Daily Financial Markets Report| Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Highlights

 U.S. stock futures fell early Wednesday after wild moves during Asian trading hours that came as the dollar pitched lower against the yen. Hong Kong stocks widened their opening gains Wednesday morning after two separate gauges of Chinese manufacturing activity in March both came in better than markets had expected.

 Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 185.50/oz. and platinum at US$ 1 140.90/oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 55.04 per barrel.

 The US dollar is currently trading at 1.07 to the euro, 1.48 to the pound and will buy 119.91 Japanese Yen or 12.08 South African Rand.

International markets

U.S. stock futures fell early Wednesday after wild moves during Asian trading hours that came as the dollar pitched lower against the yen. Hong Kong stocks widened their opening gains Wednesday morning after two separate gauges of Chinese manufacturing activity in March both came in better than markets had expected.

The S&P 500 index fell 12.3 points, or 0.6%, to 2 048.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 97 points, or 0.6%, to 17 604. The Nasdaq-100 lost 28.50 points, or 0.7%, to 4 300.25.

The Germany’s DAX 30 index fell -0.99% to 11 966.17. The France’s CAC 40 index fell 0.98% to 5033.64, while the U.K.’s FTSE 100 index dropped -1.72% to 6 773.04.

The Hang Seng Index was up 0.7% and the Shanghai Composite Index was up 1.3%.

The US dollar is currently trading at 1.07 to the euro, 1.48 to the pound and will buy 119.91 Japanese Yen or 12.08 South African Rand.

Domestic markets

The All-share index was only 0.08% weaker at 52 411 points and the Top 40-index was 0.13% lower at 46 233 points.

Commodities

Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 185.50/oz. and platinum at US$ 1 140.90/oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 55.04 per barrel.

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