Daily Financial Markets Report | Thursday, 14 May 2015

sacciDaily Financial Markets Report sources information from Business Day, Reuters, JSE Ltd and others.

Highlights

 U.S. stocks closed virtually unchanged on Wednesday, as early gains faded by the end of the session. The S&P 500 and Dow declined for the third consecutive day, following disappointing monthly retail sales figures. European stocks finished lower Wednesday, marking a second consecutive day of losses. Hong Kong stocks bounced back and forth between small gains and losses, as online major Tencent Holdings Ltd.

 The US dollar is currently trading at 1.13 to the euro 1.57 to the pound and will buy 119.10 Japanese Yen or 11.89 South African Rand.

 Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 214.50/oz. and platinum at US$ 1 152.40/oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 66.62 per barrel.

International markets

U.S. stocks closed virtually unchanged on Wednesday, as early gains faded by the end of the session. The S&P 500 and Dow declined for the third consecutive day, following disappointing monthly retail sales figures. European stocks finished lower Wednesday, marking a second consecutive day of losses. Hong Kong stocks bounced back and forth between small gains and losses, as online major Tencent Holdings Ltd.

The S&P 500 closed less than a point lower at 2 098.48. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 7.7 points lower at 18 060.49. The Nasdaq Composite eked out a gain of 5.5 points, or 0.1%, settling at 4 981.

The Stoxx Europe 600 shed 0.2% to end at 395.46. The France’s CAC 40 is down 0.3% at 4 961.86. In Frankfurt, the DAX 30 dropped 1.1% to 11 351.46. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 ended up 0.2% at 6 949.63.

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

The US dollar is currently trading at 1.13 to the euro 1.57 to the pound and will buy 119.10 Japanese Yen or 11.89 South African Rand.

Domestic markets

The All-share-index was at that stage 0.61% higher on 54 264 points and the Top 40-index gained 0.67% to 48 191 points.

Commodities

Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 214.50/oz. and platinum at US$ 1 152.40/oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 66.62 per barrel.

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