It can be said that from a long time the global markets were under the pressure of the increased concerns of the global downturn as well as worries about the trade war between the United States and China. Moreover, earlier, the investors were also tensed about the decision related to the interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. These tensions were visible after the Federal Reserve’s December 2018 meeting, However, the worries related to the interest rate hikes were shaved off after the Chairman of Federal Reserve made an announcement that he would be patient in the increasing the interest rates.
Later on, the efforts were also made to resolve the trade worries between the US and China. The market players were also eyeing the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s meeting and it can be assumed that the minutes of the December 2018 meeting has also supported the movement of the broader markets. On January 9, 2019, Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session at 23,879.12 which implies the rise of 91.67 points or 0.39%.
Should You Worry About the Volatile Oil Prices?
It can be assumed that the oil prices are presently volatile largely because these prices are highly sensitive to the news related to the trade wars as well as other macro-economic variables. Moreover, the oil prices also track the performance of the global financial markets and a downturn in the financial markets can significantly impact the oil prices. This is because when the financial markets experience an unfavourable momentum, the worries about the demand of oil is increased and these worries negatively impact the oil prices. However, the market players also need to know that recently the oil prices witnessed the favourable momentum as the sentiments of the market participants were supported because they were expecting that the US and China trade dispute might settle down.
The geopolitical and macro-economic factors are very important to track before making deployments in the financial markets.
Australian Markets Closed Marginally Higher
The Australian markets have ended the session slightly higher as S&P/ASX200 closed in green. S&P/ASX200 ended the session on January 10, 2018 at 5795.3 which implies the rise of 17 points or 0.3%. Also, on the same day, stocks like Nanosonics Limited (ASX: NAN) and St Barbara Limited (ASX: SBM) closed the session higher at 4.082% and 3.854%, respectively. However, on the other hand, the stock like Costa Group Holdings Limited (ASX: CGC) and Treasury Wine Estates Limited (ASX: TWE) have closed the session lower by witnessing the fall of 38.806% and 4.779%, respectively.
Also, Holista Colltech Limited (ASX: HCT) have managed to seal the rights related to the distribution in the North America. Read the full news here. Integrated Research Limited (ASX: IRI) had delivered the robust earnings guidance with regards to the first half of the 2019. Read the full news here. Also, Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (ASX: C6C) had made an announcement about the production guidance for the next three years. The company also gave the production update. read the full news here.
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