The markets are anxious for the new US stimulus package - Wednesday Review, December 16

The markets are anxious for the new US stimulus package - Wednesday Review, December 16

The progress reported on stimulus and Brexit talks keeps the markets on their toes

The US

The markets traded mixedly on Wednesday, the majority of them focusing on the possible stimulus package meant to support small businesses and unemployed people.

USA30 fell 0.15%, while USA500 went up 0.18%. TECH100 added 0.50%.

Crude oil rose 0.38% at $47.80 per barrel.

Gold settled up 0.64% at $1,867.15 per ounce.

The Dollar Index was down 0.18% at 90.248.

Asia and Australia

The benchmarks closed in the green, boosted by optimism for a viable COVID-19 vaccine.

Japan225 was up 0.29%.

HongKong45 rose 0.82% as the government is expected to vote in favor of a $644.99 million stimulus package to help small businesses impacted by the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Down under, Australia200 surged 1.23%.

USD/JPY traded at 103.48 after it lost 0.17%.

Europe

The stocks traded higher amid hopes over a possible Brexit deal. Also, the economic readings came in ahead of expectations. Germany30 added 1.5%, while France40 closed 0.9% higher. UK100 climbed 1.2%.

Brent oil rose 0.47% to trade at $51 a barrel.

EUR/USD gained 0.26%, closing at 1.2183.

Sources: investing.com, reuters.com

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