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Tom Bonney
Posted Tue 22 September 2020
by Tom Bonney


FTSE recovers from yesterday’s sell-off as UK imposes tougher restrictions:

  • Asian indices were down, Shanghai’s CSI 300 fell 1.19% to 4,636 pts, S&P/ASX200 shed 0.66% to 5,784 pts, and KOSPI was down 2.38% to 2,332 pts
  • FTSE recovers from sell-off, FTSE100 is up 0.45% to 5,824 pts, Nasdaq futures are down 0.4% to 10,936 pts, and S&P500 futures are down 0.3% to 3,271 pts

Whitbread to axe 6,000 jobs and Kingfisher beats profit expectations:

  • Premier Inn owner Whitbread set to axe 6,000 jobs with sales of food and hotel rooms down almost 40% from 2019. Whitbread is down 2.8% to 2,050 pts
  • DIY group Kingfisher saw half-year profits rise 23% to £415m as people spent more on homes and gardens. Kingfisher is up 6% to 280.4 pts

Pound falls further amid concerns of a second lockdown:

  • GBP/USD is down 0.6% to $1.274 as Boris considers a second lockdown
  • EUR/USD is down 0.4% to $1.1724 with the US Dollar Basket up 0.32%
  • USD/JPY is unchanged at ¥104.65

Gold and Silver tumble as US Dollar gains, Oil holds:

  • Gold is down 0.7% to $1899 per ounce and Silver is down 3.1% to $23.97 per ounce
  • WTI is unchanged at $39.56 a barrel and Brent Crude is up 0.1% to $41.89 a barrel

Bond yields are mixed awaiting further market developments:

  • UK 2-Yr is -0.002 to -0.116% and 10-Yr is unchanged at 0.158%
  • US 2-Yr is +0.002 to 0.139% and 10-Yr is -0.01 to 0.661%
  • German 2-Yr is unchanged at -0.72% and 10-Yr is -0.002 to -0.53%

To come:

We have UK Industrial Trends Survey Orders for September at 11:00GMT, followed by weekly US Redbook Index at 13:55GMT. Then at 15:00GMT we have US Existing Homes Sales Change for August, the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index for September, and Eurozone Consumer Confidence for September. At 15:30GMT, Fed’s Chair Powell testifies. API weekly Crude Oil Stock is released at 21:30GMT.


Sources: Reuters, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and Bloomberg

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