US stocks are driving higher due to the weaker-than-expected manufacturing data as traders are taking the view that bad news for the economy is good news for the stock market.
The oil price has seen colossal price swings in the past two and half years. At the lockdowns were introduced in 2020 as a reaction to the pandemic, the oil market tumbled as demand fears accelerated. In February 2020, WTI was trading in the region of $45 and by late April oil futures traded below zero as dealers rushed to exit the market.
Equity markets saw a lot of volatility today as the latest trade data from China added to worries about the health of the global economy.
Stock markets in Europe bounced back today as last night’s Fed minutes contained some dovish nuggets.
Stock markets are pushing higher ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting, even though it is widely believed the bank will reveal a large interest rate hike.
Volatility is relatively low today as we near the close of trading. Equity markets are showing strong gains as bargain hunters have snapped up stocks.
The US dollar index came under a little pressure following the shock announcement the US economy contracted by 1.4% in the first quarter of this year, which was a big surprise as economists were expecting growth of 1.1%.
The optimism of yesterday has been replaced by renewed pessimism as continued Russian aggression is driving European stock markets lower.
Germany’s DAX, hit its highest mark since late February as the mood in Europe is optimistic, despite the fact the war in Ukraine is not showing any signs of ending soon.
The fact the EU have not slapped an embargo on Russian oil has helped stocks.
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