US stocks slightly edged lower on Friday while the US dollar rose. No significant economic data came out. Market participants reacted on the statements from San Francisco and New York Fed Presidents that the rate hike is possible. The chances of the Fed rate hike rose to 53.5% from previous 48.8%, according to FedWatch. No significant economic data are expected to come out today in the US and Europe.
European stocks fell on Friday on negative corporate news from Vopak (-7%) and UniCredit (-6%) bank. The weekly fall of pan-European STOXX 600 index by 1.7% was the record high in 2 months. Today in the morning the European stocks are rising as the US regulator CFIUS approved of the acquisition by China National Chemical of the Swiss pesticides producer Syngenta (+12%) for $43bn. The euro fell on Monday for second straight day on the news the US interest rates may be hiked.
Nikkei slightly rose as Japanese yen weakened. The head of Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda stated he did not rule out the further decline in interest rate to the negative. Currently the rate of Bank of Japan is -0.1%. Weaker yen improves the competitiveness of Japanese exporters. Tomorrow at 4-00 СЕSТ the manufacturing PMI for August will come out in Japan.
Oil fell on Monday as market participants doubt that OPEC members could finally manage to freeze the oil output on the meeting in Algeria on September 26-28, 2016 in course of the International energy forum. Additional factor that pushed the energy prices down was the 50% higher gasoline and diesel exports in July from China and the increase in active oil rigs in US by 10 units. The net longs in oil reached the 5-year high, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Gold prices fell as US dollar strengthened after the US Fed members said the rate hike was possible. The SPDR Gold Shares fund reported an outflow of 4.5% tonnes of gold last week after the almost 20-tonne fall a week earlier. On Thursday August 25 the Fed President Janet Yellen will speak which may influence the gold and US dollar.
Copper fell on Monday after the report its exports from China rose this July to 75 thousand tonnes. This is almost 5 times more than in July 2015. The net long position in copper was formed last week while it was net short previously, according to CFTC.
Corn and wheat prices slightly edged lower while soybeans advanced. The Russian Ministry of Agriculture raised forecast of wheat this year to 110mln tonnes which is above the historical high of 108mln tonnes hit in 2008. The Ministry suggested slashing the export duty on wheat to a zero till July 1, 2017. Sowings of soybeans in Argentina fell 4% as farmers decided to sow more corn. Its planting acreage rose by around 25% at the expense of other cultures.
Coffee prices slightly edged up due to lower temperatures in Brazil and drought in Vietnam.
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