Stocks Steady After Volatile Week; Crude Rises: Markets Wrap

Global equities showed signs of stabilizing at the end of a turbulent week in which investors confronted political crises in Washington and Brazil. Oil headed for a second weekly gain as OPEC members supported Saudi Arabian and Russian pledges to extend supply cuts.

Stocks in Europe gained, paring their worst week since November. Gold resumed gains after briefly halting a five-day rally, while the dollar fell as emerging-market currencies rebounded from a selloff sparked by calls for Brazil’s leader to resign over an alleged cover-up.

Market volatility eased after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration sought to move past controversies surrounding Russia that have threatened to ensnare its plans for tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Risk sentiment was also helped by better-than-expected U.S. jobless claims and regional manufacturing data Thursday.

“Following the initial excitement about the chaotic situation in the White House market participants seem to have calmed down again,” analysts at Commerzbank AG including Thu Lan Nguyen said in a note to clients.

The crisis in Brazil added another layer of worries for investors. President Michel Temer has defied calls for him to step down, saying a Supreme Court probe will debunk allegations he participated in a cover-up. Meanwhile, geopolitics remained in the spotlight, amid reports that the U.S. Navy is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula and that Chinese jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force plane.

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What investors will be watching:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks to the Association for Corporate Growth at Washington University’s Knight Center in St. Louis.
  • Trump’s first foreign trip as president will be to Riyadh on Saturday, at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. After Saudi Arabia, Trump visits Tel Aviv and Rome before heading to a NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 meeting in Sicily.

Here are the major moves in the markets:

Stocks

  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.4 percent as of 9:23 a.m. in London, paring its weekly loss to 1.4 percent.
  • S&P 500 futures were up less than 0.1 percent. The benchmark index rose 0.4 percent on Thursday after plunging 1.8 percent in the previous session, its worst day since Sept. 9. 
  • Brazil’s Ibovespa Index tumbled 8.8 percent on Thursday, the…

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