Stocks in Australia and New Zealand Climb

Aussie and NZ stocks went up following the decision of the United States Federal Reserve to finally conclude its asset-purchasing agenda. The Fed believes the country’s economy is formidable enough to withstand global pressures.

The US currency gained versus other currencies as the prices of copper and crude oil fell.

Standards & Poor ASX Index pit in another 0.4 percent in Sydney while the New Zealand Index rose in Wellington also by 0.4 percent.  S&P Index for futures hardly moved after the gauge dropped very slightly at 0.1 percent in the NYSE.

The dollar reached a three-week peak against the Japanese yen and the NZ dollar.

US central Bank officials maintained its commitment to keep primary rates minimal for a certain period. It paid no attention to international economic concerns and pointed to employment gains in closing the unparalleled bond-buying program in October. It will give an update regarding third-quarter GDP.

On the other hand, confidence data in the European region is scheduled today while the Bank of Japan will make a report about fiscal policy.

Indicators suggest that lesser utilization of labor resources is slowly weakening. Meanwhile, there is apprehension that the euro area is going into recession while the economy of China is slowing down.

MSCI World Index declined for a second month. It lost 0.6 percent this month after recovering during the recent two weeks. Value of equities worldwide fell $762 billion in October after losing $1.8 trillion the previous month.


usd yen forexThis morning, the USD/JPY is flat as the greenback stayed the same ahead of the FOMC statement expected to come out later in the US session. There appeared to be tiny effect to the boom in industrial production that targeted well over the forecast and counterbalance the dreary results of last month. The pair is staying at 108.15 as marketers focused their attention to the policy decision of BOJ that is coming out tomorrow. Since the start of the year in September, the industrial production of Japan rose speedily. The rise of the industrial production of this month at 2.7% was way above expectation for just a 2.2 % rise and an increase after a 1.9% decline last August. Since January, this is probably the fastest expansion in the market. After the release was published, the Japanese government announced that their industrial production can be described as “seesawing.”

It was last April when the government increased the tax consumption to 8% from 5% to regulate the budget of the country to the GDP ratio. This was the first hike of taxes within 17 years. However, there were some politicians who wanted this scheme to be delayed. It was last Monday when a high Japanese government official stated , on condition of anonymity, that PM Shinzo Abe needed to wait until April of 2017 to increase taxes for the second time.

Asian Stocks Climb

Asian market stocks climbed up for the fourth straight day after the Index of S&P 500 concluded close to a record in the midst of confidence regarding US revenues as well as economic data prior to the policy announcement from the US Fed.

Asia Pacific Index MSCI earned a 0.4 percent increase or 139.32 in Tokyo, Japan before the opening of markets in the mainland and Hong Kong.

S&P500 soared 1.2 percent as market investors broke down corporate results and buoyancy among American consumers increased this month. The Federal Reserve is on track to conclude monthly acquisition of bonds. It is believed to be leaving the primary interest rate close to zero during the end of the policy meeting on this day.

This is indicative of clear consumer confidence, according to analysts and observers. TOPIX Index in Japan obtained 0.7 percent while the South Korean Index went up 0.7 percent. S&P/ASX 200 (Australia) Index moved forward 0.2 percent and NZX 50 Index (New Zealand) added another 0.3 percent.

Meanwhile, S&P 500 futures fell 0.3 percent today after a brief recovery yesterday. US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen revealed that they will concentrate on the country’s economic outlook and terminate the current bond-buying program as planned.

Russian Rubble versus Euro

russian currencyThe Russian currency fell amidst presumptions that the central bank of Russia will not support the Ruble and allow it to drift. This will possibly cause a more significant collapse in the days to come.

The ruble was pressured by sanctions due to the Ukrainian tension and decreasing prices of crude oil. The Russian Central Bank tried to maintain a stable exchange rate as it spent large amounts of foreign currency reserves. However, this effort failed and paved the way for talks that the central bank may discard interventions. This caused the ruble to go down even more.

The ruble reached the lowest exchange rate compared to the common currency since the Euro was created in 1999.

Brent crude fell from a high of $115 per barrel to roughly $86.

The drop affected Russia adversely. Right now, the government depends on tax revenues from oil exports to augment government budget. The Kremlin can meet current spending obligations due to oil at approximately $90 per barrel. If this goes below, Moscow may be compelled to increase borrowing or downgrade spending plans.

The Russian finance minister has a draft budget which assumes a standard oil price of approximately $100 barrel between next year and 2018. The Ministry of Finance wants to reduce 10 percent of the budget to compensate for lower than projected oil revenues during the same period.

Said concerns have forced foreign capital out of Russia with the central bank reporting $85 billion worth of capital outflows during the first nine months of this year.