Morning Briefing: World stocks lower on oil, Fed

Morning Briefing: World stocks lower on oil, Fed

Morning Briefing: World stocks lower on oil, Fed World stocks lower on oil, Fed
Friday 13th is already proving to be unlucky for investors as world stock markets are hit by fear of weak economies and US interest rates.

Asian markets closed with losses across the board as oil hit lows not seen for more than two months and gold and copper fell to near 6-year lows as the greenback strengthened. Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai saw the sharpest losses.

In Europe data showing a slower pace of growth than expected has added to other concerns to push equities lower so far. The 0.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth of the Eurozone countries was down from 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter. The economies of individual member states is also concerning with Germany down to 0.3 per cent (from 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter) and Italy down to 0.2 per cent (from 0.3). France did better with growth of 0.3 per cent after a flat previous quarter.

Toronto and Wall Street are expected to open flat ahead of US jobs data at 8.30am ET.
 
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,448.07 (-1.44 per cent) +2.14 per cent -1.16 per cent
TSX Composite 13,127.18 (-1.61 per cent) -5.18 per cent -11.18 per cent
 
Europe (at 6.00am ET)
UK FTSE 6,136.70 (-0.68 per cent) -3.24 per cent - 7.52 per cent
German DAX 10,754.19 (-0.26 per cent) +7.19 per cent +16.28 per cent
 
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,746.24 (-1.29 per cent) +8.74 per cent +45.22 per cent
Japan Nikkei 19,596.91 (-0.51 per cent) +7.47 per cent +12.67` per cent
 
Other Data (at 6.00am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
44.65
(+1.34 per cent)
41.95
(+0.48 per cent)
1083.00
(+0.19 per cent)
U$0.7526
 
Aus. Dollar
U$0.7137
 
 
Wells Fargo says Fed will increase rates next month
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