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Market Buzz- 19 October 2017

19 Oct 2017

• US stocks pointed slightly higher, with the Dow Jones rising the most in 5 weeks.

• Oil hovered around $52, Gold dropped below $1281 and the Yen traded below 113.

• European stocks rose led by gains in real estate shares.

• Asian markets were higher after earnings reports from a range of sectors helped send U.S. gauges to new highs.

• China 3rd Quarter GDP is estimated to show expansion slowing to 6.8%, in contrast with PBOC Governor Zhou’s comments that first half 6.9% momentum may continue.

• In the Communist Party Congress opening speech, Xi pushed for quality of quantity for economic development.

• South Korea and Indonesia’s central banks are both expected to keep benchmark interest rates on hold.

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