Stock Markets – Closing Note - 21 Nov
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After significant losses at yesterday's session, today's session was positive for European stock exchanges. Several sectors closed with valuations above 1%. One of these was the banking sector, with Italian institutions making gains, with news that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini may be preparing to revise the State Budget. As expected, the European Commission rejected the revised budget proposal submitted by the Italian Government and could formally initiate the sanctions process. Still in the political field, the UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, is meeting in Brussels with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. May will continue negotiations on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. In the US, oil prices rose, a performance favored by data from the US Petroleum Institute, which shows that US crude reserves unexpectedly fell last week. However, today it was the turn of the Energy Information Administration of this country to have reported that oil reserves increased for the ninth consecutive week. Boosting the car sector, notably Renault, was recovering after the scandal over the arrest of CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Wall Street traded bullish, with much of the tech companies recovering from recent losses. Still, after the strong selling pressure that shook the technology sector yesterday, news was still worrying. Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier, today announced a cost-cutting plan, including a reduction in the number of employees, anticipating a 2019 'very difficult and competitive' year. On the macroeconomic level, there were several data known today, since tomorrow is a holiday (Thanksgiving). Orders for durable goods during the month of October fell 4.40%, compared with an expected decrease of only 2.60%. If we exclude transport orders, this indicator increased by 0.10%, below the expected 0.40%. Meanwhile, the advanced indicators of the economy during the same month were in line with expectations (0.10%). On the other hand, the number of weekly applications for unemployment benefits stood at 224 000, compared to the expected 215 000. On the real estate market, sales of used homes rose more than expected (1.40% vs. 1%) and the consumer confidence index, measured by the University of Michigan, reached 97.50, below the estimated 98.30. However, in terms of monetary policy, Reuters advanced that the MNI news agency said the Federal Reserve is planning to pause interest rates by the spring of next year.