Stimulus, stimulus, stimulus! - Thursday Review, December 17

Stimulus, stimulus, stimulus! - Thursday Review, December 17

The global markets welcomed the progress made regarding the US stimulus package, and Brexit

The US

Stimulus optimism eased concerns of rising unemployment. The idea of having a stimulus package by year-end favored the markets to close higher. USA30 added 0.49%, while USA500 gained 0.52%. TECH100 inched up 0.84%.

Crude oil traded at $48.41 per barrel after it went up 1.2%.

Gold jumped 1.3% to $1,883.95 per ounce.

Asia and Australia

The US stimulus package fever excited these markets as well, as they expected the US Congress to reach a consensus. Japan225 inched up 0.09%.

HongKong45 edged up 0.12%.

Down under, Australia200 rose 0.87%.

Europe

The benchmarks closed in the green, boosted by the news that Germany and France will start vaccinating their citizens with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech in the last week of December. Germany30 went up 1% higher, while France40 rose 0.5%. UK100 climbed 0.3% as the Brexit talks continue to be on the right track.

Brent oil ended the day at $51.68 a barrel after it gained 1.2%.

After it gained 0.3%, EUR/USD closed at 1.2233.

Sources: investing.com, reuters.com

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