Daily summary: Wall Street surged as the FED rolled out further stimulus package

8:50 PM April 9, 2020

• US Federal Reserve's announced $2.3 trillion loans package to support the economy
• US Jobless Claims higher then expected
• Oil Prices Pare Early Gains

Global equity markets traded higher on Thursday after Fed announced huge loan program to support households, businesses and local governments across the US. Federal Reserve will provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans in order to support the economy ultimately providing a credit backstop. Moods were boosted by hopes that the coronavirus pandemic was close to peaking.

FED actions completely overshadowed the initial jobless claims data which showed a bigger than expected value. Initial jobless claims came in at 6606k against expected 5500k. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the US fell to 71 in April of 2020 from 89.1 in March, missing market expectations of 75. It is the lowest reading since December of 2011 and the largest monthly decline ever recorded.
 
Investors also welcomed the statements from US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that the US economy could reopen in May and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell which said that the US could recover in the second half of the year if appropriate action is taken.
During today’s session Dow Jones rose 2.0 %, S&P500 went up 2.17 % and NASDAQ is trading 0.71 % higher.

Euro strengthen after German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz advised that a agreement regarding economic support package could be reached today. EU finance ministers resumed talks on coordinated action against the pandemic after they failed to reach agreement on Tuesday due to divisions about whether Member States should set fiscal targets in exchange for new funding, and whether joint debt issuance should be considered. European indexes finished in green today. DAX gained 2.2%, CAC 40 advanced 1.4% and FTSE 100 finished 2.9% higher.

Oil erased most of the earlier gains in another volatile session as markets await the outcome of the OPEC+ video conference meeting.  Initially oil prices went higher after Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia and Russia reached a deal and that production cuts could reach 20 million barrels per day while markets were expecting a smaller 10-15 million cut. However, Russia insisted on such an agreement only when the United States joins in to help balance the market. The US crude is up 1% to around $25.50 a barrel, after jumping as much as 12% to $28.36 a barrel. The Brent crude is up 1.5% to $33.32 a barrel after rising more than 10%. Also, a possible agreement to cut oil production at OPEC+ meeting still brings doubts about whether it will be enough to offset lower demand.

Gold price rose 2.40% as $1,685 on Thursday, a level not seen since March 9th. Silver soared 3.70% as $15.52.
 
Economic calendar for Good Friday  is almost empty. CPI data from the US for March is the main print scheduled for release. During Asian session investors will get to know China’s inflation data. All eyes will be on the upcoming G20 meeting during which Non –OPEC producers will be asked to join the coordinated production cut in order to stabilize the oil market. Major U.S. exchanges will be closed on Good Friday, while the most-watched European markets will be closed on both Good Friday and Easter Monday. Currency markets remain open, though volume is expected to be light. 
Brent (OIL) did not managed to break above the key resistance level at $36.41 per barrel and pulled back towards $31.17 per barrel. As long as the price remains between these two levels traders should expect more sideways movement. However oil traders should expect higher volatility during tomorrow's G20 meeting. Source:xStation5.

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