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Stocks Slide, Gold Climbs as Investors Remain Cautious



With the impact of the Omicron Wave on the world economy still uncertain, and economic news winding down heading into two holiday-shortened weeks, investors continue to retrench, with capital leaving risk markets and moving toward defensive havens.

Defensive havens like gold, up 0.9% and trading back above $1,800/oz, and the Japanese Yen, up 0.3%, have been attracting renewed interest. On the other hand, Bitcoin is down another 2.0% and trading below $47,500. Also, NASDAQ futures are down nearly 1.0% compared with a 0.4% retreat for Dow futures, indicating that traders’ appetite for risk has declined. Overseas, the Dax is down 1.0%, the Hang Seng fell 1.2% and the Nikkei dropped 1.8% overnight, while the FTSE is steady. Commodity action is mixed. Energy contracts remain under pressure with WTI crude oil down 1.5% and natural gas down 0.5%, while metals are bouncing back, led by a 1.3% gain for platinum and a 0.3% bounce for copper.

It’s one of the last days of the year for earnings reporting and results have been mixed. FedEx is up 5.9% premarket after the company beat the street on earnings ($4.83 vs street $4.28), and noted that it has been able to pass through rate increases to cover higher costs. US Steel, on the other hand, is down 4.5% premarket after the steelmaker issued guidance that was below expectations.

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