Nikkei 225 Stock Average Index is a major stock market index which tracks the performance of 225 top rated companies

Japan NIKKEI 225 Midday Gains Thursday July 20

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STOCK INVESTORS NIKKEI 225 Midday Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 climbed 124 points, or 0.6 percent, to 20,145 on Thursday 20th of July after a dovish Bank of Japan maintained its key rates at the latest policy meeting. The rally received further support from upbeat trade data that was released early on in the session. Within the index, 2 stocks jumped by more than 7 percent, while only one stock lost more than 3 percent. Meanwhile, the broader Topix added 10 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1537. Historically, the Japan NIKKEI 225 Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 38915.87 in December of 1989 and a record low of 85.25 in July of 1950.



NIKKEI 225 Midday

Japan NIKKEI 225 Stock Market Index

The Nikkei 225 Stock Average Index is a major stock market index which tracks the performance of 225 top rated companies listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It is a price-weighted index. The Nikkei 225 has a base value of 176.21 as of May 16, 1949. This page provides – Japan Stock Market (NIKKEI 225) – actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan NIKKEI 225 Stock Market Index – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on July of 2017.

 

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
20144.59 20011.89 38915.87 85.25 1950 – 2017 points Daily

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 ASX 200 Stock Market  The S&P/ASX 200 is the most important stock market index which tracks the performance of 200 large companies based in Australia

Australia S&P/ASX 200 Midday gains Thursday July 20

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STOCK INVESTORS ASX 200 Midday Australia’s ASX 200 gained 29 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5761.5 on Thursday 20th of July, to extend on yesterday’s rebound. Financials continued to lead the rally as the big four banks surged: ANZ (+2.8 percent), Westpac (+2.3 percent), NAB (+1.8 percent) and CBA (+1.1 percent). Santos was the top performer, jumping 8 percent, while Myer Holding dived more than 10 percent. Meanwhile, the broader All Ordinaries advanced 26 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5806; and New Zealand’s NZX 50 slid 60 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7672 dragged lower by Fletcher Building (-6.2 percent) after the firm’s CEO was reported to step down and that earnings guidance would be cut for the 2nd time in 4 months. Historically, the Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 6828.70 in November of 2007 and a record low of 1358.50 in November of 1992.



ASX 200 Midday

Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index

The S&P/ASX 200 is the most important stock market index which tracks the performance of 200 large companies based in Australia. It is a market-capitalization weighted and float-adjusted index. The index has a base value of AUD3133.3, equal to the value of the All Ordinary Shares as of March 31, 2000. . This page provides – Australia Stock Market (S&P/ASX 200) – actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on July of 2017.

 

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5761.50 5731.83 6828.70 1358.50 1992 – 2017 points Daily

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STOCK INVESTORS Australia’s ASX 200 Middsy gains on Wednesday July 19

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STOCK INVESTORS Australia’s ASX 200 Middsy Australia’s ASX 200 gained 44.7 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5732 on Wednesday, July 19, to recover slightly from its week low the day prior. Financial and real estate sectors led the rally as the big four banks surged between 3.1 percent and 4.2 percent each after APRA lifted capital requirements for banks. The top performer was Cimic Group, which jumped 5.8 percent. Offsetting these gains were Telstra and St Barbara, sliding 1.7 percent and 6 percent respectively. Meanwhile, the broader All Ordinaries advanced 41 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5779 and New Zealand’s NZX 50 was up 25 points, or 0.3 percent, to 7733. Historically, the Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 6828.70 in November of 2007 and a record low of 1358.50 in November of 1992.

The ASX SPI 200 futures have fallen, and the lead from Wall Street is not particularly strong given its mixed performance overnight.

US investors digested weak earnings from big banks, and news that President Donald Trump’s pro-business agenda continues to stall with the latest failure of his much-touted Obamacare-repeal.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has continued to show surprising strength – having surged past the 79 US cent mark.



Australia’s ASX 200 Middsy

Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index

The S&P/ASX 200 is the most important stock market index which tracks the performance of 200 large companies based in Australia. It is a market-capitalization weighted and float-adjusted index. The index has a base value of AUD3133.3, equal to the value of the All Ordinary Shares as of March 31, 2000. . This page provides – Australia Stock Market (S&P/ASX 200) – actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Australia S&P/ASX 200 Stock Market Index – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on July of 2017.

 

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5731.83 5687.40 6828.70 1358.50 1992 – 2017 points Daily

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DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS The dollar Tuesday mostly held onto overnight gains after a data boost, with trading expected to be light due to the fourth of July holiday.

DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS ONTO GAINS, AUSSIE LOWER AS RBA HOLDS

DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS ONTO GAINS, AUSSIE LOWER AS RBA HOLDS

DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS The dollar Tuesday mostly held onto overnight gains after a data boost, with trading expected to be light due to the fourth of July holiday.

BUZ INVESTORS DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS The dollar Tuesday mostly held onto overnight gains after a data boost, with trading expected to be light due to the fourth of July holiday.
The dollar index was flat at 95.95 at 02:45 ET after touching the 96 mark.
The dollar consolidated gains overnight after U.S. manufacturing activity topped expectations in June.
That boosted expectations of a further U.S. rate hike later this year.
The FOMC is due to release the minutes of its latest meeting on Wednesday.




DOLLAR MOSTLY HOLDS

 

The Aussie was lower as the Reserve Bank of Australia as expected left its monetary policy on hold.
The dollar was also boosted overnight by a retreat in the euro and the pound.
The (pound) was trading below $1.30 and the euro below $1.14.
The dollar retreated against the yen after earlier moving well above the 113 mark.
The Japanese currency was buoyed by safe-haven buying after North Korea launched another missile.

 

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CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS  Crude futures settled higher for the eighth session in a row on Monday, as market participants continued to cheer

CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS AS US OUTPUT JITTERS EASE

CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS AS US OUTPUT JITTERS EASE

CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS  Crude futures settled higher for the eighth session in a row on Monday, as market participants continued to cheer

BUZ INVESTORS  CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS  Crude futures settled higher for the eighth session in a row on Monday, as market participants continued to cheer data suggesting that U.S. output could be tightening.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for August delivery added $1.03 cents to settle at $47.07 a barrel, while on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, Brent traded at $49.69, up 92 cents, a barrel.

On Friday, Oilfield services firm Barker Hughes reported its weekly U.S. rig count fell by 2 to a total of 756, ending a six-month trend of rising U.S. rigs.

The weekly rig count is an important barometer for the drilling industry and serves as a proxy for oil production and oil services demand.




CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS

 

Investors cheered the surprise dip in the number of active U.S. drilling rigs, as fears that rising U.S. output would add to the glut in supply have remained front and center, weighing on sentiment for the first half of the year.

Despite, the recent rally in oil prices, analysts continue to expect that crude futures will resume their downtrend, as Opec and its allies’ are struggling to address the fundamental problem of oversupply, which has pressured prices over the last three years.

“Disappointment about the slower-than-expected market rebalancing will keep prices depressed well into next year,” Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank, told the WSJ.

In May, Opec and non-Opec members agreed to extend production cuts for a period of nine months until March, but stuck to production cuts of 1.8 million bpd agreed in November last year.

The oil price is down 13% year-to-date, as strong global demand has been offset by rising output from the United States, Nigeria, Libya and other locations, such as Brazil and the North Sea.Like up on FACEBOOK


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US STOCKS SELL OFF Wall Street traded lower on Thursday as investors took profit from the prior session’s gains and buying enthusiasm in banks and a positive read on growth were unable to support the wider market.

US STOCKS SELL OFF AS BANKS, UPBEAT GDP UNABLE TO SUPPORT GAINS

U.S. STOCKS SELL OFF AS BANKS, UPBEAT GDP UNABLE TO SUPPORT GAINS

US STOCKS SELL OFF Wall Street traded lower on Thursday as investors took profit from the prior session’s gains and buying enthusiasm in banks and a positive read on growth were unable to support the wider market.

BUZ INVETORS  US STOCKS SELL OFF Wall Street traded lower on Thursday as investors took profit from the prior session’s gains and buying enthusiasm in banks and a positive read on growth were unable to support the wider market.

At 11:11AM ET (15:11GMT), the Dow Jones fell 56 points, or 0.26%, the S&P 500 lost 14 points, or 0.58%, while the Nasdaq Composite traded down 85 points, or 1.36%.

Tech was once again leading the losses Wednesday , nearly erasing what had been the Nasdaq’s largest one day rise since last November in the prior session.

US STOCKS SELL OFF

 

Financial institutions celebrated the fact that the Federal Reserve (Fed) did not object to any of the capital plans of the 34 banks it reviewed in the second part of the annual stress tests implemented in the wake of the financial crisis.

Several big Wall Street banks announced significant increases in their plans to return capital to shareholders after getting the green light from the U.S. central bank.

The KBW bank index, known as the BKX, jumped nearly 2%, with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) leading the advancers on the Dow.

In other company news, Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) jumped 2% after the retailer confirmed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 a share.

On the downside, Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) tumbled 25% as Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) opted to abandon the merger offer due to concerns over anti-trust and instead decided to buy nearly half of the smaller rival’s U.S. stores for $5.18 billion.

Positive news came from the economic front, as first quarter growth was surprisingly revised up to 1.4%.

Although weekly jobless claims came in above forecasts, the data confirmed the continuation of the solid U.S. labor market.

Still ahead, St. Louis Fed president James Bullard was scheduled to give a presentation on the U.S. monetary policy and the economy at 1:00PM ET (17:00GMT).

Meanwhile, oil prices extended gains into a sixth session to hit the strongest level in two weeks in North American trade on Thursday, after U.S. government data revealed the biggest weekly decline in domestic crude production in almost a year.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday showed that total domestic crude production fell by 100,000 barrels a day to 9.25 million barrels, the biggest decline in weekly output since July 2016.

GOLD GAINS AS DOLLAR DIVES TO 8-MONTH LOWS

GOLD GAINS AS DOLLAR DIVES TO 8-MONTH LOWS

 

BUZ INVESTORS  GOLD GAINS   Gold prices bounced off session lows, buoyed a slump in the dollar as U.S. political uncertainty resurfaced, after the Senate’s decision to delay a vote on a healthcare bill raised fresh doubts about President Trump’s ability to deliver on his pro-growth economic agenda.

Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $3.67, or 0.29%, to $1,250.57 a troy ounce.

A slump in the dollar to eight-month lows against its rivals boosted demand for dollar-denominated gold, as traders sought safe haven protection from U.S. political uncertainty, after the Senate delayed a vote on a healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.




GOLD GAINS

 

President Donald Trump has reiterated several times that healthcare reform would need to passed before his administration moves ahead with tax reform, which is widely viewed as a pro-economic growth measure.

Dollar-denominated assets such as gold are sensitive to moves in the dollar – A dip in the dollar makes gold cheaper for holders of foreign currency and thus, increases demand.

Gains in gold, however, remained stifled by expectations that the Federal Reserve will deliver a third rate hike later this year, after hiking rates for the second time earlier in June, despite a slowdown in inflation.

Some analysts believe that the next set of inflation data slated for Friday, June 30, will be key in determining if the Fed can deliver on its promise of three hikes this year.

“…the FOMC does not take the recent inflation developments lightly, and though it believes the near-term weakness will prove to be transitory, inflation data is front and center and will be key in determining if the Fed can deliver on its promise of three hikes this year.” Morgan Stanley said in research note to clients.

In other precious metal trading, silver futures gained 1.05% to $16.762, a troy ounce while platinum futures rose by 0.28% to $923.50.

Copper traded at $2.638, up 0.51%, while natural gas, added 3.02%, rising to $3.099.

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 GOLD GAINS   Gold prices bounced off session lows, buoyed a slump in the dollar as U.S. political uncertainty resurfaced, a

CRUDE EXTENDS GAINS FOR SIXTH-STRAIGHT DAY DESPITE RISE IN INVENTORIES

CRUDE EXTENDS GAINS FOR SIXTH-STRAIGHT DAY DESPITE RISE IN INVENTORIES

CRUDE EXTENDS GAINS Crude futures settled higher on Wednesday, as a bigger than expected drop in gasoline inventories

BUZ INVESTORS  CRUDE EXTENDS GAINS Crude futures settled higher on Wednesday, as a bigger than expected drop in gasoline inventories offset an unexpected build in crude output, easing investor concerns about a slowdown in demand for refined products.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for August delivery rose 1.1% to settle at $44.74 a barrel, while on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, Brent added 1.34% to trade at $47.55 a barrel.

Investors mulled over a mixed weekly inventory report from the Energy Information Administration, showing a surprise build in crude stockpiles while gasoline inventories fell by more than expected.




CRUDE EXTENDS GAINS

Inventories of U.S. crude unexpectedly rose by roughly 118,000 barrels in the week ended June 23, below expectations of draw of about 2.5m barrels.

Gasoline inventories, one of the products that crude is refined into, fell by 894,000 barrels against expectations of a draw of 583,000 barrels while distillate stockpiles declined by 223,000 barrels, compared to expectations of a rise of 453,000 barrels.

The bigger-than-expected draw in gasoline stockpiles eased investor concerns about a slowdown in demand for refined products, after data in June showed stockpiles of gasoline rose back above 2016 levels and well above their five-year average.

Crude prices extended gains for a six-straight day, after falling into bear-market territory last week amid fears that an uptick in output by Nigeria and Libya were undermining Opec and its allies’ efforts to curb oversupply.

Earlier in June, Libya’s 270,000-bpd Sharara oilfield reopened while Royal Dutch Shell lifted force majeure on exports of Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil, bringing all of the West African country’s oil exports fully online for the first time in 16 months.

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Cara Therapeutics Stock   Biotechnology stocks have woken up from a slumber and they are acting up, which is a nice change because this sector was lagging behind

Cara Therapeutics Stock Is Set Up for Further Gains

CARA Stock: New All-Time High

Cara Therapeutics Stock   Biotechnology stocks have woken up from a slumber and they are acting up, which is a nice change because this sector was lagging behind

BUZ INVESTORS Cara Therapeutics Stock   Biotechnology stocks have woken up from a slumber and they are acting up, which is a nice change because this sector was lagging behind the major market indices for a number of years now. This is especially good news for companies like Cara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CARA) and Cara Therapeutics stock, which has already been staging a stellar advance this year.

The stellar performance has come as no surprise because I first expressed my bullish view on this company on December 12, 2016, in a publication titled “Cara Therapeutics Inc: The CARA Stock Chart Says It All.” In that publication, I outlined a number of bullish developments that had been occurring on the Cara Therapeutics stock chart that justified holding a bullish view on this investment.

Before I move forward with the recent developments, I would like to highlight the indications that were generated on the following Cara Therapeutics stock chart late last year that supported holding a bullish view on this investment.




Cara Therapeutics Stock

 

Cara Therapeutics stock chart

 

This Cara Therapeutics stock chart illustrates that two levels of price resistance were broken simultaneous in early November. This action is what warranted holding a bullish view on this investment.

The first level of price resistance was defined using a downtrend line, which was created by connecting the peaks that followed after CARA shares peaked in August 2015 at $23.61. This downtrend line defined a series of lower highs and lower lows, which ultimately led to a bottom in CARA stock after it hit a low of $4.26 in February 2016.

Following these bullish developments, a significant rally ensued. This rally has just generated a new indication implying that much higher stock prices are on the horizon.

The following Cara Therapeutics stock chart illustrates the bullish development that has just taken place.

CARA price chart

 

CARA shares have just forged a new all-time high and this feat is suggesting that much higher CARA stock prices are now on the horizon.

Forging this new all-time high was not an easy task because this level of resistance at $23.80 thwarted two previous attempts at moving beyond it. The third time was a charm and progress has finally been made.

Forging a new all-time high carries a number of bullish implications because in its current state, all bullish investors are carrying profitable positions, while all bearish investors are underwater, carrying a loss on their position. This is the reason why I am so enamored with new all-time highs; momentum investors like to chase new highs and this will only act to increase the pressure on the bearish investors as their losses begin to mount. The bearish camps needing to cover, along with new money flowing into this investment, creates the perfect environment for an accelerated run to the upside to occur.

 

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