Dollar strengthening accelerated on GDP final reading
US stock market edged higher on Thursday ahead of G20 summit despite National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow’s comment US may move forward with additional tariffs, and no preconditions were set ahead of Trump’s meeting with Xi. The S&P 500 gained 0.4% snapping four-day retreat. The Dow Jones industrial average however slipped less thane 0.1% to 26526.58. Nasdaq composite index rose 0.7% to 7967.76. The dollar strengthening accelerated as the final revision of first quarter GDP confirmed the US economy grew at a solid rate of 3.1% in the first quarter. 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, added 0.05% to 96.21 but is lower currently. Futures on US stock indices point to higher openings today.
DAX 30 gained while other European indexes slip
European stocks ended unchanged on Thursday. Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD turned lower with both pairs higher currently. The Stoxx Europe 600 index ended flat. Germany’s DAX 30 however rose 0.2% to 12271.03 lifted by 8.7% rally in Bayer. France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.1% and UK’s FTSE 100 slid 0.2% to 7402.33.
Australia’s All Ordinaries Index leads Asian indexes declines
Asian stock indices are mostly lower today while Trump met with the leaders of Japan, Germany and India on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan. Nikkei fell 0.3% to 21275.92 as yen reversed its earlier slide against the dollar. Chinese shares are retreating with no certainty about the outcome of Trump and Xi meeting tomorrow after the American president’s statement earlier he was preparing to target the $300 billion Chinese imports : the Shanghai Composite Index is down 0.6% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is 0.3% lower. Australia’s All Ordinaries Index turned 0.7% lower with Australian dollar’s climb against the greenback intact.
Brent futures prices are edging lower today. Prices inched up yesterday: August Brent crude ticked up 0.1% to $66.55 a barrel on Thursday.