Oil prices rise slightly

On Monday, crude-oil prices kicked off August in rather a choppy trade because ongoing glut in refined and crude oil keeps exerting pressure on crude prices.  

In New York, September delivery light and sweet crude futures traded at $41.75 a barrel, showing a $0.14 rise. Meanwhile, the October contract of Brent crude gained up to $0.18, being worth $43.71 per barrel after the initial dip at the start of the trading session.

The market appears to be more volatile also erratic ahead of the expiry of a contract because market participants are on the verge of rebalancing their books by simply covering their long or short trading positions.

However, supply and demand trends in the crude market are still lopsided, while prices are most likely to move sideway in the nearer future especially considering the absence of strong push or pull factors.

Over the weekend, American crude prices clawed back some ground after the major American currency got sold heavily. 

Asian shares hit one-year high 

Asian stocks managed to hit a one-year peak, following gloom American economic growth data, which ruined hopes that the Fed would lift interest rates in the nearer months.   

American GDP surged at a 1.2% annual rate during the April-June period, which is less than a half of a 2.6% growth rate economists had expected.

Market participants have been shifting their money to Asia, that’s likely to be least influsenced by Brexit, while the Fed appears to be in no hurry to increase its interest rates.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan soared 1.3%, getting to the highest level for about a year.

European shares are supposed to head north, with spread betters looking at surge of 0.7% in Germany's DAX as well as 0.4% in the UK’s FTSE.

Asian markets demonstrated quite limited reaction to a better-than-expected private poll on China's factory sector.

Meanwhile, the Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' index or PMI ascended to a 1 1/2-year peak of 50.6, thus beating market expectations for 48.7. 

Bazooka

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