1. Oil continue jumps
A barrel of West Texas Intermediate for June delivery was trading more than a dollar higher at $49.05 by 5:21 a.m. Eastern Time. The jump comes after Saudi Arabia and Russia said at a joint press conference in Beijing that they favor prolonging curbs on the output of global producers through the end of the first quarter of 2018. Also in China, Wang Yilin, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corp., said the country will import more crude oil and natural gas from the U.S.
The cyber-attack which breached systems across the planet and forced U.K. hospitals to turn away patients on Friday is continuing to claim victims as people switch on their computers after the weekend. In the U.S., President Donald Trump asked his homeland security adviser to convene two emergency meetings on the threat posed by the hack.
3. Merkel victory
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union had an unexpectedly strong victory in elections in the country’s most populous region yesterday. Her party took 34 percent of the vote, with the rival SPD taking less than 31 percent, its worst showing since World War II. The win is a boost for Merkel ahead of September’s federal election. Also yesterday, Emmanuel Macron became the youngest ever president of France, promising to bring back the country’s self-confidence.
4. Markets little changed
Overnight, the MSCI Asia-Pacific Index gained 0.3 percent, while Japan’s Topix Index closed broadly unchanged. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was 0.2 percent lower at 5:45 a.m as gains for miners and energy producers were offset by losses for drugmakers. S&P 500 futures were flat.
5. U.K. steps up battle with EU
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis rejected key EU demands on both the sequencing of exit negotiations and the rights of European citizens living in the U.K. The hardline stance could be a political move to paint the EU as the ‘bad guy’ during the current election campaign. JPMorgan Chase & Co., meanwhile, agreed to purchase an office building in Dublin which will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 workers, which a spokesperson said would give the bank “some flexibility within the European Union.”
Source: Bloomberg Pro Terminal
Jr Trader Petar Milanov