Morning Briefing: Oil higher on weaker US dollar, stocks higher

Morning Briefing: Oil higher on weaker US dollar, stocks higher

Morning Briefing: Oil higher on weaker US dollar, stocks higher Oil higher on weaker US dollar, stocks higher
A strong lead from Wall Street has helped gains on world markets Thursday. A weaker US dollar has boosted oil futures and given hope to a delay in further interest rate hikes by the Fed.

Asian markets closed mostly higher led by Sydney which was up 2 per cent. The Nikkei went against the trend with the stronger yen against the greenback prompting a sell-off.

European indexes are trending higher with London leading the pack. Commodity stocks are edging higher on the stronger oil prices and weakened dollar. Europe’s banking sector are the biggest drag with Deutsche and Standard Chartered among the largest losers in Wednesday’s session.

Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open higher.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 16,336.66 (+1.13 per cent) -4.74 per cent -7.56 per cent
TSX Composite 12,593.02 (+1.21 per cent) -2.58 per cent -16.02 per cent
 
Europe (at 5.30am ET)
UK FTSE 5,925.15 (+1.51 per cent) -2.76 per cent -13.63 per cent
German DAX 9,501.70 (+0.71 per cent) -7.60 per cent -12.92 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 2,984.76 (+1.23 per cent) -13.96 per cent -12.26 per cent
Japan Nikkei 17,044.99 (-0.85 per cent) -7.62 per cent -3.58 per cent
 
Other Data (at 5.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
35.30
(+0.74 per cent)
32.63
(+1.08 per cent)
1147.40
(+0.53 per cent)
U$0.7311
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7219

Canada is slipping down the G7
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Trans-Pacific trade deal signed
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Rosengren wants tougher stress tests for banks
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