Dollar strengthening accelerated
US stocks extended gains on Thursday despite mixed reports about opposition in Washington to a new agreement with Beijing to cancel mutual tariffs in stages. The S&P 500 gained 0.3% to 3085.18. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.7% to 27674.80. Nasdaq composite index added 0.3% to 8434.52. The dollar strengthening accelerated as data showed initial jobless claims were below forecast. The live dollar index data show the ICE US Dollar index, a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of six rival currencies, rose 0.2% to 98.13 but is lower currently. Futures on US stock indices point to mixed openings.
DAX 30 leads European indexes gains
European stock market advanced fifth straight session on Thursday on progress in US-China trade talks despite European Central Bank’s downgrade of euro-zone’ economic growth estimate for the second half of 2019. Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD accelerated their declines with both pairs lower currently. The Stoxx Europe 600 index ended 0.4% higher led by mining and auto shares. Germany’s DAX 30 rallied 0.8% to 13289.46. France’s CAC 40 gained 0.4% and UK’s FTSE 100 added 0.1% to 7406.41.
Hang Seng leads Asian indexes losses
Asian stock indices are mostly retreating today after reports bilateral rollback of tariffs agreed upon as part of a “phase one” US-China trade deal faced “fierce internal opposition” within the White House. Nikkei rose 0.3% to 23391.87 despite resuming yen climb against dollar. Chinese stocks are falling despite a report China’s exports fell less than feared in October: the Shanghai Composite Index is down 0.5% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is 0.7% lower. Australia’s All Ordinaries Index slipped another 0.04% despite resumed Australian dollar decline against the greenback.
Brent futures prices are edging lower today. Prices ended higher yesterday after news China and the US agreed to cancel tariffs after a phase one trade deal: January Brent crude rose 0.9% to $62.29 a barrel on Thursday.