Thursday, May 22, 2014

EVENTS & FINANCIAL NEWS 22-05-2014

Market Comment

US indices rebounded on Wednesday led by shares in the Media, Automobiles & Components and Retailing sectors. Fed saw no inflation risk in fueling job growth according to FOMC minutes. The S&P 500 (1888.03) broke above its 20d moving average (1880 - flat slope) and remains above its 50d moving average (1868 - flat slope).

European markets are expected to start on a positive note.

Foreign Exchange

US Dollar was firm against most of its major counterparts on Wednesday. On the US economic data front, MBA Mortgage Applications for the week ended May 16th rose 0.9%. Fed saw no inflation risk in fueling job growth according to FOMC minutes.

The Euro was under pressure against its major counterparts. In Europe, euro-zone consumer confidence index bounced to -7.1 in May in preliminary estimation vs -8.6 in April and -8.3 the month before. In UK, retail sales were up by 1.3% in April after a 0.5% increase the month before (revised from +0.1%). Economists anticipated a 0.4% gain.

Commodities

After the close of Wall Street, WTI Crude Future (JUL 14) was up $1.5 to $103.79. The contract was above its 20D MA (@ $101) and above its 50D MA (@ $100.35). The US Department of Energy reported that, for the week ended 16 May, crude oil inventories fell 7226k barrels compared to the previous week.

Gold was down $2.9 to $1291.4. The precious metal was below its 20D MA (@ $1296) and below its 50D MA (@ $1305).

Copper Future (JUL 14) on Comex was down 1.9c to 312.55c/lb. The contract was above its 20D MA (@ 307.41c) and above its 50D MA (@ 303.17c). In Europe, the London Metal Exchange reported its copper inventories decreased 1725 tons to 179100 tons.

European Markets

ECB: Publication of the Euro area financial vehicle corporations statistics (10am CET)

Conference: 2nd Annual Operational Excellence in Insurance

The ECB will propose a negative deposit rate and cut its main refinancing rate to a record low of 0.15% from the current 0.25% at its June 5 meeting, reported German newspaper Der Spiegel citing leaked documents.

Today's Economic Events

FR 07:45: MAY Business Confidence Indicator: 100
UK 09:30: 1Q GDP (QoQ): 0.8%
FR 07:45: MAY Production Outlook Indicator: NA
UK 09:30: APR Public Sector Net Borrowing (Bln): 3.35
UK 09:30: APR Public Finances (PSNCR) (Bln): NA
US 13:30: W19 Initial Jobless Claims (Thsd): 310
US 15:00: APR Existing Home Sales (Mln): 4.69
US 15:00: APR Leading Indicators: 0.4%

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