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Category Archives: FTSE 100

Pound Spikes As BOE “Hawkish” Vote Surprises Traders

The pound sharply reversed overnight losses (the result of weaker than expected UK retail sales 0.90% Y/Y, exp. 1.7%) rising as much as 0.3% to 1.2794 after the BOE announced it kept rates at 0.25%, however the hawkish surprise was the 5-3 vote, far closer than the 7-1 expected, as two more MPC members , […]

“FOMC Drift” In Full Effect As Global Stocks Rise; S&P Futures Hit New Record; Oil Slides

With last Friday’s “tech wreck” now a distant memory, this morning the “FOMC Drift” described yesterday, which “guarantees” higher stock prices and a lower dollar heading into the Fed announcement is in full effect, with European and Asian stocks rising for a second day, led by rebounding tech shares, while S&P futures are modestly in […]

Greek, Italian Risks Weigh On European, Global Markets; Oil, Gold Slide

Tuesday’s session started off on the back foot, with the Euro first sliding on Draghi’s dovish comments before Europarliament on Monday where he signaled no imminent change to ECB’s forward guidance coupled with a Bild report late on Monday according to which Greece was prepared to forego its next debt payment if not relief is […]

Markets Wrap: Stocks Flat In Quiet Session With US, UK And China Closed For Holiday

U.S. markets are closed for the Memorial Day holiday, and with UK and Chinese markets also closed for various holidays, it has been a quiet start to the week, with S&P futures essentially unchanged, trading at  2,415, up 0.06%, a new all time high. European stocks opened marginally lower in quiet trading but have since […]

Euro Surges As Trump Fears Slam Dollar; Futures Poised For New Records

In a replica of Monday’s early trading, European shares are down, this time led by health-care stocks even as the Euro surges above 1.1050, the highest level since the US election. Asian equities rose, while S&P futures were unchanged although we expect the ramp to kick in any second, and take the NASDAQ to another […]

Bill Blain: “Maybe It’s Time To Quietly Exit”

By Bill Blain of Mint Partners Blain’s Morning Porridge – May 15th 2017 “In yacht racing, there is no second.” Ah the joy of a new week! What’s on the recipe today then? My colleague Simon Denehy started the day by pointing out UK 2-year gilts yield 0.12% – (his description of that number was […]

Frontrunning: May 12

World stocks ease off record highs, Fed rate hopes boost dollar (Reuters) Trump Escalates FBI Fight With Comey Attack. The FBI Fights Back (BBG) Trump attacks on fired FBI chief meet resistance (Reuters) China Stocks Are Tumbling Again. This Time, the World Doesn’t Care (BBG) Yuan Becomes Oasis of Calm in China’s Volatile Markets (WSJ) […]

Markets All Too Quiet Ahead Of Inflation, Retail Sales Data

Asian stocks and S&P futures are both feeling the weather this morning, while European stocks are little changed as traders have decided to hold back until today’s key US CPI and retail sales data is released in under two hours. Commodities have posted another modest rebound, driven by a rise in metal prices that has […]

Europe, US Futures Slip Despite Brent Bouncing Back To $51

Asian stocks rose lifted by commodity names; European equities trade mostly lower but with little in the way of conviction or firm direction while the Italian banking index is at the highest level in a year following domestic earnings; S&P index futures are modestly in the red after the cash market closed at a record […]

Global Stocks Dip On Poor US Auto Sales, Apple Miss; Fed Decision On Deck

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all fall as investors digested poor overnight news on Apple earnings and U.S. car sales, while the dollar rose in muted trading as investors contemplated chances of another rate hike next month ahead of today’s Federal Reserve statement. Europe’s Stoxx 600 fell from a 20 month high as traders […]