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Energy stocks adjust for medium term pain

28 Nov 2014 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets While surveys suggest that a majority of analysts anticipated that the OPEC meeting would not reduce its production quota, today’s market action indicates that traders and investors went in to the meeting attaching a reasonable probability to OPEC cutting production.

Woolworth’s Christmas comes early

27 Nov 2014 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Thursday’s session remained muted ahead of the week’s most crucial data release for Australia – Private Capital expenditure. Following the flop of 2.2% in quarterly construction work completed, the market eagerly watching for green-shoots in Australian private businesses.

Bank of Japan’s ‘Audacious’ Easing Confronts Deflation, Boosts Balance Sheet

27 Nov 2014 By Sachin Gupta and Tomoya Masanao, PIMCO - On October 31, at the end of its monetary policy meeting, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing additional monetary easing. This was the first significant increase in the BOJ’s Qualitative and Quantitative Easing (QQE) program since its launch in April 2013.

The tortoise and the ECB

27 Nov 2014 By Harley Bassman, executive vice president and portfolio manager, PIMCO - Investors may wonder how long the European Central Bank (ECB) will slumber after taking an early lead in the race to expand its balance sheet to facilitate growth across the eurozone – the world’s second-largest economy.

Mixed leads mean mixed action

27 Nov 2014 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Predicting the outcome of share market trading today is more difficult than usual. Positive moves in European shares contrast with a flat US performance. Better growth numbers over the past week are offset by weaker durable goods and consumer numbers in the US overnight.

Trading this week has been all about Medibank

26 Nov 2014 By Chay Flack (Equity and Derivatives Dealer, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets The Australian market started strong this morning adding 55 points on the back of surprising US GDP numbers overnight. Most of the gains have been retained moving into the afternoon session with the ASX200 staying up 40 points.

Australia 200 Index – Buy the Gamechanger

26 Nov 2014 CMC Markets - A rate cut from the People's Bank of China short circuited resource selling, and may bring higher levels for the main share market index.

Aussie Dollar push to new lows and weak iron ore prices reveal mounting market concern over China’s economy

26 Nov 2014 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Markets received more good news on the US economy last night with news that the official estimate of 3rd quarter GDP growth has been increased to 3.9%. However, local investor focus is likely to be closer to home with mounting concern over China’s economy and release of quarterly construction work figures for our economy.

XJO falls as Medibank takes centre stage

25 Nov 2014 By Will Leys (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets The ASX200 market is sharply lower at lunch, cooling off after yesterday’s rally, despite reasonable international leads. US markets edged higher overnight, extending record levels, but there was little new in the way of catalysts. Global sentiment remains mildly positive on the back of last week’s stimulus double play out of China and Europe.

In Change of Strategy, China Cuts Interest Rate

25 Nov 2014 By Neil Gough, Reporter, New York Times - For months, Beijing avoided broad stimulus measures, signalling that it was comfortable with the country’s slowing growth. But sliding house prices, reduced foreign investment and a flagging manufacturing sector, coupled with the continuing woes in Japan and Europe, prompted the People’s Bank of China to make a move.
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