Morning Briefing: Markets higher as oil rises, US GDP awaited

Morning Briefing: Markets higher as oil rises, US GDP awaited

Morning Briefing: Markets higher as oil rises, US GDP awaited Markets higher as oil rises, US GDP awaited
Oil prices have stabilized overnight and corporate earnings are also giving the markets a lift. Although it’s too soon to call for a Santa rally, there are positive signs in most major indexes so far Tuesday.

Asia’s markets closed with slim gains although Tokyo, which had been gaining, closed down slightly with McDonald’s one of the stocks losing on news that the US parent may be considering selling its Japanese arm.

European markets are mixed with oil prices and China’s policy announcement from the previous session, giving some optimism. London is among the gainers while Frankfurt has dipped from earlier gains.

Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open slightly higher. US GDP data at 8.30am ET will be in focus.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,251.62 (+0.72 per cent) -3.21 per cent -3.11 per cent
TSX Composite 13,034.38 (+0.08 per cent) -2.97 per cent -9.69 per cent
 
Europe (at 6.00am ET)
UK FTSE 6,065.99 (+0.52 per cent) -4.24 per cent -7.77 per cent
German DAX 10,475.13 (-0.22 per cent) -5.80 per cent +6.18 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,876.73 (+0.28 per cent) +2.71 per cent +14.21 per cent
Japan Nikkei 18,886.70 (-0.16 per cent) -5.00 per cent +7.10 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
36.47
(+0.33 per cent)
36.12
(+0.87 per cent)
1077.20
(+0.33 per cent)
U$0.7173
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7229

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