Asia Pacific stocks were mostly down Friday morning. The Shanghai composite is down 1.08% at 3,444.91. Overall, the Singapore MSCI down 0.11% at 359.40. Over in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index down 1.25% at 28,660. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 up 0.67% at 29,870, while the Topix index is up 0.67% at 1965.0. South Korea’s Kospi down 0.51% to 3126.35. Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14% at 6988.9.
European equities Thursday closing. The DAX futures contract in Germany traded up 0.17% at 15202.68, CAC 40 futures up 0.57% at 6165.7 and the UK 100 futures contract in the U.K. up 0.83% at 6,942.2.
In U.S. on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.17% up at 33503.6, the S&P 500 up 0.42% to 4097.2 and the Nasdaq 100 down 0.36% at 13751.8, NYSE closes at 15886.56 up 0.30%.
In the Forex market, GBPUSD down 0.15% at 1.37121. The USDJPY up 0.12% at 109.384. The USDCHF up 0.11% at 0.92481. EURUSD down 0.14% at 1.18960, EUR/GBP up 0.05% at 0.86772. The USD/CNY up 0.05% at 6.5546, at the time of writing.
In the commodity market U.S Gold futures down 0.30% at $1,750.25. Elsewhere, Silver futures down 0.51% to $25.305 per ounce, Platinum down 1.17% at $1217.14 per ounce, and Palladium down 0.10% to $2,626.00.
Crude Oil down on Friday; Brent crude oil down 0.55% to $62.96 barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (CLc1) is down 0.17% at $60.27.
In the Cryptocurrency Markets, BTCUSD at 57943.15 down 0.22%, Ethereum at 2070.53 down 0.50%, Litecoin at 223.52 down 1.22%, at the time of writing.
TOP STOCKS TO WATCH OUT TODAY:
ETSY Inc. up 5.573% at $215.39, TWITTER Inc. up 3.232% at $71.22, DISCOVERY Inc. down 3.48% at $41.88, OKTA Inc. up 7.153% at $238.48, AUTODESK Inc. up 2.555% at $293.43, BIOGEN Inc. down 0.854% at $265.73, VISA Inc. up 0.652% at $220.7, 3M Co. up 0.395% at $195.72.
US: The U.S. Federal Reserve plans to keep its super-easy policy in place even as data shows the economy kicking into higher gear, with policymakers predicting on Thursday that an expected increase in prices this year will fade on its own, and warning about the recent uptick in COVID-19 infections.
“Cases are moving back up here, so I would just urge that people do get vaccinated and continue socially distancing,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who has had his shots, said at an economic forum during virtual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings. “We don’t want to get another outbreak; even if it might have less economic damage and kill fewer people, it’ll slow down the recovery.”
Speaking at a separate event, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said the Fed should not even discuss changes in monetary policy until it is clear the pandemic is over, tying future Fed discussions tightly to the success of the vaccination effort.
The Fed has said it will keep buying $120 billion in bonds a month until it sees “substantial further progress” toward meeting the central bank’s employment and inflation goals.
Eurozone: European Central Bank policymakers at their meeting last month debated a smaller increase in bond purchases and agreed to front-load the buying this quarter on condition it could be cut later if conditions allow, the accounts of their meeting showed on Thursday.
Worried that rising yields would derail an eventual recovery, policymakers in March decided to “significantly” increase bond purchases and undo some of the rise in borrowing costs, which was deemed a reflection of a global repricing rather than improved economic prospects.
Monthly bond buys under the ECB’s 1.85 trillion-euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme jumped by over a fifth last month, enough to stabilize nominal bond yields and push inflation-adjusted yields back to their early-year lows.
However, some policymakers argued that a smaller increase in bond purchases would better reflect a more balanced risk assessment and expectations for faster growth.
“All members joined a broad consensus around the proposal put forward by (chief economist Philip) Lane, on the understanding that the total PEPP envelope was not being called into question in the current conditions and that the pace of purchases could be reduced in the future,” the account of the March 10-11 meeting showed.
Important Data: US PPI (MoM) (Mar) today at 8:30 this time estimated 0.5%, previously which was 0.5%. CANADA Employment Change (Mar) today at 8:30 this time estimated 100K, previously which was 259.2K. CANADA Unemployment Rate (Mar) today at 8:30 this time estimated 8%, previously which was 8.2%. UK Halifax House Price Index (MoM) (Mar) today at 3:30 previously which was 0.1%.
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