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Financial News: Report for May 18 2020

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Overview of today’s trading day:

Today was a day of green for financial markets around the world, with all but one stock index ending in the green come market close. Gold saw a small drop while other metals such as Silver and Platinum increased today. As for oil, prices also saw an increase for both Brent and Crude. Lastly, crypto has seen a relatively stable 24 hours, with Bitcoin losing only $69, while Ethereum saw close to a two and a half percent increase (or roughly $5).

In the Americas group, each index ended in the green today, with the only exception being the S&P/TSX which was closed today. Leading the gains from this group was the Bovespa (+4.96%) with an increase of just under five percent. Next up was the Dow (+3.85%) and S&P 500 (+3.08%), with both gaining over three percent today. The weakest performance from this group was seen by the NASDAQ (+2.44%), which still maintained to gain close to two and a half percent.

In Europe, five out of the five indices ended in the green today, with the DAX (+5.67%) leading with over a five and a half percent gain. Followed behind was the CAC (+5.16%) and Euro Stoxx (+5.10%), with both also gaining over five percent today. The weakest performance from these indices was the SMI (+2.72%), which still managed to climb over two and a half percent.

As for the APAC group, five out of six indices ended in the green today, with gains being led by the S&P/ASX (+1.03%) at just over one percent. Next up was the Hang Seng (+0.58%) followed by the KOSPI (+0.51%), with both gaining over half a percent come market close. The worst performance was seen by the only index from this group ending in the red today, being the Sensex (-3.44%) at a loss approaching three and a half percent.

Gold (-1.25%) experienced a decrease of one and a quarter percent, while Silver (+1.36%) and Platinum (+5.45%) both saw gains of over one and five percent respectively. Brent (+8.) and Crude (+8.) oil both saw increases of over eight percent today, bringing the price of oil to roughly $35 per barrel of Brent and $32 per barrel of Crude.

On the crypto front, two of the three cryptos saw increases within the last 24 hours, with Bitcoin (-0.71%) ending in the red by $69. Ethereum (+2.40%) on the other hand saw close to a two and a half percent increase with a jump of $5. Lastly, Ripple (+0.99%) saw a one percent gain within the last 24 hours, which ends up being roughly a $0.002 change in price.

Americas

Below is a collection of major stock indices from the Americas.

IndexLastHighLowChange%Change
Dow 3024,597.3724,708.5424,059.98+911.95+3.85%
S&P 5002,951.822,968.202,929.90+88.12+3.08%
Nasdaq9,234.839,267.229,154.35+220.27+2.44%
S&P/TSXN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bovespa81,401.7381,412.1377,571.39+3845.11+4.96%

Indices sorted by best to worst performance:

  • Brazil’s Bovespa (+4.96%)
  • US Dow (+3.85%)
  • US S&P 500 (+3.08%)
  • US NASDAQ (+2.44%)

Europe

Below is a collection of major stock indices from Europe.

IndexLastHighLowChange%Change
FTSE 1006,048.596,058.175,799.61+248.82+4.29%
Euro Stoxx 502,911.882,923.322,800.07+141.18+5.10%
DAX11,058.8711,089.5010,677.52+593.70+5.67%
CAC 404,498.344,508.954,354.73+220.71+5.16%
SMI9,740.779,740.779,533.80+257.67+2.72%

Indices sorted by best to worst performance:

  • Germany’s DAX (+5.67%)
  • France’s CAC (+5.16%)
  • EU’s Euro Stoxx (+5.10%)
  • England’s FTSE (+4.29%)
  • Switzerland’s SMI (+2.72%)

APAC

Below is a collection of major stock indices from APAC.

IndexLastHighLowChange%Change
SSE2,875.422,889.982,862.27+6.96+0.24%
Hang Seng23,934.7723,952.0523,722.17+137.30+0.58%
Nikkei 22520,133.7320,197.5919,999.10+96.26+0.48%
BSE Sensex30,028.9831,248.2629,968.45-1068.75-3.44%
KOSPI1,937.111,943.071,921.14+9.83+0.51%
S&P/ASX 2005,460.505,486.305,404.80+55.70+1.03%

Indices sorted by best to worst performance:

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX (+1.03%)
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (+0.58%)
  • South Korea’s KOSPI (+0.51%)
  • Japan’s Nikkei (+0.48%)
  • China’s SSE (+0.24%)
  • India’s Sensex (-3.44%)

Commodities

Below is a list of popular commodity futures contracts.

CommodityLastHighLowChange%Change
Gold1,734.351,775.401,729.40-21.95-1.25%
Silver17.30217.97717.145+0.232+1.36%
Platinum861.60876.65822.70+44.50+5.45%
Brent Oil35.2435.7232.69+2.74+8.43%
Crude Oil WTI32.0233.0729.61+2.50+8.47%

Cryptocurrency

Below are the top 3 Cryptocurrencies in terms of market cap.

Cryptocurrency May 17May 18 Change %Change
Bitcoin (BTC) 97719702-69-0.71%
Ethereum (ETH) 208213+5+2.40%
Ripple (XRP)0.2030.205+0.002+0.99%

NOTE: ALL MARKET DATA IS GATHERED BASED ON AVAILABLE DATA AT 4PM EST (8PM UTC)

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