Morning Briefing: Markets gain on Fed rate hold

Morning Briefing: Markets gain on Fed rate hold

Morning Briefing: Markets gain on Fed rate hold Markets gain on Fed rate hold
Weak data from the US Wednesday has boosted market expectations that the Fed will not be increasing interest rates this year. With American retail sales stagnant and producer prices declining analysts are predicting that it may be next year before any change in interest rates.

Asian markets have closed generally higher with commodity prices becoming more stable and some positive regional earnings.

European markets have followed suit with all major indexes trending higher so far. The EU president meets with the British prime minister Thursday to discuss the UK’s membership of the union.

Bank earnings including Goldman Sachs are in focus on Wall Street which, along with the TSX, is expected to open higher.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 16,924.75 (-0.92 per cent) +1.96 per cent +4.85 per cent
TSX Composite 13,875.33 (+0.22 per cent) +3.06 per cent +0.04 per cent
 
Europe (at 6.00am ET)
UK FTSE 6,325.33 (+0.89 per cent) +3.06 per cent +1.83 per cent
German DAX 10,043.25 (+1.28 per cent) -1.42 per cent +17.16 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,486.82 (+2.37 per cent) +10.61 per cent +41.52 per cent
Japan Nikkei 18,096.90 (+1.15 per cent) +0.39 per cent +20.06 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
48.87
(-0.57 per cent)
46.01
(-1.35 per cent)
1184.70
(+0.42 per cent)
U$0.7755
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7342
 
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