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World Stock Markets Mostly Firmer As Focus Remains On Trump Proclamations

European and Asian stock markets were mostly firmer Tuesday, as the world marketplace brushed off the U.S. move Monday to end its participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade group. The move by the Trump administration was widely expected. Pronouncements from the new Trump Administration are the focus of traders and investors early this week.

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

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.

U.S. Economy

American Jobs Aren't Going to Mexico – They Are Disappearing Entirely

Trump has negotiated to keep American jobs at home.

But the hard truth is, these deals aren't going to bring jobs back.

They're going to disappear altogether...

Global Markets

World Markets Subdued Ahead Of Christmas Weekend; Heavy Dose Of U.S. Data Out Today

Global stock markets were mostly weaker in very quiet trading Thursday, as the Christmas holiday weekend is fast approaching. World bond markets have also stabilized late this week, following tumultuous trading the past few weeks that has seen government bond yields in several industrialized countries push significantly higher. Expect activity and volatility in many markets to pick up at the beginning of the new year.

Gold prices are slightly lower in early U.S. trading Thursday, and hovering not far above the recent 10-month low.

Global Markets

World Marketplace Quieter As the Christmas Holiday Approaches

Global markets were subdued overnight, on this week before the Christmas holiday. Trading in many markets is likely to get quieter as the week progresses. 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, if not see some profit-taking, into the end of the year.

World bond markets were also quieter to start the trading week and may be stabilizing after several weeks of rising yields

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

Markets Quickly Move Past Sunday's Italian "No" Vote On Constitutional Reforms

Sunday's much-anticipated Italian referendum on constitutional reforms produced a "no" vote by an overwhelming margin. Italy's prime minister immediately resigned. Many markets initially were gyrated on the news, but quickly settled down. The government-backed no-vote was not unexpected by the market place. Still, this latest development is another sign of the insecurity of the European Union and the growing potential for continued fragmentation of the EU. The Italian vote was especially worrisome to the European banking and financial sector.

The Euro currency initially slumped to a 20-month low on the Italian no-vote, but quickly recovered those losses to trade higher on the day.

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 Markets Now Focusing On Sunday's Italian Referendum, ECB Meeting Next Week

Global stock markets were mixed overnight, on this first trading day of the month. Asian shares benefitted from Wednesday's OPEC agreement to cut production levels, while stock markets in Europe were pressured on worries about the December 4 Italian referendum on constitutional reforms.

A "no" vote on the reforms could eventually put Italy in violation of European Union rules. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when the New York day session begins.

World bond markets remain in focus as yields continue on the rise. U.S. 10-year yields have risen to 2.4% late this week.

Global Markets

Sharp Gains In Crude Oil Prices Lift Global Stock Markets Wednesday

World equity markets were mostly firmer Wednesday amid sharply higher crude oil prices. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings when the New York day session begins.

Traders and investors worldwide are anxiously awaiting the results of the OPEC oil cartel meeting that began Wednesday in Vienna, Austria. Crude oil prices are sharply higher on reports Iran's oil minister said he believes a deal to curtail the cartel's collective crude oil production will be reached, even though Iran does not want to immediately scale back its output.

There is also marketplace uncertainty regarding the December 4 Italian referendum on constitutional reforms.