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Markets melt up

19 Dec 2014 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Traders and investors caught short heading into the FOMC scrambled for cover in Europe and the US, in many cases driving indices to their best one day performance for 2015.

Aussie Investors take their foot off the accelerator

18 Dec 2014 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Lead by the Fed-fervour offshore, Australians shares jumped on the Yellen cheer wagon. The material and energy stocks were back in vogue as both sectors gained over 3% in morning trade.

Fed Feeds Frenzy

18 Dec 2014 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets In spite of a frenzied pre-mortem, a benign statement from the US Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee and steadying commodity markets drove investors back into share markets overnight. A calmer, stronger ruble helped offset European growth fears, highlighted in the overnight session by further declines in inflation.

Oil reversal smashes data

16 Dec 2014 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Multi-year high readings on US industrial production and capacity utilisation initially spurred markets higher in overnight trading. The unambiguous strength in the US economy may give the Fed plenty to talk about at its meeting tonight, but a reversal in energy markets from gains to further dramatic losses soured the session and dragged equities to lows.

Oil - Boon or slippery slope

15 Dec 2014 By Robert Spector, Sanjay Natarajan and Robert M. Hall, MFS - Roughly one year ago, the consensus forecast for the end of 2014 was $100 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate and $110 for Brent crude — a miss of about 30% compared with current prices around $70.

Passing the Baton to the Global Consumer

11 Dec 2014 By Goldman Sachs Asset Management - Five and a half years into the bull market, many stock markets are achieving record highs while volatility is hovering around the lowest levels in years. Have market participants become complacent? Goldman Sachs doesn’t think so. In fact, the US i-bank believes the impressive milestones are making many investors nervous.

Get real

11 Dec 2014 By Michael Wilson, Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management - We can look ahead to 2%-to-2.5% real GDP growth instead of the 4% we have come to expect since World War II?

Household brands Woolworths and Telstra Heavy Lifting

11 Dec 2014 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Offshore jitters sent ripples through to Australian stocks. The open saw the local equities take 65 points off the index, catalysed by a mass-exit in energy stocks, yet again.

Stormy Weather

11 Dec 2014 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Dark clouds hang over Asia Pacific share markets this morning after a wild and stormy night’s trading. Record inventory levels produced a further slide in oil prices, fanning the flames of a Greek inspired European share sell off. Local jobs data is unlikely to ease the pressure, and all sectors are forecast to open down this morning.

Steady open as Woodside investors wait on details of possible Wheatstone acquisition

10 Dec 2014 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Yesterday’s news on Greek politics and China’s bond market came at a time when US and European stock markets have extended rallies and pushed valuations higher. This makes those markets vulnerable to downward corrections as profit takers act to avoid missing out.
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