Global markets higher amid US stimulus package - Tuesday Review, February 2

Global markets higher amid US stimulus package - Tuesday Review, February 2

Stimulus hopes boosted optimism. Stocks closed higher for the second consecutive day

The US

American stocks finished higher for the second consecutive day, driven by stronger-than-expected earnings. Also, the latest meeting between President Joe Biden and some Republican representatives to discuss the long-touted stimulus package gave investors hope. USA30 rose 1.57%, while USA500 gained 1.39%. TECH100 added 1.56%.

Crude oil traded 1.2% higher at $54.20 per barrel.

Gold lost 0.7% trading at $1,851.80 per ounce.

Asia and Australia

The market sentiment was boosted by the two-hour meeting between Joe Biden and Republican senators who were looking for a smaller COVID-19 stimulus package.

Japan225 gained 0.96%.

HongKong45 rose 1.60%.

Down under, Australia200 gained 1.28%.

Europe

Indices closed in the green buoyed by the good corporate earnings, and the progress made toward a US stimulus package. Germany30 traded 1.1% higher, while France40 rose 1.4%. UK100 climbed 0.5% as the Bank of England is due to hand down its policy decision later this week.

Brent oil closed the day at $56.98 per barrel after it went up 1.1%.

EUR/USD was up 0.2% at 1.2077.

Sources: reuters.com, investing.com

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