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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.

Global Markets

Global Stock Markets, Precious Metals, Lifted By Hopes For Increased Demand From China

World stock markets were mixed to firmer overnight, but selling pressure was limited by higher crude oil and precious metals prices, which in turn supported energy and mining stocks.

Asian stock markets and precious metals markets were supported by comments from China's President Xi Jinping, who said his country will back a free trade area in the Asian region. That could mean more demand for raw commodities coming from China, the world's second-largest economy.

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

World Stock Markets Weaker, As Key U.S. Jobs Report Looms

European and Asian stock markets were mostly weaker in subdued trading Friday. Traders and investors are awaiting what is arguably the most important U.S. economic report of the month today: the employment report from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls figure is expected to come in at up 170,000 in October. Look for active trading in the aftermath of the 8:30 a.m. EDT report. U.S. stock indexes were slightly lower in overnight trading.

The U.S. presidential election that is now just a few days away is drawing more and more attention from the world marketplace.

Global Markets

Upbeat China Economic Data Lifts Asian Markets; Europe Equities Down on Weak Corporate Earnings

Global stock markets were mixed Tuesday. European stocks were pressured in part from weaker-than-expected corporate earnings reports and by slumping crude oil prices. Asian stocks were supported by some upbeat economic data coming out of China, the world's second-largest economy.

China's official purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.2 in October from 50.4 in September.

Global Markets

Global Equity Markets See Pressure From Downbeat U.S. Earnings Data, Lower Oil Prices

World stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday, following some downbeat U.S. corporate earnings news, including from Apple, and as crude oil prices are slumping this week. There were also some weak consumer confidence reports coming out of the European Union Wednesday.

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

Gold prices are under mild selling pressure in early U.S. dealings.

Global Markets

World Equity Markets Mostly Firmer Amid Better Investor Risk Appetite

European equity markets were mostly firmer Tuesday, amid an upbeat economic report from Germany and better corporate earnings reports in Europe and the U.S. Asian stock markets were mixed, with some selling pressure tied to a weaker South Korean gross domestic product report.

A weaker yen against the U.S. dollar helped to support Japan's Nikkei stock index. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward higher openings when the New York day session begins.

Trader and investor risk appetite has been on the upswing the past few trading sessions.

Global Markets

World Stock Markets Mixed Overnight; China Economic Data Mostly Upbeat

(Kitco News) – Asian stock markets were mixed overnight, despite some mostly upbeat economic data coming out of China. European stock markets were mostly lower.

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

Gold prices are trading moderately higher on more short covering and bargain hunting.

Market Crash

Will We See a 2016 Stock Market Crash?

No one can time the markets and predict a true "crash," but one thing we can be sure of is that markets will be volatile in September.

With global central banks holding critical meetings later this month, markets are on edge and investors are fearing a 2016 stock market crash.

Here's how investors can protect their portfolios...


Market Volatility Could Roar Back This Month

This August of 2016 was one of the most placid in market memory, a stark contrast to the record high volatility of August 2015, to say nothing of August's traditional volatility. But last month's markets traded in the tightest range ever, a trend we're still seeing in September.

But… as sure as your summer tan will fade to pale, the coming market volatility will turn you white with fear if you're not prepared.

Now, when most investors think about volatility they think about the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index. Often referred to as the "Fear Index," the VIX represents one measure of the market's expectations of volatility over the next 30 days.

And this upcoming 30 days – critical days for the market – could get extraordinarily rough.

Buckle up...