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Opening Bell: Global Stocks Rise After Robust U.S. Session; Futures Waver

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMar 25, 2020 07:58AM ET
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Opening Bell: Global Stocks Rise After Robust U.S. Session; Futures Waver
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Mar 25, 2020 07:58AM ET
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  • Congress and White House reach a deal on $2 trillion aid plan
  • Dow sees biggest one-day jump in 87 years
  • Oil heading back to $25

Key Events

U.S. futures for the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ, whipsawed this morning, going from red, to green to red once again, consolidating after Tuesday's buoyant Wall Street rally. Global equities jumped on Wednesday, in the slipstream of the best U.S. market performance in more than a generation and the Dow Jones Industrial Average's best day since 1933.

Yesterday's U.S. session was fueled by hopes that U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration would finally reach a preliminary deal on $2 trillion worth of coronavirus stimulus—which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning—to help support U.S. workers and businesses as the global pandemic weighs on the country's and the global economy. The official vote on the bill will take place later today in Washington.

Treasury yields rose, gold and the Japanese yen slipped as investors shift out of safe havens.

Global Financial Affairs

Traders are eagerly waiting to see if equities might actually post a two-day ascent later today, the first since the pandemic-fueled selloff began a month ago. Meanwhile, global economies are tapering to a standstill as the number of COVID-19 cases across the world escalates, and the fatality rate grows. The current count at time of writing: 425,493 cases, 18,963 deaths.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index opened higher, driven by energy and financial sector shares. Asian markets enjoyed some of their best gains since 2008. Japan's Nikkei outperformed (+8.13%); in Soeul, the KOSPI rose (+5.89%); Australia's ASX 200 also saw robust gains (+5.54%).

On Tuesday, U.S. equities soared on hopes, now realized, that Congress was closing in on the biggest fiscal stimulus plan in the country's history.

Dow Daily
Dow Daily

The Dow leaped more than 11%. Nonetheless, after posting a series of descending peaks and troughs after falling below the 24,681 low from Feb. 28, the mega cap index remains in a downtrend. That would mean yesterday's price action was a corrective rally within a downtrend.

The S&P 500 jumped from its lowest level since 2016, to its biggest single-day gain since October 2008.

UST 10Y Daily
UST 10Y Daily

Although yields, including for the benchmark 10-year Treasury, increased in tandem with yesterday’s monster rally in the U.S., the move higher was slight. As well, though they're edging higher again today, yields don't appear to be in a hurry to confirm the full on return of risk appetite. Perhaps that's because they've completed a rising flag which is bearish after the preceding plunge.

The U.S. Dollar Index fell for a fourth straight day.

DXY Daily
DXY Daily

With the index at 101, it will continue to trade with possible demand at the top of a rising channel. The next support waits at the psychological 100 level, the top of a failed broadening pattern.

Oil climbed for the third straight day.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

The price has been fluctuating below the $25 level.

Up Ahead

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index declined 0.7%.
  • The euro increased 0.3% to $1.0821.
  • The British pound rose 0.7% to $1.1845.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.3% to 111.56 per dollar.
  • The Mexican peso strengthened 1.3% to 24.5216 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries gained two basis points to 0.87%.
  • The yield on 2-year Treasuries climbed one basis point to 0.38%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield rose three basis points to -0.29%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.05%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2.7% to $24.66 a barrel.
  • Iron ore gained 2.6% to $83.01 per metric ton.
  • Spot gold weakened 1.9% to $1,601.01 an ounce.
  • LME zinc was little changed at $1,815 per metric ton.
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Circuitstar Incorporate Mar 25, 2020 8:17AM ET
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It will cratch tomorrow with 3.5 miilions new unemplymeny
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that should already be baked in ...plus president asked for those numbers to be held up for now... plus it would be more like 10 to 14 mil but you are correct this time they might only post 3mil
 
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