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Overnight on Wall Street: Thursday 27/02/2020

February 27, 2020

By Deepta Bolaky

Equity Markets

The focus remained on the coronavirus on Wednesday. It was a volatile session as investors assessed the updates of the virus to gauge the economic impact. It is the first time since the outbreak that new virus cases in other countries are reportedly more than China.

Major US equity benchmarks traded mixed as the uncertainties around the virus are weighing on an already fragile global economy.

  • Dow Jones Average Industrial fell by 124 points to 26,958.
  • S&P500 ended 0.4% lower at 3,116.
  • Nasdaq Composite only 15 points higher at 8,981.

Currency Markets

In the FX space, major currencies were mixed against the US dollar. The shared currency was the best performer among the G10 currencies while the Aussie dollar and the Pound emerged as the weakest.

US Dollar Index

The US dollar index is holding on to the 99 levels as caution ripped through markets. Despite a weaker greenback, the index is currently trading around 2019 highs.

US Dollar Index (Daily Chart)

Source: GO MT4


The Aussie dollar is struggling to recover from lows. A series of bearish factors are fuelling the selling pressure:

  • A dovish RBA
  • Poor fundamentals
  • Virus Risks

The AUDUSD pair is trading at an 11-year low at 0.6550.

AUDUSD (Monthly Chart)

Source: GO MT5

Oil & Gold

Oil prices fell further as demand concerns triggered by the virus risks override better-than-expected weekly oil reports. As of writing, WTI and Brent Crude were trading in the $48 and $52 levels.

UKOUSD and USOUSD (Hourly Chart)

Source: GO MT4

Gold trading sideways around the $1,650 level as traders await for fresh trading impetus. A fragile environment continues to prevail in the financial markets which are helping the precious metal to remain in elevated levels.

XAUUSD (Hourly Chart)

Source: Bloomberg Terminal

Key Upcoming Events

BoJ’s Kataoka Speech (Japan)
Durable Goods, Core PCE, Gross Domestic Product, Jobless Claims and Pending Home Sales (US)
Current Account (Canada)
Consumer Confidence and Total Filled Jobs (New Zealand)

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