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Overnight on Wall Street: Wednesday 29/01/2020

January 29, 2020

By Deepta Bolaky

Equity Markets

Investors got reassured that governments are tightening international travel and border crossings with China and are taking aggressive steps to stop the virus from spreading.

  • Dow Jones Average Industrial added 187 points to finish at 28,723.
  • S&P500 ended 1% higher at 3,276.
  • Nasdaq Composite added 1.4% to close at 9,270.

Global markets rebounded strongly on Tuesday as investors are assessing the ramping efforts of governments to contain the virus and whether to anticipate a temporary delay in the global recovery.

Currency Markets

In the FX market, the rally in the US dollar tamed down as risk sentiment improves. However, the greenback performed relatively well on the back of upbeat Consumer Confidence Index, Home Prices and mixed Durable goods data.

US Dollar Index

The index tracking the performance of the greenback against a basket of currencies- EUR, JPY, GBP, CHF, CAD and SEK edged slightly higher.

US Dollar Index (Daily Chart)

Source: GO MT4


The Aussie dollar recovered some ground on the increased efforts to control the contagion and is currently trading at 67.60 US cents. Eyes are now on the inflation report scheduled to be released this morning.

AUDUSD (Hourly Chart)

Source: GO MT4


The fears of a rapid spread of the coronavirus somewhat had an added layer of uncertainty on the demand outlook. A surprise crude oil draw and speculations of OPEC considering deeper oil cuts or extending production cuts helped oil prices to recover from the 3-months low.

As of writing, WTI and Brent Crude are trading in the vicinity of $53 and $59 respectively.

USOUSD and UKOUSD (Daily Chart)

Source: GO MT4

Gold retreated from recent highs but remains in the elevated levels at around $1,565 despite a strong US dollar and a significant rebound in the stock market.

XAUUSD (Hourly Chart)

Source: GO MT5

Key Upcoming Events

Westpac Leading Index, and Consumer Price Index (Australia)
Gfk Consumer Confidence Survey (Germany)
ZEW Survey – Expectations (Switzerland)
Pending Home Sales, Fed Interest Rate Decision, and FOMC Press Conference (US)
Trade Balance and Exports (New Zealand)

Thursday, 30th January 2020
Indicative Index Dividends
Dividends are in Points
ASX200 WS30 US500 US2000 NDX100 CAC40 STOXX50
0 2.577 0.498 0.102 0.975 1.145 0
ESP35 ITA40 FTSE100 DAX30 HK50 JP225 INDIA50
0 0 0 0 0 1.477 0

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