Precious metal prices remain in negative territory in early trade this morning. Gold retreated sharply to a 5-year low at $1086/ounce early in the session. The yellow precious metal has slightly rebounded and hovered around $1100/ounce.
Another Euro-group meeting came to an end without reaching a deal yesterday. European Finance Ministers and the Greek government failed for a fourth time in a week to seal an accord. The ongoing uncertainty caused high volatility and dragged global equity markets lower.
A strong rebound for the global equity markets today as equity indices in the US and Europe opened in positive territory and posted strong gains. Following the disappointing US economic data, the USD index came under renewed pressure and retreated towards 96.50 against a basket of currencies.
It has been a very volatile trading session for global equity and commodity markets. Despite the recent US dollar weakness, disappointing US economic data weighed on market sentiment and dragged US and European equity markets lower.
European equity markets rebounded from earlier losses this morning following robust manufacturing PMI data which improved market sentiment. The euro rebounded towards 1.10 against the dollar this morning.
Precious metal prices remained under heavy pressure following rumours of a possible interest rate hike, while market participants are likely to lock in any recent gains ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.
Weak US economic data and disappointing US corporate earnings results set a bearish tone across the global equity markets. US retail sales declined sharply 0.9% m/m in December against analysts’ estimates of a modest 0.1% drop.
European equity markets opened lower this morning due to some profit taking following the strong upside rally yesterday. German industrial production retreated 0.1% in November against analysts’ expectations of a 0.3% rise. German exports declined sharply 2.1% in November.
The euro plunged against the US dollar today, heading towards the key support level of 1.20 amid ongoing concerns regarding Eurozone’s prospects in 2015. Lithuania joined Eurozone on New Year’s Day despite 40% of the country’s population being opposed the move.
The sharp sell-off continues in the oil market as WTI front month futures breached key support at $60/barrel yesterday. Please note that WTI front month futures have retreated over $18 in three weeks from a high of $77.02 on 24th November down to $58.80 this week.
European equity markets remained under pressure extending losses in early trade this morning. German economic data continue to weigh heavily on market sentiment as imports declined sharply 3.1% m/m in October. Brent futures have retreated more than $7 since the beginning of December, extending sharp declines for sixth consecutive trading session.
It has been a fairly volatile week for equity and commodity markets. Global equities fluctuated strongly while the USD index continued its strong upside rally above 88.00. However, this morning sentiment improved as we received fairly optimistic news from China.
European equity markets surged in today’s trading session, as risk appetite increased. The CAC, DAX, IBEX and London equity benchmark index climbed between 0.5% and 1.6%, while US equity markets also traded in positive territory.
Investors will be keeping an eye on the Bank of England’s inflation report and ILO unemployment rate in the UK, tomorrow. In the meantime, European equity markets edged higher in today’s trading session.
Precious metal prices remain under pressure as both gold and silver retreated more than 1%. European equity markets edged higher in today’s session, as firm Chinese and European economic data improved market sentiment.
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.
European equity markets extended gains in today’s session, tracking the general upside momentum across the US and Asian equity markets. Precious metal prices reversed and slid lower in today’s session giving back recent gains. Gold spot retested the $1240/ounce level, while silver fell towards $17.
European equity markets rebounded strongly in today’s session, showing a strong upside rally after the heavy sell-off in the last few sessions. Robust corporate earnings results by Apple and Swedbank AB improved market sentiment and increased risk appetite.
Silver has been under heavy pressure in early trading this morning declining for a fourth consecutive session towards $17.50. Gold retreated lower trading around $1210/per ounce remaining near its lowest level in 8 ½ months.
Scotland voted ‘No’ to independence after voters decided to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. The GBP rallied strongly following the announcement and hit a 2-year high against the euro at 1.2804 and a 2-week high against the USD at 1.6525.
UK retail sales climbed by 0.4% in August in line with expectations, offering further support to sterling which rallied above 1.64 for the first time in 2 weeks. All eyes are on the result of the crucial Scottish referendum as the first results are expected in the early hours of Friday morning.
The big surprise came after a negative reading in Italy's GDP (-0.2% in Q2 2014) showing the country is back into recession. The euro came under renewed pressure trading near 1.33 against the USD, weighing further on market sentiment.