Markets trade cautiously ahead of Powell speech - 27.8.2020

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Equity markets are mixed currently after another bullish session Wednesday highlighted the technology leadership in the continuing rally. Investors are awaiting the address by Federal Reserve Chair Powell today at the Kansas City Fed Jackson Hole symposium, where he will talk on the Fed’s monetary policy framework review.

Forex news

Currency Pair Change
EUR USD +0.03%
GBP USD +0.05%
USD JPY +0.21%

The Dollar weakening has paused currently ahead of Powell’s speech at 17:10 CET today following the US Labor Department report at 16:30 CET expected to show 1 million Americans likely sought unemployment benefits over the last week. 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, slipped 0.1% Wednesday despite data showing US orders for durable goods rose 11.2% in July helped by a 22% surge in automobile demand. EUR/USD reversed its climbing yesterday while the GBP/USD added to gains with both pairs lower currently. AUD/USD extended gains while USD/JPY reversed its climbing yesterday with both pairs higher currently.

Stock Market news

Indices Change
Dow Jones Index -0.16%
GB 100 Index -0.12%
Nikkei Index +0.51%
Hang Seng Index +0.72%

Futures on three main US stock indexes are mixed currently after a bullish run on Wednesday led by technology shares. The three main US stock indexes recorded gains ranging from 0.3% to 1.7% supported by expectations the Federal Reserve will signal it will keep monetary policy easy in a speech by Chairman Jerome Powell. European stock indexes are mixed currently after a bullish session Thursday. Asian indexes are mixed today too with Shanghai Composite leading advancers after reports China’s industrial profit growth jumped in July 19.6% from a year earlier, higher than June’s 11.5%.

Commodity Market news

Commodities Change
Brent Crude Oil -0.16%
WTI Crude -0.21%

Brent is edging higher today. US oil prices ticked up Wednesday after the US Energy Information Administration report that US crude oil inventories fell by 4.7 million barrels last week, the fifth weekly decline in a row. Gasoline inventories declined by 4.6 million barrels. The US oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures advanced: September WTI gained 0.1% but is lower currently. October Brent crude however closed 0.5% lower at $45.64 a barrel on Wednesday.

Gold Market News

Metals Change
Gold -0.53%

Gold prices are pulling back today. December gold jumped 1.5% to $1952.50 an ounce on Wednesday.