European stock markets started the week trading higher following some positive news surrounding the talks between Russia and Ukraine as officials announced that some progress was being made and potential compromises were on the table. This positive sentiment carried over despite news of a major lockdown in a city in China caused by a surge in covid-19 cases over the weekend and as a meeting is expected today in Rome between US and Chinese officials to discuss the conflict. The German Dax is up around 3% and has managed to briefly break through a resistance area after sentiment was significantly impacted by the rising tension which threatened to severely disrupt European economies. Meanwhile the UK’s FTSE100 is also gaining as PM Boris Johnson is due to travel to Saudi Arabia to meet prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss a potential increase in oil supplies to offset the foregone Russian supplies. While there is a lack of data releases today, markets remain extremely susceptible to volatility as any major news relating to the conflict could trigger major moves which would echo across asset classes and trigger investor panic.
Oil and Gold retreat as hopes for peace talks spark optimism
After the massive rally which took oil and gold prices near their all time highs, we have seen the situation improve slightly over the last few days as markets began to receive some encouraging news regarding the prospect for a potential deal between the russians and ukranians. Tensions and rising supply concerns took the prices of those commodities to the highest levels in years as investors looked for a safe haven amid rising uncertainty and as they anticipated significant disruption in the oil market due to the unavailability of Russian supplies. However, at the start of the week the situation appears to be improving even more with oil prices back towards $100 a barrel while gold dropped over $100 from its recent high and is trading around $1960. While this situation may not last very long, as any major event could trigger a spike in both once again, it does provide some encouraging signs that if the situation continues to show signs of resolution markets could adjust quite rapidly.