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Brexit campaigning gets suspended after the murder of a lawmaker, markets are higher, and Sanders is still not dropping out of race. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about today.
Murder of British lawmaker
Some days markets can seem particularly cold-blooded. Today, tragically, is one of those days, as we see the pound rally and equities rise across the world as investors reassess the odds of Britain voting to leave the European Union following the murder of 41-year old British lawmaker Jo Cox. News of her death led to the immediate, and continuing, cessation of the rancorous campaign for the June 23 referendum.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.7 percent overnight as markets reassessed the risk of a Brexit vote, and the yen halted its rally. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was 1.3 percent higher at 5:55 a.m. ET, with waning Brexit risks again viewed as the primary driver of sentiment. S&P 500 futures were 0.1 percent lower.
Crude is rising this morning after suffering its biggest weekly drop in more than two months. West Texas Intermediate futures were 1.5 percent higher at $46.90 a barrel at 6:10 a.m. ET. Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview on Bloomberg TV yesterday that low oil prices could last for 10 to 15 years.
Yen intervention coming?
Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso warned overnight that he'd "like to take firm action in line with G-7 and G-20 agreements" following the Japanese currency's 5 percent rally this month. Traders were not convinced by the politician's statements as the weakness in the yen following his comments had reversed within hours. The yen was trading virtually unchanged at 104.30 to the dollar at 6:20 a.m. ET.
Sanders not stepping back, yet
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is still refusing to publicly accept defeat in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, despite acknowledging he will only have "a role" in the process of defeating Republican Donald Trump. For the GOP, sponsorship difficulties for the party's national convention are starting to emerge as a growing number of prominent U.S. corporations opt to drop or scale-back their support of the event.
What we've been reading
This is what's caught our eye over the last 24 hours.
- The only certainty for world's central banks is uncertainty.
- The world economy looks a bit like it's the 1930s.
- Negative German yields are evidence of ECB exhaustion.
- Euro-area finance ministers approve $7.5 billion aid payment to Greece.
- Biggest U.S. airlines miss cheapest jet fuel prices in 12 years.
- Earth's heat extends unprecedented streak of shattered records.
- No, negative rates are not a "calamitous misadventure," say ECB economists.