Relief over Ukraine yields all-time high for stocks

Back-peddling on behalf of President Putin over the situation on the ground in the Ukraine has ushered in a wave of relief amongst investors. Volatility has dipped, yet remains elevated at 14.26 (-10.8%) while the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (CME:SPM14) has jumped 1.3% or 25-points to 1871. That’s a sentence we hardly thought we’d write this week as a Russian military advance appeared to be building. Investors have clearly got an appetite for equities displaying strong momentum no matter whether geopolitical risks or fears for the health of the recovery stand in their path.

Industrial and financial companies are leading the pack with all sectors higher. The vigorous rebound for stocks is all the more intriguing given that Monday’s selling pressure really had little time to build, indicating that the rebound is hardly an overshoot. Maybe we really should be somewhere between the reaction to and the reality of the rising stock market.


S&P 500 Index defies geopolitical risk and surges to record peak.

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Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew is a seasoned trader and commentator of global financial markets. He worked for several London-based banks trading cash and derivatives before moving to the U.S. to attend graduate school. Andrew re-joins Interactive Brokers following a two-year stretch at a major Wall Street broker-dealer as their Chief Economic Strategist. His coverage of stocks, options, futures, forex and bonds regularly surfaces in global media, and over the last several years Andrew has made many TV appearances on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC and BNN and Yahoo Finance.

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