Morning Briefing: Brexit, oil in focus

Morning Briefing: Brexit, oil in focus

Morning Briefing: Brexit, oil in focus Brexit, oil in focus
The UK’s referendum on its EU membership is in focus as the new week begins with markets anticipating a vote to stay in the bloc rather than opt for ‘Brexit’.

The optimism has been fuelled by opinion polls which show a swing to ‘remain’ following the murder of a British MP last week.

Oil prices have been boosted by the easing of Brexit fears with international benchmark Brent above $50 this morning and US crude also almost 2 per cent higher.

Asian equity markets closed higher, led by Tokyo, with sentiment gaining ahead of the UK vote Thursday, however there is likely to be a volatile week ahead for markets worldwide this week.

European indexes are trending higher too; London, Paris and Frankfurt all up around 3 per cent.

Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open higher.
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,675.16 (-0.33 per cent) +1.00 per cent -1.89 per cent
TSX Composite 13,901.77 (+0.14 per cent) -0.13 per cent -5.13 per cent
Europe (at 5.30am ET)
UK FTSE (previous) 6,182.28 (+2.68 per cent) +0.42 per cent -7.87 per cent
German DAX 9,947.61 (+3.28 per cent) +0.32 per cent -9.90 per cent
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,112.67 (+0.07 per cent) +1.12 per cent -32.87 per cent
Japan Nikkei 15,965.30 (+2.34 per cent) -4.61 per cent -20.86 per cent
Other Data (at 5.30am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
(+1.93 per cent)
(+1.83 per cent)
(-0.65 per cent)
Aus. Dollar
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