Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


IG Markets - Afternoon thoughts 31/12/12

IG Markets - Afternoon thoughts 31/12/12

FTSE 5897 -28
DAX 7612 Closed
CAC 3604 -16
IBEX 8054 -77
DOW 12889 -49
NAS 2594 -12
S&P 1395 -7

Oil 90.69
Gold 1660

Asian markets have given back some of Friday’s gains as investors continue to monitor the wires for any fiscal cliff headlines. Although markets are weaker, risk appetite has shown signs of improvement early in Asia as some bet on a last minute deal being worked out by US leaders. As it stands, the Senate meeting failed to yield an outcome but will reconvene later today to try and find some middle ground. Should they find middle ground, this would then be put to a Senate vote. There is clearly a lot of uncertainty as to how this will all play out at the moment and headline risk will remain rampant heading into the end of the year. The Aussie dollar has come to life in Asia today with AUD/USD rallying to a high of 1.041 after trading at around 1.037 at the open. Gains in the pair have been mostly pinned to anticipation of a strong reading in China’s HSBC final manufacturing PMI, which once again showed strong signs of improvement. The reading came in at 51.5 which was well above the 50.9 analysts had forecast. The strong PMI reading has also lifted the Shanghai Composite which is outperforming the region with a 0.6% gain. Looking at equities in the rest of the region, most of the markets are closed and the few that are open have shortened trading days. The ASX 200 finished the day down 0.5% and the Hang Seng is 0.2% softer, while the Nikkei is closed today.

The euro has been relatively flat through Asian trade after having experienced some volatility on Friday. EUR/USD has been sidelined at 1.322 with traders awaiting headlines from the fiscal cliff. Ahead of the European open, we are expecting a weaker start for most of the major bourses with the DAX closed for a bank holiday. We have early closes for the UK, Spain and France today while all markets will be shut tomorrow for the New Year’s holiday. The only economic release on the calendar will be housing equity withdrawal in the UK. Unless there are significant developments on the fiscal cliff front, we are likely to see a very subdued European session. US futures are pointing to a lower open ahead of the New Year’s break with nothing on the calendar but undoubtedly market participants will be fixated on the fiscal cliff.

The ASX 200 has shed 0.5% and closed the final session of 2012 at 4649. Regardless of today’s losses, it has been a good year for the local market with approximately a 15% gain mainly led by the financials. Considering all the hurdles investors have had to overcome, it has not been a bad outcome at all. We expect to see another strong year next year and this time it is likely to be a materials-led recovery. We have already seen strong signs of stabilisation in the miners and this makes a good base to build on heading into 2013. Today’s firm China PMI reading only confirms the notion that China is back on track heading into 2013. This, along with Japan-focused on stimulating the economy will be the key factors underpinning Asia next year.

STAN SHAMU
Market Strategist

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Fossils: Ancient Penguins Lived Alongside Dinosaurs?

Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to the days of the dinosaurs, according to research on the fossilised leg bone and toes of a giant ancient penguin found in rocks near Waipara, North Canterbury. More>>

No Voda/Sky: Commission Declines Clearance For Merger

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger of Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Power: IEA Report On New Zealand's Energy System

Outside of its largely low-carbon power sector, managing the economy’s energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions while still remaining competitive and growing remains a challenge. More>>

ALSO:

NASA: Seven Earth-Size Planets Around A Single Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Transport Case: Men Guilty Of Corruption And Bribery Will Spend Time In Jail

Two men who were found guilty of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court today... The pair are guilty of corruption and bribery offences relating to more than $1 million of bribes which took place between 2005 and 2013 at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport. More>>

ALSO:

Hager Raid: Westpac Wrong To Release Bank Records To Police

The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager's 2014 pre-election book, 'Dirty Politics'. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news