American stock markets continued to rise against the backdrop of the recovery in oil prices, but the effect is temporary and the fall in commodity prices may resume. It is worth noting the low trading volumes due to the holiday week. Support for the bulls yesterday has become the data on the index of US consumer confidence from the Conference Board, which rose to 96.5 in December against the forecast of 93.9. Today, the influence on the course of trading will have news on oil inventories in the US (15:30 GMT). Our medium-term outlook remains positive, but we expect the resumption of the fall in the US market in the coming weeks.
Major stock indexes in Europe showed strong growth against a background of low trading volumes and fixing positions before the long weekend. Today was published data on the index of house prices in the UK, which rose in December by 0.8%, indicating that the positive trends in the construction sector, which will support employment and increase the country's GDP. Investors did not rush to accumulate positions due to low activity on the market. We maintain a positive medium-term outlook for the markets in the region.
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region did not show uniform dynamics today and finished the trading session near zero levels, which was caused by uncertainty on the markets before the weekend, and the lack of new ideas. On Friday will be published important data on manufacturing PMI in China, which greatly affect the mood of the market, but these statistics will have influence at the following week. We expect growth on the markets of the region in the medium term.