Global shares follow UK lower as new virus strain sends jitters through markets

Global markets fell overnight, with shares in Asia following the US and UK lower, and only uncorrelated safe havens like gold holding firm, as a new, more virulent strain of the coronavirus takes hold. Japan’s Nikkei and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng both dipped (down 1% and 0.8% respectively), mimicking losses in the US and UKContinue reading “Global shares follow UK lower as new virus strain sends jitters through markets”

Clock ticking on Brexit deal, still no agreement on stimulus package

European markets are mixed this morning as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warns there are mere hours left to secure a trade deal between the UK and the bloc. Sterling has dipped by 0.5% against the dollar, which in turn has helped the FTSE 100 gain by a similar amount due to its overseasContinue reading “Clock ticking on Brexit deal, still no agreement on stimulus package”

Markets in the red on Brexit and stimulus doubts

European markets have opened in the red as investors dial down their risk as Brexit negotiations near a critical point ahead of Sunday’s deadline. In addition to this, an agreement on a US fiscal stimulus package still looks some way off. Despite some vaccine optimism, US index futures are trading down 0.5%. In the USContinue reading “Markets in the red on Brexit and stimulus doubts”

Brexit talks stall, ECB set to extend stimulus

European markets have had a muted open this morning as ongoing Brexit talks continue to yield any real progress. The deadline of this Sunday has been set for talks to reach a conclusion and with many markets pricing in an agreement of some sort, a derailment of negotiations could well bring on some significant volatility.Continue reading “Brexit talks stall, ECB set to extend stimulus”

Dow closes above 30,000 for the first time ever

On Tuesday, the 124-year old Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 30,000 point mark for the first time in its history, almost four years after it first crossed the 20,000 mark. The Dow is now up more than 60% since its low in March, and surged through 30,000 with a 1.5% daily gain onContinue reading “Dow closes above 30,000 for the first time ever”

Second effective vaccine fuels rally, Tesla joins S&P

Dominating headlines yesterday was the news that Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine has proven 94.5% effective in a late-stage trial, a week after Pfizer reported similar results in its own trial. More data is expected from the study later this month, and Moderna said that it plans to ask health authorities to clear the vaccine by earlyContinue reading “Second effective vaccine fuels rally, Tesla joins S&P”

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