Forex news for trading on December 31, 2018. In other markets as the year comes to an end: Crude oil futures settled the year at $45.41. That was down 24% from the 2017 closing level. (see post here) Spot gold is trading up $1.20 or 0.10% at $1282.35. The high today reached $1284.23. The low
Dow leads the way today. Major indices close the year in the red after a dismal December The major indices scratched out smallish gains on the last trading day of the year. The final numbers are showing: The S&P index rose 21.27 points or 0.86% at 2506.95 The Nasdaq rose 50.76 points or 0.77% at
Up $0.08 or -0.18% It’s a wrap for the crude oil market in 2018. The contract is settling the day at $45.41 or -$0.08 or -0.18%. The low reached $44.73. The high extended to $46.53. For the year, the price of crude futures fell 24.8% from the 2017 close. That is a big loss in
The major currency biggest winner is the JPY If you were to take the % changes of the major currencies vs. each other and added up those % changes, the winner for largest 2018 change was the JPY (it rose). The next biggest % changer was the AUD (the AUD fell). The JPY rose vs.
Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3rd. Then everything went wrong. Up to that point, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had been up about 8 percent for the year — a solid gain if not quite as gaudy as the year before. More importantly, the fundamental backdrop was solid: The economy
Stanley Druckenmiller on how markets have changed When Stanley Druckenmiller complains, you know it’s tough. He’s a billionaire and undoubtedly one of the greatest traders of all time. He laments how algos and quants have changed the game. “I made 30 percent a year for 30 years. Now, we aren’t even in the same zip
Buy the S&P 500 at the close every day and sell it at the next open. Sounds wacky? You could have outperformed the market by 20 percent. According to Bespoke Investment Group, if one had implemented this so-called after hours strategy every day in 2018, it could’ve posted a 13.3 percent return. “This has really
2018 is coming to a close on Monday, ending a tough year for stock pickers. Many of the year’s big winners took a beating in the final quarter of the year. The S&P 500 is set to end the year down nearly 6 percent. Stocks lost much of this year’s gains beginning in early October
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Trades at lowest level since June 26 The USDJPY has traded to a new session low at 10968. The low took out the August low at 109.75 and traded to the lowest level since June 26th in the process. The 50% of the years trading range comes in at 109.572. The low for the
2018 may have been the worst year for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in a decade, but Merck managed to easily buck that trend. Shares of the pharmaceutical giant are up more than 30 percent for the year, on pace for their biggest annual gain since 2006. Merck is also one of six Dow stocks
Dallas-area manufacturing survey Prior was +17.6 And that’s your final US economic data point of the year. It’s a huge miss. The regional manufacturing numbers in December have been all over the place. Richmond was also a big miss, which the Chicago PMI was much stronger than expected. For this one, it says less about
A snapshot of the strongest and weakest A look at the strongest and weakest currencies on the last day of the calendar year is showing that the GBP is the strongest, while the NZD is the weakest. The USD is mixed with declines vs the GBP and JPY and gains vs the NZD and CHF.
A hint of caution again, perhaps? ForexLive Equities are still doing decently for the most part – spurred by Trump’s upbeat comments over the weekend – with European equities trading marginally higher while E-minis are trading 0.8% up on the day so far: US 10-year Treasury yields are also flat on the day at 2.721%