Global equity bulls were missing in action on Thursday, after weaker corporate earnings, soft economic data from China and heightened political drama in Spain encouraged investors to head to the sidelines.
Is China headed for a ‘Minsky moment? One Chinese economist has warned that they could and that warning, along with some comments from a Russian oil company, seemed to slow what had been an impressive oil rise ahead of today’s November Future expiration.
Equities across the Asian markets were trading in a tight, narrow range on Thursday, ignoring solid Chinese data and the new records on the financial market, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average breached 23,000. FX markets are also struggling for direction, as traders look for signals from EU politics, and signs for who will lead the Federal Reserve.