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Overnight Market Whirlwind: Asia Tumbles Europe Rises and Crude Surges – Catch Up on Global Markets While the US Was Sleeping



Overnight Market Whirlwind: Asia Tumbles Europe Rises and Crude Surges - Catch Up on Global Markets While the US Was Sleeping

“Markets Close in Red as Investors Anticipate Powell’s Speech: Job Market Data Adds to Fed’s Hawkish Outlook”

Investors witnessed a cautious trading day on Thursday, August 24, as the U.S. markets closed in the red. The focus was on the upcoming speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, which was expected to provide further insights into the central bank’s monetary policy stance.

Economic indicators pointed to a robust job market, possibly strengthening the Fed’s hawkish position on maintaining higher interest rates for an extended period. Initial jobless claims came in at 230,000, surpassing the estimated 240,000. The previous figure was revised to 240,000.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day down 1.08%, settling at 34,099.42. Similarly, the S&P 500 experienced a 1.35% decline, closing at 4,376.31, while the Nasdaq Composite faced a notable drop of 1.87%, finishing at 13,463.97.

Market activity in Asian regions on the following day displayed significant losses. Japan’s Nikkei 225 plunged by 2.01% to 31,627.50, influenced by downturns in sectors like Shipbuilding, Trading, Chemical, Petroleum, and plastics. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 followed suit with a 0.93% decrease, closing at 7,115.20, driven by losses in IT, Metals & Mining, and Resources sectors. China’s Shanghai Composite and Shenzhen CSI 300 both experienced declines of 0.59% and 0.38%, ending at 3,064.07 and 3,709.15 respectively. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index saw a substantial drop of 1.40%, reaching a closing figure of 17,952.50. The technology sector was particularly impacted by this cautious sentiment, attributed to growing risk aversion. The anticipation of insights into monetary policy from the Jackson Hole Symposium added to this hesitancy.

In the European landscape, the Pan-European STOXX 600 index reflected a 0.29% increase. The DAX index in Germany followed suit, trading 0.26% higher, while France’s CAC 40 index rose by 0.51%. European stocks began the day with losses but later regained momentum, largely driven by gains in mining and energy stocks due to favorable commodity prices. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index also demonstrated an uptick of 0.29%.

Commodity markets at 05:30 AM ET saw Crude Oil WTI climbing by 1.35% to $80.12/bbl, while Brent crude rose by 1.37% to $84.50/bbl. Natural Gas experienced a 0.71% increase, reaching $2.537. Gold, on the other hand, witnessed a slight decline of 0.12%, trading at $1,944.85. Silver maintained stability with a 0.03% increase to $24.238, and Copper demonstrated a positive trend with a rise of 0.78% to $3.800.

As the day progressed, U.S. futures at 05:30 AM ET displayed an upward trajectory: Dow futures rose by 0.22%, S&P 500 futures increased by 0.21%, and Nasdaq 100 futures saw a moderate gain of 0.08%.

In the forex market at 05:30 AM ET, the U.S. Dollar Index exhibited a 0.14% rise to 104.13. USD/JPY experienced a modest increase of 0.12%, reaching 146.05, while USD/AUD witnessed a minor decline of 0.11%, settling at 1.5566.

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