PRN: 2Q Outlook: Optimism to Drain from Markets as Eurozone Concerns Resurface

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NEW YORK, LONDON, and SYDNEY, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Equities to under-perform; possible opportunities in the commodity sphere, the retail division of GAIN Capital (NYSE:GCAP), a global provider of online trading services, today released its 2Q Markets Outlook report focusing on major economies' currency movements as well as across asset classes. Expectation is that market optimism will falter as problems in the Eurozone remain far from resolved.

In 2Q 2012, analysts expect worldwide economic growth to remain fragile, with the US continuing to outperform the troubled Eurozone. They expect the next few months to be a fairly tough economic environment as central banks of Europe and the US limit stimulus measures, which could boost the dollar and other safe havens while denting demand for riskier assets like stocks.

"The first quarter was all about stabilisation in the Eurozone debt crisis and signs of strength in the US economy. The outlook is not as rosy as we enter 2Q. Investors have to grapple with slowing growth in Europe and China, election risks in Greece and France, and continued uncertainty about future global central bank policy," said Kathleen Brooks, Research Director, "We believe the yen will continue to trend lower and the euro could be at risk from further downward pressure, especially as we expect the focus to shift from Greece to the growth data coming out of Spain and Portugal. Key risk events over the next few months include a failed bond auction and rising bond yields, which could send the euro f! lying south."

Other expectations from the 2Q 2012 Markets Outlook include:

  • We expect to see a pick-up in volatility from very low levels in the second quarter, as election fever grips Europe, China emerges from a period of weak growth and shifts in central bank policy cause waves in global financial markets.
  • Stocks to face a tougher quarter as investors concentrate on growth and the future direction of central bank policy. While stocks won't fall precipitously,  expect some pretty big pull-backs especially in European markets
  • Australia to register lackluster growth and the Reserve Bank of Australia will remain on hold, with the direction of the Aussie dependent on what happens in China.
  • In the commodity sphere, gold to make a bottom before attempting another stab at last year's highs. Also, will copper finally break out of its range and chase crude oil higher?

The research team also highlights potential price ranges for key pairs, such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, USD/CHF, and AUD/USD. Key cross-currency pairs like EUR/JPY and EUR/GBP are also covered.

The Markets Outlook provides commentary and market forecasts with its view of the direction of the world's major currencies and other key financial markets. The report is prepared by Research Director Kathleen Brooks, Senior Technical Strategists Daniel Hwang, Chris Tevere, CMT, Eric Viloria, CMT, and Research Analyst Chris Tedder.

The full 2Q 2012 Markets Outlook Report is now available at under "Research & Ideas".

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The opinions and information in this report are for general information use and are not intended as an offer or solicitation to any product offered.

About GAIN Capital

GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GCAP) is a global provider of online trading services. GAIN's innovative trading technology provides market access and highly automated trade execution services across multiple asset classes, including foreign exchange (forex or FX), contracts for difference (CFDs) and exchange-based products, to a diverse client base of retail and institutional investors.

A pioneer in online forex trading, GAIN Capital operates®, one of the largest and best-known brands in the retail forex industry. GAIN's other businesses include GAIN GTX, a fully independent FX ECN for hedge funds and institutions, and GAIN Securities, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC) a licensed U.S. broker-dealer.

GAIN Capital and its affiliates have offices in New York City; Bedminster, New Jersey; London; Sydney; Hong Kong; Tokyo; Singapore; Beijing and Seoul.

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