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Up by the Numbers

31 Mar 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Good data and strong market reactions overnight have Australian shares poised for a jump at today’s opening. Local optimism is further supported by a lower Australian dollar against both the US dollar and the Japanese yen, highlighting the potential for international buyers to push stocks higher. Further falls in commodity prices may temper enthusiasm.

Australian Market Saved by Strength in Asia Region

30 Mar 2015 By Tony Kwok (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets The Australian market was sold off heavily at the start of the day with the materials and energy sectors driving the market lower on the back of weaker commodity prices. After a 4% drop on Friday, iron ore prices have fallen further today after China’s economy slowed further in the first quarter, raising questions of future demand for the metal.

Commodity prices weigh on the stock market nerves

30 Mar 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Weak commodity prices at the end of last week will weigh on market sentiment this morning. However, investors may take some heart from the statement by the Governor of China’s central bank indicating that further stimulus initiatives are likely.

Risk Returns

27 Mar 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets All eyes turn to the Middle East as conflict in Yemen stands as a stark reminder of the one sided nature of the geo-political risks to asset markets. Higher oil and gold prices, and lower share markets, are the inevitable result of the return of risk as the potential for armed conflict escalates.

Shares Slammed

26 Mar 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Unfortunately timed data has kicked the Australian share market where it is technically vulnerable. After repeated failures by the index to break through the 6,000 level, local investors have seized on the negative overnight action and slammed the market, pushing the index under 5,900. Volatility is up, and every sector in the red, albeit on light and unconvincing volumes.

Reflections of a gold investor

25 Mar 2015 Intelligent Investor by Gaurav Sodhi In aggregate, our gold mini portfolio has neither gained nor fallen much. Yet this hides extraordinary moves in both directions. Gaurav Sodhi updates on the progress of the portfolio.

CSL: Interim result 2015

25 Mar 2015 Intelligent Investor by Graham Witcomb CSL’s sales of albumin and specialty products were strong, but competition is on the rise.

US good-news-is-bad-news theme gives a soft lead to markets this morning

25 Mar 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets The stock market will open this morning contemplating the good-news-is-bad-news theme as far as the US economy is concerned. A reasonable CPI read and very strong housing sales in the US during February have the market thinking about US interest rate increases. This led to a decline in US stock markets and is likely to flow through to a soft start to local trading this morning.

China’s unexpected manufacturing numbers spook traders

24 Mar 2015 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets The local bourse oscillated in mild gains ahead of HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI numbers and trading volumes remained subdued as traders reserved their bets until after the fact.

Misleading Leads

24 Mar 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets After a night of weak trading in shares local futures markets are indicating falls at the opening for most Asia Pacific markets. However, USD weakness has once again boosted commodity prices and may see support for Australian stocks despite a higher AUD.
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