European Union declined Italy's 2019 budget plan

Daily Analysis - 24/10/2018

European Commission told Italy to make changes

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The EU's regulatory division said to populist legislators in Italy the country needs to make improvements to its draft budget plan.

The hostility among EU and Italy has increased in recent weeks following a questionable draft budget plan for next year. They proposed a deficit equal to 2.4% of the country's yearly output. A former Italian government had guaranteed a deficit goal of just 0.8% of the gross domestic product. In a press announcement in Strasbourg, the European Commission Vice-President for the Euro Valdis Dombrovskis said "Unfortunately the clarifications were not convincing to change our earlier conclusions of particularly serious non-compliance," before adding: "The Italian government is consciously and openly going against commitments made."

Yen falls and gives up its early profits


On Wednesday the JPY abandoned its initial earnings as risk appetites restored with Asian equity indices increasing, notwithstanding trade pressures and soft U.S. corporate earnings.

The greenback was relatively constant versus major rivals such as the euro and Swiss franc.

The GBP exchanged marginally higher versus the greenback waiting on British Prime Minister Theresa May's important speech later on Wednesday to Conservative Party lawmakers in parliament.

The dollar index, a measure of its power versus six major rivals, was unbalanced in early Asia trade, falling 0.03% at 95.90.

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Gold edges higher due to political worries


U.S. gold futures moved down about 0.2% at $1,234.7 an ounce.

On Wednesday Gold prices pushed higher following scoring their highest in over 3 months in the last trading session while global political and economic difficulties supported the safe-haven need for the metal.

Palladium went down about 0.1 % at $1,139.49 per ounce later scoring an all-time high of $1,150.48 in the previous session.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,231.81 an ounce. John Sharma, an economist with National Australia Bank said.

"Gold has benefited from general equity weakness, short covering, and rising risk aversion ... There is potential for further upside amid rising risk aversion and geopolitical risk."

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US Stocks went back from 500-point loss


On Tuesday Stocks dropped while corporate results from CAT and 3M failed investors investing appetite, though the market succeeded on recovering most of its losses following the session while investors turned toward McDonald's and less risky stocks like Procter & Gamble.

The Nasdaq Composite closed about 0.4 % below at 7,437.53, meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 125.97 points lower at 25,191.42 while the S&P 500 fell 0.54 %to 2,740.68.  The Russell 2000 dropped 0.8% and returned negative for the year.

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