Morning Briefing: Markets await Yellen, Deutsche pushes Euro-markets higher

Morning Briefing: Markets await Yellen, Deutsche pushes Euro-markets higher

Morning Briefing: Markets await Yellen, Deutsche pushes Euro-markets higher Markets await Yellen, Deutsche pushes Euro-markets higher
Fed chair Janet Yellen will testify to the House Finance Committee Wednesday and markets are awaiting clues on interest rates but also reassurance that the Fed is prepared to react to the markets as well as data.

Asian markets closed lower with Japan off by more than 2 per cent. Some of the major exchanges are closed this week, including Shanghai. Those that are trading, including Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney are being rocked by falling commodity prices.

European indexes, while awaiting the Fed, have surged on reports that Germany’s Deutsche Bank is considering a 50 billion Euro bond-buyback. Its shares gained almost 14 per cent. The major markets are all ahead so far.

Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open flat ahead of Yellen’s speech.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 16,014.38 (-0.08 per cent) -2.03 per cent -10.38 per cent
TSX Composite 12,282.65 (-2.02 per cent) -1.31 per cent -18.73 per cent
 
Europe (at 4.30am ET)
UK FTSE 5,702.81 (+1.25 per cent) -3.55 per cent -16.49 per cent
German DAX 9,092.52 (+2.40 per cent) -7.68 per cent -15.45 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 2,963.79 (-0.70 per cent) -11.83 per cent -10.52 per cent
Japan Nikkei 15,713.39 (-2.31 per cent) -11.21 per cent -10.99 per cent
 
Other Data (at 5.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
30.89
(+1.88 per cent)
28.48
(+1.93 per cent)
1182.20
(-1.37 per cent)
U$0.7210
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7100

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Iran will talk to Saudi Arabia on oil production cuts
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