Asia Pacific stocks were mixed on Thursday morning, with Chinese stocks headed towards record highs. The Shanghai composite is up 0.42% at 3,670.57. Overall, the Singapore MSCI down 0.61% at 332.50. Over in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index down 1.27% to 30,582. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 down 0.53% at 30,240, while the Topix index is down 1.52% at 1941.5. South Korea’s Kospi down 1.17% to 3097.03. Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.01% at 6885.9.
European equities Wednesday closing. The DAX futures contract in Germany traded 1.1% down at 13909.27, CAC 40 futures down 0.36% at 5765.8 and the UK 100 futures contract in the U.K. down 0.56% at 6,710.9.
In U.S. on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.29% up at 31613.0 the S&P 500 down 0.03% to 3931.3 and the Nasdaq 100 down 0.54% at 13699.7, NYSE closes at 15402.58 down 0.13%.
In the Forex market, GBPUSD down 0.06% at 1.38487. The USDJPY up 0.03% at 105.90. The USDCHF flat at 0.89881. EURUSD up 0.10% at 1.20466, EUR/GBP up 0.23% at 0.86978. The USD/CNY down 0.06% at 6.4542, at the time of writing.
In the commodity market U.S Gold futures up 0.37% at $1,782.50. Elsewhere, Silver futures down 0.49% to $27.239 per ounce, Platinum up 1.18% at $1262.50 per ounce, and Palladium up 0.38% to $2,386.0.
Crude Oil up on Thursday; Brent crude oil up 0.34% to $65.12 barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (CLc1) is up 0.65% at $58.63.
In the Cryptocurrency Markets, BTCUSD at 52037.04 down 0.29%, Ethereum at 1896.79 up 2.45%, Litecoin at 231.50 down 2.49%, at the time of writing.
TOP STOCKS TO WATCH OUT TODAY:
VERIZON COMMUNICATION up 5.245% at $56.99, KRAFT HEINZ Co. up 4.695% at $37.02, DISCOVERY Inc up 4.245% to $49.36, HP Inc. down 3.24% to $26.28, TWITTER Inc down 2.934% to $71.79, NVIDIA Corp. down 2.767% at $596.24.
US: Facing a still-scarred economy that may need an extended time to recover fully, Federal Reserve officials last month debated how to lay the groundwork for the public to accept higher inflation, and also the need to “stay vigilant” for signs of stress in buoyant asset markets, according to minutes of the U.S. central bank’s Jan. 26-27 policy meeting.
In discussions that ranged from the public’s perceptions of inflation to the vagaries of Robinhood-type retail stock trading platforms, Fed officials said they were still prepared to keep their easy monetary policy on track to help heal a job market still ailing from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
With a jump in some prices expected this spring, “many participants stressed the importance of distinguishing between such one-time changes in relative prices and changes in the underlying trend for inflation,” according to the minutes, which were released on Wednesday.
Eurozone: A quarter of British businesses expect to fire staff if finance minister Rishi Sunak does not extend a job furlough programme that is due to expire at the end of April, the British Chambers of Commerce said on Thursday.
Sunak is due to deliver his annual budget on March 3 and has promised to provide more support for jobs hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But he is also mindful that COVID-related spending has already pushed Britain’s budget deficit to its highest since World War Two.
Britain entered a third national lockdown last month, which forced schools and most businesses to close their doors to the public, although staff can continue to work on site if there is no good alternative.
The BCC said 61% of firms had suffered a fall in sales since October, based on a survey of 1,115 of its members carried out between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31.
Important Data: US Building Permits (Jan) today at 8:30 this time estimated 1.678M, previously which was 1.704M. US Initial Jobless Claims today at 8:30 this time estimated 765K, previously which was 793K. CANADA New Housing Price Index (MoM) (Jan) today at 8:30 previously which was 0.3%. RUSSIA Unemployment Rate (Jan) today at 11:00 this time estimated 6.0%, previously which was 5.9%.
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