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The Federal Reserve and the ECB moved the markets - Wednesday Review, August 19

The Federal Reserve and the ECB moved the markets - Wednesday Review, August 19

A mixed session for the global markets

The US

The Federal Reserve meeting minutes released yesterday showed that economic recovery continues to be highly uncertain. USA30 slipped 0.31%, while USA500 fell 0.39%. TECH100 lost 0.57%.

Gold slumped 1.1% and settled at $1,943.27.

Oil traded 0.6% lower at $42.85, while Brent fell 0.7% to $45.16 per barrel.

The Dollar Index jumped 1% to 93.


Asia and Australia

The markets were close to a seven-month high as central banks continued to inject money into their battered economies. HongKong45 lost 0.9%.

Japan225 rose 0.25%.

Australia200 went up 0.8%.

USD/JPY stayed put at 105.50.

AUD/USD traded at $0.7250.


Europe

The markets moved higher in expectance of the latest European Central Bank monetary policy due to be published this Thursday. Europe50 traded 0.3% higher. Germany30 and France40 rose 0.1% each. UK100 went up 0.2%.

EUR/USD added 0.1% at 1.1932.


Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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