Category: Commodities

Trading the Brent-WTI spread

Recently the spread between oil benchmark Brent and Us counterpart West Texas Intermediate has reached the highest levels in two years, breaking above $7/bbl in September. In this article we will give a brief introduction of different crude oils, the fundamental reasons behind price differentials, and an idea on how it could unfold in the […]

Market Recap 30-04-2017

United States After the French election relief and solid first quarter earnings reports the US equities finished the week higher. Slightly more than half of the S&P 500 has reported, showing positive signs of improving economic growth, with best performers tech and industrial companies. The S&P 500 after the rally at the beginning of the […]

Market Recap 09-04-2017

United States US stocks took a break after last week gains. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% closing the week at 2355.54, while large-caps were flat with the Dow Jones at last week’s levels. One of the major drivers of financial markets was the FED releasing the minutes of its mid-March meeting. The minutes highlighted the […]

Market Recap 12-03-2017

United States The S&P 500 closed at $2,372.60, slightly depreciating when compared with the beginning of the week, where it was standing at $2,375.32, but still higher than the weeks’ low of $2,357.98. Similar was the fate of both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ, as they closed at slightly lower levels than […]

WTI Crude Oil: Backwardation? No, Back to Contango

On March 8, 2017 crude oil plummeted more than 5%, with WTI price falling through $50 a barrel for the first time since December. The sudden move was triggered by EIA reporting a massive build-up in American crude oil inventories, hitting record levels according to data going back to 1982. The remarkable growth in inventories […]

Market Recap 19-02-2017

United States On the week ended February 17, 2017, US stocks closed at record highs as investor sentiment remains positive given the possibility of changes to US corporate tax structure, as well as the likely loosening of regulations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.4% to 20,624, while the S&P500 increased by 1.2% to […]

A Bull Call Spread for Brazil

Brazil is coming from a three-year recessionary period, with an unemployment rate still above 12%. Despite this, the Bovespa index (IBOV), which is the top equity index for the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange and has 59 components, is up almost 10% since January 1st 2017 and up 70% since January 2016 (Chart 1). The current […]

Market Recap 12-02-2017

United States Last week saw US equities slightly increasing in a low-volatility environment. Indeed, the S&P 500 closed 0.81% up from last week close, while the Nasdaq and the Dow Jones closed on Friday up 1.18% and 0.92% respectively from the previous week. The VIX index floated between 10.5 and 11.7 continuing to show the […]

Trumponomics: Feeding the Bull Steroids

Donald Trump’s economic policies focus on three key areas; protectionism, loose fiscal policy and deregulation. In this summary report, we will give an overview of Trump’s policies before exploring the effects that they have had on financial markets. For conciseness, we will not look at Trump’s immigration policies and plans to ‘clean up Washington’. Protectionism […]

Market Recap 27-11-2016

United States Not really a Black Friday for the US stock market. All the three major indexes continued their rally closing at historical highs and with similar gains. The S&P 500 closed at 2,213.25, up 1.4% from last week, the Dow Jones closed at 19,152.14, up 1.5% while the Nasdaq closed at 5,398.92, gaining 1.5%. […]

Market Recap 20-11-2016

United States On the week ended November 18th, stocks continued their post-election rally. Investors appear optimistic of President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed expansionary fiscal policies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended a seven-trading-day post-election rally on Wednesday, during which it gained more than 5.7% reaching a new all-time high. The S&P 500 index gained 0.6% to […]

Market Recap 13-11-2016

United States In the US, as elsewhere in the world, the markets were driven by the results of US elections. The victory of Donald Trump boosted equity markets. Indeed, The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to new heights, adding 5.4% for the week which is its biggest weekly gain since December 2011.  S&P 500 rose […]

US Elections – Politics Toying with Financial Markets

The US Electoral System In the US, the race for presidency is a long process that includes primaries, caucuses and national conventions, in which the parties’ candidates are determined. The main popular vote on who is going to be president of the US is called general election and will take place on the 8th November […]

The Red Metal Price: Why, How, and What Does It Entail?

Lately, prices of Copper have fallen below 50% of their peak price of 2011. Reasons are different, we will try to analyze the price-equilibrium motivations and then, look into some correlations of the red metal. As always, the variation in price is primarily driven by the relationship between supply and demand. It is paramount to […]

Market Recap 8-05-2016

United States After reaching its weekly high at 2075, following good news from Facebook earnings, the S&P 500 fell to a low of 2033 and finished at a mid 2053 the end of earnings’ season. The Fed Once again proved to be Dovish and incapable of raising rates which drove the dollar index to its […]

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