26 DECEMBER 2012: MARKETS ARE WAITING FOR PROGRESS IN NEGOTIATIONS ON BUDGETARY QUESTIONS IN THE USA
DAILY MARKET REVIEWS
by Arne Treholt Vice-President of Business Development and Investments
Without special enthusiasm passed the pre-Christmas truncated trading session on Wall Street. Key indexes lost about 0,2-0,4% on small trading volumes. As a part of an index of blue chips - Dow Jones, the greatest contribution to decrease in the indicator made the representatives of hi-tech sector: Hewlett-Packard (-2,3%), Microsoft (-1,42%), Cisco Systems (-0,65%).
Besides, in the days which have remained to New year, statistical departments will submit data on the housing market, in particular housing prices, sales of new buildings and incomplete sales of houses. The research organization Conference Board will publish data on dynamics of an index of consumer confidence in the USA for December. While stock markets stiffened waiting for news from America regarding "fiscal cliff".
Asian share indexes bargain today in more expanded structure, than yesterday, however the stock exchanges of Australia and Hong Kong are still closed in connection with celebration of Catholic Christmas. At the same time the Japanese Nikkei index continues the ascending movement caused by the next round of weakening of national currency, but the index of continental China SSE corrects today a yesterday's steady growth.
The Japanese yen continues today to decrease, USD/JPY pair bargains at the level of 85,3, again updating thereby an one-and-a-half-year maximum, and approaching a maximum of 2 years, established at the level of 85,5.
Yesterday futures of gold rose in price in Tokyo for the first time for the last four days this is connected with statements of the new prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who is the supporter of "soft" approach to economy. He insists that if the Central Bank of the country will not raise a level of inflation for stimulation of economic growth, he will change his powers. All this promotes that gold acts again for investors as "smooth water". Today this morning, we can see gold traded on a level of 1655.98. Silver is slightly strengthening and traded at level of 29.95, getting closer to a level of 30 dollars per troy ounce.
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