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2018: The year volatility came home to roost

“Asset managers, leveraged funds and other reporting classes that make up the so-called buy side are net long VIX futures” reports businessinsider.com. The Cboe Volatility Index, a widely followed barometer of expected near-term volatility for stocks, has logged an average daily close of 15.8 so far in 2018, up from 11.2 last year.The resurgence was so extreme it derailed several products that employed VIX futures.Speculators’ positions in VIX futures have also undergone a sea change.Some VIX-linked products that thrived in the calm of 2017 went belly up, and the number…

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Futures drop about 1 percent on global growth risks

“The drop in futures, if held through the session, threatens to wipe out most of the indexes weekly gains” reports businessinsider.com. ET. Separately, industrial production data is likely to show an increase of 0.3 percent in November, against a gain of 0.1 percent in October. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Dow futures show more than 200-point loss at Friday’s open

“ET. S&P 500 futures pointed to a fall of 25.54 points at the U.S. open, while Nasdaq futures implied a lower opening of 83.22 points” writes Yen Nee Lee for cnbc.com. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are pointing to a decline of more than 200 points in the index at Friday’s open, as markets in Asia were broadly lower after two straight sessions of gains.Dow futures were lower by 211.38 points at 12:45 a.m. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Gold edges lower, while record-breaking palladium hogs the spotlight

“Gold futures drifted lower Thursday, but metals traders remained focused on palladium a day after the industrial metal notched another record close” writes Deputy Markets Editor for marketwatch.com. Gold futures for February delivery GCG9, -0.30%  were off $3.60, or 0.3%, to $1,246.40 an ounce, while March silver SIH9, -0.28%  declined 5 cents, or 0.3%, to $14.80 an ounce.March palladium PAH9, +0.08%  , meanwhile, was off $2.50, or 0.2%, to $1,192 an ounce.The contract earlier was trading as high as $1,199, according to FactSet, a day after settling at a record…

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Dow futures slightly higher amid growing hopes for a breakthrough in US-China trade war

“U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher Thursday morning, amid signs of thawing trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies” writes Sam Meredith for cnbc.com. ET, Dow futures rose 70 points, indicating a positive open of more than 94 points.Market participants are gradually becoming more optimistic about the prospect of the U.S. and China reaching a comprehensive trade agreement.U.S. stocks finished higher on Wednesday, buoyed by the perceived progress in trade talks between Washington and Beijing. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Futures point to strong start after Trump’s upbeat trade comments

“Trump’s optimistic comments helped set S&P 500 equity futures on course for their biggest one-day percentage jump since Dec. 3” reports businessinsider.com. He also said he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against a top executive at China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Futures rise 1 percent on China-U.S. trade talk progress

“Still, risks to global growth persist and the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials remain in negative territory for the year, despite Monday’s gain” reports businessinsider.com. Apple Inc , whose dramatic reversal to trade higher helped the market’s pullback on Monday, was up 1.23 percent before the bell.Boosting sentiment was a Bloomberg report that China was moving toward cutting its trade-war tariffs on imported U.S.-made cars. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Futures Daily Review December 11, 2018

Futures Daily Review for December 11, 2018 Oil futures settle at lowest in a week Oil futures fell Monday to settle at their lowest in about a week on growing concerns surrounding a slowdown in energy demand, despite an agreement am   Gold futures end with a loss on stronger dollar Gold futures ended with a loss on Monday, with strength in the dollar putting pressure on the dollar-denominated precious metal. The greenback found s   Have a nice trading! Share This:

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US futures slightly lower as market volatility continues

“U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday as stocks take a breather after a wild session in the previous trading day” writes Spriha Srivastava for cnbc.com. Meanwhile, S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures also pointed to a lower open.Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, after Beijing confirmed it was still in talks with Washington in an effort to broker a comprehensive trade agreement.ET, Dow futures were down 69 points, implying a open of -20.26 points.Chinese Vice Premier Liu reportedly said Tuesday that he had…

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