The U.S. stock markets and their protagonists are in a bind: The one hand, there are good not to say excellent economic data. On the other hand, the political camps lock their jaws into grave ideological struggles. Failure of the U.S. budget negotiations still should not be expected, but it is knocking at the door. Torn between this information bits the markets were hardly able to move, so that the week actually closed with a tolerable minus. Meanwhile, in Europe there is confidence, although messages from the U.S. will be responded with acquisitions or sales. This last week before Christmas now is under the influence of the big expiration date on Friday, on which quarterly options and futures will be settled. It is usually the case that the markets will jump up and down without an apparent reason. This will be shown in these days as well, especially since many investors are withdrawing from the markets over the Christmas.
Today, markets will profit from the enormous gains after the election in Japan. So overall, there will be a start with mild gains in the DAX and other indices in Europe.
We wish everyone a successful and peaceful start to the week.
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