Daily Financial Markets Report | Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Highlights Daily Financial Markets Report

Thursday, 26 January2015

U.S. stocks ended Wednesday’s choppy session virtually unchanged. But the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a small gain to close at a fresh record. European stocks fell Wednesday, taking a breather after a six-session run of gains that had pushed the benchmark index to a seven-year high. Hong Kong stocks edged down Thursday morning, as the Hang Seng Index dropped 0.2%, with the Hang Seng China Enterprises down 0.5%.

Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 209.10/oz. and platinum at US$ 1· 179.60./oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 61.62 per barrel.

The US dollar is currently trading at 1.14 to the euro, 1.55 to the pound and will· buy 118.94 Japanese Yen or 11.46 South African Rand.

International markets U.S. stocks ended Wednesday’s choppy session virtually unchanged. But the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a small gain to close at a fresh record. European stocks fell Wednesday, taking a breather after a six-session run of gains that had pushed the benchmark index to a seven-year high. Hong Kong stocks edged down Thursday morning, as the Hang Seng Index dropped 0.2%, with the Hang Seng China Enterprises down 0.5%.

The S&P 500 closed 1.6 points, or 0.1%, lower at 2 113.86, with half of its 10 main sectors ending lower, while The blue-chip index Dow Jones Industrial Average added 15.38 points, or 0.1%, to 18 224.57, scoring a record for the third time this year. The Nasdaq Composite ended less than a point off at 4 967.14, breaking its 10-day winning streak.

The Stoxx Europe 600 slipped 0.1% to 386.76, with the energy, basic materials and consumer goods sectors all logging losses. The France’s CAC 40 shed 0.1% to 4 882.22 while Germany’s DAX 30 swung higher and gained 4.5 points to end at 11 210.27. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 6 935.38, backing off from Tuesday’s advance.

The Hang Seng Index was up 0.3% and the Shanghai Composite Index was up 1.3%.

The US dollar is currently trading at 1.14 to the euro, 1.55 to the pound and will buy 118.94 Japanese Yen or 11.46 South African Rand.

Domestic markets

The All-share index was 0.21% higher at 53 448 points and the Top 40-index gained 0.20% to 47 259.

Commodities

Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 209.10/oz. and platinum at US$ 1 179.60./oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 61.62 per barrel.

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