European Stocks Maintained A Slight Bullish Bias On Friday

European Stocks Maintained A Slight Bullish Bias On Friday

Markets.com  | Nov 20, 2020 10:31

European stocks maintained a slight bullish bias on Friday after Wall Street managed to rally despite a lacklustre start. Yesterday, the S&P 500 opened lower but bulls made steady progress throughout the session and the index at the highs. The FTSE 100 inched up in early trade Friday to above 6,350 as the consolidation of the November thrust continues. BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce (LON:RR) led the way thanks to the government’s renewed commitment to defence spending. US 10-year yields continued to slip and haven’t been this low since the vaccine news broke – a reflation-rotation unwind in progress? Gold’s key support at $1,850 held again. WTI (Jan) rose to $42 but still remains very rangebound. 

The end of the Trump regime appears to be as anarchic and dysfunctional as it was during its heyday. In a rare rift between the two, the US Treasury and Fed openly disagreed over the end of pandemic assistance programmes, helping to drive US futures lower after yesterday’s positive session. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called on Fed chair Jay Powell to extend 4 lending programmes by 90 days, but demanded a scheduled end to five other lending programmes and the Fed hand back some $455bn in unused funds for use elsewhere. The Fed said no, explaining it “would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy”.  Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic told Bloomberg these tools are an important backstop and have restored market confidence. 

Covid cases continue to rip through the US, prompting new restrictions, including a 10 pm curfew in California. The good news is the rate of case growth seems to be slowing. US jobless claims rose for the first time in five weeks – getting that fiscal bridge is looking increasingly pressing. On that front, there was some relief as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would resume talks with Democrats over a potential Covid-19 fiscal stimulus package. Across the pond, stimulus efforts remain on pause as Hungary and Poland hold out. Budget impasses are hardly anything new in the world of EU horse-trading. EURUSD was steady at 1.1870. 

Tesla shares powered to a record high at $508 as investors continue to bid the stock ahead of inclusion in the S&P 500. Indeed, according to Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), of the 189 large-cap mutual fund managers it follows, 157 do not own Tesla. According to their estimates, Tesla’s scheduled inclusion in the S&P 500 on Dec 21st “could result in $8 billion of demand from active US large-cap mutual funds”. That would be about 2% of the market cap. Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $540, saying Tesla is on the verge of a shift from just selling cars to sustaining a high margin, recurring software/services business. In its ‘bull case’ scenario, MS offers a price target of $1,068.

Brexit talks continue but virtually now after a delegate caught the virus. Reports this morning said EU envoys have been briefed that all three main Brexit hurdles remain unresolved. GBPUSD breached the trend line support yesterday but recovered and trades on it this morning at 1.3260. A second breach and close today under this level may call for a test of the longer-term trend line support and 23.6% on cable’s favourite anchor point at 1.30. Tick tock on the Brexit clock.

GBP/USD

Elsewhere, after steadying around $17,400 Bitcoin pushed up to $18,400 again this morning and remains well bid above the 18k level ahead of a possible attack on the all-time highs. I would not be surprised if bulls push this to $20k by the time markets open on Monday morning.

BTCUSD

Markets.com

Latest comments

Add a Comment
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
md Sajol
md Sajol

hi  ... (Read More)

Nov 21, 2020 14:48 GMT· Reply
Discussion
Write a reply...
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.

Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.
Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.
It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.

English (USA) English (India) English (Canada) English (Australia) English (South Africa) English (Philippines) English (Nigeria) Deutsch Español (España) Español (México) Français Italiano Nederlands Português (Portugal) Polski Português (Brasil) Русский Türkçe ‏العربية‏ Ελληνικά Svenska Suomi עברית 日本語 한국어 简体中文 繁體中文 Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Melayu ไทย Tiếng Việt हिंदी
Sign out
Are you sure you want to sign out?
NoYes
CancelYes
Saving Changes

+

Download the Investing.com App

Get free real time quotes, charts and alerts on stocks, indices, currencies, commodities and bonds. Get free top of the line technical analysis/predictors.

Investing.com is better on the App!

More content, faster quotes and charts, and a smoother experience is available only on the App.

';