July 21, 2014 - The investors have set aside geopolitical concerns for the moment.
The volumes kept low, however with the Japanese markets on holiday. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan increased by 0.24%, showing small gains for most markets across Asia.
The results which are due for this week include the reporting of a number of US companies; including Apple Inc, Mc Donald’s Corp, Coca-Cola Co and Caterpillar Inc.
The data from Thomson Reuters showed that of 82 companies in the S&P 500 that had reported earnings through Friday morning, 68% beat Wall Street’s expectations, roughly in line with the 67% rate for the past four quarters and above the 63% rate since 1994. The last week ended with the Dow Jones up by 0.9%, S&P 500 up by 0.5% and the Nasdaq up by 0.4%.
The US treasuries and German debt have remained well underpinned amid geopolitical concerns. However, on Monday US 10 year yields were steady at 2.48%. Whereas, the German bunds were yielding at just 1.16%, having neared all-time lows.
The downing of the Malaysian passenger plan on Thursday has sparked speculations about rising tensions between the west and Russia. Later today the UN Security Council is due to vote on a resolution aimed at condemning the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane. John Kerry (US Secretary of State) on Sunday put forward what he said was overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of the passenger plane.
On the other hand, the Gaza-Israeli conflict has intensified and the military offensive so far has killed hundreds of Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers. John Kerry will be travelling today to meet with Egyptian officials and discuss the crisis.
The major currencies have started becoming steady now. The dollar index is steady at 80.513 and has retreated from a one-month peak seen last Friday, when the euro bounced off a five-month trough of $1.3491.
According to traders, buying interest below $1.3500 helped squeeze the euro up to $1.3530. The common currency should see solid support at $1.3460/80, an area that had provided a floor on several occasions in the past 10 months or so.
The Euro was at 137.09 yen after a five-month through of 136.71 and the greenback was at 101.30.
Gold which was swinging between $1,292 and $1,339 in the last week was now idling at $1,310.95 an ounce.
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