Global equity markets closed higher as the prospect for a bona fide recovery now seems assured. The markets were able to shake off credit fears and focus on continued positive economic data coming out of the U.S. On Wall Street the DJIA closed up 65.67 points to 10,471.50 on better than expected Advanced Retail Sales figures.
The greenback continued it rally as it advanced on positive economic data, breaking the 9 month long “positive equities to poor dollar” correlation, for a second time in 1 week. The DXY touched 76.725 before retreating slightly to close at 76.573. Another positive session for the greenback and it may take out the 100 day MA.
In the commodity space both gold and oil were down. Gold lost 15.60 to close Friday's session at 1,115.40 while oil closed just below $70 a barrel for the first time since September 29th. Gold has lost nearly 9.5% since its high on December 3rd and is just a few dollars away from closing below its 50 day Moving Average.
In the Euro-zone for Monday, employment figures will be published on Tuesday. U.S. PPI numbers will print as well as the Empire Manufacturing data. In Australia, GDP numbers will hit the wire on Wednesday, as will Housing Starts and Building Permits in the U.S. However, investors will be tuned in on Wednesday to the FOMC rate decision. Although no change in rate is expected, traders are hoping for the accompanying statement to shed light on future rate hikes and economic policy as continued positive economic data continues to print.
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