R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, today announced that its London-based affiliate, R.J. O’Brien Limited (RJO Limited), is now approved as a general clearing member of EquityClear, the UK-based equities clearing service of LCH Limited, a leading global clearinghouse.
Asian equities fell on Tuesday after crude oil prices tumbled by more than 4.6% during the previous session, following reports that Saudi Arabia has offered additional crude supplies to some of its Asian customers and that the U.S. may release some of its strategic petroleum reserves to bring prices down.
Equity markets have softened from Sunday night. The Nasdaq plunged just ahead of settlement after Netflix missed subscriber growth expectations. However, it wasn’t all bad news heading into the close as the Russell 2000 halved a loss of 1% in the last hour. While many sectors notched losses, it was the banks that lifted more than their weight with Bank of America +4.3%, JP Morgan +3.97%, Citigroup +3.67% and Wells Fargo +2.94%.
Global equity markets were mostly mixed while the Dollar dipped ahead of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s first Congressional testimony later today. Powell’s testimony could offer investors a fresh opportunity to appraise the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy approach for the second half of 2018. The central bank head is expected to reiterate that the Federal Reserve remains committed to gradual monetary policy tightening.
Crude prices got whacked on oil supply, real and imagined. Talk of futures strategic petroleum reserve releases along with signs of real increases of production in some OPEC countries sent oil into the basement. Weak economic data out of China and some warnings about trade wars by the International Monetary Fund did not help and it overshadowed the reality that U.S. oil supplies will probably fall dramatically again this week.
Investors have been left wondering whether today’s sluggish jobs data may have any implications on the Bank of England’s rate decision next month. Total pay levels rose at an annual rate of 2.5% in the three months to May, unchanged from April, according to the ONS.
The dollar started the new week lower, supporting the major currency pairs such as the euro/U.S. dollar (EUR/USD) currency pair and poubd//U.S. dollar (GBP/USD) currency pair this morning. There wasn’t any fresh news out to impact the greenback, so its weakness can be attributed in part to profit-taking.