Yesterday, after a strong rally on higher dollar liquidity, the markets were influenced mostly by macroeconomic stats. Investors wonder what are the prospects of the world’s biggest economies.
Today the US is to release its Non-Farm Payrolls. The forecast is +120К. Others say it may increase by 120К or even 125K. However, this is not expected to change the 9% rate of unemployment but may well reassure investors about the US economic prospects.
Yesterday the Senate elongated the period of lower taxes and denied tax hikes for the US middle class. It is expected to keep stimulating the country’s consumer spending in 2012.
Mario Draghi, ECB President, said yesterday that the bank is determined to take more cardinal steps probably hinting at possible interest rate cuts) in order to combat the eurozone crisis if during next week’s summit the EU leaders agree on tougher control over the budgets of all the 17 eurozone members and agree to make major decisions by a majority vote. Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel backed those requirements. On Monday they will meet to work out a detailed plan, which will be discussed on Dec 9th.
The bond auctions held by Spain and France were a success, attended by high demand.
Goldman Sachs and HSBC anticipate interest rate cuts in China in 2012 in order to stimulate the world’s 2nd largest economy.
Central banks keep buying up gold amid global uncertainty. South Korea bought 15 tons of gold in Sep and 25 tons in June-July, thus increasing its gold reserves up to 54.4 tons.
However, if investors gain more confidence about the global economy, the demand for precious metals as safe haven assets will probably decline, with inflation being the only factor to support gold and silver prices.
Forecast: According to the Department of Commodity Trading, Masterforex-V Academy, yesterday gold failed to consolidate above 1750. Today gold may test the 1750-1753 area once again. A failure may result in a downswing, with targets at 1740, 1725, 1718. In order to continue the rally gold will have to consolidate above 1750.
As for silver, $33/oz has been a strong barrier so far. Today silver may keep testing the 33.1-33.2 zone. A break above 33.2 is needed to continue the rally. A failure will give way to 32.6-32.5, and may be further down to 32.
One of the owners of the smartphone called iPhone 5S told us an interesting story about his gadget. In particular, Reddit (the nickname is Glarznak) claims that iPhone 5S tracks the user's location and motion even when it is off.
According to several web sources, Apple, the world-famous tech giant, is currently looking for the ways and means to expand its developer teams in China (in Shanghai and Taibei). They say the expansion may take place mainly at the expense of major Asian companies like HTC, Quanta and Inventec. In 2013 alone, the amount of Apple employees in China increased up to 600.
The consequences of the deal between Nokia and Microsoft (Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobil business) seem to be scaring such tech giants as Google and Samsung. Market Leader found out what exactly Google and Samsung are afraid of. It seems like the 2 heavyweights in the international mobile industry are getting increasingly worried that the recent purchase of Nokia's mobile business by Microsoft may eventually lead to higher license payments for using the company's patents (which now belong to Microsoft).
What is the difference between traders and investors? Investors can only invest in businesses hoping that the investments are going to grow in value or bring dividends.
On the contrary, traders are more flexible in terms of opening, maintaining and closing a trade (time, lots, asset etc). Investors usually benefit from growth and can only exit their investments in order ot reduce the loss in the worst-case scenario. On the contrary, traders can benefit from any market state (whether the market goes up or down).
More often than not, the so-called «buy and forget» approach to investing can give you higher yield than interest on bank deposit. Still, what if we want more ROI than 10% a year?
PocketBook has recently introduced the world's first waterproof reader. The device is called PocketBook 640. This gadget will show within the scope of the expo called Salon Du Livre, which is to take place in Paris in the near future.
12 months ago, Google made a lot of noise with its new gadget called Google Glass. The device became the focus of global attention even before coming into market. While some countries banned the sales of Google Glass, millions of users were looking forward to them.
According to several web sources, Google, the world-famous tech giant, is currently working on a new superfast network. The experts working on the project are reported to be ready to test the network to amaze the audience with its speed.