As the market players are aware, the equity markets are sensitive to the health of the global economy, and any kind of disturbances might weigh over the broader equity markets’ momentum. It is also important to know that the investors are closely tracking the news about trade battle between the US and China as the news about the same has the potential to significantly influence the momentum of equity markets. If the trade battle between these countries settles down on a permanent basis, it could positively impact the confidence of investors and can also help broader equity markets. The markets are also sensitive to global macro-economic factors.
However, the US equity markets might also get influenced by the corporate earnings moving forward. The US companies would soon start publishing their results for the quarter ended March 2018 which might also affect the broader momentum of equity markets. To name a few, Visa Inc. is expected to release their earnings for March 2018 quarter on April 24, 2019 while, its competitor, Mastercard Incorporated is expected to post earnings on April 30, 2019. Yesterday (i.e., April 4, 2019), Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session at 26,384.63 which implies a rise of 166.5 points or 0.64% on an intraday basis. Also, on the same day, S&P 500 Index got closed at 2,879.39 which implies a marginal rise of 5.99 points or 0.21%.
Oil Prices To Remain Sensitive to Macro Factors
The oil prices are expected to remain sensitive to the news related to a trade war, and the settlement of this battle can significantly help the oil prices. These sorts of global disturbances can weigh over the oil demand which, in turn, impacts the oil prices. Also, the movement of broader equity markets can also influence oil prices.
Australian Markets Ends in Red: S&P/ASX200 Falls 0.8%
The equity markets in Australia are expected to be sensitive to the global macro-economic factors and the news related to trade dispute between the US and China. If the global disturbances reduce, it could help the broader Australian economy and equity markets. Today (i.e. April 5, 2019), the Australian markets ended in red as S&P/ASX200 Index got closed at 6,181.3 which implies a decline of 51.5 points or 0.8% on an intraday basis. Coming to the performance of stocks, Afterpay Touch Group Limited (ASX: APT) and Domain Holdings Australia Limited (ASX: DHG) had closed the session in green as their prices witnessed the increase of 3.83% and 3.741%, respectively on an intraday basis.
On the other hand, the stocks like Bravura Solutions Limited (ASX: BVS) and Appen Limited (ASX: APX) had closed the session in red as their prices have declined 4.806% and 4.167%, respectively. Antipa Minerals Limited (ASX: AZY) had made an announcement about the capital raising of $5.1 million with the help of new shares placement. In order to read the news, please click here. Also, Perseus Mining Limited (ASX: PRU) posted gold production for three months ended March 2019. To read the news, please click here.
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