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Trump Press Conference Grabbing Attention Of World Marketplace

Asian stock markets were mostly higher overnight, supported in part by some recent positive economic data coming out of China, the world's second-largest economy. European stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold prices are firmer in early morning trading Wednesday, and are at a six-week high.

Global Markets

Global Stock Markets Mixed To Weaker; Trump Press Conference In Focus

The world marketplace is anxiously awaiting President-Elect Donald Trump's first press conference since his election, on Wednesday. Already, Trump's Twitter tweets have unsettled stocks and stock sectors. The marketplace perceives that Trump wants better relations with Russia, but may take a hard line on relations with China.

Gold prices are near steady in early U.S. trading and hovering near Monday's five-week high.

Global Markets

World Markets Subdued On Last Trading Day Before Christmas Holiday

Global stock markets were mixed in very quiet, pre-holiday trading Friday, as the Christmas holiday is on Sunday. Most markets are closed on Monday in observance of Christmas. Some markets close early today. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold prices are slightly higher on short covering and bargain hunting following recent selling pressure.

Global Markets

World Markets Quieter Wednesday As Christmas Holiday Approaches

European stock markets were narrowly mixed Wednesday as markets activity begins to wind down ahead of the Christmas holiday on Sunday. Asian stock markets were firmer, led by China's Shanghai stock index that posted solid gains. A big China securities company on Tuesday said it would honor the fraudulent bond activities from two of its traders, and that calmed nervous investors.

Many world stock markets are near record or multi-year highs and a pause from recent rallies is not surprising.

Global Markets

Terror Attacks In Europe Not Having Major Impact On World Marketplace

Global stock markets were mostly firmer overnight and U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins Tuesday. The world marketplace has not shown big reactions to violence in Europe Monday that included the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey and terror attacks in Berlin and Zurich that left over a dozen people dead. However, the European stock markets did see buying interest limited on the terror attacks, while the Euro currency dropped to a 13-year low overnight, due in part to the attacks.

Many world stock markets are trading near multi-year and/or record highs and it would not be surprising to see those stock indexes at least pause

Global Markets

World Stock Markets Mostly Up Tuesday; FOMC Meeting Set To Begin

The marketplace is awaiting what is arguably the most important economic event of the month: the U.S. Federal Reserve FOMC meeting, which begins Tuesday morning and ends Wednesday afternoon with a statement. Most believe the Fed will raise interest rates for the first time in a year.

In fact, the Fed funds futures market shows a 100% chance the Fed will raise U.S. interest rates this week. With a Fed rate hike so fully expected, markets have mostly factored it into their price structures.

Thus, don't be surprised to see many markets show a "buy the rumor, sell the fact" scenario following the actual announcement of the Fed rate hike.

Crude Oil Prices Sharply Up As OPEC, Non-OPEC Producers Agree to Further Reduce Output

The feature in the marketplace to start the trading week is sharply higher crude oil prices. Nymex crude oil futures prices hit a 16-month high of $54.51 overnight and are up by over $2.00 a barrel in early U.S. trading.

OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers on Saturday came to an agreement to cut their collective oil production by just over a half-million barrels a day, which does not include the 1.2 million barrels a day that OPEC already agreed to cut in September. Reports said the combined cuts represent about 2% of the world oil supply.

World stock markets were mostly weaker Monday, on corrective, profit-taking pullbacks from recent solid price gains that put several world stock indexes at multi-year or even record highs.

Global Markets

World Stock Markets Firmer Tuesday, Led By Wall Street and Dow's Record High

Global stock markets were mostly firmer overnight, following the lead from New York's higher close Monday, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit another record high. European and Asian financial shares showed some recovery from recent losses, amid Italy's "no" vote on constitutional reforms.

Asian stock markets were also lifted on relief that the Italian no vote did little to rile the world marketplace. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins.

In overnight news, the Euro zone third-quarter gross domestic product was reported at up 0.3% from the second quarter and was up 1.7%, year-on-year.

Global Markets

Global Stock Markets Mostly Weaker, As U.S. Jobs Data On Deck

World stock markets were mostly weaker overnight, ahead of the big economic report of the week that is due out shortly: the U.S. Labor Department employment report for November. The non-farm payrolls figure is forecast to rise by 180,000.

U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when the New York day session begins. Some market watchers are now wondering if the "Trump rally" in world stock markets has now run its course.

Stock markets in Europe were pressured in part on worries about this Sunday's Italian referendum on constitutional reforms.

Global Markets

World Stock Markets Higher Amid Rallies In Key Commodity Markets And Trump Effect

Global stock markets were mostly firmer Tuesday, boosted by generally higher raw commodity market prices, led by crude oil. Nymex crude oil futures prices hit a three-week high overnight and are closing in on $50.00 a barrel. Energy market watchers now reckon the OPEC oil cartel may be able to come to a final agreement to cut production at next week's meeting. Iran and Iraq are reportedly backing the production-cut plan.

U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward higher openings when the New York day session begins.