Financial Markets Daily Report 21 desembre 2020

Markets ended the week with a volatile 'quadruple witching' session (index and single stock options and futures expired simultaneously).

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  • Markets ended the week with a volatile 'quadruple witching' session (index and single stock options and futures expired simultaneously). In this context, stocks declined across advanced and emerging economies.
  • In fixed-income markets, U.S. sovereign yields ticked up. In the euro area, core sovereign yields were little changed while peripheral spreads nudged up. In FX markets, the euro fluctuated around $1.22 while the GBP weakened as EU-UK negotiations continued to drag on.
  • In commodity markets, prices advanced and the barrel of Brent rose above $52.
  • Today, the U.S. Congress is expected to vote on the new $900bn fiscal package that was agreed between bipartisan leaders over the weekend. The package includes $600 in direct payments to individuals, $300 per week in unemployment benefits and relief for small businesses.
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