MARKET SNAPSHOT –
- SPI200 futures closed down 31 pts to 5896
- SP500 futures closed down 10.25 pts to 2340.75
- FTSE100 futures closed down 18.50 pts to 7290
- DAX30 futures closed up 32 pts to 12186.50
- GOLD finished up $3.90 to $1278.10 an ounce
- COPPER futures finished down $6.30 to $254.50 a pound
- OIL futures finished down $0.29 to $53.11 a barrel
- CRB Index finished down 0.61 pts to 188.90
- AUDUSD trading at 0.7538
- EURUSD trading at 1.0668
- GBPUSD trading at 1.2546
- USDJPY trading at 108.9400
US take a breather coming into Easter as the bears rough up the bulls from the open. The main headlines for the day which pressured the marker was US Secretary of States visit to Moscow and comments saying that US-Russia relations are ‘at a low point’. Trump also caused concern in the market as he made it clear that Healthcare reform will once again take priority over tax reform. He also reiterated his feelings on the USD, and therefore interest rates, being too strong. Trump also mentioned that he was undecided on re-nominating Fed Chair Janet Yellen as there stance on the interest rates differ. Europe was again mixed going into the long weekend.
The VIX Index (a measure of the volatility in the market) sits at its highest level since the US elections showing signs that traders want to see results rather than talk to keep moving higher.
The USD was hit hard and fell on the back of Trumps comments to close lower at the bell. The weakness in the dollar was the main driver for gains in the EURO, AUD and Pound. The Pound also found strength after data showed that Britains wage growth was stronger than expected.
Gold pushed higher slightly on the weaker USD and geopolitical uncertainty, while Oil was slightly lower after yesterdays solid move.
The ASX200 is expected to open 20/30 points lower on the back of US uncertainty and ahead of the Easter break. The ASX200 may have a range bound session once the action from the open settles down.
ECONOMIC DATA OUT TODAY (AEDT) –
AUD MI Inflation Expectations 11am
AUD Employment Change and Unemployment Rate 11:30am
CNY Trade Balance Tentative
EUR German Final CPI 4pm
USD PPI, Unemployment Claims and Core PPI Data 10:30pm
USD Prelim Consumer Sentiment data 12am
CAD BOC Gov Poloz Speaks 12:30am
ASX200 INTRADAY LEVELS TO WATCH –