GDP Updates in Focus as Holiday Weekend Approaches

The last trading day of the week, month, and what has been a big quarter for equity markets with several major indices reaching new all-time highs, is off to a subdued start with the Easter long weekend approaching. US index futures are flat, digesting yesterday’s US index gains of 0.5% to 1.2%. In Europe, the […]

IPO Trading in Focus as Quarter End Approaches

Clawing back yesterday’s US index losses of 0.1%-0.4%, the three main US index futures contracts are all up about 0.4% this morning. European trading finds the Dax up 0.5% and the FTSE down 0.2%. It has been a quiet news day suggesting that investors are primarily looking to rebalance their books for quarter end tomorrow […]

IPOs In Focus as Reddit Soars and Trump Media Debuts

Although broad market action is relatively quiet, today could be an active and important day for IPO related trading. IPOs can provide insight into investor risk appetite through their willingness to trade in companies with a limited public history. Reddit has been doing extremely well since last week’s IPO and trading debut, rallying 30.0% yesterday […]

Soft Start To a Short Week

A holiday-shortened final week of the month and quarter finds equity markets backsliding a bit. US index futures are down 0.2%-0.6%. Over in Europe, the Dax is flat and the FTSE is down 0.4%. Asia Pacific trading saw the Nikkei fall 1.1% and Shanghai lose 0.7%. Commodity trading is mixed with US Crude Oil up […]

Stocks Consolidate Record Highs, Digest Earnings Reports

Coming off a day of gains that saw the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 close at all-time highs, overnight trading has been mixed, The Nikkei climbed 0.2% while the Hang Seng fell 2.2% in Asia Pacific trading. In Europe this morning, the Dax is flat, the FTSE is up 0.5% and the CAC is […]

Post-Powell Rally Continues as Swiss Deliver a Surprise Rate Cut

Investors responded positively late yesterday to a stay the course Fed decision which saw no change to interest rates, no change to the member forecast of 3 rate cuts this year, no change to the neutral tone with inflation still not subdued, and no change to Quantitative Tightening. Traders ignored the Fed slowing the forecast […]

US Dollar Rallies Ahead of a Potentially Big Day At The Fed

The Fed releases its latest interest rate decision, statement and member forecasts at 2:00 pm EDT today, followed by Chair Powell’s usual press conference at 2:30 pm. This time around the US central bank is widely expected to maintain interest rates. Investors may look to the statement and forecasts for hints on how many interest […]

Stocks Start To Retreat Amid Monetary and Currency Developments

It has been a very mixed morning for trading among equity markets around the world. Asia Pacific indices rendered a split decision with the Nikkei climbing 0.6% back up above 40,000, while the Hang Seng dropped 1.25%. In Europe today, the Dax is up 0.1% while the FTSE is down 0.2%. US index futures are […]

World Markets Digest China Data and Await Bank of Japan Decision

The new trading week finds investors awaiting the results of several central bank meetings this week. Tonight, the Bank of Japan is expected to end its ultra-dovish negative interest rate program with a widely anticipated bump of its benchmark rate up to zero. The Reserve Bank of Australia also meets overnight. On Wednesday the Fed […]

Stocks Slide as Producer Prices Rise and Retail Sales Disappoint

US markets have turned downward in the last few minutes following the release of several significant economic reports which suggest a stagflationary environment heading into next week’s FOMC meeting. US Producer prices (1.9% vs street 1.1% and previous 0.9%) jumped upward, suggesting inflation pressures are starting to build again. US retail sales (0.6% vs street […]