17 April 2014: The Conflict Concerning Ukraine Is Again Under The Spotlight
Yesterday, stock markets managed to have another positive trading session, which gave indices ground for an increase, even though the published macroeconomic statistical data was not really positive. Building permits dropped from the level of last month to 0,990 million and appeared to be lower than predictions of 1,008 million. The Capacity Utilization Rate, in turn, showed an increase, when analytics expected a decrease, and it finally made 79,2%. Industrial Production dropped from the level of last month, but appeared to be better than predictions making 0,7%.
Also, a positive attitude was brought to the markets by the speech from the head of the FED. During the speech in the economic club of New York, Janet Yellen declared that the FED intends to carry out monetary support for a rather long period of time, in order to promote a smooth economic recovery.
As a result, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index grew by 1% to the level of 16424, 85 points, the S&P 500 added 1,05% and reached a level of 1862,31 points, and the Nasdaq Composite increased by 1,29% and is now traded on the level of 4086,22 points.
Attention should also be paid to the growth of prices of oil. The difficult, semi-military situation around the conflict between Ukraine and Russia pushed prices of oil to go up. Kiev accuses Moscow of attempts of destabilization of the internal political processes in the country. In turn, NATO declared their intention to strengthen the military presence in Eastern Europe. As a result of all these speculations, the price of Brent flew up on Wednesday to $110,00 per barrel, traded this morning on the level of $109,77 per barrel, and adding 0,16%. WTI reached yesterday's price of $105,00 per barrel, traded this morning on the price of $103,20 per barrel, and is currently adding 0,17%.
Prices of precious metals are, in turn, losing in value. Gold is falling by 0,38% and is traded on the level of $1298,61 per troy ounce, silver is down 0,45%, and bargaining at the level of $19,55 per troy ounce.
Today, the main event of the day is going to be the meeting regarding Ukraine in Geneva. Negotiations will definitely be very hard, and it is going to be difficult for the parties to come to a compromise. Western countries do not want to support the process of the federalization of Ukraine, although Russia is, in the meantime, having a very different opinion. If a compromise or a decision between the parties will not be reached, the U.S. authorities could apply additional sanctions concerning Russia.