1. The ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, uncertainty over the direction of U.S. monetary policy and continued uncertainty over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union all remain the primary drivers for market moves in the near term. A clearly sophisticated strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend also…
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1. The U.S.-China trade war continued to be the primary driver for market volatility this week. The Hong Kong protests remain a thorn in the side of Beijing as the pro-democracy demonstrations expand. Chinese troops have moved closer to the region, ostensibly in a previously planned maneuver that has nothing to do with the protests,…
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The U.S. appears set to kick the proverbial can down the road once more as the House passed a two-year deal to increase the debt ceiling yet again, sending it to the Senate for a vote.
1. The battle over the U.S. debt ceiling has once again become a Congressional showdown, as was widely expected. The U.S.-China trade war also continues to remain largely unresolved and these two items alone are likely to trigger a significant increase in market volatility in the coming weeks. 2. The seasonally adjusted number of Americans…
Trade and speculation about the moves of the Federal Reserve moved back to the forefront of factors affecting market volatility this week. Continued escalation of tensions in the Middle East region also remains a factor.
The G-20 meeting appeared to result in a truce between China and the U.S. on the trade front, as was generally expected. Stock analysts eagerly awaited the release of the June Non-Farm Payrolls report on Friday for indications of what the Federal Reserve’s next monetary policy move might be. It was a shortened trading week due to the Independence Day holiday in the U.S.
Escalating tensions in the trade talks between the U.S. and China sent markets lower as President Trump threatened to enact a tariff increase on Chinese goods beginning Friday. When the U.S. followed through on its threat at midnight on Friday morning, stocks plunged as equity markets apparently had not been pricing in the fact that the deal could collapse so quickly.
The U.K. received a reprieve from the constant pressure of coming up with a viable Brexit package this week when the EU gave it until October 31 to come up with a new plan. Conditions on the extension, however, mean that the U.K. must elect members to the European Parliament in May, or it will again be faced with the threat of a disorderly exit come June 1.