The market participants were very keenly waiting for the G20 meeting as there were hopes that in the meeting the US and China might consider measures which would help erasing the tensions related to the trade battle which could support the concerns of the global market participants. It seems like the meeting ended on the positive note and thus, the tensions related to the trade battle have been erased temporarily.
Talking about the trade, the US President stated that they would not be increasing the rates on the tariffs to 25% i.e. the rate would remain unchanged at 10% on the $200 billion goods. If the negotiations which they plan to do with in the period of 90 days does not happen as planned, the rates would be increased to 25%. Even though there has not been a permanent end to the trade war, there is a highly probability that the market players’ sentiments would regain the lost momentum. From the past several months, the tensions related to the trade battle have been weighing over the minds of the investors. Needless to say, the settlement between the US and China would also positively impact the technology sector and a robust momentum in the technology sector helps the broader markets as well.
Oil Prices Witnesses A Rise
It seems like the sentiments of investors have improved significantly primarily because of temporary relaxation from trade war between the US and China. While the permanent settlement is expected to help the global financial markets, the temporary settlement has also significantly helped in improving the sentiments. The oil prices witnessed a rise mainly on the back of the expectations that the US and China might end their battle. Now the investors are waiting for another meeting which is scheduled to take place on December 6, 2018 as this might also help in improving the sentiments of the investors. The meeting is expected to end up with the announcement about the production cuts which might further support the oil prices. Therefore, the sentiments of the participants in the oil markets are expected to remain sensitive to the global macroeconomic news. While the trade war between the US and China has been put to a temporary halt, still there are worries about the escalation of the battle.
Australian Markets Ended on Strong Note
As expected by the market players, the Australian markets ended the session on December 3, 2018, on the strong note. The primary reason which has supported by the Australian markets was the temporary halt of the trade battle between the US and China. S&P/ASX200 ended the session at 5771.2 which implies the rise of 104 points or 1.8%. Among the gainers, Graincorp Limited (ASX: GNC) and Bellamy’s Australia Limited (ASX: BAL) ended the session by advancing 26.712% and 12.022%, respectively. On the other hand, the stocks like St Barbara Limited (ASX: SBM) and Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS) ended the trading session by declining 7.883% and 5.054%, respectively.
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