Today's economic calendar is light, with only US building permits and housing starts scheduled for release.
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In a remarkable turn of events, Wall Street witnessed a significant surge on Friday, with the S&P 500 scaling to its highest closing point of 2023, driven by growing optimism and speculative sentiments around potential interest rate cuts.
In a remarkable turn of events, global stock markets experienced a surge on Tuesday, lifted by the prospects of a shift in the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy. The MSCI global stock index witnessed an upswing, a clear response to Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller's hint at a potential pause in rate hikes, and even the possibility of cuts if inflation continues its downward trajectory.
The global financial markets experienced a day of mixed dynamics as U.S. traders took a break for Thanksgiving, creating a unique scenario where European and Asian markets took the forefront. European stocks and the Euro showed notable resilience in this altered trading environment, while volatility was evident in the oil markets due to the latest developments from OPEC+. This scenario provided a glimpse into the market's behaviour in the absence of one of its biggest players, offering insights into regional strengths and vulnerabilities.
Stocks showed a positive trend on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average leading the way, gaining 178 points, or 0.5%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed suit, climbing 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively, as the markets prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The current financial landscape is dominated by two significant phenomena: the robust recovery in oil prices and the fluctuating behaviour of the US dollar. These elements are crucial in dictating the flow of commodities, currencies, and broader market strategies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average responded positively to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) data, indicating easing inflation, with an impressive gain of over 150 points.
The stock market experienced a notable rally, with the S&P 500 logging its best day since April and the Dow Jones Industrial Average soaring nearly 500 points.
Gold is currently at a critical support level, with XAUDUSD attempting to break below the 1980 level. The recent decline in both gold and oil prices suggests a gradual unwinding of the risk premium associated with geopolitical tensions.
Crude oil prices have managed to sustain the gains observed last Friday, with market attention keenly focused on the unfolding events in the Middle East.
Markets are relatively quiet today as participants digest yesterday's risk off flows following the slightly better than expected US CPI and a weak 30-year treasury auction. WTI saw a big bounce trading to $85.37 as geopolitical issues remain in focus.
The recent escalation of tensions between Israel and Hamas has raised concerns about stability in the Middle East. This has put the focus on three key risks: oil, gas, and inflation.
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