This Wednesday, the main indices around the world were trading higher after the appearance of the candidate to be the next Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, who on Tuesday called for a larger economic stimulus package.
Futures: Last checked on Wednesday, Dow futures were trading 0.11% higher and S&P 500 futures were up 1.06%. WTI crude oil futures are trading 1.23% higher at $ 53.63, while gold futures are up 0.79% at $ 1,854.70. The 10-year Treasury yield is unchanged at 1.092%. VIX futures climbed 8.07% to $ 25.10.
Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin was trading 5.72% lower at $ 35,166 the last time it was queried, while Ethereum is down 1.73% to settle at $ 1,355.70 after reaching a new all-time high. Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and has been boosted by a decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem.
Asia: Japan's Nikkei 225 closed 0.38% lower, as gains in mining stocks were more than offset by losses in airline and bank stocks. Japan has a fairly busy schedule of economic events for Wednesday, in which data on the producer price index (PPI), the trade balance and foreign investment are scheduled to be published. In principle, the Bank of Japan could make its decision on the interest rate public today.
China's Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.47% higher after the People's Bank of China kept the prime rate unchanged at 3.85%. Commodities and industrials stocks rose on Wednesday, partially offset by the decline in bank stocks.
Australia's S & P / ASX 200 closed 0.41% higher, close to its 11-month high, fueled by optimism around domestic corporate earnings. The country's unemployment data is scheduled to be released today.
The Hang Seng of Hong Kong rose 1.08%. Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: NYSE: BABA ) gained 8.5% in Hong Kong, after its founder, Jack Ma, made a public appearance online after months of unaccounted for.
India's Nifty 50 Index is trading 0.92% higher , driven by gains in auto, public sector bank (PSU) and technology stocks. Tata Motors (NS: TAMO ) (NYSE: TTM) had rebounded 6.2% at press time , after the company announced the obtaining of 98 patents related to electric and connected vehicles.
South Korea's KOSPI advanced 0.71%, with all the attention focused on the PPI data.
Europe: The Euro Stoxx 50 Index is trading 0.51% higher at press time . The bloc's economic sentiment rose to 58.3 in January, while construction sector activity grew 1.41% month-on-month in November. The CPI data is scheduled to be released today.
The FTSE 100 in London trading almost unchanged at the close of this edition, after the CPI to rise 0.3% MoM in December and PPI increased by 0.8% MoM.
The DAX in Germany is trading 0.59% to the upside after the December PPI grew by 0.8% MoM. Auto stocks drive the index higher as Daimler AG (DE: DAIGn ) (OTC: DDAIF) rose 2.1% after Warburg Research analyst Marc Rene Tonn held the ground. Buy rating for the stock.
The CAC 40 in France has risen by 0.49% and the IBEX 35 in Spain quoted 0.12% to the upside at the time of publication.
Foreign exchange market: For its part, the US dollar index futures fell 0.06% to settle at 90.422. The dollar has weakened 0.46% against the British pound, has lost 0.10% against the Japanese yen and is down 0.15% against the Chinese yuan , but has strengthened 0.03% against to the euro.
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