Market Insights & Analysis

Read our analysts' daily briefings, together with our Market Snapshot reports.

23 Oct 2014 17:10
Precious metal prices were mixed. Gold spot extended losses below $1230/per ounce, as global equity markets rebounded. On the other hand, silver edged higher to retest $17.30 and palladium climbed and breached above $780.
13 Oct 2014 08:47
European equity markets extended heavy losses in early trade this morning, after the recent disappointing industrial and manufacturing data from Germany and France.
26 Sep 2014 16:22
Global equity markets rebounded strongly today, as robust US economic data boosted market sentiment and increased risk appetite for a positive finish of this fairly volatile week.
25 Sep 2014 16:35
Global equity markets plunged today with the Dow Jones index falling more than 200 points (-1.25%) below the 17,000 level, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also retreated sharply by 1.2% and 1.67%, respectively, at the time of writing. European equity markets tracked the down-trend in late trade, giving back earlier gains to finish the session sharply lower.
03 Sep 2014 17:07
European equities rebounded strongly in today’s session. The CAC, DAX, IBEX and the London benchmark index gained between 0.65% and 1.26%, while the euro strengthened against the USD, trading above 1.31.
21 Jan 2014 17:28
European equity markets gave back earlier gains and ended today’s session fairly unchanged. CAC, DAX finished on positive territory, while the London benchmark index ended flat on the day after previously having hit an 8-month high.
20 Jan 2014 17:20
European equity markets posted modest declines, trading range-bound, while trading volumes were thin as US markets were closed for Martin Luther King Day. The fairly modest Chinese economic data weighed on market sentiment today and limited risk appetite.
17 Jan 2014 17:31
The European equity markets managed to end on positive territory showing their best weekly gain this year so far. UK retail sales surprised the London equity market after surging by 2.6% in December.
15 Jan 2014 17:28
European equity markets rebounded strongly in late trading on Wednesday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street, as robust US economic data spread optimism and increased risk appetite. In the US, the NY Fed manufacturing index jumped by 12.5% in January.
14 Jan 2014 17:10
European equity markets rebounded from losses in early trading and ended in positive territory on Tuesday, supported by better than expected economic data from the US and Eurozone and strong earnings results from US companies that lifted risk appetite.
10 Jan 2014 17:19
European equity markets surged on Friday with CAC, DAX, IBEX and the London benchmark gaining more than 0.5%, while the euro rebounded against the US dollar, rising above the 1.365 area. The US employment report was fairly modest showing 74,000 people were added to payrolls in December 2013, missing analysts’ expectations.
07 Jan 2014 16:45
After a sluggish start to the day European equity indices managed to gain significant ground as encouraging economic data out of both the eurozone and the US prompted reluctant investors back into the market. Despite the overhanging eurozone concerns the better than expected data supported the DAX index 0.83% higher as it moved back above 9,500 after slipping from record highs on the first trading day of the year as investors took profits.
03 Jan 2014 16:48
European equity markets rebounded from yesterday’s losses, correcting higher, supported by retail stocks which improved risk appetite. Next surged by 10.04% after reporting a strong Christmas sales report, which helped to raise its profit forecast and announce a special dividend.
02 Jan 2014 16:57
European equity markets slid lower on the first trading session of 2014, as tepid PMI data from China and the UK weighed on market sentiment, while the stronger US dollar added pressure to most mining and energy stocks.
30 Dec 2013 16:36
European equity markets gave back earlier gains and slid lower on Monday, as investors were prompted to profit take, locking in recent gains following the Santa equity rally last week. The sterling has also continued its strong rally, trading above 1.65 against the US dollar, reaching nearly 2 ½ year intraday high against the US dollar.
27 Dec 2013 15:05
Global equities extended their rally on Friday as risk appetite was encouraged by lower than expected jobless claims in the US. Weekly jobless claims dropped 42,000 w/w. The positive sentiment carried over into the European session where major indices started the day on a strong footing as London’s blue chip index climbed above 6,730 on opening. Over on Wall Street, the S&P 500 and DJIA built on previous gains, opening 0.1% and 0.15% higher respectively.
23 Dec 2013 15:43
Equity markets have built on the previous week’s gains with a stable Asian session paving the way for a strong European open. The positive sentiment seen in European markets was carried over to the US session where Wall Street equity indices built on previous gains to extend to fresh intraday highs.
20 Dec 2013 16:01
European equity markets managed to build on yesterday’s bullish session, pushing higher as investors reacted to economic data releases. Wider European indices also managed to post steady gains, with the DAX gaining 0.63% and the CAC closing 0.38% higher. After Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed would initiate tapering in January sent US markets to record highs, momentum continues to build as investors welcomed the better than expected third quarter annualised GDP growth.
19 Dec 2013 17:33
European equity markets rallied on Thursday, following the Fed’s decision to trim the pace of its QE programme by $10 billion to $75 billion, while at the same time verifying that its key interest rates would remain at low levels for even longer than previously promised.
18 Dec 2013 17:28
European equity markets rallied on Wednesday ahead of the FOMC policy meeting decisions, the US dollar has remained strong as the USD index is currently trading above the 80.0 area. Retail stocks continue to remain under pressure in today’s trading session amid concerns for a slowdown of Christmas shopping this year.
17 Dec 2013 16:34
European equity markets gave back yesterday’s gains and slid lower on Tuesday, as investors were prompted to some profit taking ahead of the US Federal Reserve Bank decision.It seems that the robust economic data from the US and Eurozone failed to provide any support to the equity markets.
16 Dec 2013 17:13
European equity markets rebounded strongly on Monday, starting the week on a positive note, as strong economic data from the US and Eurozone boosted market sentiment and increased risk appetite. Banks, mining and energy stocks led the London equity market higher in today’s trading session.
13 Dec 2013 17:37
European equity markets finished lower on Friday, ending a fairly volatile week amid mixed economic data from the US and Eurozone, while renewed concerns about QE tapering dominated the markets.
12 Dec 2013 17:26
European equity markets retreated on Thursday, as weaker than expected economic data from the US and Eurozone hurt market sentiment and prompted investors to lock in recent profits.
12 Dec 2013 08:32
US equity markets dropped for a second day amid tapering concerns. The CBOE volatility index closed above 15 points for the first time since mid-October as investors largely ignored the progress made regarding the budget in the US. Most major European equity indices have struggled to hold near the recent record highs as the DAX and CAC drifted lower for the third consecutive session yesterday.
11 Dec 2013 17:42
European equity markets ended lower on Wednesday, tracking losses in Wall Street as investors remain concerned about a possible end of the US stimulus programme at the upcoming FOMC committee meeting next week.
09 Dec 2013 16:14
European equity markets hold firm on encouraging Chinese trade balance as a lack of fresh data from the US left investors mulling over the positive employment numbers released last week. Market participants continue to contemplate the imminent withdrawal of Fed support in the coming months, helping developed market currencies push higher, with the euro and sterling adding 0.1% and 0.2% at the time of writing.
06 Dec 2013 17:28
The strong US employment data led to rallies across the equity and commodity markets today. European equities found upside momentum and climbed higher on Friday, while the euro held strong, eyeing the 1.37 level against the USD.
05 Dec 2013 16:53
European equity markets gave back earlier gains and slid lower on Thursday as robust US economic data confirmed worries about possible QE tapering earlier than investors have initially expected.
03 Dec 2013 17:12
Wall Street equities retreated sharply on Tuesday, spreading a negative tone across European markets. The robust economic data is currently being viewed as bullish for QE tapering and consequently bearish for equities and commodities prices.