13th Aug 2021. 7.17am
Morning Report – Friday 13th August
FTSE to open at 7,196 (+3 pts)
The S&P edged out another record close as U.S. initial jobless claims for last week came in at 375,000, down from 387,000 a week earlier and matching economists’ estimates.
While the Vix Volatility Index or ‘Fear Index’ as it’s sometimes referred to, fell more than 3 points on Thursday to 15.5 – significantly below its long-running average of 20. The index had hit highs of +80 during the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
In Asia, stocks continue to dramatically under-perform their U.S. peers, with the Hang Seng down 1.51% on the day and more than 15% below their February highs.
|S&P 500||+0.30%||Bullish for UK stocks|
|Hang Seng||-1.51%||Bearish for UK stocks|
|Gold||+0.30%||Bearish for UK stocks|
|AUD/JPY||-0.02%||Neutral for UK stocks|
|US 10yr Yield||+1.99%||Bullish for UK stocks|
Yesterday’s price action saw the FTSE close back below key resistance, having closed above it on Wednesday.
We’re not in bearish ‘fakeout’ territory just yet, but should the market end the week below yesterday’s low, it would signal a short-term top is in place.
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|(15:00) U. of Michigan Confidence (US)|
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