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A daily look at the financial markets covering the stock markets as well as the forex and commodities markets. The daily review looks at market support and resistance levels, potential positives, the possible pitfalls and ...read review » Spread Betting and CFD Trading News.


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UK Stock Market Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the UK 100 stock market index and individual shares, where to get live prices & charts, how to trade the UK 100, a free practice account and...read review » UK Stock Market Spread Betting.


Spread Betting on the US Stock Market
A guide to spread betting on the Wall Street stock market index and US shares, where to get live prices & charts, how to trade the Wall Street index, a free practice account and...read review » Spread Betting on the US Stock Market.


German Stock Market Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the Germany 30 stock market index and German shares, where to get live prices & charts, how to trade, free practice accounts and...read review » German Stock Market Spread Betting.


US 500 Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the US 500 stock market index, how to access live prices & charts, where to spread bet on the US 500, using free stock market test accounts and how to trade the...read review » US 500 Spread Betting.


French Stock Market Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the France 40 stock market index and French shares, where to get live prices & charts, how to trade, free practice accounts and...read review » French Stock Market Spread Betting.


Japan 225 Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the Japan 225 stock market index, how to access live prices & charts, where to spread bet on the Japan 225, using free stock market test accounts and how to trade the...read review » Japan 225 Spread Betting.


Australia 200 Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the Australia 200 stock market index, how to access live prices & charts, where to spread bet on the Australia 200, using free stock market test accounts and how to trade the...read review » Australia 200 Spread Betting.


US Tech 100 Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the US Tech 100 stock market index, how to access live prices & charts, where to spread bet on Tech shares and the US 100 index, using free stock market test accounts and how to trade the...read review » US Tech 100 Spread Betting.


Hong Kong Stock Market Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the Hong Kong stock market index, how to access live prices & charts, where to spread bet on the Hong Kong index, using free stock market test accounts and how to trade the...read review » Hong Kong Stock Market Spread Betting.


Euro Stocks 50 Spread Betting
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EUR/USD Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the EUR/USD market covering how to access live EUR/USD prices & charts, where to spread bet and using free forex test accounts...read review » EUR/USD Spread Betting.


GBP/USD Spread Betting
A guide to spread betting on the GBP/USD market covering how to access live GBP/USD prices & charts, where to spread bet and using free forex test accounts...read review » GBP/USD Spread Betting.


USD/JPY Spread Betting
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EUR/JPY Spread Betting
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NZD/USD Spread Betting
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AUD/JPY Spread Betting
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CHF/JPY Spread Betting
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EUR/CAD Spread Betting
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GBP/AUD Spread Betting
A guide to trading the GBP/AUD FX market including getting real-time charts & prices, where to spread bet on GBP/AUD and using free test accounts...read review » GBP/AUD Spread Betting.


GBP/CAD Spread Betting
A guide to trading the GBP/CAD FX market including getting real-time charts & prices, where to spread bet on GBP/CAD and using free test accounts...read review » GBP/CAD Spread Betting.


GBP/CHF Spread Betting
A guide to trading the GBP/CHF FX market including getting real-time charts & prices, where to spread bet on GBP/CHF and using free test accounts...read review » GBP/CHF Spread Betting.


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EUR/HUF Spread Betting
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USD/HUF Spread Betting
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Silver Spread Betting
Our guide to silver spread betting looks at 24 hour trading, charts, tax-free* trading, how to spread bet on the silver markets...read review » Silver Spread Betting.


Gold Trades Flat Despite Russian Anxiety Over the Collapse in the Ruble and Crude
Given that Russia is facing huge challenges from the collapse in oil prices and the ruble, the market has started to speculate that the country could default on its debts. With that being the case, one might expect...read review » Gold Trades Flat Despite Russian Anxiety Over the Collapse in the Ruble and Crude.


Euro Slides as Greek Election Concerns Renew Fears About an Exit from the Eurozone
There are growing signs that we could experience a second Greek tragedy which is being reflected in the country's bond yields as the politics becomes even more complicated. On top of that, traders remain acutely aware that...read review » Euro Slides as Greek Election Concerns Renew Fears About an Exit from the Eurozone.


Divergent Interpretation of FOMC Minutes Sees Both Stocks and the Dollar Rally
Bullish sessions overnight in the US and Asia are set to see European indices track higher this morning. The divergent interpretation of the FOMC statement continues to spread, with stock market investors taking it as...read review » Divergent Interpretation of FOMC Minutes Sees Both Stocks and the Dollar Rally.


Deflation Concerns Hurt Demand for Gold as Oil Prices Maintain Downtrend
The recent collapse in oil prices has reignited fears of another old enemy, deflation, the very phenomenon that quantitative easing was trying to protect us from. Consequently gold is losing its appeal as a hedge against...read review » Deflation Concerns Hurt Demand for Gold as Oil Prices Maintain Downtrend.


US Dollar Gains as Strong NFP Report Shines a Positive Light on the US Economy
Signs that the US economy remains in a healthy state have attracted buyers back into the dollar ahead of next week's central bank meeting. This saw the EUR/USD spread trading pair lose 35 points to...read review » US Dollar Gains as Strong NFP Report Shines a Positive Light on the US Economy.


European Rout Continues as Drop in Energy Shares Outweighs Boost to Other Sectors
European equities are set to slump on the open as yesterday's rout continues. Although lower oil prices should be a positive cue for pretty much every sector other than energy, it's the persistent weakness amongst...read review » European Rout Continues as Drop in Energy Shares Outweighs Boost to Other Sectors.


WTI Crude Drifts Below $67 per Barrel as OPEC Refuse to Cut Production Targets
Slowly but surely WTI crude continues to decline, with the market losing another $0.68 to $66.74 yesterday. By failing to agree on production cuts, OPEC has accelerated the sell off. At the same time, several...read review » WTI Crude Drifts Below $67 per Barrel as OPEC Refuse to Cut Production Targets.


Mario Draghi Disappoints Forex Markets by Delaying Discussion of Quantitative Easing
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi surprised the media by saying that the central bank will wait until next quarter before assessing the need for additional stimulus measures. The forex markets were disappointed by...read review » Mario Draghi Disappoints Forex Markets by Delaying Discussion of Quantitative Easing.


Stock Indices Look to Rally Ahead of Eurozone GDP and US Nonfarm Payroll Figures
There's plenty of data to mull over today, including European GDP, UK consumer inflation expectations and of course the US Non-Farm Payrolls. The US employment report is expected to show that...read review » Stock Indices Look to Rally Ahead of Eurozone GDP and US Nonfarm Payroll Figures.


Crude Oil Enjoys a Sharp Rally as China Cuts Rates for the First Time Since 2012
For the first time since 2012, the People's Bank of China cut interest rates in an attempt to boost its economy. Being the second biggest oil consumer in the world, the reaction in the energy market was swift, with...read review » Crude Oil Enjoys a Sharp Rally as China Cuts Rates for the First Time Since 2012.


ECB Council Member Concerns Over the Legality of QE Inspires Euro Rebound
European Central Bank Governing Council member Weidmann expressed his concerns in regard to purchasing government debt which might face legal challenges. The comments came as a reminder that, despite reassurances...read review » ECB Council Member Concerns Over the Legality of QE Inspires Euro Rebound.


Rising Expectations of ECB Sovereign Bond Buying Lifts the German DAX
The firming up of expectations that the ECB will start buying sovereign bonds is powering Eurozone markets higher, particularly the DAX. Mario Draghi and Jens Weidmann will be speaking today and there is...read review » Rising Expectations of ECB Sovereign Bond Buying Lifts the German DAX.


Gold Remains Undermined by Strong Dollar and Low Inflation but May See Santa Rally
Questions remain over gold as spread trading investors look to digest multiple underlying issues including the strong dollar, low inflation, and prospective interest rate hikes. However, the...read review » Gold Remains Undermined by Strong Dollar and Low Inflation but May See Santa Rally.


Draghi Inspires Euro Slump with Discussion of Unconventional Easing Methods
The euro dropped by more than a hundred points on Monday as Mario Draghi discussed how the ECB would use unconventional methods to boost the economy if needed. The forex market continues to...read review » Draghi Inspires Euro Slump with Discussion of Unconventional Easing Methods.


Stocks Dip as Japan Slides into Recession but Sales Tax Delay Offers Silver Lining
European stock markets are set to open lower following news of Japan's dip into recession. Whilst traders hit the sell button on the headline figure, there's already a silver lining to the story as the second sales tax...read review » Stocks Dip as Japan Slides into Recession but Sales Tax Delay Offers Silver Lining.


Crude Oil Futures Drop to 2011 Lows Despite Slowing OPEC Production
Oil futures have continued to fall and are now trading at their lowest levels since 2011. OPEC's monthly market report pointed to a drop in production, however, this was matched by...read review » Crude Oil Futures Drop to 2011 Lows Despite Slowing OPEC Production.


Dollar Traders Consolidate Gains After Unexpected Expansion of Japanese Stimulus
The dollar maintained its position against the euro as investors looked to consolidate the strong rally seen since the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded its monetary base. The trend is still to the...read review » Dollar Traders Consolidate Gains After Unexpected Expansion of Japanese Stimulus.


DAX and CAC Underperform the FTSE on Nervousness Over Eurozone GDP Result
Stock market indices are set to open flat this morning ahead of European GDP data. Although the FTSE has managed to gain some ground this week, the DAX and CAC are practically flat, highlighting...read review » DAX and CAC Underperform the FTSE on Nervousness Over Eurozone GDP Result.


Rising US Oil Production Sees Saudi Arabia Cut Prices to Defend Market Share
Faced with soaring US production of oil, Saudi Arabia took the drastic decision to cut the cost of the crude it sells to US customers in an attempt to preserve their market share. The energy complex's reaction was to...read review » Rising US Oil Production Sees Saudi Arabia Cut Prices to Defend Market Share.


Euro Tumbles as Draghi Strengthens Commitment to Monetary Stimulus
At the ECB interest rate meeting, President Mario Draghi strengthened his commitment to use stimulus to aid the Eurozone's economy. On top of that, policy makers said that they were ready to...read review » Euro Tumbles as Draghi Strengthens Commitment to Monetary Stimulus.


Expectations for a Strong NFP Report Boost European Stocks After Positive ADP
Expectations for a good Non-Farm Payrolls number are seeing European equities creep higher ahead of the open. Wednesday's drop in ADP jobless claims boosted confidence in the US and...read review » Expectations for a Strong NFP Report Boost European Stocks After Positive ADP.


Hawkish Federal Reserve Statement Reverses Gains in Crude Oil Prices
Early strength for the euro against the dollar drove crude futures higher yesterday. However, a sudden plunge after the FOMC statement, together with a slide in stock markets, pushed oil prices back down...read review » Hawkish Federal Reserve Statement Reverses Gains in Crude Oil Prices.


Political Uncertainty in Greece Brings Back Bad Memories and Weakens the Euro
Is the Greek drama back on? Prime Minister Samaras is trying to stop the anti-bailout party Syriza from getting to power. This comeback of uncertainty in European politics sent fresh shivers down the spines in...read review » Political Uncertainty in Greece Brings Back Bad Memories and Weakens the Euro.


Surprise Bank of Japan Stimulus Sees Stock Market Bulls Stampede Higher
The pickup in Q3 US GDP yesterday certainly stopped the bears in their tracks and some surprise easing from the Bank of Japan overnight has got the bulls ready to stampede out of the gates this morning. Just as the Fed...read review » Surprise Bank of Japan Stimulus Sees Stock Market Bulls Stampede Higher.


Rising Physical Demand Ahead of Diwali Sees the Gold Market Rally
Ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, appetite for jewellery increased which in turn gave strength to precious metal prices, with gold adding $2.9 to...read review » Rising Physical Demand Ahead of Diwali Sees the Gold Market Rally.


Reports of ECB Corporate Bond Buying Plans Drag the Euro Lower
Reports in the financial markets that the ECB was considering buying covered corporate bonds to bolster growth in the common area easily spilled over to the other side of the Atlantic. As a result, the euro dropped by 84 points against...read review » Reports of ECB Corporate Bond Buying Plans Drag the Euro Lower.


Europe Dips as Gains on Strong US Earnings are Reversed by a Case of Ebola in New York
European equities are set to fall on the open following overnight news that a case of Ebola has reached New York. Another bout of better than estimated corporate earnings in the US led by Caterpillar had...read review » Europe Dips as Gains on Strong US Earnings are Reversed by a Case of Ebola in New York.


Proposal to Extend Federal Reserve Easing Sees Gold Halt its Two Week Rally
The gold market took a breather yesterday after advancing for two weeks in a row as investors started to reassess the chances of extending QE into November and beyond. The metal dropped by...read review » Proposal to Extend Federal Reserve Easing Sees Gold Halt its Two Week Rally.


Pressure Builds on Draghi as Single Currency Drops and European Bond Yields Spike
Bond yields in the periphery economies of Eurozone posted a sharp rise yesterday, sending the shared currency 28 points down against the US dollar to $1.2809. It appears that pressure continues to build and...read review » Pressure Builds on Draghi as Single Currency Drops and European Bond Yields Spike.


Complete Rout Sees Stocks Markets in Full Reverse on Weak Retail Sales and Ebola Concerns
Yesterday really was a complete rout in equity markets and the situation remains very serious indeed. A one percent move in a major global index is normally considered a large shift, how about a three percent...read review » Complete Rout Sees Stocks Markets in Full Reverse on Weak Retail Sales and Ebola Concerns.


Energy Sector Slumps Amid IMF Warning of Overheating Financial Markets
The energy complex was definitely not helped by the IMF's 2015 growth report which suggested that there is a risk of financial markets overheating and that equity markets are 'frothy'. The comments were...read review » Energy Sector Slumps Amid IMF Warning of Overheating Financial Markets.


Shrink in German Industrial Production See Euro Start to Fall Back after Rally
German industrial production shrank by the most in 5 years, disappointing markets and triggering a plunge in the DAX and other European indices. After rallying sharply the day before, the shared currency gained...read review » Shrink in German Industrial Production See Euro Start to Fall Back after Rally.


Dow Jones Nose-Dives on Fears Over Contagion of European Weakness
The risk of contagion for the US economy from its weaker counterpart across the Atlantic is unsettling the markets. As such, we saw the Dow Jones nose-diving 346 points to 16,629, with investors growing fearful...read review » Dow Jones Nose-Dives on Fears Over Contagion of European Weakness.


WTI Crude Oil Hits 17 Month Low Beneath $90 as Production Outstrips Demand
WTI crude slumped below the $90 mark for the first time in 17 months on signs that oil supply from Russia and Saudi Arabia are outstripping demand. The tables turned during the early afternoon session, with...read review » WTI Crude Oil Hits 17 Month Low Beneath $90 as Production Outstrips Demand.


EUR/USD Pair Falls to 22 Month Low Amid Divergent Central Bank Monetary Policy
Amid the current divergence between the central banks on the both sides of the Atlantic, the shared currency dropped even lower against the dollar, with the pair now sitting at its weakest level in 22 months. It was part...read review » EUR/USD Pair Falls to 22 Month Low Amid Divergent Central Bank Monetary Policy.


Weak UK Manufacturing Data Inspires FTSE Slump as PMI Hits 17 Month Low
The FTSE 100 fell by almost 1% after weak manufacturing data saw the British PMI fall to its lowest level in 17 months. Many in the UK spread betting markets will be hoping that the index finds some...read review » Weak UK Manufacturing Data Inspires FTSE Slump as PMI Hits 17 Month Low.


Gold Prices Receive Welcome Support as Diwali Festival Approaches
The fast approaching Diwali festival in India offered some welcome support to gold prices as premiums are expected to increase by the end of October. The precious metal rose by...read review » Gold Prices Receive Welcome Support as Diwali Festival Approaches.


Disappointing German Business Confidence Triggers Decline in European Currency
Business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, slumped more than initially estimated which in turn triggered a renewed plunge in the...read review » Disappointing German Business Confidence Triggers Decline in European Currency.


Dow Jones Collapses Amid Rumours that Russian Officials May Seize Foreign Assets
The Dow slumped 226 points to 16,991 on the deepening conflict in the Middle East and rumours that Russian lawmakers are about to authorise the confiscation of foreign assets. European stocks are...read review » Dow Jones Collapses Amid Rumours that Russian Officials May Seize Foreign Assets.


Energy Markets Inspire Crude Oil Gains as OPEC Considers Lowering Production Quotas
OPEC's secretary general, Abdalla EL-Badri, has said that production quota could fall by 500,000 barrels a day to 29.5m barrels in 2015. Although he added this was an outlook and not...read review » Energy Markets Inspire Crude Oil Gains as OPEC Considers Lowering Production Quotas.


Euro Drops Sharply as Eurozone Inflation Falls Towards 5 Year Lows
Although it was slightly higher than initially predicted, the latest reading of Eurozone inflation was not far off the weakest levels in nearly 5 years. The euro dropped 97 points to...read review » Euro Drops Sharply as Eurozone Inflation Falls Towards 5 Year Lows.


UK Markets Surge as Scotland Votes to Remain Within the United Kingdom
European equities are set to sprint out of the starting blocks as the Scottish Independence attempt flounders. Clients had spent yesterday steadily building up long positions in sterling and the FTSE 100 as...read review » UK Markets Surge as Scotland Votes to Remain Within the United Kingdom.


Spot Gold Prices Decline Despite a Quiet Day for Stocks and the Dollar
Even though it was a quiet day for both the dollar and equities, we saw renewed weakness in the gold market, with the metal losing another $8.8 to $1,240. Although the exact timing of an...read review » Spot Gold Prices Decline Despite a Quiet Day for Stocks and the Dollar.


Shared European Currency Continues to Drop after Draghi's Pledge to Increase Stimulus
Mario Draghi's pledge to further ease ECB monetary policy is continuing to do some damage to the shared currency despite the odd stumble across the Atlantic for the...read review » Shared European Currency Continues to Drop after Draghi's Pledge to Increase Stimulus.


FTSE Set to Tumble as Scottish Referendum Fears Inspire Sharp Drop in Sterling
If Sunday's plunge in sterling is any indication, jitters over the Scottish referendum could well take their toll on UK stocks, with the FTSE set to edge lower on the open. I highly doubt that...read review » FTSE Set to Tumble as Scottish Referendum Fears Inspire Sharp Drop in Sterling.


Strong US Dollar and Manufacturing Figures Sees Gold Spike Lower
With the dollar on a strengthening path and US manufacturing gathering pace, it was hardly a surprise to see gold plunge. The precious metal saw a vicious spike lower, dropping $20.8 to ...read review » Strong US Dollar and Manufacturing Figures Sees Gold Spike Lower.


Euro Plummets to 1 Year Low after Shock ECB Interest Rate Cut
The ECB surprised global markets by cutting its refinancing rate to a record low of 0.05%. In addition President Mario Draghi announced that the central bank will start buying private...read review » Euro Plummets to 1 Year Low after Shock ECB Interest Rate Cut.


Draghi's Surprise ECB Rate Cut Sends European Stock Markets Soaring
With the MPC standing pat on rates yesterday, the FTSE was largely unchanged, however, continental markets were sent soaring by a surprise cut from the ECB. Such was the verve shown by European markets that...read review » Draghi's Surprise ECB Rate Cut Sends European Stock Markets Soaring.


Optimistic Energy Traders Send Oil Prices Higher After Strong US Growth Report
Energy investors were cheered by the stronger than anticipated expansion for the US economy and expected oil demand to stay strong matching the oversupply seen...read review » Optimistic Energy Traders Send Oil Prices Higher After Strong US Growth Report.


Disappointing Eurozone Consumer Prices and German Unemployment Hurts the Euro
Confidence in the Eurozone tumbled yesterday as economic data seemed to confirm Mario Draghi's warning, with a drop in consumer prices. Even the German unemployment figures disappointed...read review » Disappointing Eurozone Consumer Prices and German Unemployment Hurts the Euro.


European Markets Trade Mixed on Accusations that Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine
European equities are set to open mixed as traders struggle to asses the flare up in Ukraine. There are accusations that the Russian military has been crossing into Ukraine despite rebuttals from the Kremlin about...read review » European Markets Trade Mixed on Accusations that Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine.


Weak Chinese Data Sees Oil Remain on Course for Longest Losing Streak in 9 Months
The US crude oil market is on track for its fifth weekly drop which would be the commodity's longest slump in almost 9 months. Oil initially weakened on...read review » Weak Chinese Data Sees Oil Remain on Course for Longest Losing Streak in 9 Months.


Hawkish FOMC Minutes Sees Dollar Reach 11 Month High Against the Euro
The dollar is now at 11 month highs versus the euro after the release of surprisingly hawkish FOMC minutes which has many traders concerned about a rate hike in the...read review » Hawkish FOMC Minutes Sees Dollar Reach 11 Month High Against the Euro.


Market Attention Shifts to Central Bank Speeches at the Jackson Hole Symposium
There's little in the way of economic data out today, so attention has turned towards the Jackson Hole Symposium where traders will look for further clarity on global interest rates. With speakers from the Fed, BoE, ECB and...read review » Market Attention Shifts to Central Bank Speeches at the Jackson Hole Symposium.


Crude Oil Futures Weaken as Inventory Increase Raises Questions Over Demand
Whilst oil futures saw an initial move higher yesterday, an increase in stockpiles encouraged rumours that US demand for crude is on the decline. With data driving sentiment at the moment, and risk in the...read review » Crude Oil Futures Weaken as Inventory Increase Raises Questions Over Demand.


Euro Extends Losses as German GDP Shrinks by Twice as Much as Expected
A weak German growth figure, which showed GDP shrinking at twice the rate that analysts had forecast, shows that Europe is some way from recovery and...read review » Euro Extends Losses as German GDP Shrinks by Twice as Much as Expected.


FTSE 100 Fails to Follow European Stocks Higher as Dividends Weigh
European equities are set to edge higher on the open as concerns over the Russian aid convoy die down. The FTSE would also be up on the open this morning but a large number of companies are going...read review » FTSE 100 Fails to Follow European Stocks Higher as Dividends Weigh.


Bullion Benefits as Strong Corporate Earnings Fail to Boost Jobs Growth
Despite another better-than-expected corporate earnings season, the process of jobs creation is struggling to keep up, so the concern that equity markets might have gone too far shifted...read review » Bullion Benefits as Strong Corporate Earnings Fail to Boost Jobs Growth.


Forex Traders Sell the Euro as Italy Falls Back into Recession
Just as Italy fell back into recession, German factory orders saw their largest drop since 2011, raising fresh concerns over the Eurozone's economic health. This meant that forex traders were...read review » Forex Traders Sell the Euro as Italy Falls Back into Recession.


Stocks Panic on Reports of a Build Up of Russian Troops on the Ukrainian Border
We are expecting stock markets to see sharp declines on the open following overnight falls in the US and Asia. After the European close, reports of a Russian military build up on the Ukrainian border spooked...read review » Stocks Panic on Reports of a Build Up of Russian Troops on the Ukrainian Border.


Improving US Economy Sees Spot Gold Continue to Give Back 2014 Gains
In a sign of potential trouble ahead, gold dropped $13.6 to $1,281.5, a level last seen on 19 June. After rising 10% in the first quarter of 2014, the precious metal is now slowly but surely giving back...read review » Improving US Economy Sees Spot Gold Continue to Give Back 2014 Gains.


Single Currency Pulls Back on Inflation Fears and Fall in German Bond Yields
With German bond yields falling to record lows and deflation remaining a real risk, some traders are wondering whether we are seeing the calm before the storm. Either way, the euro resumed its slump...read review » Single Currency Pulls Back on Inflation Fears and Fall in German Bond Yields.


Multitude of Negative Cues Combine to Drag Indices Lower After Poor Session
European equities are set to continue their slide as yesterday's painful session has given traders a hangover. A multitude of negative cues from Russia, weak economic and corporate data, the Fed and...read review » Multitude of Negative Cues Combine to Drag Indices Lower After Poor Session.


Stockpile Glut and Reduced Supply Concerns Sees WTI Prices Crumble
Easing concerns over crude oil supplies in Iraq and Libya triggered a sharp selloff in WTI prices on Friday, which closed $2.12 down at $100.74 per barrel. The move was accentuated by news that crude stockpiles at...read review » Stockpile Glut and Reduced Supply Concerns Sees WTI Prices Crumble.


US Dollar Jumps as Federal Reserve Considers Early Interest Rate Hike
In her testimony to the Senate, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed out that interest rates could rise sooner than initially estimated if the labour market keeps...read review » US Dollar Jumps as Federal Reserve Considers Early Interest Rate Hike.


Equities Rally as Strong Chinese Growth Figures Assuage Fears of a Slowdown
With Chinese GDP coming in just above expectations, we are set to see European stocks edge higher on the open. Traders are breathing more easily as it seems that the wobbles in the Chinese economy are...read review » Equities Rally as Strong Chinese Growth Figures Assuage Fears of a Slowdown.


Oil Futures Decline as US Driving Season Fails to See Demand Keep Up With Supply
Whilst the US has entered driving season, consumption in the world's largest oil user has failed to keep up with supply, meaning that gasoline inventories have pushed higher. With geopolitical tensions also...read review » Oil Futures Decline as US Driving Season Fails to See Demand Keep Up With Supply.


EUR/USD Staves Off Steep Losses Despite Portuguese Banking Concerns
Portuguese bank Espirito Santo has been unable to make short-term debt payments, exposing some of the challenges that are giving the ECB plenty of headaches. However, interestingly enough, the EUR/USD pair...read review » EUR/USD Staves Off Steep Losses Despite Portuguese Banking Concerns.


Bears Take Charge as Portuguese Debt Fears See Unwelcome Return of Eurozone Crisis
It's been a bad week for the bulls already but with the Eurozone crisis making an unwelcome return yesterday, traders are concerned that the bearish flood gates are starting to creak. Renewed debt troubles in Portugal...read review » Bears Take Charge as Portuguese Debt Fears See Unwelcome Return of Eurozone Crisis.


News that Libya Will Reopen Oil Export Terminals Sees WTI Prices Tumble
In civil war torn Libya, rebels announced plans to reopen two crude oil export terminals, thus increasing supplies in a market already awash with crude. The effect was a sharp drop in WTI crude prices, with...read review » News that Libya Will Reopen Oil Export Terminals Sees WTI Prices Tumble.


Single European Currency Struggles as Fed Comments Balance Weak Eurozone Data
Continued signs of economic slowdown in France combined with poor Eurozone manufacturing numbers to trigger fresh concerns about the region's fragile recovery. That would normally send...read review » Single European Currency Struggles as Fed Comments Balance Weak Eurozone Data.


Stocks Surge as Strong Non-Farm Payrolls Figure Outweighs Rate Hike Speculation
The good US jobs number was cheered by the bulls as a sign that the real economy is starting, for the umpteenth time, to take off, but they completely shrugged off the increased likelihood of a rate hike in...read review » Stocks Surge as Strong Non-Farm Payrolls Figure Outweighs Rate Hike Speculation.


US Crude Oil Futures Spike as Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Refinery
News that militants in Iraq, now OPEC's second largest producer, had attacked the country's largest oil refinery fuelled concerns that there will be serious supply disruptions. On top of that...read review » US Crude Oil Futures Spike as Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Refinery.


Dollar Drops as Federal Reserve Look to Maintain Low Rates for an Extended Period
The shared currency climbed for the second consecutive day against the dollar after the Federal Reserve stated that it will hold interest rates at close to zero for a considerable time. Despite the...read review » Dollar Drops as Federal Reserve Look to Maintain Low Rates for an Extended Period.


Positive Outlook in FOMC Minutes Inspires Equity Market Rally
European equities are set to open higher this morning after a bullish close in the US and a buoyant Asian session. The positive outlook in the FOMC statement caused rallies in European and...read review » Positive Outlook in FOMC Minutes Inspires Equity Market Rally.


Escalating Tensions in Iraq Sees a Sharp Spike in Crude Oil Markets
An escalation of violence in Iraq, where militants have captured the city of Mosul and are moving toward Baghdad, has put the energy complex on high alert. With US President Obama suggesting that...read review » Escalating Tensions in Iraq Sees a Sharp Spike in Crude Oil Markets.


Falling Eurozone Investor Confidence Weighs on the European Single Currency
Eurozone investor confidence plunged by more than expected yesterday, pushing the shared currency down amid reduced volumes due to the bank holiday in a number of countries including...read review » Falling Eurozone Investor Confidence Weighs on the European Single Currency.


Global Stocks Sell Off as World Bank Reduces Growth Forecasts
We are set to see a mixed start from indices today as traders take stock of yesterday's declines. Many traders used the World Bank's cut to its global growth forecast as an excuse for a bit of...read review » Global Stocks Sell Off as World Bank Reduces Growth Forecasts.


Crude Oil Futures Give Up Gains as Libyan Oil Terminal Looks to Re-Open
Crude oil prices started the week on the offensive, only to reverse course later on, heading south and closing the day $0.44 lower at $102.46 per barrel. This came amid reports that an oil exports terminal in Libya is...read review » Crude Oil Futures Give Up Gains as Libyan Oil Terminal Looks to Re-Open.


Forex Markets See Spike in Volatility as European Central Bank Introduces Negative Interest Rates
In an unprecedented move, the European Central Bank reduced its deposit rate to -0.1%, the first major central bank to use negative rates. In addition, the benchmark interest rate was dropped from 0.25% to...read review » Forex Markets See Spike in Volatility as European Central Bank Introduces Negative Interest Rates.


Indices Steady Themselves on Expectations of Dovish ECB Policy and Rate Cut
European equities are expected to open flat as traders hunker down ahead of the central bank meetings. Expectations are for the ECB to let slip the dogs of dovish monetary policy today with, at a minimum, a...read review » Indices Steady Themselves on Expectations of Dovish ECB Policy and Rate Cut.


Gold Drops to 15 Week Low as US Stock Markets Hit All-Time Highs
Whilst better than expected US economic data pushed the S&P 500 index to a new all-time high, gold prices plunged to a 15 week low. The precious metal lost a significant...read review » Gold Drops to 15 Week Low as US Stock Markets Hit All-Time Highs.


Euro Stumbles as German Unemployment Figures Rise Unexpectedly
The euro resumed its downfall against the dollar, breaching the $1.36 mark to reach a new recent low of $1.3590, a 45 point drop for the day. The main culprit was an unexpected increase in German unemployment...read review » Euro Stumbles as German Unemployment Figures Rise Unexpectedly.


Dow Jones Slides as US Retailers Encourage Profit Taking Ahead of Push for the Highs
Retailers in the US led the decline in equities yesterday, with the Dow Jones losing 29 points to 16,649. A test of the record high is now a distinct possibility but it seems that investors felt the need for...read review » Dow Jones Slides as US Retailers Encourage Profit Taking Ahead of Push for the Highs.


Crude Oil Rallies as Libyan Violence Raises Supply Disruption Concerns
The price of oil is going to be increasingly driven by the goings on in Libya this week where violence has flared up again. Fears are that supply will be interrupted have already had a...read review » Crude Oil Rallies as Libyan Violence Raises Supply Disruption Concerns.


Euro Sees Late Resurgence as FOMC Suggest that US Rates Will Remain Low
Having trended down for most of the day, the shared currency made a late comeback following the Fed minutes. The FOMC re-iterated their stance to maintain low interest rates for the foreseeable future, weakening the...read review » Euro Sees Late Resurgence as FOMC Suggest that US Rates Will Remain Low.


Indices Open Lower Ahead of Key Elections in Europe and Ukraine
Stock markets are set to open mixed as traders turn cautious ahead of Ukrainian and European election results. Despite modest gains in overnight markets, this hesitation is expected to see investors...read review » Indices Open Lower Ahead of Key Elections in Europe and Ukraine.


Stronger Initial Jobless Claims from the US Hurts Gold Prices
Stronger initial jobless claims from the US inspired the main move for gold yesterday. Fewer claim applicants for the previous week hurt the precious metal by removing some of its safe haven appeal. Whilst we...read review » Stronger Initial Jobless Claims from the US Hurts Gold Prices.


Sixteen Month Low for German Investor Confidence Weighs on the Euro
The euro had a tough day following the influential German ZEW surveys. The investor confidence measure fell for the fifth straight month and hit a sixteen month low. This disappointment, coupled with...read review » Sixteen Month Low for German Investor Confidence Weighs on the Euro.


European Equities Tread Carefully as Weak Overnight Trading Raises Apex Fears
European indices are set to ease back on the open as traders worry that yesterday's practically flat finish marks the apex of the up move. Negative sessions in the US and Asia overnight have also reinforced concerns that...read review » European Equities Tread Carefully as Weak Overnight Trading Raises Apex Fears.


Escalating Tensions in Ukraine Sees Gold Gap Above $1,300 on Safe Haven Status
With tensions in Ukraine escalating over the weekend, the demand for safe haven followed suit, pushing gold prices higher. After the precious metal gapped above the $1,300 mark on the...read review » Escalating Tensions in Ukraine Sees Gold Gap Above $1,300 on Safe Haven Status.


EUR/USD Sees Spike in Volatility as ECB President Prepares for Action
We saw the shared currency trading in a daily range of 160 points yesterday, coming within 7 points of the psychologically important $1.40 mark only to plunge later on, closing 71 points down at $1.3833. The move came after...read review » EUR/USD Sees Spike in Volatility as ECB President Prepares for Action.


Stock Markets Rally as Mario Draghi Hints at Upcoming ECB Stimulus
Mario Draghi strengthened stocks but put a banana skin underneath the heels of the euro in his press conference yesterday. Initially, the shared currency nearly hit...read review » Stock Markets Rally as Mario Draghi Hints at Upcoming ECB Stimulus.


Oil Prices Drop as Stockpiles Hit Highest Level Since Records Began in 1982
In its weekly crude inventories report, the US Department of Energy indicated a 1.7 million barrels rise to a record high of 399.4 million barrels. That is the highest level since records begun in 1982 and...read review » Oil Prices Drop as Stockpiles Hit Highest Level Since Records Began in 1982.


Rise in Eurozone Inflation Dampens Expectations for ECB Monetary Stimulus
A pick up in Eurozone inflation gave the ECB a bit more room to manoeuvre, damping speculation about an imminent burst of monetary stimulus. On the other hand, an encouraging statement by...read review » Rise in Eurozone Inflation Dampens Expectations for ECB Monetary Stimulus.


Dow Jones Index Reverses Gains as US Unemployment Data Disappoints
With unemployment claims coming in higher than expected, the Dow Jones dropped 21 points to 16,561 yesterday on light profit taking after rallying for three straight sessions. European equities are set to...read review » Dow Jones Index Reverses Gains as US Unemployment Data Disappoints.


WTI Crude Falls as Russian Military Drills on Ukraine Border Call Future of Supply into Question
As the Russian military begins drills on the Ukrainian border to further fuel an already tense situation, the future supply of energy is understandably called into question, resulting in a hike of the oil price. West Texas Intermediate is...read review » WTI Crude Falls as Russian Military Drills on Ukraine Border Call Future of Supply into Question.


Euro Struggles to Match Volatility Over Markit Manufacturing and Services Data
Despite some excitement on Wednesday morning following the Eurozone's Markit manufacturing and services data, the euro remains relatively unchanged against the dollar. However, the to-ing and fro-ing of...read review » Euro Struggles to Match Volatility Over Markit Manufacturing and Services Data.


European Stocks Drop as Kiev Launches Operations Against Pro-Russian Separatists
European equities are set to head lower on the open as recent gains look to have put in a short-term top. Tensions in the Ukraine appear to be ratcheting up again, what with Kiev launching operations against...read review » European Stocks Drop as Kiev Launches Operations Against Pro-Russian Separatists.


Slacking Consumer Demand and Weak Chinese Growth Sees Gold Prices Tumble
Poor growth figures in China spelled trouble for gold markets on Tuesday as fears loomed over slacking consumer demand in the Far East. Spot gold fell as low as...read review » Slacking Consumer Demand and Weak Chinese Growth Sees Gold Prices Tumble.


Dollar Strength Ensues on Hopes that US Inflation Data Will Encourage Early Rate Hike
Rising US inflation of 0.2% in March came as positive news for the dollar, with the bulls hoping that this welcoming news would encourage the Fed to raise interest rates sooner than...read review » Dollar Strength Ensues on Hopes that US Inflation Data Will Encourage Early Rate Hike.


Poor Google Results Reverse Gains After Yellen's Dovish Dis-Inflation Comments
Overnight, US markets closed higher as markets took Janet Yellen's dis-inflation worries as a dovish signal, but poor results from Google after the close has undone the positive handover. The talks in...read review » Poor Google Results Reverse Gains After Yellen's Dovish Dis-Inflation Comments.


Annual Oil Reserves Report Points to Highest Stockpiles in 36 Years
The US Energy Information Administration announced yesterday in its annual Oil Reserves Report that reserves are at their highest levels in 36 years. At the same time, Libya said...read review » Annual Oil Reserves Report Points to Highest Stockpiles in 36 Years.


Potential Relaxation of Economic Restrictions on Greece Buoys the Euro
The euro continued its rally against the dollar as Germany, Europe's biggest economy, appeared ready to ease some concessions ahead of Chancellor Merkel's trip to Greece. This meant that...read review » Potential Relaxation of Economic Restrictions on Greece Buoys the Euro.


Slump in US Technology Stocks and Ukraine Concerns Weigh on Equity Indices
Negative cues seem to be popping up out of nowhere, particularly with the US tech sell off and the Ukraine situation flaring up again. As a result, investors are highly conscious that if we get a few more...read review » Slump in US Technology Stocks and Ukraine Concerns Weigh on Equity Indices.


Uplifting US Consumer Confidence Figures Send Crude Oil Prices Higher
With US consumer spending coming in rather resilient, it was a signal for the energy complex that the economic outlook remains positive. As a result, spread betting investors pushed WTI crude prices...read review » Uplifting US Consumer Confidence Figures Send Crude Oil Prices Higher.


ECB Comes Under Pressure to Act as Eurozone Inflation Hits 4 Year Low
Inflation in the Eurozone during March slowed by more than expected, coming in at 0.5% vs 0.6%, and hit the weakest level in 4 years. This has put the ECB under mounting pressure to act as...read review » ECB Comes Under Pressure to Act as Eurozone Inflation Hits 4 Year Low.


Stock Rise as Investors Expect Non-Farm Payrolls to Rebound from Poor Weather
European equities are set to creep higher as traders expect a solid Non-Farm Payrolls figure. Following last month's upside surprise, many think that the bad weather effect will have finally thawed and...read review » Stock Rise as Investors Expect Non-Farm Payrolls to Rebound from Poor Weather.


G7 Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia Sees Gold Prices Rebound
A rebound from a five week low for gold prices posted gains of $1.6 to $1,311.2. Considering that the Black Sea tensions are far from over and that the G7 threatened more sanctions for Russia, the rise could...read review » G7 Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia Sees Gold Prices Rebound.


German Business Confidence Figure Maintains Possibility of ECB Easing
With business sentiment in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, coming in weaker than expected, market participants realised that QE remains on the table for the ECB. As such, they pushed the euro...read review » German Business Confidence Figure Maintains Possibility of ECB Easing.


European Stocks Slip Despite Asian Resilience after Poor Chinese Manufacturing Data
Despite a positive lead from Asian markets overnight, European equities look set to open lower this morning. A weaker HSBC China Manufacturing PMI figure doesn't seem to have knocked Asian markets as...read review » European Stocks Slip Despite Asian Resilience after Poor Chinese Manufacturing Data.


Federal Reserve Rate Hike Hint Weighs on Gold Futures Market
Gold prices remained under pressure as the Fed hinted at the possibility of an interest rate hike much sooner than initially anticipated. However, the tensions in Ukraine show no signs of abating, with US President...read review » Federal Reserve Rate Hike Hint Weighs on Gold Futures Market.


Currency Markets Boost US Dollar as they Digest Yellen's Rate Hike Comments
The currency market was still digesting signals from the Fed that rates may rise by the middle of 2015 yesterday and so the dollar continued to attract investors' interest. This saw the EUR/USD pair post...read review » Currency Markets Boost US Dollar as they Digest Yellen's Rate Hike Comments.


Janet Yellen's First FOMC Press Conference Spooks Global Stock Markets
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spooked the global markets during her first FOMC press conference yesterday. After a very dovish statement, when pressed about rate hikes, Yellen suggested...read review » Janet Yellen's First FOMC Press Conference Spooks Global Stock Markets.


US Crude Prices Dip on Larger than Expected Rise in Inventories
For the third straight session, US crude prices moved south, losing $1.29 to $98.13 per barrel as the US Department of Energy announced a 6 million barrel rise in inventories. The larger than expected build reinforces...read review » US Crude Prices Dip on Larger than Expected Rise in Inventories.


Slump in Commodities and Equities Provides Boost for Safe Haven Dollar
A slump in stocks and commodities across the board has undoubtedly increased demand for safe haven currencies, thus supporting the US dollar. We also saw European Central Bank Vice President...read review » Slump in Commodities and Equities Provides Boost for Safe Haven Dollar.


Wall Street Tumbles on Fears that Chinese Economy Faces Structural Weakness
The Dow Jones slumped 225 by points to 16,123, on further evidence that the Chinese economy might be facing structural weaknesses rather than cyclical problems. The losses went on to infect the Asian session and...read review » Wall Street Tumbles on Fears that Chinese Economy Faces Structural Weakness.


Strong US Employment Data Gives WTI Crude Oil a Chance to Rebound
Stronger than estimated results for US unemployment benefits spilled over into the energy complex, giving WTI crude oil a chance to rebound. On top of that, the lingering risk of conflict in...read review » Strong US Employment Data Gives WTI Crude Oil a Chance to Rebound.


Pick Up in Inflation Sees European Central Bank Hold Interest Rates
The European Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.25% amid signs of a pickup in inflation and output, undoubtedly very helpful for officials in...read review » Pick Up in Inflation Sees European Central Bank Hold Interest Rates.


ECB Rate Meeting Expected to See Something Dovish for the Index Bulls
The main source of today's volatility is supposed to be the ECB press conference, where Draghi is expected to gift something dovish to the CFD markets. An interest rate cut seems...read review » ECB Rate Meeting Expected to See Something Dovish for the Index Bulls.


Gold Market Jumps as Yellen Suggests that Fed Stimulus Remains on the Table
Yellen's speech yesterday was a breath of fresh air for gold spread trading investors as it reiterated that monetary stimulus remains on the table for now. However, the precious metal...read review » Gold Market Jumps as Yellen Suggests that Fed Stimulus Remains on the Table.


Risk Averse FX Traders See the Euro on Uncertainty Over Ukrainian Tensions
The current unrest in the Ukraine, which threatens to engulf Russia and the West, pushed risk averse FX traders into the safety of the dollar yesterday. In addition, the US currency was supported by...read review » Risk Averse FX Traders See the Euro on Uncertainty Over Ukrainian Tensions.


Rally in US Healthcare Stocks Boosts Dow Jones Industrial Average
A rally in US healthcare stocks drove the Dow Jones 92 points higher yesterday to 16,205, almost completely reversing the sharp selloff seen at the end of January. Despite this, European equities are set to...read review » Rally in US Healthcare Stocks Boosts Dow Jones Industrial Average.


WTI Crude Prices Continue to Climb as Temperatures in the US Fall
True to their bullish form of late, US crude prices climbed again on falling temperatures in the US and a distinct lack of improvement in the forecast. The market saw a rise of...read review » WTI Crude Prices Continue to Climb as Temperatures in the US Fall.


Euro Falls as Eurozone Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Declines
Consumer confidence in the Eurozone unexpectedly dropped this month sparking fresh concerns that the much trumpeted economic recovery is already losing steam. At the same time, the ECB...read review » Euro Falls as Eurozone Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Declines.


Surprisingly Hawkish Fed Minutes See Stocks Slide on the Open
European equities are set to slump on the open following negative overnight cues. Some surprise hawkishness from the FOMC minutes has perked up speculation that...read review » Surprisingly Hawkish Fed Minutes See Stocks Slide on the Open.


US Crude Oil Closes Just Shy of Key $100 Level as Bleak Weather Continues
After breaking above the psychologically important $100 mark, US crude oil retraced during afternoon trading as profit taking saw the market close $0.13 down at $99.90 per barrel. However, the US National Weather Service has...read review » US Crude Oil Closes Just Shy of Key $100 Level as Bleak Weather Continues.


EUR/USD Pair Heads North Amid Concerns Over Weather Effected Economy
Currency investors have started to become a bit more concerned about the prolonged cold weather in the US and its potential damage on economic growth. This saw the EUR/USD pair head north...read review » EUR/USD Pair Heads North Amid Concerns Over Weather Effected Economy.


US Stocks Rally as Corporate Earnings Overcomes Economic Data
US earnings data was able to trump the economic figures once again last night. However, this time, it was to the benefit of the Dow Jones, with the index moving...read review » US Stocks Rally as Corporate Earnings Overcomes Economic Data.


Oil Sees Gains as Stockpiles Fall in Both Crude and Distillates
The weekly oil inventories report not only showed the anticipated drop in distillate fuel as a result of the cold weather, but also a weaker build for crude oil stockpiles. That pushed crude prices higher initially but...read review » Oil Sees Gains as Stockpiles Fall in Both Crude and Distillates.


ECB Expected to Reaffirm Pledge to Protect Budding European Recovery
The ECB is expected to reaffirm its commitment to do whatever it takes to guard the nascent recovery in the Eurozone at its interest rate meeting tomorrow. Even if no monetary stimulus is going to...read review » ECB Expected to Reaffirm Pledge to Protect Budding European Recovery.


Rampant Asian Session Boosts Europe as Emerging Market Fears Ease
European equities are set to open higher following a buoyant Asian session. Whether this is because the emerging market fears have been fully priced in, or just that both the...read review » Rampant Asian Session Boosts Europe as Emerging Market Fears Ease.


Crude Rebounds as Big Freeze Raises Demand for Heating
In commodities trading, an initial drop in crude prices proved to be short-lived as the cold weather is expected to have increased demand for distillates to a...read review » Crude Rebounds as Big Freeze Raises Demand for Heating.


Dollar Faces Win-Win Situation Amid Good Data and Safe-Haven Status
The dollar appears to have found itself in a win-win situation against the euro. It either gains on good US economic data, which is better than Europe's, or benefits from the flight to...read review » Dollar Faces Win-Win Situation Amid Good Data and Safe-Haven Status.


Dow Drops as Emerging Market Turmoil Hits Global Equity Markets
Growing weakness for emerging market currencies spurred a sell off in equities across the board during the first part of yesterday's trading session. This saw the Dow Jones resume its slump...read review » Dow Drops as Emerging Market Turmoil Hits Global Equity Markets.


Gold Shines a Little Brighter as US Dollar Breaks Down Over Jobless Figures
A steep fall for the US dollar sent gold prices rallying yesterday, with the market closing $27.1 higher at $1,264.21, the strongest level since 10 December. Some less encouraging US economic...read review » Gold Shines a Little Brighter as US Dollar Breaks Down Over Jobless Figures.


European Manufacturing Data Builds Gains for the Euro/Dollar Pair
The euro posted a sharp rise of 150 points against the dollar yesterday, hitting $1.3695 largely on the back of encouraging manufacturing data from Europe. This suggests that...read review » European Manufacturing Data Builds Gains for the Euro/Dollar Pair.


Unexpected Contraction in Chinese Data Sends Shivers Down Investors' Spines
The unexpected contraction in Chinese manufacturing sent shivers down CFD trading investors' spines, triggering a sharp sell off in global stock markets. However, the size and speed of...read review » Unexpected Contraction in Chinese Data Sends Shivers Down Investors' Spines.


Oil Futures Jump as Massive Drop Sees Stockpiles Hit 22 Month Low
With inventories plunging to their weakest level in nearly 22 months, it wasn't a surprise to see WTI crude prices rallying by $1.76 to $94.31. Upbeat economic data in the US did its...read review » Oil Futures Jump as Massive Drop Sees Stockpiles Hit 22 Month Low.


Weak Data from German Powerhouse Hits the Single European Currency
A German report disappointed currency investors by indicating a slowdown in the country's economic growth and this pushed the euro/dollar pair 72 points lower to...read review » Weak Data from German Powerhouse Hits the Single European Currency.


UK Retail Sales May Boost FTSE Despite Mixed Indivudal Results
In the UK, today's retail sales may provide support for the FTSE at these lofty levels. Whilst we've had a mixed bag of results from different retailers, expectations of a significant pick up in...read review » UK Retail Sales May Boost FTSE Despite Mixed Indivudal Results.


Supply Gains Sees Crude Oil Prices Tumble to 6 Week Low
WTI crude oil prices resumed their slump yesterday, losing $1.42 to $92.46 per barrel and reaching the lowest level for six weeks in the process. Ongoing product supply gains were to blame, with...read review » Supply Gains Sees Crude Oil Prices Tumble to 6 Week Low.


Draghi Pledges to Boost Eurozone by Keeping Low Interest Rates
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to keep interest rates low for a prolonged period of time in order to help the sluggish recovery in the Eurozone. That offered the euro...read review » Draghi Pledges to Boost Eurozone by Keeping Low Interest Rates.


Rising Equity Markets Have Yet to Find Rhythm of 2014
European equities are set to start with modest gains on the open, but don't read too much into it as the financial markets have yet to find their rhythm for 2014. We saw another volatile session...read review » Rising Equity Markets Have Yet to Find Rhythm of 2014.


Gold Prices Tumble on Start of Fed Tapering and Declining Inflation Concerns
Forecasts of better days ahead for the US economy did not bode well for gold prices, which slumped by $12.5 to $1,218. And with fear of inflation almost forgotten, the technical outlook for the...read review » Gold Prices Tumble on Start of Fed Tapering and Declining Inflation Concerns.


US Dollar Surges on Tapering Implications for Strength of US Economy
The US dollar continued its strengthening versus the euro, largely on the tapering news. Forex spread betting markets seem to have interpreted the move as a sign that the American economy is gaining...read review » US Dollar Surges on Tapering Implications for Strength of US Economy.


Global Stock Market Indices Rally Sharply as Federal Reserve Begins Tapering
Following last night's FOMC decision to begin tapering, European stock markets are set to open significantly higher today. The Dow Jones rose sharply to a fresh record high of 16,182 and even managed to...read review » Global Stock Market Indices Rally Sharply as Federal Reserve Begins Tapering.


Rising Gasoline Stocks See Oil Prices Fall Despite Falling Crude Inventories
Although US crude stockpiles dropped by 10.6 million barrels last week, which was more than three times the forecast, the product numbers had the upper hand. Unexpected builds for gasoline and diesel inventories...read review » Rising Gasoline Stocks See Oil Prices Fall Despite Falling Crude Inventories.


FX Market Considers Tapering After Promising US Budget Talks and Data
With US budget talks looking optimistic and economic data pointing in the right direction, the currency markets are now wondering whether next week's FOMC meeting will see the start of...read review » FX Market Considers Tapering After Promising US Budget Talks and Data.


Profit Taking Sees Dow Jones Slump as Tapering Fears Grow
European equities are set to open significantly lower as concerns over Fed taper get stronger. With a growing numbers of market participants looking to book profits, the Dow Jones plunged 151 points to...read review » Profit Taking Sees Dow Jones Slump as Tapering Fears Grow.


Crude Oil Futures Surge as Inventories Fall for First Time in 11 Weeks
A 5.6 million barrel slump in US crude oil inventories was the first decline in 11 weeks, surpassing estimates for a 0.5 million barrel drop. That pushed US crude prices $0.53 higher to...read review » Crude Oil Futures Surge as Inventories Fall for First Time in 11 Weeks.


Euro Recovers Losses on Fading Disinflation Concerns Ahead of ECB Meeting
Ahead of the European Central Bank policy meeting scheduled for tomorrow, the euro found enough strength to recover Monday's loss, ending 48 points higher at $1.3589. The driver was the sentiment that...read review » Euro Recovers Losses on Fading Disinflation Concerns Ahead of ECB Meeting.


Stock Markets Look to Non-Farms Data to Decide December Tapering Debate
This is it, the day of the big jobs number. Traders seem to have gotten into the frame of mind that this figure alone will decide the fate of the Fed's tapering program and thus the...read review » Stock Markets Look to Non-Farms Data to Decide December Tapering Debate.


US Crude Oil Falls as Supply Hits 1989 High of 8 Million Barrels per Day
Concerns that crude oil supply has risen to almost 8 million barrels per day, the strongest level since 1989, triggered a resumption of the downtrend for US crude. As such, the market lost $0.65 to...read review » US Crude Oil Falls as Supply Hits 1989 High of 8 Million Barrels per Day.


EUR/USD Rises as China is 'Forced' to Diversify Currency Reserves
China's central bank Governor mentioned that risk management is 'forcing' the world's second economy to diversify its currency reserves into the euro. That pushed the EUR/USD pair 56 points higher to...read review » EUR/USD Rises as China is 'Forced' to Diversify Currency Reserves.


UK House Building Stocks Tumble as Carney Scraps Lending Scheme
Fears over the nation's optimistic property market remain as Mark Carney made a move to scrap a lending scheme to boost mortgage borrowing. With the Governor talking about ways of controlling the current boom in house prices...read review » UK House Building Stocks Tumble as Carney Scraps Lending Scheme.


Gold Prices Post Steep Plunge as Fed Minutes Point Towards December Tapering
Gold prices posted a steep plunge yesterday, losing $31.4 to $1,243.6 after the less dovish FOMC minutes were released during the afternoon, throwing all hope of an immediate price recovery out...read review » Gold Prices Post Steep Plunge as Fed Minutes Point Towards December Tapering.


US Dollar Sees Sharp Rally as FOMC Members Discuss Early Tapering
Several Federal Reserve members seemed confident that the latest economic improvements could be enough to start a scale back of asset purchases in the near future. This was something of a surprise, given...read review » US Dollar Sees Sharp Rally as FOMC Members Discuss Early Tapering.


Stock Markets Struggle as Hawkish Fed Minutes Contradict Dovish Yellen
A certain amount of confusion surrounds the markets at the moment as traders were left bewildered by hawkish minutes from the Fed which contradicted the ever dovish Janet Yellen. Having said that, ongoing...read review » Stock Markets Struggle as Hawkish Fed Minutes Contradict Dovish Yellen.


Crude Oil Futures See Volatility as Stock Market Rally Follows Rising Inventories
Initially, US crude oil plunged on the back of rising stockpiles as indicated by the US Department of Energy's weekly inventories report. However, a late rally in stocks changed the mood in the energy complex, driving...read review » Crude Oil Futures See Volatility as Stock Market Rally Follows Rising Inventories.


Single Currency Gives Up Recent Gains on Slowing German Growth Figures
Germany, Europe's economic engine, seems to have lost some steam as its GDP climbed just 0.3%, significantly lower than the 0.7% rise in the previous quarter. The report dented the euros rebound in...read review » Single Currency Gives Up Recent Gains on Slowing German Growth Figures.


FTSE Sees Overnight Rally on Strong UK Housing Data and Falling Unemployment
Most European markets will open fairly flat today, but the FTSE looks set to open higher after making a nice move to the upside overnight. The UK housing market is riding high and unemployment is falling...read review » FTSE Sees Overnight Rally on Strong UK Housing Data and Falling Unemployment.


Gold Market Sees Slump as GDP Data Raises Fears of a December Taper
The gold market is on track for its second weekly loss as positive US GDP data saw prices fall amid fears that the Fed may cut its stimulus package. Spot gold...read review » Gold Market Sees Slump as GDP Data Raises Fears of a December Taper.


Euro / Dollar Pair Tumbles on Surprise ECB Move to Cut Interest Rates
The European Central Bank made a surprise move to cut interest rates given the recent levels of low inflation and the move seemed to catch many investors off guard as the value of the euro fell. US economic data then...read review » Euro / Dollar Pair Tumbles on Surprise ECB Move to Cut Interest Rates.


Dow Futures Rally as Mainstream Republican Beats Tea Party Candidate
Dow futures have seen the index up around 54 points already overnight. Reasons cited for the nocturnal rally have been put down to traditional Republican Bradley Byrne beating Tea Party candidate...read review » Dow Futures Rally as Mainstream Republican Beats Tea Party Candidate.


Volatile Crude Oil Market Slides Ahead of US Debt Ceiling Deadline
WTI crude oil futures saw some large swings yesterday, ultimately closing 1.2% lower. The price, which is still trading near its three month lows, failed to gain any momentum as the deadline loomed for US lawmakers to...read review » Volatile Crude Oil Market Slides Ahead of US Debt Ceiling Deadline.


Euro Surges on Speculation that Shutdown Will Delay Fed Tapering
In the FX markets, the fear of economic collapse appears to be long lost memory and investors are seemingly looking to more volatile markets to find their profits. The concoction of a (likely) stalling of Fed tapering and...read review » Euro Surges on Speculation that Shutdown Will Delay Fed Tapering.


Stocks Fall on Profit Taking as US Politicians Reach Debt Ceiling Deal
European equities are set to sag on the open as the US manages to shove a deal through their legislature. It sounds counterintuitive to have such a deflated reaction but those who took a speculative punt on...read review » Stocks Fall on Profit Taking as US Politicians Reach Debt Ceiling Deal.


Gold Prices Break Below Key Support as US Politicians Near Deal
Gold prices continued to fall, with spot gold on track for making its second weekly loss as the metal dropped below $1,300 to close at $1,298.19. Stock markets have begun to recover on early signs that political...read review » Gold Prices Break Below Key Support as US Politicians Near Deal.


EUR/USD Pair Tumbles Amid Signs of Compromise on US Budget Deadlock
The dollar strengthened against the major currencies yesterday as the US budget deadlock began to show signs of promise. The dollar made its largest gains in a month as the EUR/USD pair fell by...read review » EUR/USD Pair Tumbles Amid Signs of Compromise on US Budget Deadlock.


Dow Jones Rallies as Obama Nominates Janet Yellen for Federal Reserve Chief
The Dow Jones rose on Wednesday as President Obama nominated Dr Janet Yellen as the new Federal Reserve Chief. Some traders were bullish after the announcement as she is seen to be supportive of...read review » Dow Jones Rallies as Obama Nominates Janet Yellen for Federal Reserve Chief.


Crude Oil Slumps Amid Concern Over How Shutdown Will Affect Demand
Investors remained concerned that the US government shutdown will harm fuel demand as talks between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders failed to come up with a solution. On the one hand...read review » Crude Oil Slumps Amid Concern Over How Shutdown Will Affect Demand.


US Budget Deadlock Monopolises Global Forex Trading News
The stalemate in Congress over the US budget has failed to avert a government shutdown but has certainly kept forex spread betting investors on the edge. The discussion monopolised the...read review » US Budget Deadlock Monopolises Global Forex Trading News.


US Government Shutdown Sees Stock Markets Grind Lower
European equities are set to grind lower on the open as forward looking traders begin to price in the possibility of a US default. As the government shutdown entered its third day it continued to put pressure on...read review » US Government Shutdown Sees Stock Markets Grind Lower.


Falling Prospect of US Intervention in Syria Sees Crude Oil Fall Back
In commodities trading, US crude oil slumped for the third straight session, losing $1.50 to $103.34 per barrel. This is part of the process of discounting the danger premium represented by the potential Syrian...read review » Falling Prospect of US Intervention in Syria Sees Crude Oil Fall Back.


US Dollar Sees Demand Over Conflicts on US Budget Talks
Amid a clash of different views on the US budget talks, the forex markets saw an increase in demand for safe haven currencies yesterday. As such, the US dollar got its fair share of interest, with...read review » US Dollar Sees Demand Over Conflicts on US Budget Talks.


Stock Markets in Europe Slide Lower on Financial Uncertainty in US
US financial jitters are set to see European equities open sharply lower. The amount of uncertainty coming from the other side of the Atlantic seems likely to overwhelm those last few bulls who were hanging around...read review » Stock Markets in Europe Slide Lower on Financial Uncertainty in US.


Energy Markets Fall Back as Syrian President Shows Signs of Compromise
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared on American television talking about the cost of giving up chemical weapons. This was seen as a sign that he is ready to make compromises which continued to put the...read review » Energy Markets Fall Back as Syrian President Shows Signs of Compromise.


Euro-Dollar Currency Pair Jumps as Bernanke Maintains QE Programme
Looking at the spread trading charts, after spending most of the day in neutral territory, the euro spiked 165 points higher versus the dollar to $1.3522. It seems that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke blinked by keeping the QE...read review » Euro-Dollar Currency Pair Jumps as Bernanke Maintains QE Programme.


Stock Markets Gap Higher as FOMC Surprise Markets by Not Tapering
European equities are expected to have a huge gap higher on the open as Bernanke bottles out of tapering. After all the Fed's efforts to prep the CFD markets for the winding down of their asset purchases, a few shaky...read review » Stock Markets Gap Higher as FOMC Surprise Markets by Not Tapering.


Gold Nosedives on Signs of Recovery in US Employment Sector
Gold nosedived $45 yesterday to reach $1,321.1 on the back of signs of a recovery in the US jobs sector, with unemployment claims declining to their lowest level since 2006. The support around $1,350 was easily...read review » Gold Nosedives on Signs of Recovery in US Employment Sector.


Single Currency Surges as US Congress Delay Vote on Syrian Action
The delay to the US Congress' vote on Syria changed investor sentiment by fuelling a renewed risk-on attitude. Consequently, the shared currency maintained its upward trajectory versus the...read review » Single Currency Surges as US Congress Delay Vote on Syrian Action.


FTSE Fails to Rally Despite Pound Surging on Improved Unemployment Data
Unemployment in the UK fell to 7.7%, down 0.1% from the previous quarter, resulting in the pound being bought in the belief that interest rates will rise sooner than the 2016 guideline issued by Mark Carney. The FTSE didn't see...read review » FTSE Fails to Rally Despite Pound Surging on Improved Unemployment Data.


Gold Futures Fall Back on Concerns That FOMC Will Taper QE Program
If oil prices took their direction based on inventories and political issues, gold investors appeared to be more concerned that an ongoing economic recovery will eventually force the Fed to scale back stimulus. The metal fell $23.9 to...read review » Gold Futures Fall Back on Concerns That FOMC Will Taper QE Program.


European Central Bank Holds Rates But EUR/USD Pair Continues Fall
The European Central Bank kept its key interest rate on hold at a record low of 0.5% following an exit from a long recession in the second quarter. Nonetheless, the euro plunged 88 points versus...read review » European Central Bank Holds Rates But EUR/USD Pair Continues Fall.


Dow Drops as Obama Secures Key Republican Support for Syrian Action
After President Obama showed Syria his right bicep last week, yesterday saw his left sleeve being rolled up by several of the other key US political figures. In particular, the President appeared to have won endorsement from...read review » Dow Drops as Obama Secures Key Republican Support for Syrian Action.


US Crude Oil Slumps as Western Officials Tone Down Syrian Rhetoric
Western officials seem to have toned down their speech on Syria, easing concerns of immediate military action and sending the energy prices tumbling. US crude slumped $1.34 to...read review » US Crude Oil Slumps as Western Officials Tone Down Syrian Rhetoric.


Euro Rallies as Eurozone Moves Towards Exiting Recession
With the Eurozone economy showing ongoing signs of emerging from its record long recession, the shared currency also enjoyed a nice rally versus the dollar. However, suggestions that the US is moving closer to...read review » Euro Rallies as Eurozone Moves Towards Exiting Recession.


US Stocks Slide as Syrian Issue Splits International Coalition
Despite a positive close in Europe yesterday, momentum sagged in the US, with their indices closing significantly off their highs. The Syrian issue seems to have spilt the international coalition which...read review » US Stocks Slide as Syrian Issue Splits International Coalition.


Fed Stimulus Reduction Concerns Weigh on Nymex Crude Oil
The energy sector became a tad uneasy about the Fed's next move, with the prospect of a reduction in the stimulus now a growing possibility. As such, Nymex crude oil continued to decline, finishing $1.56 lower at...read review » Fed Stimulus Reduction Concerns Weigh on Nymex Crude Oil.


Euro-Dollar Pair Sees Gains as European Economy Returns to Growth
The euro-dollar rate surged 81 points yesterday, supported by news that the European economy is recovering and finally emerging from a record long recession. In particular, the construction industry climbed for...read review » Euro-Dollar Pair Sees Gains as European Economy Returns to Growth.


Stocks Slide as Inconclusive Fed Minutes Avoids Tapering Timescale
Stock markets are set to take another beating on the open as the big question of 'when' tapering will begin is left to speculation following last night's inconclusive FOMC minutes. The committee members' opinion that...read review » Stocks Slide as Inconclusive Fed Minutes Avoids Tapering Timescale.


Strong Chinese Trade Data and Weaker US Dollar Boosts Metal Markets
Gold and other metals climbed yesterday after the strong Chinese trade data increased hopes of demand from the world's largest metals consumer. The weakening dollar also helped push the precious...read review » Strong Chinese Trade Data and Weaker US Dollar Boosts Metal Markets.


Sterling/Dollar Pair Sees Huge Swing After Carney's Forward Guidance
Attention was diverted away from the single European currency by a 300 point swing in the sterling/dollar pair, which had a very strong day following the statement by Mark Carney from the...read review » Sterling/Dollar Pair Sees Huge Swing After Carney's Forward Guidance.


Mark Carney's Forward Guidance Sees FTSE 100 Fall Back
Despite his best efforts and huge expectations from markets and consumers, Mark Carney lost a lot of his initial credibility yesterday as his attempt at forward guidance bounced back in his face. The fall in the FTSE...read review » Mark Carney's Forward Guidance Sees FTSE 100 Fall Back.


WTI Crude Oil Rises Above Brent as US Recovery Outpaces Europe
Mirroring the economic recovery in the US versus the state of affairs in Europe, WTI crude oil prices managed to surpass the price of Brent crude for the first time since 2010. Coupled with signs that US crude stockpiles are...read review » WTI Crude Oil Rises Above Brent as US Recovery Outpaces Europe.


Rising German Business Confidence and Falling Spanish Unemployment Boost Euro
Amid a rise in the German business confidence for a third month to 106.2 from 105.9 in June, the euro resumed its advance versus the dollar, gaining 80 points to $1.3276. A slight drop in the Spanish unemployment rate to...read review » Rising German Business Confidence and Falling Spanish Unemployment Boost Euro.


Dow Jones Rallies to Fresh Highs on Corporate Earnings and Jobless Claims
Yesterday's better-than-expected US corporate earnings triggered a 38 point rally in the Dow Jones to a fresh record high of 15,529. The release of lower jobless claims also supported the gains as investors...read review » Dow Jones Rallies to Fresh Highs on Corporate Earnings and Jobless Claims.


Gold Slumps as it Continues to Lose Safe Haven Battle with Dollar
True to its recent terrible form, gold posted another sell off on Friday, dropping $28.2 to $1,221.4. It continues to lose the battle with the dollar and the precious metal cannot match the yields offered by other...read review » Gold Slumps as it Continues to Lose Safe Haven Battle with Dollar.


Single Currency Posts Significant Gains as Bernanke Discusses Policy Extension
Bernanke's speech about accommodative policy extending into next year monopolised the financial news throughout the day. Consequently, the shared currency posted another significant advance, gaining 128 points to...read review » Single Currency Posts Significant Gains as Bernanke Discusses Policy Extension.


Stock Indices See Volatility as FOMC Minutes Cause Confusion
When the FOMC minutes were finally released, the reaction from US markets was seriously confused, with a sudden rally being gradually beaten back down as traders actually read them. Following the initial maelstrom, the...read review » Stock Indices See Volatility as FOMC Minutes Cause Confusion.


Commodity Markets: US Crude Oil Rises Amid Improving Unemployment
In the commodities markets, US crude oil gained $1.29 to $96.75 after the US Labor Department showed fewer claims for unemployment benefits last week. In addition, consumer confidence climbed to...read review » Commodity Markets: US Crude Oil Rises Amid Improving Unemployment.


Euro Slides as Dovish ECB Comments Suggest Extended Loose Policy
We heard some dovish comments from the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi yesterday, who said that monetary policy on this side of the Atlantic is likely to remain loose. This drove the euro...read review » Euro Slides as Dovish ECB Comments Suggest Extended Loose Policy.


Global Indices Pull Back on Chinese Credit Crunch and Fed Tapering
European equities are set to open lower following a weak close in the US and another blood bath in Asia. The double whammy of Fed tapering and a Chinese credit crunch refuses to let up and whilst we...read review » Global Indices Pull Back on Chinese Credit Crunch and Fed Tapering.


Crude Oil Futures Gain on US Jobs Data and Sudan Supply Concerns
The price of Nymex crude oil rose by $1.42 to $96.12 as the better-than-expected US jobs growth discarded a strengthening in the dollar. Additionally, there were some media reports that Sudan might halt exports of...read review » Crude Oil Futures Gain on US Jobs Data and Sudan Supply Concerns.


Financial Spread Betting Investors Sell Euro on Worsening European Employment Data
Friday's employment picture in the Eurozone turned out to be worse than initially expected, sending financial spread betting investors out of the shared currency. As such, the EURUSD pair lost...read review » Financial Spread Betting Investors Sell Euro on Worsening European Employment Data.


Stock Market Indices Slide as Markets Fear Withdrawl of Liquidity
European equity markets are set to open significantly lower as the fear of liquidity withdrawal intensifies. The thought of a life with out a central bank backstop isn't going down too well with...read review » Stock Market Indices Slide as Markets Fear Withdrawl of Liquidity.


Nymex Crude Oil Prices Fall as Global Stock Markets Slump
In the face of a weaker US dollar, which usually supports oil prices, Nymex crude oil plunged $2.20 to $92.84 yesterday, taking its direction from the slumping stock markets. This may suggest that the...read review » Nymex Crude Oil Prices Fall as Global Stock Markets Slump.


Euro-Dollar Forex Market Struggles Despite Improved European Car Sales
Carmakers in Europe posted some surprisingly good results which allowed for a rebound in European equities following last week's decline. The euro-dollar forex pair was...read review » Euro-Dollar Forex Market Struggles Despite Improved European Car Sales.


European Stocks Open Flat Despite 7% Tumble in Nikkei 225
European equities are set to open flat as the Nikkei takes another lurch lower. The last time the Nikkei dropped 7% in a single day was when the Tsunami struck the Japanese coastline...read review » European Stocks Open Flat Despite 7% Tumble in Nikkei 225.


Gold Futures Fall as George Soros Reduces Gold Holdings in ETFs
News that billionaire George Soros had reduced his gold holdings in exchange-traded products piled on the misery for gold investors yesterday. The precious metal will not have been helped by...read review » Gold Futures Fall as George Soros Reduces Gold Holdings in ETFs.


EUR/USD Pair Moves Sharply Lower on Contracting Eurozone GDP Data
On the forex markets, the EUR/USD pair took another sharp move to the downside yesterday. Preliminary data showed that Eurozone GDP contracted by 0.2% in the first quarter which...read review » EUR/USD Pair Moves Sharply Lower on Contracting Eurozone GDP Data.


European Equities Slump Amid Poor US Data and Hawkish Fed Comments
European equities are set to open flat to marginally lower as a negative close in the US leaves traders eyeing up the exit door. Another afternoon of awful US data yesterday looked set to be the basis for the now common place move higher on...read review » European Equities Slump Amid Poor US Data and Hawkish Fed Comments.


Commodity Update 3 May 2013
With US crude oil supplies at record highs, it is little surprise that a triple digit price tag remains elusive, despite ongoing news that the American economy is slowly recovering. As such, the price of WTI crude moved $1.30 lower to...read review » Commodity Update 3 May 2013.


Forex Update 3 May 2013
As widely anticipated, the benchmark interest rate in the Eurozone was lowered by 25 basis points to 0.5% yesterday, with ECB President Mario Draghi refusing to deny that further cuts could take place. The reaction was swift in the forex markets, with...read review » Forex Update 3 May 2013.


Stock Market Update 3 May 2013
European stock markets are set to open lower this morning, tracking overnight declines in the US and Asia. Markets had been hoping that the run of disappointing US economic data would be addressed in the FOMC statement with some nudge towards...read review » Stock Market Update 3 May 2013.


Commodity Market Contracts for Difference UK
In commodities contracts for difference trading, gold closed $12.4 up at $1,584.2 yesterday, and is still edging higher this morning. With the Bank of Japan engaging in aggressive monetary easing measures, the precious metal has...read review » Commodity Market Contracts for Difference UK.


FX Contracts for Difference UK
Amid indications that Slovenia is on its way to becoming the sixth Eurozone member to ask for a bailout, the EUR/USD FX pair lost 76 points. However, the move was more about the relative strength of the US dollar versus the...read review » FX Contracts for Difference UK.


Stock Market Contracts for Difference UK
European stock markets are set to decline on the open, with the FTSE slipping 27 points, as the rout continues. Yesterday's Chinese GDP data, which showed just 7.7% growth, disappointed those CFD investors who were expecting...read review » Stock Market Contracts for Difference UK.


Commodity Update 5 April 2013
A slump in the stock market yesterday was a bearish feature for commodities with gold paying the price too. The precious metal dropped $18.3 to end at $1,556.7 despite its safe haven demand which usually...read review » Commodity Update 5 April 2013.


Forex Update 5 April 2013
The enthusiasm in the global FX spread betting markets following the bailout agreement in Cyprus was short lived. Reports of capital controls and hefty haircuts for deposits over €100,000 saw the euro tumble 112 points to...read review » Forex Update 5 April 2013.


Stock Market Update 5 April 2013
Stock markets were fairly muted during the morning session yesterday. However the sharply lower than expected ADP Non-Farm payrolls started the selling in the afternoon. Shortly afterwards that added to...read review » Stock Market Update 5 April 2013.


Commodity Update 22 March 2013
Gold closed at $1,591.4 in the last session but has breached the $1,600 barrier for the first time in more than two weeks this morning after Cyprus' bailout package was unveiled on Saturday. Depositors in Cypriot banks will have to...read review » Commodity Update 22 March 2013.


Forex Update 22 March 2013
In trying to rescue its banking system, Cyprus struggles to find a plan B after rejecting the deposits tax suggested last weekend. However, a Russian rescue is not on the table yet. This meant that worried FX investors headed to the...read review » Forex Update 22 March 2013.


Stock Market Update 22 March 2013
Stock market CFDs remain in a state of flux as Cyprus battles to avoid a default and exit from the single currency. The banks can't remain closed forever and there's no knowing what will happen when they reopen, which is now expected to be...read review » Stock Market Update 22 March 2013.


Commodity Update 8 March 2013
In commodities spread betting, gold closed at $1,584.2 yesterday, gaining $9.3. Investors are keen to see what stance the major central banks will take on monetary policy to aid any weaknesses in their economies. Continued quantitative easing is seen as...read review » Commodity Update 8 March 2013.


Forex Update 8 March 2013
In FX spread betting, the euro-US dollar pair resumed its plunge yesterday, breaking and closing below the $1.30 level for the first time this year and ending the session at $1.2991 after a 51 point drop. The Eurozone's economy slumped by 0.6% in...read review » Forex Update 8 March 2013.


Stock Market Update 8 March 2013
The Dow Jones stock market index continued to ride higher on its bullish momentum, posting another record at 14,354 before closing 33 points up for the day at 14,329. The very optimistic US investor sentiment looks to be continuing and...read review » Stock Market Update 8 March 2013.


Commodity Update 22 February 2013
In commodities CFD trading, gold resumed its plunge yesterday, losing $5.4 to $1,603.7, on the back of increasing optimism that the economy is getting better and inflation is not just around the corner. However, the $1,600 mark has proved...read review » Commodity Update 22 February 2013.


Forex Update 22 February 2013
The latest Fed minutes caught forex CFD trading investors on the wrong foot yesterday as they showed different opinions on the exit strategy. The euro slumped 119 points to $1.3270, with the short-term EUR/USD chart showing...read review » Forex Update 22 February 2013.


Stock Market Update 22 February 2013
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the FTSE 100 fell from the dizzy heights of 6400 to below 6300 in a single session, with triple digit losses being recorded by most European indices. Overall investor sentiment...read review » Stock Market Update 22 February 2013.


Commodity Update 8 February 2013
Commodity investors are still waiting for the catalyst that will cause gold to break out of the $1,660-1,680 range that it's been trapped in since last week. Yesterday, the precious metal closed $6.7 higher at...read review » Commodity Update 8 February 2013.


Forex Update 8 February 2013
The ECB left its benchmark interest rate unchanged yesterday, but it was President Mario Draghi's concerns over a strengthening euro that spooked the global FX markets. Consequently, the euro tumbled 124 points to...read review » Forex Update 8 February 2013.


Stock Market Update 8 February 2013
A rebound in stock markets yesterday took US indices back to the highs of last week but European indices have been a little more reluctant to recoup the losses incurred on Monday. For those US stocks, the...read review » Stock Market Update 8 February 2013.


Commodity Update 25 January 2013
In commodities spread betting, the gold market remains in a short-term buying mood and we are approaching the $1,700 level once again. Bulls may seem to have control for the moment, but clients should be aware that the precious metal has become a...read review » Commodity Update 25 January 2013.


Forex Update 25 January 2013
The forex spread betting markets have seen the major currencies slip into two groups, with the euro and US dollar strengthening, and the yen, Swiss franc and pound weakening. The USD/JPY rate is now just trading under the ¥90 level, but the uber-bulls will...read review » Forex Update 25 January 2013.


Stock Market Update 25 January 2013
US index markets managed to shrug off the early bearish influence from a 12% nosedive in Apple, with the Dow Jones heading upwards to close 50 points up at 13,821. The rebound was supported by a surprise decline in jobless claims figures and...read review » Stock Market Update 25 January 2013.


Commodity Update 11 January 2013
Gold CFDs gained $16.9 to hit the commoditys biggest weekly rise in more than a month. This surge followed the ECB's decision to keep interest rates unchanged, with Japanese gold futures reaching a high at around the...read review » Commodity Update 11 January 2013.


Forex Update 11 January 2013
Yesterday's big move was the euro which rallied substantially. In fact, 'substantially' probably isn't a strong enough word to describe the move to the upside as the EUR/USD CFD pair put on over two cents to take it...read review » Forex Update 11 January 2013.


Stock Market Update 11 January 2013
Across the pond in the US, the Dow enjoyed a lift from the Alcoa results, which got the fourth quarter corporate earnings season off to a good start. Buyers pushed Dow CFDs 60 points higher to...read review » Stock Market Update 11 January 2013.


Commodity Update 21 December 2012
In commodities financial spread betting, gold saw its biggest fall of the week so far, with the same fears that time will run out for US politicians weighing on the precious metal. The drop of $14.00, to just below the...read review » Commodity Update 21 December 2012.


Forex Update 21 December 2012
Standard & Poor's has lifted Greece's credit rating from 'selective default' to 'B-minus', offering the troubled nation a breath of fresh air. The euro/dollar financial spread betting pair climbed to its highest level for seven months, posting a...read review » Forex Update 21 December 2012.


Stock Market Update 21 December 2012
The FTSE 100 is currently trading 15 points higher at 5950; yet another step towards that magic 6000 level. There's plenty of economic data on today's agenda and UK spread betting investors will be particularly interested in whether the BoE makes...read review » Stock Market Update 21 December 2012.


Commodity Update 7 December 2012
A stalemate in US fiscal cliff talks dented confidence and weighed on commodities, including precious metals such as gold and silver. In the near-term, these talks will continue to dominate CFD trading sentiment and...read review » Commodity Update 7 December 2012.


Forex Update 7 December 2012
The euro continues to push higher against the dollar, reaching a seven-week high, as Greece earned a two year extension on its deficit target from the EU. Ultimately, the EUR/USD CFD pair advanced...read review » Forex Update 7 December 2012.


Stock Market Update 7 December 2012
Further stalemate between the Republicans and the Democrats is making life difficult for US stocks. In addition, any attempt at a Christmas rally will struggle as long as the FTSE CFD market remains below...read review » Stock Market Update 7 December 2012.


Commodity Update 23 November 2012
The gold spread trading market slipped by around $10 yesterday. This came on news that global gold demand had dropped by 11% in the three months to September, tumbling from record levels seen in the same period last year. The World Gold Council's report...read review » Commodity Update 23 November 2012.


Forex Update 23 November 2012
Overnight it was announced that the European officials failed to reach an agreement with regards to a new round of help for Greece. That immediately triggered a selloff in the shared currency, with the EUR/USD forex spread trading market now back in...read review » Forex Update 23 November 2012.


Stock Market Update 23 November 2012
The FTSE spread trading index opened lower this morning but we have already recovered from a low of 5711, so it would seem that there are still a few bulls around, even after yesterday's big move higher. For technical analysts, the rally was a very bullish...read review » Stock Market Update 23 November 2012.


Commodity Update 9 November 2012
A sigh of relief after the devastating Hurricane Sandy attracted demand for precious metals as well as the whole commodities spectrum. We may have also seen some bargain hunting considering gold's retracement towards the...read review » Commodity Update 9 November 2012.


Forex Update 9 November 2012
Speculation that Barack Obama would be re-elected as the US President hurt the dollar yesterday as the global forex markets associated him with ongoing loose monetary policy. As a result, the EUR/USD pair rose to...read review » Forex Update 9 November 2012.


Stock Market Update 9 November 2012
Stock market indices enjoyed a strong bounce yesterday following the strong ADP employment data and some decent, though weaker-than-expected, US consumer confidence numbers. However, despite the big jump in the Dow, this hasn't...read review » Stock Market Update 9 November 2012.


Commodity Update 26 October 2012
Despite being perceived as a hedge against troubled times, gold lost yesterday's battle with the dollar as a safe haven asset. Instead, because the two are inversely correlated, the precious metal joined the rest of the commodities spread trading market, losing...read review » Commodity Update 26 October 2012.


Forex Update 26 October 2012
In FX spread trading, the euro-dollar pair dropped 37 points to $1.2933 as Spain's biggest bank, Banco Santander, reported an incredible 94% fall in third quarter profits as property prices continued to...read review » Forex Update 26 October 2012.


Stock Market Update 26 October 2012
Stock market spread trading investors got a wake up call yesterday, with a sharp sell-off that saw the FTSE wipe out the hard work it had put in to get back above 5900. In the case of the DAX 30, its 2.1% decline was enough to send the index below...read review » Stock Market Update 26 October 2012.


Commodity Update 12 October 2012
Commodity investors were put on the back foot yesterday by a bleak prediction from the International Monetary Fund regarding the global economic outlook. Gold prices declined for the third day in a row, dropping $12.55 to...read review » Commodity Update 12 October 2012.


Forex Update 12 October 2012
As an immediate reaction to the Spanish credit rating downgrade, the shared currency dropped versus the US dollar. Nevertheless, this may pile pressure on the Spanish government to ask for a bailout from the ECB. Ironically, that turned the table and...read review » Forex Update 12 October 2012.


Stock Market Update 12 October 2012
The IMF's downgrade to global growth is not what anyone wanted to hear right now. However, the FTSE futures were higher this morning as investors took the downgrades to Chinese growth forecasts as a sign that more stimulus was imminent. The UK's coalition government are...read review » Stock Market Update 12 October 2012.


Commodity Update 28 September 2012
In online commodities spread trading, the Spanish delay in asking for a bailout, which had been recently priced in, sent gold investors to the exit. A rebound in the dollar also put downside pressure on the price of the precious metal, causing it to lose $8.70 and...read review » Commodity Update 28 September 2012.


Forex Update 28 September 2012
The unveiling of a Spanish austerity budget with €40 billion of spending cuts offered the common currency a bit of breathing space. Forex spread trading investors seemed to assume that this will mean that a bailout is just around the corner and boosted the euro by...read review » Forex Update 28 September 2012.


Stock Market Update 28 September 2012
The Dow Jones index spread trading market came under some pressure, recording a triple digit decline, as a statement by Philly Fed President Charles Plosser suggested that unlimited QE3 won't spur economic growth or bring down unemployment as much as...read review » Stock Market Update 28 September 2012.


Commodity Update 14 September 2012
US crude oil was initially lifted by the announcement of the ECB's bond buying program, as well as signs that the US economic recovery is staying on course. However, falling oil imports...read review » Commodity Update 14 September 2012.


Forex Update 14 September 2012
In forex futures trading, the euro gained sharply after the Federal Open Market Committee decided to start buying mortgage debt until the job market improves. The fact that Bernanke did not mention an upper limit may imply that...read review » Forex Update 14 September 2012.


Stock Market Update 14 September 2012
After the US open, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke took to the stand to bring some relief to the index market bulls. This relief came in the form of QE3, with $40 billion worth of assets a month until...read review » Stock Market Update 14 September 2012.


Commodity Update 31 August 2012
The gold CFD market is expected to rally sharply if QE3 is be announced, but fresh concerns on the Eurozone debt crisis has given investors second thoughts for now. A deepening recession in Spain restricted...read review » Commodity Update 31 August 2012.


Forex Update 31 August 2012
The dollar continued to weaken after the release of minutes from the Fed's most recent policy-setting meeting. Sterling managed to break the recent resistance levels, with the GBP/USD FX market reaching...read review » Forex Update 31 August 2012.


Stock Market Update 31 August 2012
The FTSE's recent grind lower is testing the mettle of the bulls, and they will want to see something special from Jackson Hole today to swing sentiment back into their favour. The UK stock market is...read review » Stock Market Update 31 August 2012.


Commodity Update 17 August 2012
Commodity investors' appetite for risk was revived by the US employment report, which literally saved the week. Some of that renewed interest was attracted by the precious metals, which pushed gold prices...read review » Commodity Update 17 August 2012.


Forex Update 17 August 2012
The US Non-Farm Payrolls data showed a better-than-expected increase in the jobs number which completely changed the overall sentiment in global markets. Forex investors felt confident enough to push the euro 203 points higher against...read review » Forex Update 17 August 2012.


Stock Market Update 17 August 2012
Global equity markets have been staging a rally that has caught many people by surprise and it's the US markets that are leading the way. The Dow Jones rallied sharply on Friday, as the Non-Farm Payroll figure...read review » Stock Market Update 17 August 2012.


Commodity Update 3 August 2012
Looking at the gold spread betting market, the general deteriorating economic data from around the world triggered fresh speculation that the Federal Reserve will implement more stimulus measures soon. That might...read review » Commodity Update 3 August 2012.


Forex Update 3 August 2012
Those expecting the Fed to adopt a more aggressive stance were caught on the wrong side yesterday and had to undo their previously dollar bearish positions. The EUR/USD forex market was hurt, declining 70 points to...read review » Forex Update 3 August 2012.


Stock Market Update 3 August 2012
The FTSE 100 spread betting market, for all of the bad news over the last few months, remains solidly within the top half of the year's trading range and is still higher than its 2011 closing price. Corporate results have...read review » Stock Market Update 3 August 2012.


Commodity Update 20 July 2012
Gold declined yesterday as Ben Bernanke's lack of enthusiasm for another round of quantitative easing weakened the argument for holding gold as a hedge against inflation. Despite the general strengthening of...read review » Commodity Update 20 July 2012.


Forex Update 20 July 2012
In the forex CFD trading markets, selling pressure initially hit the euro on reports that Angela Merkel was unsure of whether the 'European project' would last, sending the euro as low as...read review » Forex Update 20 July 2012.


Stock Market Update 20 July 2012
With the equity markets back to their highest levels, on both sides of the Atlantic, since April this year, rumours of sunnier days just around the corner seem to be taking hold in the City. Despite the poor shopping weather in June...read review » Stock Market Update 20 July 2012.


Commodity Update 6 July 2012
The gold CFD market paused for breath yesterday, as investors decided to wait on the sidelines ahead of the crucially important central bank meetings in the UK, Europe and the US over the next...read review » Commodity Update 6 July 2012.


Forex Update 6 July 2012
The big move in the currency CFD trading markets was in EUR/USD, as the Eurozone's benchmark interest rate was reduced to a record low of 0.75%. Many of our clients...read review » Forex Update 6 July 2012.


Stock Market Update 6 July 2012
The lack of surprises from Europe's central banks yesterday left CFD investors rather deflated as the expectations had already been built into the stock market. However, it was the downbeat comments from Mario Draghi that really...read review » Stock Market Update 6 July 2012.


Commodity Update 22 June 2012
Gold's recent rally was primarily driven by the Fed's continued bouts of QE. As a result, last night's lack of QE3 announcement rather took the shine off the precious metal. With commodity markets anticipating...read review » Commodity Update 22 June 2012.


Forex Update 22 June 2012
The EUR/USD forex market tumbles as the Eurozone is being confronted with additional pressures on its banks and sovereigns. There are now growing expectations that the ECB will ease its monetary policy to help deal with...read review » Forex Update 22 June 2012.


Stock Market Update 22 June 2012
The Dow Jones plunged sharply yesterday, losing 250 points, as the index recorded its second largest fall of the year so far. Not only did we see declining sales of existing US homes, we also saw...read review » Stock Market Update 22 June 2012.


Commodity Update 8 June 2012
Mirroring a quiet trading session for the Dow and crude oil yesterday, gold closed lower as commodity market participants were left on stand-by. Friday's renewed speculation that central banks will add more quantitative easing encouraged...read review » Commodity Update 8 June 2012.


Forex Update 8 June 2012
The surprise move by China, to ease its monetary policy and cut interest rates, triggered a rally in global FX futures which benefited the euro. However, investors were disappointed by Bernanke's comments and pushed the euro/dollar market...read review » Forex Update 8 June 2012.


Stock Market Update 8 June 2012
Hopes of further monetary stimulus have been dashed once again. The world's major central banks have made it clear that they are not the answer to all of our economic problems. The inaction from the ECB, BoE and...read review » Stock Market Update 8 June 2012.


Commodity Update 25 May 2012
The rush into the safety of the US dollar triggered a sell off in Nymex crude oil prices yesterday. Along with anxiety about the European debt crisis, there were fresh hopes that Iran and the West might come to an agreement which would reduce the...read review » Commodity Update 25 May 2012.


Forex Update 25 May 2012
Yesterday's German manufacturing data disappointed investors and sent the euro to a new 22 month low against the dollar. In addition, China admitted that its biggest banks are struggling to meet the loan targets and this increased the downward...read review » Forex Update 25 May 2012.


Stock Market Update 25 May 2012
We are seeing further turmoil in the CFD markets this morning as the political situation across Europe continues to dominate. Talk of a break-up of the single currency continued to put pressure on the stock markets, with the fall being led by the Greek and...read review » Stock Market Update 25 May 2012.


Commodity Update 11 May 2012
Mirroring the sell off in equities and the euro, gold also posted a steep decline as the developments in the Greek political arena threaten to reignite the European debt crisis. Sentiment is becoming more and more pessimistic. Even gold's safe-haven status isn't...read review » Commodity Update 11 May 2012.


Forex Update 11 May 2012
Amid increasing speculation that Greece will exit the monetary union, it has been confirmed that the country secured its most recent tranche of European bailout funds. The news triggered a rise in the EUR/USD forex market as the embattled nation...read review » Forex Update 11 May 2012.


Stock Market Update 11 May 2012
Amid growing concern regarding the political turmoil in Greece, and the failure to put together a coalition government, the Dow Jones extended its losses for a sixth session in a row. The index dropped to an intraday low of...read review » Stock Market Update 11 May 2012.


Commodity Update 27 April 2012
Deepening European economic troubles raised further questions over crude oil demand going forward and slower growth in China is surely another worry for energy investors. Surprisingly though, after slumping initially, Brent crude pared its losses, closing near...read review » Commodity Update 27 April 2012.


Forex Update 27 April 2012
The sterling/dollar contracts for difference market remains above the $1.6000 level after the change of tone at the BoE, with Adam Posen dropping his calls for a round of QE4. The pound hit a 5-month high yesterday as it ran into stiff resistance and...read review » Forex Update 27 April 2012.


Stock Market Update 27 April 2012
A downgrade to Spain's credit rating by S&P overnight has reminded the bulls of the headwinds that investors currently face. Earlier this morning we had been calling the UK 100 CFD market to open flat, but on opening we are actually in the red by...read review » Stock Market Update 27 April 2012.


Commodity Update 13 April 2012
The price of gold futures plunged to its lowest level in three months as anxious investors continued to digest the effects of diminished chances of QE3 from the Fed. Gold fell almost $58 with traders fleeing the equity markets. Some would have thought that...read review » Commodity Update 13 April 2012.


Forex Update 13 April 2012
The AUD/JPY shed 1.5% as the escalating European debt concerns led to strong safe haven buying of the Yen. At the same time, the Australian dollar sank as worries about global growth dragged down the commodity currencies which are heavily dependent on the export of...read review » Forex Update 13 April 2012.


Stock Market Update 13 April 2012
Markets were awash with rumours yesterday that the Chinese GDP data was going to be much higher than expectations, however, the data was not as good as the rumour spreaders had hoped. Whilst Asian stocks have ended the week in the black they, and other risk assets such as the Aussie dollar and copper prices, have retreated from...read review » Stock Market Update 13 April 2012.


Commodity Update 30 March 2012
Crude prices spiked yesterday after the US department of Energy released its weekly stockpiles report. This showed a surprise drop in crude inventories against estimates for an increase. Towards the close of the session though it appeared energy investors started to...read review » Commodity Update 30 March 2012.


Forex Update 30 March 2012
It was a bit of a rollercoaster yesterday for the euro, as it moved higher in early trading but subsequently plummeted, as traders showed nerves ahead of the Spanish government's plans to tackle their budget deficit. They sought safety in the dollar, pushing the pair down to...read review » Forex Update 30 March 2012.


Stock Market Update 30 March 2012
The euphoria over Greece has died down now and the focus is shifting onto other Eurozone nations, in particular Spain. We had been on course for some really impressive gains and, whilst this is still the case for the likes of the German DAX and French CAC, the FTSE has been very sluggish. At one point the UK index had posted gains of over 7% but...read review » Stock Market Update 30 March 2012.


Commodity Update 16 March 2012
Shock waves were sent rippling through the commodities markets yesterday as a much bigger than expected trade deficit for China was released. This in turn put a stop to the three positive sessions for gold, with the Asian economy being one of the top buyers of gold jewellery alongside India and therefore making...read review » Commodity Update 16 March 2012.


Forex Update 16 March 2012
The recent dollar strength has really been the theme of FX CFD trading markets recently. This has largely been to the detriment of the euro and yen where EUR/USD has been grinding lower and USD/JPY has been adding to its impressive rally. As the equity markets have been rallying with risk appetite increasing in the past we would expect this to translate into...read review » Forex Update 16 March 2012.


Stock Market Update 16 March 2012
The second Greek bailout will go some way to alleviating the pressure on index CFDs over the near term. However, in order for the targets set by the EU to be hit, and to give Greece a fighting chance of avoiding the need for another bailout, it desperately needs growth. In fact the whole of the Eurozone needs growth in order for it to avoid a...read review » Stock Market Update 16 March 2012.


Commodity Update 2 March 2012
Silver was the stand out asset yesterday when it saw a rally of nearly 5% after breaking beyond the resistance level that has proved so difficult to overcome in the past. The prospect of the cash injection from the ECB supported precious metal prices. After ilver made the initial move in spiking higher, gold eventually followed suit. This morning the commodities spread betting market is...read review » Commodity Update 2 March 2012.


Forex Update 2 March 2012
There was a huge amount of excitement in the afternoon of yesterday's session as the forex markets were hit by a triple whammy from the central banks which indicated that the stimulus party is over. The markets got hit as a result, in particular gold which slumped 5%. The US dollar has become considerably weaker over the years as the US attempts to inflate its way out of its debt hole. This has fuelled the bull run on...read review » Forex Update 2 March 2012.


Stock Market Update 2 March 2012
Whilst the index spread betting markets have recovered well from their falls on Wednesday this morning they have commenced with a little bit of slant to the downside. The mid-5900 area for the FTSE 100 index remains a struggle and...read review » Stock Market Update 2 March 2012.


Commodity Update 17 February 2012
The bulls speculating on gold to rise were fighting a losing battle against the dollar on Friday as investors cashed in on profits ahead of the weekend. Another reason for the slump was the requirement to cover margin calls in the falling equity markets, meaning that traders were closing out of the precious metal to free up money. No one will forget the lingering issue with...read review » Commodity Update 17 February 2012.


Forex Update 17 February 2012
The bounce in risk assets was very much to the detriment of the Japanese yen. That gave a boost to USD/JPY allowing the pair to continue its move above the 200 day moving average. This hasn't been seen since April last year and so is believed to be quite a significant move. Usually with a move into riskier assets you'd expect the dollar to suffer, but yesterday's...read review » Forex Update 17 February 2012.


Stock Market Update 17 February 2012
US markets continue to ignore what's going on in Europe as they rally higher putting the Dow Jones within touching distance of the 13000 level. Last night's rally in the Dow is allowing the FTSE 100 index to wipe out any recent losses making any falls a thing of the past. The fact that any dip is being...read review » Stock Market Update 17 February 2012.


Commodity Update 3 February 2012
With a stronger US dollar, gold found it hard to break into positive territory yesterday, ending the session down $8. It seems investors around the world are yet again nervous about European debt woes, helped by the lack of an agreement materialising with...read review » Commodity Update 3 February 2012.


Forex Update 3 February 2012
Clients have been caught on the wrong side of just about everything apart from gold. In FX spread betting the move higher has taken EUR/USD back above its 55 day moving average on the daily chart so the momentum seems to...read review » Forex Update 3 February 2012.


Stock Market Update 3 February 2012
Only a few weeks ago the consensus was that we were due to head lower. The technicals were looking incredibly weak and markets were going to plunge to new depths. Almost everyone was bearish, which was the perfect signal to get long, and there were many clever people that did buy stocks. Now it would seem there is a little bit too much...read review » Stock Market Update 3 February 2012.


Commodity Update 20 January 2012
Commodities investors may have looked at gold's performance last week as though it was attempting to make a comeback. News of further possible monetary stimulus in China and Europe helped spur on the bulls. However, negative news from S&P sent investors fleeing from gold and into the latest safe haven, the US Dollar. Also in commodities...read review » Commodity Update 20 January 2012.


Forex Update 20 January 2012
In the FX markets, the euro has caused some pain for those bears that have been enjoying the recent downward trend of the single currency. Yesterday saw EUR/USD jump and continue to go higher throughout the day. The general risk-on trading supported the ...read review » Forex Update 20 January 2012.


Stock Market Update 20 January 2012
A strong performance from US markets, particularly the Dow, is also assisting European markets. This has seen the FTSE 100 index move clear of its 200 day moving average on the daily chart, which we have also seen from the US markets as they continue to...read review » Stock Market Update 20 January 2012.


Commodity Market Futures
In commodities, gold continued its downward fall yesterday. We probably had a strengthening dollar to thank for a large portion of the fall. Elsewhere, in crude oil futures, the commodity continued its roller coaster ride and also got sold off yesterday. After many felt that...read review » Commodity Market Futures.


FX Futures
The euro broke to a new 14 month low yesterday. The selling pressure on the single currency doesn't seem to have abated and this weakness and breakout to the downside really puts it in a downward negative trend. Key levels to watch are...read review » FX Futures.


Stock Market Futures
Overnight both the US futures and our FTSE quote have been dragged lower by weak Asian markets. The FTSE remains tentatively above its 200 day moving average, having broken back above there at the...read review » Stock Market Futures.


Commodity Update 23 December 2011
It's still too early to say that the gold rush is over as there are many bulls out there still calling for $2000+ prices. In addition, even though gold is itself a risk asset, many people would rather hold gold than...read review » Commodity Update 23 December 2011.


Forex Update 23 December 2011
The risk appetite that seems to have built up in the past 24 hours has rubbed off well on the single currency. Sterling will be in focus this morning with the release of the Bank of England's minutes. Sterling has enjoyed some good strength against the single currency in the past few weeks but the GBP/EUR market can't quite...read review » Forex Update 23 December 2011.


Stock Market Update 23 December 2011
Yesterday saw a continuation of the volatility. After the bumper round of loans provided by the ECB, markets pushed higher in a flurry of buying. For now the FTSE 100 is heading higher and so maybe, just maybe, we might see that gain...read review » Stock Market Update 23 December 2011.


Commodity Update 9 December 2011
Those spread betting on commodities yesterday saw gold benefit from some dollar weakness. However, the thin trading range points to a cautious approach. Well received debt auctions in...read review » Commodity Update 9 December 2011.


Forex Update 9 December 2011
Those traders who are spread betting on forex have been largely focused on the euro. The trend has been very much downwards for the euro, capped by a downward trend line but major support remains in place. So key levels for EUR/USD to watch over the short term are...read review » Forex Update 9 December 2011.


Stock Market Update 9 December 2011
The UK 100 index looks set to mimic losses in the Wall Street and Asian markets today with disappointing news coming from the EU summit. Data showed China's annual inflation rate dropped to 4.2%, the lowest level in more than a year. This heightened expectations of more...read review » Stock Market Update 9 December 2011.


Commodity Update 25 November 2011
Once again, the US dollar triumphed as a safety haven over the precious metal, and with the market struggling to remain above the 40 day moving average for the past few sessions, the short term technical picture is looking bleak. Currently, the gold market is trying to claw back some of...read review » Commodity Update 25 November 2011.


Forex Update 25 November 2011
FX CFD traders have displayed a reversal in sentiment and we are seeing a squeeze in riskier currencies, on the back of the ratings companies affirming the US's credit. S&P, Moody's and Fitch each retained their stance even after the US Congress issues. Traders have also taken into...read review » Forex Update 25 November 2011.


Stock Market Update 25 November 2011
We are seeing further weakness for the UK stock market index as Asian stock market indices traded lower despite the US containing losses. Europe's biggest economy, Germany, is no longer immune to the doom and gloom spelt out above and their services and manufacturing sectors are going into decline. In particular, the manufacturing figure is sitting below the...read review » Stock Market Update 25 November 2011.


Commodity Update 11 November 2011
Even though gold is considered to be a safe haven it hasn't managed to capitalise on the recent turmoil within the markets. The uptrend remains in tact and so the gold bulls are probably sitting on the sidelines waiting to...read review » Commodity Update 11 November 2011.


Forex Update 11 November 2011
The euro has managed to find a little bit of support around these levels. FX traders are still very wary of the single currency following the sharp sell off recently and increased volatility in the...read review » Forex Update 11 November 2011.


Stock Market Update 11 November 2011
The Dow Jones managed to put in a half decent gain last night and Asian indices complimented that so European indices are just about in the black. Once again however we had been calling the FTSE to open much higher. At one point in the early hours, our quote reached...read review » Stock Market Update 11 November 2011.


Commodity Update 28 October 2011
The slide in the US dollar against the single currency helped accentuate the price of gold, which drew in bargain hunters as they transferred their cash in to high yielding assets. One thing that could have been playing on trader's minds was the fact that this bout of extra funds could actually be seen as disguised...read review » Commodity Update 28 October 2011.


Forex Update 28 October 2011
There has been a lot of sideways trading for the EUR/USD pair on the CFD FX markets this week, as traders waited for the big news to come out of Brussels yesterday. There was a mass sell off in the afternoon and the euro dived around...read review » Forex Update 28 October 2011.


Stock Market Update 28 October 2011
There's been something of a buying frenzy on the stock markets in recent days. It hasn't been solely down to optimism in the run up to the EU summit and the continuation of...read review » Stock Market Update 28 October 2011.


Commodity Update 14 October 2011
With the commodity markets bouncing back and equity markets showing a good recovery, investors were keen to help push gold higher as the feel good factor took over the markets. The level of...read review » Commodity Update 14 October 2011.


Forex Update 14 October 2011
The dollar was the whipping boy for those FX financial spread betting yesterday. This has now pretty much eradicated the gains it has built up since the middle of September. And that has resulted in good strength for...read review » Forex Update 14 October 2011.


Stock Market Update 14 October 2011
Will it won't it break through its near term resistance level? We're talking about the FTSE 100 of course. It is on the brink of failing to break above a resistance level at the seventh attempt of asking. The recent strength that followed the...read review » Stock Market Update 14 October 2011.


Commodities CFDs
Copper has seen a real slowdown in demand and the metal is taking its biggest beating since the start of the global recession. The story isn't much better for gold as it...read review » Commodities CFDs.


Forex CFDs
As nervousness was the theme, risk wasn't on the agenda for forex investors. Safe haven currencies were back in the picture and the Yen and Dollar took advantage of it. This has continued into...read review » Forex CFDs.


Indices CFDs
The indices markets have once again shown how investors are by no means convinced that the we are out of the woods yet when it comes to the Eurozone debt crisis. The FTSE is seeing the nerves that set in yesterday and...read review » Indices CFDs.


Commodity Update 16 September 2011
Disappointing US employment data helped spur investors back into the gold market on Friday as they were reminded that the largest economy in the world is still in trouble. This came after a round of weak...read review » Commodity Update 16 September 2011.


Forex Update 16 September 2011
Forex spread betting markets are gearing themselves up for today's meeting and already are showing a degree of nervousness, with the dollar showing good strength, in particular against...read review » Forex Update 16 September 2011.


Stock Market Update 16 September 2011
Traders have started the week with a sea of red as European indices are falling, particularly the French stock market which is being absolutely battered. The French CAC 40 is now below the lows of...read review » Stock Market Update 16 September 2011.


Commodity Update 2 September 2011
Our comments have been clear that it has been foolish to stand in the way of the gold bull run as every indicator seems to be pulling it higher. Nevertheless at some point the argument...read review » Commodity Update 2 September 2011.


Forex Update 2 September 2011
Past history suggests we will drift back to test the lows now that the highs have held us back. However, as this comment has mentioned a few times, sterling does seem to be rather 'too weak' with all the...read review » Forex Update 2 September 2011.


Stock Market Update 2 September 2011
September is a mixed month for the FTSE 100 with the bias to the downside. Also, this month is the second most volatile, after October, when measured by size of trading range. So if history is anything to go by then...read review » Stock Market Update 2 September 2011.


Commodity Update 19 August 2011
The gold market had a volatile session yesterday, rallying some six hundred points before giving back over half of those gains just as the equity markets recovered. It then recovered to test the...read review » Commodity Update 19 August 2011.


Forex Update 19 August 2011
In the FX spread betting markets we are running into the battle to see who can have the weakest currency. Everyone wants currency weakness to bolster...read review » Forex Update 19 August 2011.


Stock Market Update 19 August 2011
The FTSE 100 has been jumping in 20, 30, 40 point leaps regularly making trading conditions exceptionally exciting, but also exceptionally dangerous. As I often say, in these sorts of market conditions, the best trading strategy is often to...read review » Stock Market Update 19 August 2011.



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