Morning Briefing: Chinese data, oil lead to shaky trading

Morning Briefing: Chinese data, oil lead to shaky trading

Morning Briefing: Chinese data, oil lead to shaky trading Chinese data, oil lead to shaky trading
Equity markets have been shaky so far Friday as oil prices continue to edge lower ahead of the producers’ meeting in Doha this weekend together with Chinese GDP data.

Asian markets closed mostly lower as China’s first-quarter GDP matched with analysts’ expectations. Only Sydney closed higher.

European indexes are also trading lower following the lead from Asia and fairly flat results from Wall Street in the previous session.

Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open lower. Wall Street will be watching the latest financial results from Citigroup (8am ET) following lower profits posted by Bank of America and Blackrock.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,926.43 (+0.10 per cent) +4.05 per cent -0.61 per cent
TSX Composite 13,668.29 (-0.02 per cent) +2.00 per cent -11.54 per cent
 
Europe (at 5.30am ET)
UK FTSE 6,353.28 (-0.19 per cent) +3.47 per cent -10.48 per cent
German DAX 10,038.31 (-0.55 per cent) +1.05 per cent -17.93 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,272.21 (-0.11 per cent) +6.42 per cent -25.30 per cent
Japan Nikkei 16,848.03 (-0.37 per cent) -1.57 per cent -15.21 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.30am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
43.16
(-1.55 per cent)
40.77
(-1.76 per cent)
1231.00
(+0.37 per cent)
U$0.7785
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7723

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