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Morning Market Update: Ukraine Back in Focus

US markets ended a disappointing week with more losses on Friday night. The three major US indices each suffered declines of at least two percent for the week. Tensions flared in the Black Sea after the Russian military boosted its presence in Crimea, which voted on the weekend in favour of seceding from Ukraine and


Morning Market Update: Rough Start Ahead

Global markets collapsed in a heap overnight amid rising fears over China and the turmoil in Ukraine. Wall Street came under heavy early fire after reports emerged of Russian troops expanding their presence on the Ukrainian border. The troop build-up stoked concerns that the tension between the two nations will spill over into a full


Morning Market Update: Flat Start Ahead

US stocks were mostly flat overnight, struggling for direction amid a lack of economic catalysts. Wall Street opened with steep declines following yesterday’s Asian market sell-off, which was sparked by concerns over China’s economy. US markets managed to erase their losses, although European equities stayed lower after a measure of eurozone industrial production surprisingly contracted


Morning Market Update: Mixed Start Ahead

Most global markets weakened overnight, as investors reacted to the weekend’s disappointing Chinese trade figures. Data showed Chinese exports collapsed in February, stoking fears of slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy. After opening with heavy early losses, US stocks recovered to finish the session with only modest declines. The downbeat Chinese export numbers weighed


Morning Market Update: Flat Start Ahead

International markets were generally weaker overnight as the latest batch of US economic data underwhelmed expectations. Data revealed private employers added fewer jobs last month than economists had anticipated, whilst a measure of services activity fell at a sharper-than-expected pace in February. Wall Street struggled for direction as investors questioned whether the data was influenced


Morning Market Update: Stepping Back from the Precipice

Global markets rebounded strongly overnight, with the S&P500 closing at a new record high for the first time in four sessions. Fuelling the rally on Wall Street were reports Russian President, Vladimir Putin, ended military exercises near the Ukrainian border, easing tensions that rocked markets in the previous session. The Dow soared 228 points (+1.4%)


Morning Market Update: All Eyes on Crimea

Global markets opened the new trading with severe declines as concerns mount over the worsening crisis in the Ukraine. Volatility reared its head once more after Russian troops entered Ukraine on the weekend, provoking a harsh response from western nations including the US. The escalating crisis fuelled concerns of trade sanctions against Russia, and the


Morning Market Update: BIG Week Ahead

US markets were mixed on Friday night, but still managed to cap off February with a very strong monthly gain. Wall Street looked set for another rally after a measure of Chicago-area manufacturing activity climbed more-than-expected in February. At one stage the Dow was up more than 120 points, but a late session slump saw


Morning Market Update: The Bulls are Back, Baby!!!

Global markets began the new trading week in fine fashion following the latest positive updates on the eurozone economy. A measure of German business confidence soared more-than-expected to its highest level since July 2011. Other data showed eurozone inflation rising in January, reducing the threat of a deflationary spiral. The developments on the eurozone were


Morning Market Update- Volatile Morning

The Aussie market jumped out of the blocks this morning, largely ignoring the soft leads provided by U.S. markets on Friday night. The ASX 200 made it up to 5455 but the bulls couldn’t maintain their rage and the index has since slipped back to 5436 to presently be a couple of points underwater. The


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