Posted: Sep. 26, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
"The idea that Trump could be reaching across the aisle, talking about tax cuts to middle and low income households, if it comes to pass, we are talking a pretty material fiscal boost to the USA economy".
Shares of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft were among the early gainers after falling sharply in the prior session in a move partly blamed partly on profit taking and partly on rising tensions with North Korea.
-Gold declined 1.14 percent to $1,295.85 an ounce.
In equities, the Shanghai Composite index was recently 0.05% higher at 3,345.30. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed.
On the eve of its announcement, Trump said lawmakers should expect a "very, very powerful document" that would cut taxes "tremendously" for the middle class.
Both New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said they believe the USA economy's fundamentals are sound, and both said they support gradual rate hikes ahead. President Donald Trump has not said whether he plans to re-appoint Yellen or overhaul the central bank's seven-member board of governors.
Lucara sells diamond for US$53 million
Mr Graff said "The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut". It will now be cut and polished, Lucara said in a statement .
Emerging markets felt the brunt of Fed chairperson Janet Yellen's hawkish comments on Tuesday, with the rand, Turkish lira and Mexican peso coming under massive pressure, according to TreasuryOne.
Yellen's latest intervention acknowledged the limits of economic forecasts of inflation, with an nearly one-in-three chance that inflation could be more than one percentage point away from the Federal Reserve's two per cent target in a year's time.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen says that the Fed may have misjudged inflation.
"Fundamentally, Yellen's statement reinforces the view that she supports the path for tighter monetary policy", said Chris Scicluna, head of economic research at Daiwa Capital Markets.
The deterioration in South Africa's institutional strength, a key issue also for rating agencies, was reflected in the country's 14-point drop in the World Economic Forum's Competitiveness Index released on Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 0.18 points to 2,496.84. German 10-year benchmark yields rose 6 basis points to 0.47 percent. USA crude stocks were reduced by 761,000 barrels last week, the American Petroleum Institute announced on Tuesday.
In energy markets, oil prices hit lower despite the EIA report showing that U.S. crude oil inventories declined by 1.846mn barrels the past week while analysts anticipated oil inventories to increase by 3.422m barrels. Brent crude, the standard for global oil prices, gained 22 cents to $58.14 a barrel in London.
The greenback broke out to over a 2-month high of Y113.229 against the Japanese Yen Wednesday morning, but has since pulled back to around Y112.700.