Market Update: Dow Jones Closes The Session Marginally Lower. What Investors Should Focus On?

It can be assumed that market players have lots of issues to understand and analyse before placing their bets on the stocks. The tensions relating to the trade wars as well as the US earnings season are the primary factors which the investors need to maintain their focus on. Even though the geopolitical worries (like trade wars) impacts the momentum, the broader markets are also very sensitive to the news about the earnings results. Moreover, the comments, as well as points of the companies’ top executives, gives the broader picture about the economic health. Therefore, it can be said that the market players need to be focused on the earnings season while maintaining their attention towards the news related to trade war.

Coming to the yesterday’s performance, Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the session marginally lower at 24,553.24 which implies the fall of 22.38 points or 0.091%. However, S&P 500 Index closed the session on January 24, 2019, marginally higher at 2,642.33 which implies the marginal rise of 3.63 points or 0.14% on the intra-day basis. Moving forward, it can be assumed that the US markets would be sensitive to the news about the companies’ earnings.

What Factors Might Affect Oil Prices?

The oil prices are also very sensitive to the news about the global macro-economic conditions and any news which impacts the broader financial markets. An unfavourable momentum in the equity markets negatively impacts the oil prices. When the equity market witnesses the negative momentum, it increases the fears of oil demand in the minds of the market players. Also, the oil prices are sensitive to the news about the trade wars between the US and China. The trade war has the potential to impede the sentiments of global investors. The geopolitical worries also negatively impact the broader business environment. These worries also derail the consumer sentiments. Therefore, it can be said that the permanent end to the trade battle would support the global economy.

Australian Markets Wrapped Up the Session in Green

The Australian markets closed the session in green as S&P/ASX200 is marginally up. On January 25, 2019, S&P/ASX200 closed the session at 5905.6 which implies the rise of 39.9 points or 0.7%. The news related to the macro-economic factors would also affect the broader Australian markets moving forward. On January 25, 2019, the stocks like Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: ILU) and Sims Metal Management Limited (ASX: SGM) closed the session higher as these stocks witnessed the gains of 9.055% and 6.17%, respectively.

On the other hand, the stocks like ResMed Inc (ASX: RMD) and AMP Limited (ASX: AMP) closed the session lower by falling 12.036% and 7.874%, respectively. ikeGPS Group Limited (ASX: IKE) came forward and made an announcement about the update related to Q3 FY 2019. Read the full news here. Also, 88 Energy Limited (ASX: 88E) had published the report for the December quarter. Read the full news here.


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