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Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s trading higher, with all major US benchmarks booking gains. S&P 500 gained 0.51%, Dow Jones moved 0.85% higher and Nasdaq added 0.27%. Small-cap Russell 2000 jumped 0.80%

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  • Wall Street indices finished yesterday’s trading higher, with all major US benchmarks booking gains. S&P 500 gained 0.51%, Dow Jones moved 0.85% higher and Nasdaq added 0.27%. Small-cap Russell 2000 jumped 0.80%
  • S&P 500 finished yesterday’s trading above 5,200 pts mark, reaching a 1-month high
  • Indices from Asia-Pacific traded higher today – Nikkei gained 0.3%, S&P/ASX 200 and Nifty 50 moved 0.5% higher and Kospi jumped 0.7%
  • Hang Seng rallied over 2% and climbed to the highest level in 9 months
  • Move higher in Hong Kong was driven by authorities hinting they consider a plan to exclude private investors from paying taxes on income from Hong Kong equities purchased via Stock Connect, a system connecting Hong Kong and mainland China exchanges
  • European index futures point to a higher opening of the cash session on the Old Continent today
  • Bloomberg reports that United States may announce tariffs on Chinese EV sector as soon as next week. New tariffs will target electric vehicles, batteries and solar equipment among others
  • Chinese CCTV reported that it is unlikely for a country-wide removal of restrictions on home purchases, after two Chinese provinces lifted all restrictions and decided not to vet eligibility of potential home buyers
  • US Treasury Secretary Yellen said that while inflation has fallen substantially, it has not fallen enough to justify rate cuts yet
  • Former Bank of Japan executive Maeda said that BoJ communications clearly hints at more rate hikes at that the next one may be delivered between July and October
  • Australian manufacturing PMI index improved from 47.1 to 48.9 in April. Nevertheless, data still hints at recession in Australian manufacturing sector
  • Japanese household spending declined 1.2% YoY in March (exp. -2.4% YoY)
  • Major cryptocurrencies are trading mixed today – Bitcoin gains 0.3%, Ethereum and Dogecoin trade flat, while Ripple drops 0.3%
  • Energy commodities are trading higher – oil gains 0.3%, while US natural gas price jump over 1%
  • Precious metals trade higher in spite of USD strengthening – gold and silver gain 0.4%, platinum adds 0.2% and palladium trades 0.6% higher
  • USD and GBP are the best performing major currencies, while AUD and NZD lag the most

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