A roller coaster week for world stock markets and commodities like crude oil appears to be heading for a soft finish. Asia Pacific markets finished down slightly with European indices down less than 1.0% for the most part and US indices also trading slightly lower to start the day. Commodities are also pulling back on limited news overnight. Crude oil is down over 2% giving back much of yesterday’s rallies. Copper is also trading lower while grains are mixed around flat. In currency markets today, USD is on the rebound once again outperforming most majors and gold. SEK is soaring on the back of better than expected Swedish GDP and employment numbers that suggest the Riksbank may not have to be as dovish going forward. On the flip side, CHF is dropping back along with gold while CAD and NOK are falling in tandem with the oil price. Overall, today’s trading so far suggests that speculation for a Fed rate hike have taken a slightly more hawkish shift. US producer price inflation numbers were higher than expected. Meanwhile central banks in Russia and South Korea held interest rates steady which suggests that China’s recent market turmoil is not having a contagion effect on other countries. If China’s turmoil isn’t impacting monetary policy in nearby countries, it shouldn’t affect decision making at the Fed next week either. Corporate News Bank of Montreal agreed to purchase the transportation finance business of General Electric for $11.5B Economic News Significant announcements released overnight include: South Korea interest rate 1.50% no change as expected Russia interest rate 11.00% no change as expected US producer prices (0.8%) vs street (0.9%) US PPI ex food and energy 0.9% vs street 0.7% Sweden unemployment rate 6.4% vs street 6.8% Sweden GDP 3.3% vs street 3.0% UK construction output (0.7%) vs street 0.9% Germany consumer prices 0.2% as expected Spain consumer prices (0.4%) as expected Italy industrial production 2.7% vs street 0.9% NZ Business PMI 55.0 vs previous 53.5 NZ food prices (0.5%) vs street 0.6% China new yuan loans 809B vs street 850B Upcoming significant announcements include: 10:00 am EDT US consumer sentiment street 91.1 10:00 am EDT US 1-yr inflation estimate previous 2.8% 1:00 pm EDT US Baker Hughes drill rig count previous 864 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.