Syrian Crisis Drives Up Oil and Hits Global Stock Markets

Uncertainty about the possibility of Western military action against the Syrian government hit shares worldwide on Tuesday, sent many emerging market currencies to record lows and boosted assets such as yen and gold.

U.S. stock index futures and a rise in U.S. government debt prices signaled that the flight to safety could gather momentum when Wall Street opened.

Dealers said the moves so far, spurred by reports from Washington that a strike may be imminent, were not yet on a huge scale as investors are waiting to see how the situation unfolds.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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