Market news

21 February 2019
  • 16:13

    EIA’s report reveals bigger than expected build in U.S. crude oil inventories

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed that crude inventories rose by 3.672 million barrels in the week ended February 15. Economists had forecast an increase of 3.050 million barrels.

    At the same time, gasoline stocks fell by 1.454 million barrels, while analysts had expected a drop of 0.500 million barrels. Distillate stocks reduced by 1.517 million barrels, while analysts had forecast a decrease of 1.500 million barrels.

    Meanwhile, oil production in the U.S. increased by 100,000 barrels a day to 12.000 million barrels a day. 

    U.S. crude oil imports averaged 7.5 million barrels per day last week, up by 1,312,000 barrels per day from the previous week.

  • 16:00

    U.S.: Crude Oil Inventories, February 3.672 (forecast 3.08)

  • 15:22

    U.S. private sector output growth regains momentum in February, underpinned by service providers

    Preliminary data released by IHS Markit indicated that the U.S. private sector output growth regained momentum in February, as a robust upturn in service sector activity more than offset the slowdown reported by manufacturing firms.

    According to the report, the Markit flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index (PMI) fell to 53.7 in February from 54.9 in January, signaling the slowest improvement in business conditions since September 2017. Economists had expected the reading to drop to at 54.7. 

    A reading above 50 signals an expansion in activity, while a reading below this level signals a contraction. 

    February’s decrease in the headline PMI mainly reflected a slowdown in production and new order growth.

    Meanwhile, the Markit flash services purchasing manager's index (PMI) increased to 56.2 this month from 54.2 in January, indicating the sharpest upturn in activity since June 2018.

    Economists had expected the reading to edge up to 54.3. 

    The survey said the new work rose the most since September, amid higher levels of business and consumer spending. Latest data also pointed to the steepest increase in backlogs of work for just over four years.

    Overall, IHS Markit Flash U.S. Composite PMI Output Index came in at 55.8 in February, up from 54.4 in January, signaling the strongest rate of private sector output since June 2018. 

    Commenting on the flash PMI data, Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit noted, “February data provides a positive signal for first-quarter economic growth, with US businesses reporting the fastest output expansion since the middle of 2018… Historical comparisons suggest the latest survey data are indicative of an underlying economic growth rate of around 2.5% annualized, although the PMI is designed to monitor private sector companies so the impact of the government shutdown may not be fully captured."


  • 15:02

    U.S.: Leading Indicators , January -0.1% (forecast 0.1%)

  • 15:00

    U.S.: Existing Home Sales , January 4.94 (forecast 5)

  • 14:58

    U.S. factory orders grow less than expected in December

    The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the durable goods orders rose 1.2 percent m-o-m in December, following a revised 1.0 percent m-o-m gain in November (originally a 0.8 percent m-o-m advance). 

    Economists had forecast a 1.5 percent m-o-m increase. 

    According to the report, transportation equipment (+3.3 percent m-o-m) drove the increase. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods excluding transportation edged up 0.1 percent m-o-m, following a 0.2 percent m-o-m drop in November and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent m-o-m gain.

    Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, dropped 0.7 percent m-o-m in December, after declining 1.0 percent m-o-m in November.


  • 14:45

    U.S.: Manufacturing PMI, February 53.7 (forecast 54.7)

  • 14:45

    U.S.: Services PMI, February 56.2 (forecast 54.3)

  • 14:36

    U.S. Stocks open: Dow -0.18%, Nasdaq -0.08% S&P -0.20%

  • 14:28

    Before the bell: S&P futures -0.18%, NASDAQ futures -0.17%

    U.S. stock-index fell on Thursday, as disappointing economic data outweighed positive reports on U.S.-China trade talks.


    Global Stocks:

    Index/commodity

    Last

    Today's Change, points

    Today's Change, %

    Nikkei

    21,464.23

    +32.74

    +0.15%

    Hang Seng

    28,629.92

    +115.87

    +0.41%

    Shanghai

    2,751.80

    -9.42

    -0.34%

    S&P/ASX

    6,139.20

    +42.70

    +0.70%

    FTSE

    7,160.57

    -68.05

    -0.94%

    CAC

    5,200.63

    +4.68

    +0.09%

    DAX

    11,441.10

    +39.13

    +0.34%

    Crude

    $56.97


    -0.33%

    Gold

    $1,338.50


    -0.70%

  • 13:57

    Wall Street. Stocks before the bell

    (company / ticker / price / change ($/%) / volume)


    ALTRIA GROUP INC.

    MO

    50.62

    0.11(0.22%)

    5209

    Amazon.com Inc., NASDAQ

    AMZN

    1,621.60

    -0.50(-0.03%)

    18034

    Apple Inc.

    AAPL

    171.92

    -0.11(-0.06%)

    82810

    AT&T Inc

    T

    30.88

    0.03(0.10%)

    54351

    Boeing Co

    BA

    422

    0.45(0.11%)

    11530

    Chevron Corp

    CVX

    120.2

    -0.08(-0.07%)

    693

    Citigroup Inc., NYSE

    C

    64.56

    -0.08(-0.12%)

    4668

    Deere & Company, NYSE

    DE

    159.75

    -0.13(-0.08%)

    2294

    Exxon Mobil Corp

    XOM

    78.4

    -0.13(-0.17%)

    1876

    Facebook, Inc.

    FB

    162.24

    -0.32(-0.20%)

    13108

    Ford Motor Co.

    F

    8.96

    0.02(0.22%)

    21808

    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE

    FCX

    13.39

    0.04(0.30%)

    48651

    General Electric Co

    GE

    10.06

    -0.04(-0.40%)

    36982

    General Motors Company, NYSE

    GM

    40

    0.05(0.13%)

    1403

    Hewlett-Packard Co.

    HPQ

    23.5

    0.12(0.51%)

    502

    Intel Corp

    INTC

    51.35

    -0.04(-0.08%)

    14955

    International Business Machines Co...

    IBM

    138.07

    0.07(0.05%)

    756

    Johnson & Johnson

    JNJ

    134.1

    -2.25(-1.65%)

    24341

    JPMorgan Chase and Co

    JPM

    105.7

    0.01(0.01%)

    3748

    McDonald's Corp

    MCD

    181

    0.51(0.28%)

    905

    Nike

    NKE

    83.7

    -1.14(-1.34%)

    150543

    Procter & Gamble Co

    PG

    99.64

    0.36(0.36%)

    1057

    Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ

    SBUX

    70.36

    -0.03(-0.04%)

    1970

    Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ

    TSLA

    301.7

    -0.86(-0.28%)

    37077

    The Coca-Cola Co

    KO

    45.12

    0.02(0.04%)

    10608

    Twitter, Inc., NYSE

    TWTR

    31.32

    -0.05(-0.16%)

    69229

    Verizon Communications Inc

    VZ

    55.7

    -0.06(-0.11%)

    790

    Visa

    V

    144.69

    -0.04(-0.03%)

    7960

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc

    WMT

    99.8

    -0.08(-0.08%)

    15952

    Walt Disney Co

    DIS

    113.18

    -0.50(-0.44%)

    7239

    Yandex N.V., NASDAQ

    YNDX

    32.66

    -0.20(-0.61%)

    5650

  • 13:55

    Canadian wholesale trade unexpectedly increase in December

    Statistics Canada reported the Canadian wholesale trade rose by 0.3 percent m-o-m in December, following a revised 1.1 percent m-o-m decline in the previous month.

    Economists had forecast a drop of 0.1 percent m-o-m.

    The December gain was led by stronger sales in the motor vehicle and parts (+3.7 percent m-o-m) and the miscellaneous (+2.0 percent m-o-m) subsectors.

    Overall, sales were up in four out of seven subsectors, representing 64 percent of wholesale trade, while sales increased in six of the 10 provinces. 

    Sales decreased by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, recording the first decline following 10 consecutive quarterly gains.

    Wholesale trade in Canada grew for the ninth consecutive year, up 3.7 percent, in 2018.

  • 13:46

    U.S. jobless claims falls more than expected

    The data from the Labor Department revealed the number of applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected, a sign the labor market is regaining its footing following the longest-ever government shutdown.

    According to the report, the initial claims for unemployment benefits decreased 23,000 to 216,000 for the week ended February 16. 

    Economists had expected 229,000 new claims last week. 

    Claims for the prior week were unrevised at 239,000.

    Meanwhile, the four-week moving average of claims rose 4,000 to 235,750 last week, the highest level since January 2018. This implies the labor market was slowing down.

  • 13:36

    EU’s Timmermans: Ready to work with UK government to improve Brexit agreement or political declaration

    • EU will defend single market integrity in dealing with Irish border issue

  • 13:31

    U.S.: Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey, February -4.1 (forecast 14.0)

  • 13:30

    U.S.: Durable goods orders ex defense, December 1.8% (forecast 0.4%)

  • 13:30

    U.S.: Durable Goods Orders ex Transportation , December 0.1% (forecast 0.3%)

  • 13:30

    U.S.: Durable Goods Orders , December 1.2% (forecast 1.5%)

  • 13:30

    U.S.: Continuing Jobless Claims, 1725 (forecast 1740)

  • 13:30

    U.S.: Initial Jobless Claims, 216 (forecast 229)

  • 13:30

    Canada: Wholesale Sales, m/m, December 0.3% (forecast -0.1%)

  • 12:35

    ECB releases its minutes of the January monetary policy meeting

    • Near-term growth momentum is likely to be weaker than earlier expected
    • Eurozone growth could be below potential for several quarters
    • A probability of recession is low, but levels of uncertainty are high
    • It is unclear how long growth dip will last or if it impacts the medium-term
    • ECB is concerned that weakness could affect inflation expectations

  • 12:28

    Fed's Bullard: Rate hikes, balance sheet reduction "coming to an end"

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told CNBC in a "Squawk Box" interview on Thursday:

    • Fed is in a very good place, no urgency to act
    • Rates are "a bit tight" right now
    • Balance sheet decision to hopefully come in "next couple of meetings"
    • Getting the right level of reserves means a bigger balance sheet
    • Rates are high in comparison to the global environment we're in
    • Says that he argued against a December rate hike
    • Says "I felt like we went too far" with December decision
    • Fed might miss 2% inflation target again this year
    • Fed could re-center inflation expectations around 2%

  • 11:45

    UK PM May’s Spokesman: We have been making progress in talks with Brussels

    • But clearly, there is still a lot of hard work to do
    • May has told the EU leaders reopening withdrawal agreement is the simplest way to get assurances needed
    • The EU's position is that they want the UK to leave with a deal so everyone is working to get the necessary assurances
    • The UK has strong and constructive ties with China on a range of issues and will continue to do so

  • 11:38

    UK official: Getting Brexit deal next week is unlikely

    • UK is a long way from getting what it needs on the Irish  backstop

  • 11:25

    U.S., China are said to be drafting memorandums for possible trade deal

    Sources familiar with the talks told Reuters that the U.S. and Chinese negotiators are working on six memorandums of understanding (MOUs)  on structural issues, including forced technology transfer and cyber theft, intellectual property rights, services, currency, agriculture and non-tariff barriers to trade.

    The sides are also discussing a 10-item list of shorter-term measures, mainly purchases of commodities and other goods.

    At meetings between U.S. and Chinese officials last week in Beijing the two sides traded texts and worked on outlining obligations on paper, according to one of the sources.

    The process has become a real trade negotiation, the source noted, so much so that at the end of the week the participants considered staying in Beijing to keep working. Instead, they agreed to take a few days off and reconvene in Washington.

    Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng declined to comment on the MOUs.

    Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials will hold high-level talks on Thursday and Friday in Washington.

  • 10:58

    S&P economists see increased US recession risk

    The probability of a recession in the United States rose to 21% from 16% three months ago, according to economists in the S & P Global Ratings report. The increased risk is partly due to the flattening of the yield curve, as well as the fact that two out of ten key indicators monitored by S & P Global Ratings moved to negative territory for the first time since mid-2017. They note that easing the monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve could improve their assessment in the coming months.

    In January, the Fed decided to put a rise in interest rates on a pause, which returned calm to the markets. At the end of last year, investors' concerns about the growth prospects of the US economy provoked sharp market volatility.

  • 10:39

    European Central Bank profits rise in 2018 on bond income

    The European Central Bank (ECB) increased its annual profit in 2018 thanks to income from the huge bond portfolio it had built up under its stimulus programme, the ECB said on Thursday.

    The ECB's profit rose to 1.58 billion euro last year from 1.28 billion euros a year earlier, mainly as a result of higher net interest income earned on the U.S. dollar portfolio and on bonds bought as part of the 2.6 trillion euro asset purchase programme.

  • 10:24

    ECB’s Nowotny: cannot see need for more liquidity

    • there is a debate if ECB normalization should go on

    • markets do not see rate hike in 2019

    • negative rates should have been ended earlier

    • would like to see Weidmann succeed Draghi as ECB president

    • does not expect abrupt changes under his successor

  • 10:09

    European Commission president Juncker: Brexit is the past, not the future

    • Brexit is a disaster

    • "I have something like a Brexit fatigue"

    • Cannot exclude possibility of a no-deal Brexit

    • Hopes worst can be avoided, but not very optimistic at the moment

  • 09:58

    Italian сonsumer prices rose slightly in January

    According to the report from Istat, in January 2019 the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation (NIC) increased by 0.1% on monthly basis and by 0.9% with respect to January 2018, down from +1.1% in the previous month, confirming the flash estimate.

    The slowdown of the growth on annual basis of All items index was mainly due to prices of both Regulated (from +10.7% to +7.9%) and Non-regulated energy products (from +2.6% to +0.3%), partly mitigated by the acceleration of prices of Services related to transport (from +0.6% to +2.2%) and, to a lesser extent, of Unprocessed food (from +1.3% to +1.7%).

    As a consequence, Core inflation excluding energy and unprocessed food was +0.5% (in deceleration from +0.6%) and inflation excluding energy was +0.6% (stable compared to the previous month).

    In January 2019, the Italian harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) decreased by 1.7% compared with the previous month, mainly for the winter sales of Clothing and footwear (-21.2% compared with December 2018), which are not taken into account in the national index NIC. The HICP increased by +0.9%, in respect to January 2018 (it was +1.2% in December 2018), confirming the flash estimate.

  • 09:44

    UK January public sector net borrowing £15.759 billion vs £2.11 billion in December

    The Office for National Statistics report showed:

    • Borrowing (public sector net borrowing excluding public sector banks) in January 2019 was in surplus by £14.9 billion, a £5.6 billion greater surplus than in January 2018; this was the largest January surplus on record (records began in 1993).

    • Borrowing in the current financial year-to-date (April 2018 to January 2019) (YTD) was £21.2 billion, £18.5 billion less than in the same period last year; the lowest YTD for 17 years (since 2001).

    • Borrowing in the financial year ending (FYE) March 2018 was £41.9 billion, £3.0 billion less than in FYE March 2017; the lowest financial year for 11 years (since FYE 2007).

    • Debt (public sector net debt excluding public sector banks) at the end of January 2019 was £1,782.1 billion (or 82.6% of gross domestic product (GDP)); an increase of £40.5 billion (or a decrease of 0.8 percentage points of GDP) on January 2018.

    • Debt at the end of January 2019 excluding Bank of England (mainly quantitative easing) was £1,596.7 billion (or 74.0% of GDP); an increase of £26.9 billion (or a decrease of 1.2 percentage points of GDP) on January 2018.

  • 09:30

    United Kingdom: PSNB, bln, January 15.759 (forecast 11.05)

  • 09:14

    Eurozone growth remains muted amid decline in manufacturing

    According to the report from IHS Markit, although output across the eurozone private sector increased at a slightly faster pace in February, the rate of expansion remained muted. Moreover, the manufacturing sector weighed on overall economic performance, falling into contraction during the month.

    • The Eurozone Composite PMI posted 51.4 in February, up from 51.0 in January and the highest in three months. Despite quickening from the five-and-a-half year low seen at the start of the year, the rate of expansion remained modest.

    • Flash Eurozone Services PMI Activity Index at 52.3 (51.2 in January). 3-month high.

    • Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 49.2 (50.5 in January). 68-month low.

    Overall growth was centred on the service sector where activity also rose at the fastest pace in three months amid an improving picture in Germany and stabilisation in France. On the other hand, euro area manufacturing production decreased for the first time since June 2013. While business activity rose at a faster pace, there remained signs of demand weakness as new orders dipped for the second month running. As IHS Markit Eurozone PMI and GDP with output, the manufacturing sector was the main source of weakness in new business.

  • 09:00

    Eurozone: Manufacturing PMI, February 49.2 (forecast 50.3)

  • 09:00

    Eurozone: Services PMI, February 52.3 (forecast 51.4)

  • 08:49

    Japan Cabinet Office Monthly Economic Report:

    • Economy Recovering At Moderate Pace

    • Government Maintains Economic Assessment For February

    • Downgrades Assessment Of Corporate Profits

    • Downgrades Assessment Of Industrial Production

  • 08:45

    Germany stronger services growth masks deepening downturn in manufacturing

    According to the report from IHS Markit, stronger growth in Germany’s service sector drove an increase in overall business activity across the eurozone’s largest member state in February. However, the country’s outwardly-focussed manufacturing sector slipped further into contraction as export orders fell to the greatest extent for over six years. Elsewhere, employment growth remained solid midway through the opening quarter of the year, while there was a broad-based softening of inflationary pressures.

    The IHS Markit Flash Germany Composite Output Index registered a reading of 52.7 in February, up from 52.1 in January and its highest since last October. Nevertheless, the index continued to point to one of the slowest rates of growth seen over the past five-and-a-half years.

    Whereas the pace of expansion in service sector business activity accelerated to the quickest in five months, manufacturing output slipped into contraction, falling for the first time since April 2013 and at the quickest rate in over six years.

    Flash Manufacturing PMI dropped to a 74-month low of 47.6 in February from 49.7 in January, and Flash Services PMI rose to 55.1 from 53.0 in January, and reached 5-month high.

  • 08:30

    Germany: Services PMI, February 55.1 (forecast 52.9)

  • 08:30

    Germany: Manufacturing PMI, February 47.6 (forecast 49.7)

  • 08:29

    UK FinMin Hammond: EU promise of guarantees on backstop is significant

    • high risk to assume EU would allow Brexit extension

  • 08:26

    France private sector output stabilises in February

    According to the report from IHS Markit, Flash France Composite Output Index rose from 48.2 in January to 49.9 in February, pointing to a broad stabilisation in output after successive contractions in December and January. Flash Services Activity Index rose to 49.8 in February from 47.8 in January, reaching 3-month high.

    At the sector level, service providers reported only a fractional decline in business activity and their slowest in three months of contraction. Some panellists that recorded a fall in activity cited ongoing disruption caused by the ‘gilets jaunes’ protests. Meanwhile, manufacturers saw production broadly stabilise in February. Growing order books for some survey respondents counterbalanced the negative impact of the ‘gilets jaunes’ at others. The rate of new order decline at French private sector firms eased in February. Although new business contracted for the third month in a row, the reduction was only marginal overall. The result was driven by a softer fall in the services sector and a first rise in orders for four months at manufacturers. Meanwhile, private sector firms increased their staff numbers at a quicker pace in February. This was underpinned by a faster rate of job creation at service providers, while manufacturers posted another modest workforce expansion.

  • 08:15

    France: Services PMI, February 49.8 (forecast 48.7)

  • 08:15

    France: Manufacturing PMI, February 51.4 (forecast 51)

  • 08:01

    France: consumer prices fell by 0.4% over one month and rose by 1.2% year on year

    According to the report from Insee, In January 2019, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell back by 0.4% over a month, after a stability in December. The prices of manufactured products sharply dropped, due to the beginning of winter sales (−2.1% after −0.2%) and those of services slowed down (+0.2% after +0.4%). Food prices were also a little less dynamic than in the previous month (+0.5% after +0.6%). Contrariwise, energy prices dropped less sharply than in December (−1.2% after −2.4%), in the wake of petroleum prices. At least, tobacco prices rose by 0.8% after a stability in December.

    Seasonally adjusted, consumer prices recovered by 0.2% over a month, after a 0.1% drop in December.

    Year on year, consumer prices slowed down for the third consecutive month: +1.2% in January after +1.6% in December. This drop in inflation came from a year-on-year slowdown in energy. Contrariwise, services, food and tobacco prices accelerated. At least, those in manufactured products fell barely less than in the previous month.

    Year on year, core inflation was unchanged: +0.7%, as in the two previous months. The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) edged down over a month (?0.6% after +0.1% in December); year on year, it grew by 1.4%, after +1.9% in the previous month.

  • 07:45

    France: CPI, y/y, January 1.2% (forecast 1.2%)

  • 07:45

    France: CPI, m/m, January -0.4% (forecast -0.5%)

  • 07:37

    Some senior British ministers have warned Prime Minister May she must agree to delay Brexit if there is no EU divorce deal or face a rebellion in parliament next week - The Sun newspaper

    Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Scotland Secretary David Mundell said she must take no deal off the table by extending Article 50, the newspaper said.

    If May refuses, the senior ministers said they and 20 other members of the government would back Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper’s plan for parliament to seize control of the Brexit process.

  • 07:25

    Italy budget unable to boost long-term growth - Italian daily La Repubblica

    Italian daily La Repubblica, citing an EU Commission document, said on Thursday, that Italy's budget does not contain measures able to boost growth and makes Italy a "risk of contagion" for the rest of the euro zone,

    The newspaper cited the commission's Country Report, due to be approved on Wednesday, as saying the Italian budget would have negative effects on economic growth, deficit and debt.

  • 07:16

    Germany сonsumer inflation drops In January

    According to the report from Destatis, compared with December 2018, the consumer price  in Germany index fell markedly by 0.8% in January 2019. Consumer prices were 1.4% higher in January 2019 than in January 2018. The inflation rate – measured by the consumer price index – thus decreased (December 2018: +1.6%).

    The main reason for the inflation rate being lower than in the previous month was the development of energy product prices. Energy prices rose 2.3% in January 2019 on January 2018. The increase in energy prices thus slowed again (December 2018: +4.9%; November 2018: +8.7%). A glance at the individual energy products shows that the prices of electricity, gas and other fuels were up 3.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Motor fuel prices rose 0.3% over the same period. Excluding energy prices, the inflation rate in January 2019 would have been +1.3%.

    A major reason for the 0.8% decrease in prices in January 2019 on December 2018 was seasonal factors. Especially package holiday prices (-24.6%) in January 2019 were lower than in the vacation month of December. Also, the prices of clothing (-6.0%) and footwear (-3.1%) were markedly down on the previous month, which was especially due to the discounts given on the winter collection.

  • 07:02

    Germany: CPI, m/m, January -0.8% (forecast -0.8%)

  • 07:00

    Germany: CPI, y/y , January 1.4% (forecast 1.4%)

  • 06:59

    Fed’s Daly: there's nothing on the radar that says U.S. is slipping into recession

    • sees more headwinds, including slower global growth, uncertainty, tighter financial conditions

  • 06:53
  • 06:26

    Options levels on thursday, February 21, 2019

    EUR/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.1450 (4905)

    $1.1426 (1323)

    $1.1408 (1178)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.1332

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.1299 (2837)

    $1.1267 (5635)

    $1.1229 (5107)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date March, 8 is 98959 contracts (according to data from February, 20) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,1700 (6216);


    GBP/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.3207 (4030)

    $1.3162 (3825)

    $1.3130 (859)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.3029

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.2945 (1085)

    $1.2916 (804)

    $1.2883 (972)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date March, 8 is 42604 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3100 (4033);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date March, 8 is 30670 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2700 (1869);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 0.72 versus 0.71 from the previous trading day according to data from February, 20

    * - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.

    ** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.

  • 04:31

    Japan: All Industry Activity Index, m/m, December -0.4% (forecast -0.2%)

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 67.1 1.08
    WTI 57.23 1.51
    Silver 16.03 0.44
    Gold 1338.188 -0.2
    Palladium 1489.46 0.75
  • 00:30

    Stocks. Daily history for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Index Change, points Closed Change, %
    NIKKEI 225 128.84 21431.49 0.6
    Hang Seng 285.92 28514.05 1.01
    KOSPI 24.13 2229.76 1.09
    ASX 200 -10.4 6096.5 -0.17
    FTSE 100 49.45 7228.62 0.69
    DAX 92.76 11401.97 0.82
    Dow Jones 63.12 25954.44 0.24
    S&P 500 4.94 2784.7 0.18
    NASDAQ Composite 2.3 7489.07 0.03
  • 00:30

    Australia: Unemployment rate, January 5% (forecast 5%)

  • 00:30

    Japan: Manufacturing PMI, February 48.5 (forecast 50.4)

  • 00:30

    Australia: Changing the number of employed, January 39.1 (forecast 15)

  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.71625 -0.01
    EURJPY 125.665 0.2
    EURUSD 1.13363 -0.03
    GBPJPY 144.647 0.13
    GBPUSD 1.30491 -0.1
    NZDUSD 0.68548 -0.41
    USDCAD 1.31758 -0.27
    USDCHF 1.001 -0.01
    USDJPY 110.846 0.23
21 February 2019
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