Market rallies for second day as investors await US$2 trillion aid package. The gains came after US lawmakers appeared to reach a deal on a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill early Wednesday morning aimed at helping individuals and companies amid the coronavirus crisis.

On Tuesday, major benchmark closes as follow:

S&P 500 Index                                 : $2.475.56, gain 28.23 points or 1.15%

Dow Jones Industrial Average     : $21,200.55, gain 495.64 points or 2.39%

Nasdaq Composite Index              : $7,384.30, loss 33.56 points or -0.45%

European exchanges are not excluded in recording gains, with London's FTSE 100 up 4.45%, Germany's DAX 1.79% and France's CAC 40 gain 4.47%. Italy's closed 1.74% higher and pan-European Stoxx 600 index gain 3.09%.

Asian markets jumped Wednesday, following Wall Street's major surge overnight. Japan's Nikkei 225 surged 6%, while South Korea's KOSPI surged more than 5%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 increased 2.5%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained more than 2% in early trading, and China's Shanghai Composite was up around 2%.

Asian markets showing mixed reaction in the early trade, with Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped -3.80%, acting as the worst performer in the region. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell -0.52%, Singapore’s loses -0.60%. South Korea’s KOSPI reversing loses to stand at 0.78%, SENSEX gains 6.89%, China's Shanghai Composite up 0.18% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 trading at 2.74% in green


Brent crude futures ended the session on Wednesday up 0.88% at $27.39 per barrel while WTI crude futures for May delivery rose 2%, to $24.49 per barrel.

At present, oil slipped after the three-day gain as Brent is trading at $27.23 per barrel while U.S. benchmark WTI crude trading at $24.11 per barrel, as of writing time (UTC+08.00).


The U.S. dollar traded lower on Wednesday, compared with a basket of its major peers. The U.S. dollar index US:DXY was down 1.1%. Even so, U.S. dollar still appreciate against most of other currencies on Thursday, underscoring a desperate global dash for liquidity that was blamed for amplifying a worldwide equity selloff and volatility across financial markets. Against AUD (0.77%), MXN (0.50%), CAD (0.38%), NZD (0.26%), GBP (0.18%) and SGD (0.14%).

Meanwhile, U.S. dollar also drops against some other currencies, such as NOK (-0.50%), JPY (-0.41%), EUR (-0.32%), RUB (-0.33%), CHF (-0.33%), and DKK (-0.33%) at the latest reading.


Gold trades in red after three-day winning streak. Gold retreated at $1,604. per ounce, while stands around $1,630 per ounce for gold futures of writing time.

Silver trading at $14.40, platinum trading at $726.00 and palladium trading at $2,210.00.


The $2 trillion Fed deal was expected to include a $500 billion fund for loans to larger businesses, as well as states and municipalities, $360 billion in loans for small businesses and direct payments of $1,200 to individuals making up to $75,000 per year, phasing out above $99,000.

To date, number of confirmed worldwide cases for COVID-19 pandemic has now reached more than 472,000 today affecting 198 countries and territories around the world. The death toll from the novel coronavirus has now topped 21,000 – including 1,032 in the U.S.



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