Monday, June 30, 2014

EVENTS & FINANCIAL NEWS 30-06-2014

Market Comment

US indices closed higher on Friday, helped by shares in the Technology Hardware & Equipment, Consumer Durables & Apparel and Media sectors. On the economic data front, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment was 82.5 (82.2 expected) in June. The S&P 500 (1960.96) remains above its 20d moving average (1946.4 - positive slope) and its 50d moving average (1909.6 - positive slope).

European markets are expected to open on a positive note.

Foreign Exchange

The US Dollar fell against most of its major counterparts on Friday. On the conomic data front, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment was 82.5 (82.2 expected) in June.

The Euro was mixed, rising against the USD and GBP, while falling against the JPY. In Europe, UK GDP grew 0.8 percent from the fourth quarter, unrevised from the second estimate released on May 22. At the same time, annual growth was revised down to 3 percent from 3.1 percent. The economic sentiment indicator came in at 102.0 in June, down from 102.6 in May. In Germany, CPI rose by 0.3% in June (0.2% expected) vs -0.1% in May. In spain, retail sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.5% in May, from 0.7% in the preceding month.

The Australian Dollar was mixed, gaining against the USD and GBP, while falling against the EUR and JPY.

Commodities

After the close of Wall Street, WTI Crude Future (AUG 14) was about flat to $105.74. The contract was above its 20D MA (@ $101) and above its 50D MA (@ $100.35).

Gold was about flat to $1316. The precious metal was above its 20D MA (@ $1280) and above its 50D MA (@ $1286).

Copper Future (SEP 14) on Comex was about flat to 316.6c/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 850 tons to 155150 tons.

European Markets

ECB: Publication of the Monetary developments in the euro area (10am CET)

Conference: 3rd Annual Conference Regulatory Process Excellence Pharma; The Road to Automated Drive 2014

Today's Economic Events

GE : MAY Retail Sales (MoM): 0.8%
UK 09:30: MAY M4 Money Supply (MoM): NA
EC 09:00: MAY Euro-zone: M3 (3 mth ave.): NA
US 14:45: JUN Chicago Purchasing Manager Index: 62

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