24 hour trading with CMC Markets is open as usual tonight while North American stock markets and ETFs are closed between 4:00 pm today and 9:30 am tomorrow morning. Many of our popular contracts like US and Asia Pacific indices, plus major currency markets like gold, plus major US pairs against MXN, JPY, AUD, EUR, GBP and CAD are likely to be very active on the results. CMC Markets enables you to take advantage of swings in the markets while the votes are counted this evening. For around the clock market commentary from our global team of analysts, keep an eye on the Insights section of our Next Generation trading platform. Markets pause to await US Voters' Verdict With yesterday's big correcting winding down and overextended conditions easing, realigned markets have paused to await the results of today's big US Presidential Election. US Index futures, the FTSE, the Dax, gold and crude oil are all trading within 0.2% of flat. It has been a long, bitter campaign between two very different viewpoints on how to go forward. Recent polls have Hillary Clinton with a slight lead but within the margin of error and losing momentum to Donald Trump. This feels a lot like the Brexit campaign last spring. It has turned out to be a lot closer than many would have expected and the potential for an upset Trump win is very real. Last night I was watching coverage of some of the last campaign events. Hillary Clinton was in Pennsylvania, a state she should have locked up months ago. To get a enough people in the crowd to show on TV, that many people out she needed both Obamas, Springsteen and Bon Jovi to generate interest. Meanwhile Trump has been on offence, campaigning in what have been rock solid Democratic states like Michigan. It feels like a realignment is coming. Either side could come out on top but the tide has been turning toward Trump lately. Monday's market action showed the street is still favouring stability over change with many traders speculating on a Clinton win. If she does win, stocks could stage another rally, gold could sell off and the Mexican Peso would likely soar. Stocks may only get so far, however as the US Dollar would also likely rally with a Clinton win setting the stage for a Fed rate hike in December. If Donald Trump wins, uncertainty over what he may do would likely spark a rally in gold and a plunge in the Mexican Peso. As with Brexit, stocks could fall initially but then bounce later this week as the USD would likely also fall with traders speculating Trump related volatility could take a December rate hike off the table (it would only be a postponement though as Trump has criticized the Fed for keeping rates low). There is also a small chance of a tie or a contested election that leads to recounts, like the Florida fiasco of 2000 which took weeks and a Supreme Court decision to sort out. That situation would also create uncertainty with markets reacting similar to a Trump win. Because the winner could go back and forth for a while, a contested result could spark more volatility for longer. In November of 2000 for example, the Dow fell over 5% while the election was being contested. The markets feel like a coiled spring ready to move significantly with the direction depending on who wins the election. This brings risks but also opportunities. It's not the time to be complacent, it's time to be prepared for whatever happens. Corporate News There are no major corporate announcements overnight or this morning. Economic News China trade balance $49.0B vs street $51.7B vs previous $41.9B China exports (7.3%) vs street (6.0%) vs previous (10.0%) China imports (1.4%) vs street (1.0%) vs previous (1.9%) UK same store sales 1.7% vs street 0.6% UK industrial production 0.3% vs street 0.8% UK manufacturing production 0.2% vs street (0.1%) Germany industrial production 1.2% vs street 2.0% Upcoming significant economic announcements include: There are no major announcements scheduled for North America today. The focus is all on the election. All day US Presidential Election 7:45 am EST FOMC Evans speaking 12:20 pm EST 8:15 am EST Canada housing starts street 195K vs previous 220K CMC Markets is an execution only service provider. The material (whether or not it states any opinions) is for general information purposes only, and does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives. Nothing in this material is (or should be considered to be) financial, investment or other advice on which reliance should be placed. No opinion given in the material constitutes a recommendation by CMC Markets or the author that any particular investment, security, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person.