Morning Briefing: World markets focus on ECB

Morning Briefing: World markets focus on ECB

Morning Briefing: World markets focus on ECB World markets focus on ECB
With the US markets closed for Thanksgiving and no major data releases the markets have been weighing Europe’s next move so far Thursday.

Analysts are considering reports that the European Central Bank may opt for some lesser-seen stimulus measures when it meets next week. This could include a two-tier deposit rate according to Reuters. There is also high anticipation of US interest rates being increased slowly from next month.

Asian indexes have closed mixed with no remarkable moves while European indexes are trading higher so far.

Toronto is expected to open slightly higher following the flat finish in the previous session.
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North America (previous session)
US Dow Jones 17,813.39 (+0.01 per cent) +0.94 per cent -0.01 per cent
TSX Composite 13,403.42 (-0.03 per cent) -2.81 per cent -10.87 per cent
Europe (at 5.00am ET)
UK FTSE 6,362.36 (+0.39 per cent) -0.85 per cent - 5.45 per cent
German DAX 11,288.12 (+1.06 per cent) +4.51 per cent +13.84 per cent
Asia (at close)
China CSI 300 3,759.43 (-0.59 per cent) +4.74 per cent +38.06 per cent
Japan Nikkei 19,944.41 (+0.49 per cent) +5.26 per cent +14.73 per cent
Other Data (at 5.15am ET)
Oil (Brent) Oil (WTI) Gold Can. Dollar
(-0.87 per cent)
(-0.26 per cent)
(-0.13 per cent)
Aus. Dollar

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