Traders buy up equities and oil to help push ASX 200 futures 355 points higher from their December lows - up 72 points last night

If this month felt volatile, that's because it was. The latter half of December's V-shaped range on the ASX 200 has erased the losses for this month - I guess Santa left his run a little late this year. ASX 200 SPI Feb 2016 futures traded as low as 4,815 on 15 December and closed this morning at 5,170, a 355 point or 7.37% bounce in just 10 days. Last night's 1.24% rise on the US S&P 500 followed 2% plus rallies on major European markets and may have helped give oil traders the confidence to buy into this short-term up trend present on today's second chart - you can see that after putting in a low of US$33.95 on Monday, WTI crude (OILUS in the Rivkin Trader platform) has rallied over 11% to be trading at US$37.80, and Brent crude (OILUK) has also shown signs of life, lifting 5% from its lows this week. A US Department of Energy crude inventory report issued last night stated that stocks of oil fell by 5.9 million barrels for the week ending 18 December, versus expectations of a rise of 1.2 million barrels, which is making this more of a US-specific oil theme.

While I might issue an update or two during the middle of next week should the markets dictate it, I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone for taking the time to read these morning updates and remain engaged with the work that we do at Rivkin to help our customers fund better lifestyles through investment and trading. While 2015 was a bit of a wearing year with high levels of volatility and a lot of selling pressure due to changing interest rate cycles, local banking reforms and significant falls in commodity prices, we're seeing more opportunities for mergers and acquisitions that is being helped along by a low Australian dollar, some distressed assets and the ongoing attractiveness of companies with favourable earnings growth potential in a global interest rate environment that is driving the need to put money to work rather than leave it to rot in fixed interest and cash markets.

I hope you all have a wonderful break and a prosperous new year. Rivkin is determined to eliminate the fear from investing and in order to do that, we need to get members and prospective members into a comfortable state so you an ask the questions required in order to confidently understand your investments. So please don't ever hesitate to get in touch with me or any member of the Rivkin team and ask us how we can help make life easier for you when it comes to investing - we're here to help.

Source: Rivkin, Saxo Bank

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This article was written by Scott Schuberg, CEO of Rivkin Securities Pty Ltd. Enquiries can be made via or by phoning +612 8302 3600.

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