Wednesday, February 26, 2014

EVENTS & FINANCIAL NEWS 26-02-2014

Market Comment

US indices declined on Tuesday pressured by shares in the Diversified Financials, Technology Hardware & Equipment and Transportation sectors. The S&P 500 (1845.12) remains above its 20d moving average (1805.4 - positive slope) and its 50d moving average (1816.5 - flat slope).

European markets are expected to start on a flat note.

Foreign Exchange

US Dollar fell against most of its major counterparts on Tuesday. On the US economic data front, house price index rose 0.8% MoM (+0.3% expected) in December while the Conference Board's consumer confidence index slid to 78.1 (80 expected) in February from 79.4 (downwardly revised) the previous month. Finally, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing index dropped to -6 in February (+5 expected) from 12 the prior month.

The Euro was mixed against its major counterparts. In Europe, German 4Q GDP growth was confirmed at +0.4%. French business confidence index was flat at 94 in February vs 95 expected by economists.

Commodities

After the close of Wall Street, WTI Crude Future (APR 14) was down $0.8 to $102.02. The contract was above its 20D MA (@ $95.67) and above its 50D MA (@ $96.35).

Gold was up $4.3 to $1341.3. The precious metal was above its 20D MA (@ $1291) and above its 50D MA (@ $1254). The 14d RSI above 70 (70.85) indicates gold was overbought.

Copper Future (MAY 14) on Comex was down 1.8c to 322.15c/lb. The contract was below its 20D MA (@ 330.62c) and below its 50D MA (@ 326.76c). In Europe, the London Metal Exchange reported its copper inventories decreased 3325 tons to 279150 tons.

UK Market News

Real Estate: Capital & Counties Properties (+2.81% to 392p) and Derwent London (+0.97% to 2803p) reached a new 3-month relative high against the FTSE 100.

Retail: Marks & Spencer (+1.09% to 511p) reached a new 3-month relative high against the FTSE 100.

Stock/Benchmark ratio(s) 50D MA cross over: RSA Insurance (+3.59% to 101p), Thomas Cook Group (+1.27% to 183.5p)

European Markets

ECB: Keynote speech by Mr. Mersch at The Luxembourg Renminbi Forum "China: progressing towards financial market liberalisation and currency internationalisation" organised by Luxembourg for Finance in Luxembourg. (2pm CET)
Health Care: Fresenius Medical Care (-5.73% to E49.82) reached a new 3-month relative low against the Dax.

Industrial Goods & Services: MTU Aero Engines (-2.24% to E62.55) reached a new 3-month relative low against the Dax.

Telecommunications: Telefonica Deutschland (-2.57% to E5.91) reached a new 3-month relative low against the Dax.

Today's Economic Events

UK 09:30: 4Q GDP (QoQ): 0.7%
US 15:00: JAN New Home Sales (Thsd): 400
US 15:30: W7 Crude Oil Inventories (WoW chg): 1300

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