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Jerome Powell’s speech moved the markets - Thursday Review, August 27

Jerome Powell’s speech moved the markets - Thursday Review, August 27

The Sino-US tensions are still simmering

The US

The benchmarks traded mostly higher driven by the #Federal #Reserve's decision to adopt a 2% inflation target and restore full employment. USA30 rose 0.57%, and USA500 added 0.17%. TECH100 dropped 0.34%.

Oil added 0.1% to $43.42 per barrel, while Brent rose 0.3% to $46.29.

Gold lost 1% and settled at $1,932.60 per ounce.

The Dollar Index jumped to 93.30.

Asia and Australia

The #stocks traded predominantly lower amid rising #tensions between the US and China. Yesterday, China fired four medium-range ballistic #missiles into the South China Sea as part of a military exercise. Also, yesterday, the US sanctioned 24 Chinese companies.

HongKong45 fell 0.88%.

Japan225 was down 0.44%.

Down under, Australia200 gained 0.46%.

USD/JPY climbed to 106.57.

Europe

Losses were minor ahead of the Fed meeting, mostly driven by Rolls-Royce and Holdings. Germany30 lost 0.71%. France40 and UK100 dropped by 0.2%.

EUR/GBP traded 0.2% lower at 0.8952.

EUR/USD added 0.1% at 1.1835.

Sources: marketwatch.com, investing.com

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