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Thu, 1 October 2020

US Presidential Election

Who won the first US presidential debate?

Blonde Money CEO and XRay regular Helen Thomas recaps what we learned – or didn’t – from the first debate of the US Presidential Election between President Trump and Joe Biden.

Thu, 1 October 2020

Morning Note

Stocks up, Rolls-Royce down on rights issue

Stock market bulls got the signal they needed from US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, who said the White House was serious about doing a deal with House Democrats on a stimulus package. Nevertheless, no agreement was reached after talks between Mnuchin and Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats pulled a vote on their $2.2tn package; the White House has come up with a $1.5tn counteroffer. Stimulus is coming, the question really is only when – a deal before the election still looks difficult.

Wed, 30 September 2020

Commodities

EIA oil inventories preview: Crude struggles after mixed API data

Crude and Brent oil are struggling below opening levels today after a bearish inventory report from the American Petroleum Institute. Both benchmarks headed back towards the two-week lows hit yesterday before returning to trade just under opening levels.

Wed, 30 September 2020

Morning Note

US Presidential debate farce, Compass points way to more lockdown worries

Staying up for the first Presidential debate would hardly have been worth it. Unedifying is the best word to describe. Biden held his own and the president missed his chance, mainly by talking over his rival at any opportunity; he did not allow Biden enough rope to hang himself.

Tue, 29 September 2020

Morning Note

Equity markets hungover ahead of Presidential debate + Brexit breakthrough?

There is the whiff of a hangover for investors this morning as European shares stumbled after an exuberant rally in the previous session that left the major bourses around 2-3% higher to start the week. We haven’t made it back to the key mid-Sep levels and bulls may be looking at downside risks in the shape of the slowing economic recovery and pre-election jitters.

Mon, 28 September 2020

Equities

Uber shares spike on London green light

Shares in Uber rose 6% to over $36 in pre-market trading after the company secured its right to operate in London for another 18 months. This is an important victory for the company and removes a significant regulatory overhang, but the pandemic continues to exert an enormous drag on earnings and present management with a significant headache over the business model.

Mon, 28 September 2020

Morning Note

Risk appetite resurfaces, HSBC shares soar

Risk appetite has returned after last week’s turbulence. European bourses rose 1-2% in early trade on Monday after Wall Street’s rally on Friday lifted the boats. The S&P 500 was still down for the week, but with the broad market -10% from its all-time highs at the low, those looking for a correction after the hot summer rally may have found it already.

Sun, 27 September 2020

Week Ahead

Week Ahead: Trump and Biden to face off in first Presidential Debate

It’s a big week for financial markets, as the first US Presidential Debate kicks off on Tuesday. Donald Trump has spent a long time attacking ‘Sleepy Joe’s’ mental prowess, but has he accidentally set the bar too low for his opponent, or will Biden’s verbal blunders see him put on a poor show? 

Fri, 25 September 2020

US Presidential Election

US Presidential Election: To Vote, or Not to Vote – That is the Question

As the 2020 election creeps into view, the United States is a country divided. With polarisation increasingly prominent, and ever-stronger partisan loyalty, the famed ‘floating voter’ is nearing extinction. Whilst almost 40% of the electorate identify themselves as independents, these figures hide a residual bias which exists in most. Recent research has found that 93% of the electorate have some sort of partisan lean, with only 7% considered truly neutral.

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