Global markets continue to navigate varied performances

(MENAFN) Global markets continued to navigate a varied path following remarks from key central bank officials and economic indicators influencing investor sentiment. US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's cautious outlook on Monday regarding first-quarter data highlighted lingering uncertainties, particularly concerning inflation trends.

On Monday, US markets showed a mixed performance, with the Nasdaq index gaining 0.14 percent and the S&P 500 edging up by 0.07 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced a slight decline of 0.16 percent. Powell's remarks underscored a measured approach to monetary policy, indicating a readiness to adjust policy restraint based on evolving inflation data.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) echoed a similar sentiment on Tuesday, indicating a shift in policy stance amid updated inflation assessments. ECB Governing Council statements hinted at potential adjustments in response to improving inflation metrics, with expectations for continued rate cuts if economic conditions align with baseline projections, as noted by ECB member Mario Centeno in June.

The US dollar index saw a modest increase of 0.2 percent, reaching 105.1, while Brent crude oil prices stabilized at USD84 per barrel, marking the fourth consecutive day of slight declines. In the bond market, US 10-year bond yields fell marginally to 103.2 percent following Powell's address, while the price of gold experienced a marginal uptick, trading at USD2,367 per ounce, reflecting cautious investor sentiment amidst economic uncertainties.

Across European markets on Monday, the FTSE 100 in the UK fell by 0.66 percent, the CAC 40 in France dropped by 1.56 percent, the DAX 40 in Germany declined by 1.28 percent, and Italy's MIB 30 index decreased by 0.53 percent. Futures contracts for European indices indicated a mixed start on Tuesday, reflecting ongoing market volatility and uncertainty.

In Türkiye, the BIST 100 index on the Borsa Istanbul closed at 10,796.57 points on Monday, down by 0.62 percent from the previous session. Concurrently, the USD/TL exchange rate opened at 32.9090 in the interbank market on Tuesday, illustrating localized market reactions amidst broader global economic dynamics and domestic policy developments.



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