It’s another busy day in global financial markets.
Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:
1. U.K. prepares general elections
The U.K. House of Commons will vote later on Wednesday on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to hold general elections on June 8 in a move designed to increase her support as Britain moves forward with negotiations to leave the European Union (EU), known as Brexit.
May is widely expected to receive approval to hold the elections as the opposition party has already agreed to the proposal.
Tuesday’s announcement sent the GBP to a 6-month high which in turn hammered the London benchmark FTSE 100, wiping out around £46 billion ($58.98 billion) in value. A stronger pound dampens earnings for British blue-chips when profits in other currencies are brought back home.
Though the pound slipped against the dollar on Wednesday, the FTSE 100 briefly erased gains, slipping below the 7,142.83 point-level with which it closed out 2016 as it hit an intraday low of 7,127.25.
The index managed to recover and, by 10:07 GMT was up 0.17% at 7,086.2 points.
2. Global stocks mixed
Japan's Nikkei 225 managed to steady for the moment, but although Shanghai extended its recent retreat with a drop of 0.8%. The Chinese market has fallen for four straight sessions on concerns over tighter regulations.
European stocks managed a small recovery Wednesday despite continued political uncertainty concerning French and British elections.
U.S. futures pointed to a slightly higher open. At 10:09 GMT, the blue-chip Dow futures gained 0.18%, S&P 500 futures rose 0.30% and the Nasdaq 100 futures advanced 0.35%.
Oil prices pulled back from a two-week low on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to weekly data on U.S. crude inventories.
After markets closed Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute said that U.S. oil inventories fell by a larger-than-expected 840,000 barrels in the week ended April 14.
3. Earnings ahead
Markets will continue to digest a string of earnings reports on Wednesday with the spotlight on Morgan Stanley after Goldman Sachs disappointed investors in the previous session.
Also on the docket, eyes will also focus on the likes of BlackRock, Abbot Labs or US Bancorp before the open, along with American Express, eBay and Qualcomm after the close.
IBM, which reported after Tuesday’s close, looked set to lead the Dow lower. Shares in the blue-chip tech firm fell 4.7% in pre-market trade on Wednesday after it reported a bigger-than-expected drop in sales in what was its 20th consecutive quarter of decline in revenue.
In a light session for economic data, market players looked ahead to the publication of the Beige Book at 18:00 GMT.
The publication is always published two weeks ahead of the monetary policy meeting and is meant to give the U.S. central bank a glance into the state of the economy in the 12 districts of the Federal Reserve (Fed).
A recent string of weak data caused both the Atlanta and New York Fed to cut forecasts for growth of the American economy in the first quarter ahead of the advanced reading out on April 28.
Not only do markets currently rule out policy tightening at the May 2-3 meeting, but sluggish data served to push back bets for the first rate hike until September.
The USD held onto gains against other major currencies on Wednesday in a slight retracement to its recent bearish trend, while gold reacted to the downside to the greenback’s recovery.