Global News Jun 20, 2016

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  2. Global News Jun 20, 2016

Bloomberg Business

-Markets surge: The week is starting with a huge rally in equity markets globally. In Asia the MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 1.8 percent after a poll showed a swing towards ‘remain’ in the U.K. referendum on European Union membership. Japan’s Topix index closed 2.3 percent higher as the yen weakened. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index was 2.9 percent higher at 5:31 a.m. ET with all industry groups gaining. S&P 500 futures were up 1.3 percent.

-Big moves in bonds, fx: The headline winner in currency markets is the British pound which was trading at $1.4626 at 5:55 a.m. ET, climbing the most since 2008, as Brexit fears wane. The biggest move on the day has to go to the Nigerian naira, which dropped 22 percent in the first day of free-float trading following a decision by the country’s central bank. In the bond market, European sovereign debt is reversing the trend of last week as Spanish, Italian and Irish bonds rally while German sovereigns weaken. Morgan Stanley said that investors should back longer-term bonds ahead of the referendum as rates would fall much more on a ‘leave’ vote than they would rise on a ‘remain.’

-Brent back over $50: Crude, which just had a week to forget, is gaining this morning, with West Texas Intermediate for July delivery at $48.67 a barrel at 5:55 a.m. ET and Brent for August settlement rising above $50 this morning, having traded at $47 as recently as last Thursday. In other commodity news, gold is sinking the most in a month as markets switch to risk-on mode.

-Rajan not staying at India’s central bank: In an unexpected move, India’s central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said that he will step down when his term ends in early September. He made it clear that he was willing to continue in the position, but he seems to have decided to leave due to a lack of government support. There are five candidates in line to replace Rajan at the central bank, according to a government official who asked not to be identified. Indian stocks, which fell at the open, closed 0.7 percent higher as the global rally and efforts by the Modi administration to calm investor nerves outweighed risks from the surprise announcement.

-European politics, Trump strategy: There was a blow to Italy’s Minister Matteo Renzi over the weekend as candidates from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement won mayoral elections in Rome and Turin. In Spain — which is facing a second general election in six months on Sunday next — polling shows no clear leader, pointing to a repeat of the attempts to form a government that failed after December’s vote. In the U.S., Republican Donald Trump is gathering his top advisors to reassess strategy after a rough few weeks in polls which saw him trailing Hillary Clinton by 12 percentage points.


CNN Money

-Stocks and pound rally: Market sentiment is being seriously swayed by politics in Britain right now. European markets are surging by as much as 3% in early trading as investors feel more confident that the U.K. public will vote to remain in the European Union during a historic referendum on Thursday. A series of new opinion polls show voters are being swayed towards the «remain» campaign, though overall sentiment is still roughly evenly split. Economists have warned for months that a vote in favor of a British exit — or «Brexit — from the EU would slam the U.K. economy and reverberate throughout Europe. European and U.K. banking stocks are leading the rally. U.S. stock futures are jumping by about 1% ahead of the open. Stocks in Asia rallied, with the Japanese Nikkei leading the way with a 2.3% gain. In currency markets, the British pound is soaring by 2% versus the U.S. dollar to trade at $1.47. «Sterling looks set for a volatile week despite the early gains … The currency remains one of the more susceptible of the markets and will be a good gauge of market sentiment,» said Ana Thaker, a market economist at PhillipCapital.

-One to watch — Facebook: Facebook (FB, Tech30) is holding its annual shareholder meeting on Monday. Investors will vote on a proposal that allows CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s majority voting control to be terminated if he steps down or no longer occupies a leadership position at the company.

-Rupee on the rocks: The Indian rupee is weakening versus all major global currencies after the head of India’s central bank said he will step down from his job when his term ends in September. Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan took control of the central bank in 2013 and quickly won plaudits for implementing policies that helped turn around the country’s troubled economy. Before serving as India’s top central banker, Rajan was best known for predicting an impending financial crisis during a 2005 gathering of prominent economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

-Weekly market recap: Stock markets are rallying Monday, but that wasn’t the case last week. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 1.1%, the S&P 500 lose 1.2% and the Nasdaq fell 1.9%.