Stocks traded higher after dovish Fed minutes - Thursday Review, April 8

Stocks traded higher after dovish Fed minutes - Thursday Review, April 8

USA500 and UK100 reached new highs, boosted by hopes of a global economic recovery

The US

Wall Street closed in the green, with investors switching focus from the high number of unemployment claims to Fed’s minutes. USA30 rose 0.17%, while USA500 climbed 0.42%. TECH100 went up 1.03%.

Oil rose 0.12% to hit $59.84 per barrel.

Gold was up 0.93% to $1,757.80 per ounce.

The Dollar Index lost 0.42% and traded at 92.085.

Asia and Australia

As investors focused on the US Federal Reserve’s plan to continue with its supportive monetary policy, markets were mixed.

Japan225 fell 0.42% even though the balance of payments data released was positive.

HongKong45 rose 1.%.

Down under, Australia200 rose 1%.

USD/JPY fell 0.52% to 109.27.

Europe

Stocks traded higher, boosted by expectations of a global economic recovery. The surge was driven by the Federal Reserve’s minutes which reiterated its easy monetary policy. Germany30 traded 0.2% higher, while France40 rose 0.5%. UK100 reached a 52-week high after it gained 0.3%.

Brent oil rose 0.27% to $63.33 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.38% at 1.1915.

Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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