• The ASX is set to open higher on Friday
  • Wall Street and European stock markets rallied overnight
  • Oil and Bitcoin have also climbed back up

The ASX 200 is set to extend Thursday’s gains, with the July futures index pointing higher by 0.80% at 8am AEST.

Overnight, the UK FTSE 100 index rose 1% after PM Boris Johnson resigned.

Harsh, but fair.

Other European stock markets and Wall Street also rose as investors scaled back expectations of a super aggressive rate hike path by the Fed.

Minutes from the central bank’s June policy meeting had revealed that Fed members judged an increase of 50 or 75 basis points would be enough at the July’s policy meeting, a lower range than what many experts predict.

The narrowing of the US trade deficit to $85.5 billion in May, the lowest level of 2022, also lifted market sentiment overnight.

The S&P 500 was up by 1.50% while the tech heavy Nasdaq index surged by over 2%. Chipmakers were among the tech winners as Samsung reported a 21% sales jump in revenue for the full year.

Meanwhile, oil has headed back above US$100 a barrel, with Brent spiking back up by 4% to US$104.30.

Some experts believe yesterday’s 10% slump in oil prices wasn’t justified.

“While the odds of a recession are indeed rising, it is premature for the oil market to be succumbing to such concerns,” said Leith van Onselen, chief economist at MB Fund.

“The global economy is still growing with the rise in oil demand this year set to significantly outperform GDP growth, buttressed by the post-Covid reopening in Asia-Pacific as well as the resumption in international travel,” he added.

To cryptos, where Bitcoin has rallied to its highest level this week, up over 6% in the last 24 hours to US$21,635. Ethereum is also pumping, and Celsius has reportedly repaid its BTC loan, with most top coins also having a good day.

Just a relief-rally pump? Possibly. Read the rest of the story here at Coinhead.

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Black Cat Syndicate (ASX:BC8)
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St Barbara (ASX:SBM)
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GBM Resources (ASX:GBZ)
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Tesoro Gold (ASX:TSO)
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