Market Update & Important Indicators:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average headed toward its highest close in nearly three months Wednesday, with markets calm as investors weighed the latest signals on international trade. Stocks have risen lately despite worries that protectionist policies could slow trade and weaken the global economy, damping growth and hurting markets. Some investors still believe trade compromises between the U.S. and other countries, including China, will eventually resolve the conflicts. China has offered to purchase nearly $70 billion of U.S. farm, manufacturing and energy products if the Trump administration abandons threatened tariffs, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Trade tensions and political uncertainty surrounding Italy and other countries remain threats to the market rally, but some analysts still think strong earnings and favourable growth in the U.S. can power major indexes higher. The Dow industrials added 1.4%, to 25146. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% after a recent resurgence in tech stocks helped the index notch a third straight session of advances Tuesday, while the Nasdaq Composite edged up 0.3% and was on track for a fresh record. The US Gold price was steady at 1,295.90 US$/oz.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index ended flat at 386.88 after European Central Bank Chief Economist Peter Praet suggested the bank could decide as soon as next week to wind down quantitative easing despite troubles in Italy. Gains in the euro after those comments also weighed down stocks, while investors remained wary about an uncertain outlook for Italian stocks. Still, this was offset by gains in mining stocks due to rises in base metal prices. Regionally, France's CAC 40 ended down 0.1%, and Germany's DAX and the U.K.'s FTSE 100 both ended up 0.3%. Italy's FTSE MIB ended up 0.3% and Spain's Ibex 35 outperformed, closing up 1.1%.
Stocks in Japan and Hong Kong edged up 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively. Energy and mining companies drove most of the advance in Asia on Wednesday as oil and metals prices rose. Focus later Wednesday was expected to turn to the U.S. Commerce Department's release of international trade data for April as trade tensions have driven swings in stock markets in recent weeks.
Commodity-price rebounded buoyed Australian stocks as the country's equities market rose broadly after yesterday's underperformance. The S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.5% to 6025.1 as energy stocks jumped 2.4% and materials climbed 1.6%. Heavyweights BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto respectively rose 2% and 2.5%. But financials dropped 0.8% as CBA retreated 1.7%, erasing much of this week's rebound following its government settlement. Australia's major lenders stumbled amid continued concerns about rising headwinds and regulatory scrutiny.
Base metal prices were mixed on the London Metal Exchange. The aluminium price gained 1.4% to 2,342/t and the 3-month copper contract rose by 1.6% to 7,211/t. Tin increased 1.7% to 21,060/t, while the price of lead gained 0.4% to 2,519/t. Negative movers were nickel that fell 0.8% to 15,570/t and zinc that dipped 0.2% to 3,213/t.
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