Breaking News

Canadian dollar hits a new 11-1\2 year low as oil resumes fall.

News Date: 16/12/2015 09:42:00

Canadian dollar tumbled to a fresh eleven-and-a-half-year low at C$1.3784 per U.S. dollar, losing 0.30% for the day; affected by a resumption of decline by oil prices, upon which a large chunk of the Canadian economy depends. Investors intensified their sell orders for oil positions as the U.S. fed is expected to raise interest rates later in the day, which would make the dollar stronger, which in turn would make oil more expensive to non-dollar holding buyers since oil contracts are priced in the dollar. Brent crude futures dived 80 cents, or 2.08% to $37.93 a barrel. U.S. crude prices slid 50 cents, or 1.39% to $36.83 per barrel.


Sterling stumbled as well, after data showed wages growth slowing to 2.4% y\y in the three months to October, from 3.0% in September. Traders ignored other data which were more positive, like the unemployment rate which fell to a new 7-year low at 5.2%. Sterling dipped to an eight-day low against the dollar at 1.4987, before pulling back to 1.5027, registering a small loss of 0.05%. It edged down 0.12% against the euro to 0.7274. Sterling gave up earlier gains against the yen to trade flat at 183.10.


European shares engaged in lively trading, rising for the second day as investors view the expected U.S. rate hike as a vote of confidence in the world's largest economy. The pan-European index FTSEurofirst gained 0.81% to 1,423. France's CAC 40 added 40 points, or 0.86% to 4,654. Germany and Britain outperformed the broader market, with the former's DAX index advancing 106 points, or 1.02% to 10,556, and the latter's FTSE index grabbing 60 points, or 1.03% to 6,079.


Wall Street opened higher win tandem, taking spirit from positive data that showed building permits for November soaring to an annualized 1.29M, the highest since June. Housing starts rose to 1.17M, compared with October's 1.06M and the highest since August. Dow Jones jumped 156 points, or 0.89% to 17,679. NASDAQ gained 37 points, or 0.77% to 5,033. S&P 500 added 14 points, or 0.73% to 2,057. 


Latest news

Oil prices fell today, Wednesday, after the increase in crude inventories, which increases the fears of supply. Therefore, it is expected that US crude production will decline by 600 thousand barrels
07-2020 08 08:20:53

Corona virus infection in the United States of America reached its maximum, reaching two million, 840 thousand and 906 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control yesterday, after it recorded
07-2020 06 00:36:17

After the long collapse, the American labor market is achieving some relative recovery, as the number of added jobs yesterday reached 4,800 million jobs, which exceeded all expectations, and came as
07-2020 03 00:34:55

Beginning with the latest developments in commodities, the gold futures contracts started this morning with a rise of 0.70%, to be traded at 1784.56 dollars an ounce, after opening at 1771.61 dollar
07-2020 01 03:47:05

Oil prices continued to lose their losses after the recovery in demand decreased, due to the high number of injuries they suffer, and Brent crude fell by the same percentage 2%, which in turn pays to
06-2020 29 05:49:33

More News