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Global Stocks, US Futures Rise In Thin Trading As Volumes Plunge

Most world markets have reopened following the holiday weekend, but trading volumes remain significantly muted. Asian and European shares advance modestly amid low volumes with U.K. and Ireland closed; S&P futures are little changed while the dollar rose and oil extended its longest winning streak in four months.

The Bank of Japan Was The Top Buyer Of Japanese Stocks In 2016

The Bank of Japan is set to become the biggest buyer of exchange-traded funds in 2016 for the second straight year. According to data through Thursday, the value of the BOJ's ETF purchases this year has topped 4.3 trillion yen, up 40% from 2015. As a result, the BOJ "will become the largest buyer of ETFs this year," according to Mizuho Securities.

Global Shares Trade Mixed In Thin Holiday Trade; Yen Rises As China Rebounds

With most global market closed for Christmas holiday, and traders taking the day and the week off, global stocks traded mixed in thin, subdued conditions. Japanese shares fell as the yen gained against the dollar for the fourth straight day after the release of BOJ Minutes and a Kuroda speech, while Chinese equities recovered from earlier losses.

Demographic Shock Ground Zero: Japan Births Drop Below Million For The First Time On Record

While the US is finally starting to feel the social, political and economic hit from an aging population, nowhere is the demographic impact more visible than in what is the epicenter of the developed world's demographic problems: Japan. It is here that according to the latest government data, the number of births in Japan is likely to fall below a million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899.

Dave Collum's 2016 Year In Review - "And Then Things Got Really Weird..."

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Global Stocks Decline As Trading Volumes Collapse Ahead Of Monte Paschi Nationalization

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all declined amid collapsing volumes, after the Wednesday drop in the S&P500, and after oil prices held losses amid an unexpected increase in supplies, as traders close out trades ahead of the holidays. European stocks edged lower, led by miners, and U.S. stock futures stagnated after the Dow Jones Industrial Average failed to make progress toward 20,000 Wednesday.

S&P Futures Rise Propelled By Stronger Dollar; Europe At 1 Year High As Yen, Bonds Drop

It appears nothing can stop the upward moment of equities heading into the year end, and as US traders walk in, S&P futures are again higher, proppeled by European stocks which climbed to their highest in almost a year, while the USD rose and bonds and gold fell, failing again to respond to terrorist attacks in Ankara, Berlin and Zurich. The yen tumbled after the BOJ maintained its stimulus plan.

Quad Witching Arrives: Futures Steady, Stoxx 50 Erase 2016 Loss As Dollar Steadies

Quad-witching Friday has arrived, which means that alongside thin, pre-holiday liquidity and a jumpy market, we expect to see sharp, volatile moves for the rest of the day, the first of which was just noted in Europe, where stocks moved from session lows to highs in the span of minutes, in the process sending the Euro Stoxx 50 index 0.8% higher and turning it positive on the year as it reached its highest level since December 2015.

With All Eyes On The Fed, Stocks And Crude Slip, Bonds Rise

European stocks slipped from an 11 month high, Asian stocks and S&P futures were flat as caution pervades global markets before the Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate hike on Wednesday. Treasuries slipped, after reaching the highest level in more than two years. Oil in New York slid to near $52 a barrel after API showed a build in inventories, and currencies of commodity-exporting nations fell. Gold headed for its biggest gain in a week.