Gold recovers amidst fears over a weakening dollar - EMEA Brief 22 Nov
- After yesterday´s meeting in Brussels, Theresa May said “both sides have given sufficient direction” and she will meet Jean-Claude Juncker again on Saturday “to discuss how we can bring to a conclusion this process and bring it to a conclusion in the interest for all our people”, indicating that a final deal is likely to come very soon.
- The 27 remaining countries in the EU will meet with Theresa May on Sunday, where they will vote on the Brexit deal. Spain, the only country that was set to veto the UK´s exit agreement over ongoing territorial disputes regarding Gibraltar, seems to have reached a separate pre-agreement deal with the UK over the territory in question.
- US stocks bounced back on Wednesday and hit resistance levels. Even thought the Dow Jones closed slightly lower, it was trading 1% higher at midday, whilst the S&P500 and the Nasdaq closed at a gain of 0.39% and 0.92% respectively.
- European stocks were also trading higher on Wednesday as the Stoxx 6oo index rose 0.7%, the CAC 40 was up 0.6%, the DAX and the IBEX 35 both gained 1%, and the FTSE 100 was up by almost 1.5%.
- Chinese stocks start the day with uncertainty as the Shanghai Composite was trading 0.5% lower by the end of the morning session, and the Shenzhen dropped 0.3%, as investors remain cautious ahead of the G-20 meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on Dec 1. The rest of Asia saw a more positive start to the day, as both the Nikkei 25 and the Topix saw gains of 0.6%. The positive movement extended also to Australia, as the ASX 200 saw gains of around 1%.
- Gold bounced back on Wednesday as it traded above $1,220 per ounce, inching closer to $1,300, price at which it started off the year.
- Oil prices recover on Wednesday but take a negative turn on the Asian afternoon trading session, as crude futures falling 0.4% and Brent slipping 0.3%
- The European Commission is looking in to sanctioning Italy over its debt budget indiscipline. They will demand Italy to explain how it will remedy its budget plans in order to abide by EU rules. If Italy fails to do so, the EU could open a “debt-based Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP)”.
- Consumer confidence for the month of November fell to 97.5, down from the previous month´s 98.6. The survey is based upon 500 consumers´ sentiment towards economic and political matters such as personal finance, government policies and unemployment.
- US durable goods fell 4.4% last month. The decline is believed to be led by US companies being cautious about spending resources amidst ongoing trade wars with China.
Asian overnight: A largely bullish session overnight saw some reprieve from the wider bearish trend, following on from a US and Europe rebound yesterday. Chinese stocks were the one outlier, with the Shenzhen composite trading in the red. Meanwhile, the dollar was grinding lower, following reports that the Fed could end their tightening cycle as early as next spring.
UK, US and Europe: Brexit hopes are up again as a deal seems to be inching closer after Theresa May's meeting with European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker ended with "very good progress" and a new meeting for Saturday seems to indicate that a deal is more likely to happen than not. Spain seems to have reached a pre-agreement with the UK which could ensure that the future of Gibraltar would be settled directly with Madrid, leaving it out of the EU exit agreement.
Looking ahead, the US Thanksgiving holiday, coupled with a general lack of economic releases throughout Europe and Canada means we could have a relatively quiet session. Any fundamental drivers will have to be already in play or coming from left field. Thus stay aware of any potential shift in the state of play for Brexit, with talk of the Germans pulling out of Sunday's EU summit already worrying markets. It seems that for all the UK misgivings over the proposed deal, it is not a guaranteed that it would pass through the EU either.
Gold has reacted in an atypical way in the last few months. Usually a safe heaven when bear markets occur, gold has lost about $100 per ounce since the beginning of the year, despite trade sell offs and a slowing economy sending equities into bearish territory. This could change going forward, as tightening monetary policies and slowing economic growth could weaken the dollar, the main factor working against gold, leading to an increase in the value of gold as a safe heaven. Join the chat about the future of gold today at 1pm UK time as we sit down with professional investor Simon Popple and Ross Normal, CEO of Sharps Pixley, where you will be able to ask questions on a live Q&A. You can leave your questions on the comments sections of the following link:
Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in GMT)
Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar
3pm – eurozone consumer confidence (November, flash): index to rise to -2.4 from -2.7. Market to watch: EUR crosses
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