Morning Briefing: World markets lower on oil, Fed

Morning Briefing: World markets lower on oil, Fed

Morning Briefing: World markets lower on oil, Fed World markets lower on oil, Fed
The impact of lower oil prices coupled with the Fed’s decision on interest rates is having more of an impact so far Friday. Following a weak finish to the previous session for North American indexes the rest of the world is also in negative territory so far.

Oil prices have continued to decline, although there has been a slight recovery for Brent crude overnight.
In Asia, most of the major indexes closed lower. Tokyo had been boosted earlier in the session by the BoJ announcing a hold-steady on policy but an increase in exchange-traded funds. However early gains were soon erased.

Europe’s markets are also lower following a strong Thursday session. Commodity prices are firmly in focus in the region and major indexes are down around a quarter of a percentage point.

Toronto and Wall Street are expected to open slightly lower. Wall Street will be set for the final ‘quadruple witching’ of the year; with quarterly stock and index options expiring along with stock and index futures. Trade is expected to be high and volatile.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,495.84 (-1.43 per cent) +0.04 per cent +0.80  per cent
TSX Composite 13,009.93 (-1.19 per cent) -2.91 per cent -9.32 per cent
 
Europe (at 6.00am ET)
UK FTSE 6,069.95 (-0.53 per cent) -3.33 per cent -3.05 per cent
German DAX 10,678.51 (-0.56 per cent) -2.57 per cent +8.84 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,767.91 (+0.32 per cent) +1.41 per cent +12.61 per cent
Japan Nikkei 18,986.80 (-1.90 per cent) -3.37 per cent +10.32 per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
37.27
(+0.57 per cent)
34.88
(-0.20 per cent)
1055.20
(+0.53 per cent)
U$0.7173
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7140
 
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