Today saw markets further their plunge as fears of a U.S. default remained in investors’ minds. As it gets closer to the August second deadline, with the government failing to make any tangible progress on the debt ceiling, investors are growing more worried, which has sent equities on a roller coaster ride over the last few weeks. As for commodities, gold saw yet another historic breakthrough today as it finished above $1,600 per ounce for the first time ever. Gold’s climb proves that investors are more comfortable seeking safe havens for the time being in the precious metals arena, as they quickly move out of equity positions to wait out the storm. In aggregate, today saw the UBS Bloomberg CMCI index finish down 7.6 points while the S&P GSCI gained roughly 5.5 suggesting that commodities were pretty mixed overall.
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American markets tumbled in Thursday trading as the second day of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony weighed on U.S. equities. In the report, Bernanke seemed to quell any notion of stimulus in the near future, suggesting that the economic situation will have to deteriorate further if another round of QE is in the cards. Industrial goods, services, and tech were all big losers on the day while health care and consumer companies managed to rise above the overall market to close the session. In international markets, Asia started the day mixed as Chinese and Indian benchmarks rose, but Australia and Japan both fell, leaving the region pretty much flat overall. European markets, however, were down across the board as pretty much all the benchmarks on the continent lost about 1% in the day’s trading.
American markets started the day on a high note only to finish the much closer to the breakeven level as traders digested testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. In his report, the Chairman suggested that another round of stimulative measures wasn’t completely out of the question and that more ‘untested’ methods may be used to bring the economic growth rate back up. Utilities were one of the losers on the day while traders continued to push into the basic materials and services sector as strong prices for natural resources and hopes for more easing carried the riskier sectors higher on the day.
American markets floated upwards for much of Tuesday’s session until right before the close when Moody’s downgraded Ireland to ‘junk’ pushing equities sharply lower to close out the day. The heaviest losses came in the technology sector as the Nasdaq underperformed its counterparts, led lower by a nearly 1.7% loss in both Intel and Oracle. Utilities and basic materials, however, did manage to have solid days led by strength in natural resource prices and a desire for more safe haven investments in the space. Global markets were also in the red pretty much across the board as the Asia-Pacific region started the day with a nearly 1.8% loss in Australia and Shanghai, followed by a 3% tumble in the Hang Seng exchange. Meanwhile, in Europe, most benchmarks finished lower by about one percent although the Italian exchange did make back some of its losses, gaining 1.2% in Tuesday trading.
U.S. markets had a rough start to the week as fears over debt loads in Europe sent many investors running for safe havens. Losses were pretty much across the board in American equity markets as financials did the worst while health care came out relatively unscathed. Internationally, Asia started the day on a down note as the Hang Seng and the S&P ASX both finished the day lower by about 1.5% while Europe outdid their Asian counterparts as the French and German indexes both fell by over 2.3% while the Italian benchmark plunged by close to 4% on worries over that country’s debt. As a result of this international turmoil, many investors fled to safe havens such as the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds, helping to send yields much lower on the day for most maturity levels of American debt. Unsurprisingly, this led to a risk off trade in commodities, … See the full story here
Most equities took a crushing blow today, as weak data led to downward pressure on all of the major benchmarks. Though many commodities were able to stand their ground during today’s sell-off, like gold which gained 0.8% to sit at just under $1,550 per ounce, others were not so lucky. After having several strong days in succession, crude oil closed out its shortened trading week by dropping 2.3% to $96.4 per barrel. Today derailed the market strength that had been persisting since the end of June, when investors and analysts started to gain glimpses of optimism for an economic recovery. But with earnings season kicking off next week, data from hundreds of market-leading companies could turn stocks around, or send them spiraling further down to start the second half of the year.
Today saw equities return to their winning ways, as positive data from around the country pushed major indexes higher, with the S&P 500 tacking on 14 more points in today’s trading session. A healthy jobs report pointed towards more hiring around the nation, and hopefully to a stronger recovery, as the process has been lagging thus far. The commodity world saw yet another strong day as the majority of individual contracts saw gains on good data and a further weakening U.S. dollar. The UBS Bloomberg CMCI index gained 34.5 points along with the RJ/CRB Commodity benchmark which jumped 6 points on the strong commodity performance for the day.
American equity markets rose modestly in Wednesday trading as worries over Greece and Portugal were overshadowed by solid performances out of blue chips in the consumer and the technology sectors. International markets were more mixed, however, as European indexes saw red across the board while Asia saw gains in Japan and Australia, but losses in India and China. In currency markets, the U.S. dollar gained against most of its major counterparts, led by a 1% gain against both the euro and British pound, ahead of the key central bank meetings for both of these currencies tomorrow. This made it a rough day for many commodities as the UBS Bloomberg CMCI, the RJ/CRB Commodity, and the Rogers International indexes all saw losses on the day, although the S&P GSCI index did manage to rise by about 11 points in the session.
Today saw markets at a standstill after one of the strongest weeks in 2011, with major indexes regaining much of the ground that was lost over the last few months. But just as the celebrating of the Greek austerity package went underway, Moody’s cut its debt rating for Portugal, pushing stocks back lower in Tuesday trading. Commodities, on the other hand, had very strong days led by strength in the metal and energy markets. Oil and gold were two of the big winners with both gaining around 2%, with gold shooting back above the $1,500 per ounce level, which it briefly dipped below at the close of last week. In this shortened holiday week, investors hope to see July start off with the same momentum that June ended with, but continuing worries from the euro-zone may reverse the bullish trend that has been exhibited in the past few trading sessions.