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Roundup – Monday Largely Green As European Markets Lead The way, DAX Delivers

Analyst Team trader
Updated 9 Apr 2024

Despite an air of caution hanging over global financial markets, European stocks inched higher on Monday with a largely green day across the board in Europe. US indices were a little more erratic, with broadly sideways trading experienced outside of the Russell 2000, adding 0.5% on the day.

In the UK, the FTSE 100 demonstrated solid progress, climbing by 0.41%, while other major European indices witnessed a slightly higher rise. The broad STOXX 600 was up by 0.47%, with Germany's DAX added 0.79% to begin the week green across the board.

In commodities, gold prices soared to historic highs, trading at an unparalleled $2,350 an ounce. This rally is largely attributed to increased purchasing by central banks coupled with strategies focusing on de-dollarization, as nations seek to diversify their reserves amidst global financial uncertainties.

Turning toward the UK markets and the high street paints a bleaker picture. Shop insolvencies escalated by a stark 19% over the past year, hitting a five-year peak at 2,195 closures. The report underlines heightened costs, consumer caution, and rising interest rates as the principal culprits behind this surge in retail distress.

Another significant development that has captured market attention is a remark from Shell's CEO, which has sowed seeds of uncertainty among investors. The energy titan's chief executive alluded to a potential relocation of the company’s listing from London to New York, spotlighting the differences between the two financial ecosystems and prompting speculation about the long-term implications for the London market. LON: SHEL shares traded up 0.25% on the day.

Over in the US, Tesla has embarked on a price-cutting strategy in an attempt to mitigate its excess inventory issues. With prices having plummeted by 31% this year, the electric vehicle manufacturer cites a sluggish global economy and ongoing supply chain constraints as the main factors hampering sales. This move reflects the broader challenges faced by the automotive industry in balancing production with fluctuating demand. NASDAQ: TSLA share prices added 4.9% on the day, as the stock continues to find a level of support around the $160 mark.

Overall, the financial landscape remains delicately poised with various factors nudging markets in different directions but a positive start to the week all around for bulls. Central bank policies, corporate strategies, and earnings season will no doubt play a significant role in the days and weeks to come.

The AskTraders Analyst Team features experts in technical and fundamental analysis, as well as traders specializing in stocks, forex, and cryptocurrency.