian GDP will be announced at 12:30pm, both could provide volatility with their indices and currency prices. Asian overnight: An impressive session overnight saw Asian markets follow their US counterparts higher, despite a raft of somewhat disappointing data points from Japan and China. Weaker industrial production, housing starts, and consumer confidence in Japan saw USDJPY push higher over the session. We also saw the BoJ keep rates unchanged, while trimming their inflation forecasts. Meanwhile, the Yuan fell further amid a disappointing set of PMI surveys, with both manufacturing and non-manufacturing expansion slowing down. USDJPY pushes higher as the BoJ keeps rates unchanged and trims inflation forecasts. The Australian ASX 200 also saw gains yesterday, led by strong performance in the energy sector specifically. The finance sector also also saw gains of almost 1%. This comes in spite of a 5% reduction in profit from one of the banks (ANZ) that is heavily weighted in this sector which still saw share price increases of 1.05%. Nickel is down almost 30% from its highest point this year and has returned to the price last seen in December 2017 following the lower than expected Chinese manufacturing data. As with many markets, the commodity will have had sell-side pressure over concerns with the US-China trade war which will have intensified recently with Trump considering further tariffs. The metal has seen increasing demand as it is used in the batteries of electric vehicles which have seen an increase in production. However Tsingshan Holding Group have also announced their intention to implement a more effective supply chain for nickel which will further reduce its price. UK, US and Europe: Looking ahead, the European session sees markets focus on the latest eurozone inflation data, with both core and headline CPI expected to rise for October. US ADP non-farm payrolls should shift us into a jobs mindset ahead of Friday’s big release, while Canadian GDP and US crude inventories round off a busy afternoon. Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Bitcoin, the world’s first and most notorious cryptocurrency. As it reaches its milestone for its first decade, the price is set to fall below last years for the first time this year which will only be the second time since its inception that the coin has been worth less on its birthday. It may not be all doom and gloom for the currency though as further financial integration may occur soon as the SEC are reviewing their decision to allow a Bitcoin based ETF. You can read more on the potential effect of this decision on the current price of bitcoin here. Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST) Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar 10am – eurozone CPI (October, flash)< unemployment rate (September): CPI to rise 2.1% YoY and core CPI to rise 1.2% YoY from 0.9%. Unemployment rate to hold at 8.1%. Markets to watch: EUR crosses 12.15pm – US ADP employment report (October): 195K jobs expected to have been created, from 230K a month earlier. 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  15. Cryptocurrencies have been going through a period of relative stability, which is almost unheard of for the asset class that gained notoriety for its volatile price movements. ...the support and resistance lines are expected to congregate by early November but a breakout can occur at any time... The stock market selloff that punished the tech sector in the first half of October coincided with Bitcoin losing 7.5% of its value in a single day. Does this correlation in market movements suggest that as Bitcoin and other cryptos have become more mainstream, and adoption by centralised financial institutions has risen, the price is now at the mercy of the same institutions and financial markets it was seeking to circumvent? Or could the selloff be more indicative of general investor sentiment at that time when confidence in the markets was low? One interpretation of the current market movement suggests that the correlation between the crypto class to the major indices are largely unrelated. This interpretation may be supported by the fact that as the more traditional markets have continued to fall through October (with tech having its worst month in a decade) bitcoin’s price action has remained stable, whilst simultaneously seeing a 17-month low volatility rate, even with yesterday’s 2% fall. Technical analysis of the price of Bitcoin shows that the coin was hitting its resistance line and the markets were already likely to turn bearish. The below chart illustrates a falling wedge formation with an almost horizontal support of $6000 that has developed since the February market sell off which shows bitcoins price consolidate and volatility reduce. The wedge shows that the support and resistance lines are expected to congregate by early November but it’s important to remember that a breakout can occur at any time as the price boundaries tighten as investors may take any breach of these lines as an indication of the future price of Bitcoin over the medium to long term. The fake-out of Monday the 10th suggests that investors are poised for any news that can drive price action. Coinciding with this November timeline is a deadline set by the SEC to allow the public to submit opinions on whether to allow Bitcoin ETF’s in the United States. The deadline, which has been moved from October 26th to November 5th follows the SEC’s original decision to reject the ETF’s citing a lack of compliance to prevent market manipulation. ...impending large technical and fundamental focal points implies we may be on the brink of a spike in volatility... This decision by the securities authority could fundamentally define how investors perceive the currency as a further integration into financial markets is either halted again or finally given the green light. The ability for this type of announcement to move prices should not be underestimated as bitcoin hit its all-time high just six days after the first Bitcoin futures contract was announced by the CBOE. Granted this happened during an upwards trending bull market, but it undeniably added to that movement. The announcement to review the initial decision just one day after rejecting the first application, as well as a published statement of official dissent by commissioner Pierce of the SEC, could indicate a potential swing in judgement from the SEC. However, this may not represent a full shift of opinion by the commission as it only takes one commissioner to open a review. Following the deadline, an official decision will not come from the SEC until they have had a chance to review the public submissions, but investors will be listening intently for any early indication of how the decision might go. More recently, reports that some of the concerns that the SEC have over introducing the ETF have been mitigated by the organisations producing the ETF’s have saw speculators expectations heighten for a prospect that at one point seemed rather unlikely. The concerns of the SEC include market liquidity, volatility, pricing and market manipulation. However, proponents have argued that the SEC’s demand for a ‘significant’ futures market allowed them to be non-committal as they have not defined what they classify as significant. The imminence of impending large technical and fundamental focal points implies we may be on the brink of a spike in volatility but what price can investors reasonably expect the currency to move to if the market were to shift? The previous decision by the SEC preceded a $400 dip in the price of the coin in one day and fell back down almost $2000 in the following two weeks to the previously mentioned support level of $6000. Speculators may be hoping a reversal in the decision could see Bitcoin return to $8000 or higher. It’s hard to predict how low the price could go as these prices haven’t been seen since before the all-time high but proponents of the technology wishing for continued stability will be hoping that the lack of a bitcoin ETF is already priced into the market.
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