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Not even optimism over a Brexit breakthrough was enough to prevent another sell-off on Wall Street overnight. The Dow dropped by triple digits for
In Asia, Chinese stocks rallied on continued optimism of progress in trade talks between the US and China ahead of the G20 meeting later this month. However, the optimism was not broad-based and Asian markets traded in a mixed fashion across the session. Whilst Asian markets put in a mixed performance, European bourses are taking the lead from the softer closer on Wall Street and are set to open in the red as the price of oil struggles for direction.
Theresa May Braces for Political Backlash
The pound spiked higher versus both the dollar and the euro following the announcement that Theresa May had managed to secure the backing from her Cabinet for the Brexit deal. However, the optimism was short-lived as pound traders quickly refocused on the challenges that lie ahead. The pound closed the previous session lower versus the euro and just 0.08% higher against the dollar.
Theresa May is walking on
Even if Theresa May survives the coming onslaught, she still needs to push the deal through Parliament, which will be an immense challenge. So, whilst getting “approval” from her Cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is still a very difficult path to climb before pound traders can relax into a bull run.
UK & US Retail Sales
On the economic calendar today, retail sales from both the UK and the US could grab trader attention. UK retail sales are expected to have increased in October to 3.4% up from 3.2% the month previous. Whether this will be sufficient to distract traders from the all-absorbing political scenes playing out remains to be seen.
US retail sales are forecast to have increased to 0.5%, up from a dismal 0.1%. Despite the strong jobs market and increasing wages, consumers are not spending as would be expected under such favourable financial conditions. Investors will be looking for a strong increase in sales to improve sentiment.