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Weekly Market Update – 14th February 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets generally rose over the last week, but gains were constrained by ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak after China announced a large increase in new cases. US shares rose 1.6%, Eurozone shares rose 1.4% and Chinese shares gained 2.3%, but Japanese shares fell 0.6%. Reflecting the generally positive global lead Australian shares rose 1.5% leaving them just below their January record high with strong gains in financials, utilities, health [...]

2020-02-18T00:04:08+00:00February 14th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 7th February 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rebounded over the last week on optimism the coronavirus outbreak will be contained as well as solid earnings results, although they gave up some of their gains at the end of the week on renewed concerns about the virus' impact on economic growth. For the week, US shares rose 3.2%, eurozone shares rose 4.0% and Japanese shares gained 0.7%. Australian shares benefitted initially from the global rebound, but [...]

2020-02-10T03:44:31+00:00February 7th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 31st January 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Equity markets continued to weaken over the week as the number of Coronavirus cases increased. While the Chinese and Hong Kong markets are closed for Lunar New Year, Japanese stocks were down by 2%, Eurozone equities fell by 2.3% while US and Australian markets also decreased but by a lesser extent ( 0.4% in US and -0.7% in Australia). However, news that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of [...]

2020-02-02T23:47:51+00:00January 31st, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 24th January 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week This week equity markets were knocked around with worries about a flu pandemic spreading from China. Asian equities were the hardest hit, with Chinese shares down 3.6%, Japan 1.1% lower, Euro stocks declined by 1.9% while US shares are down only by 0.1% this week and Australian equities are bucking the trend so far (+0.7%). Travel, insurance and luxury stocks were all negatively impacted (more on the details of the [...]

2020-01-28T22:58:54+00:00January 24th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 17th January 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week The solid rally in sharemarkets since the beginning of the year continued this week with US (up by 1.6% over the week) and Australian shares hitting a record high (+2.1% this week) as investor optimism lifted on good US and China data and the signing of Phase One of the US/China trade deal. Eurozone stocks lagged behind ( 0.4%) but this followed a strong rally last week. At the time of [...]

2020-01-20T05:43:54+00:00January 17th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 10th January 2020

Investment markets and key developments over the past week After a bit of uncertainty and volatility early in the past week, share markets pushed sharply higher as the US and Iran appeared to step back from escalating their conflict. This saw US shares push to a new record high rising 0.9% over the week, with Eurozone shares up 0.5%, Japanese shares up 0.8% and Chinese shares up 0.4%. The positive global lead saw the Australian share market rise 2.9% as [...]

2020-01-15T00:20:56+00:00January 10th, 2020|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update 13th December 2019

Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw good news on the geopolitical front with the US and China reaching a Phase 1 trade deal, Congressional agreement on the USMCA (NAFTA replacement), Congress averting another US Government shutdown from December 20 and the Conservatives on track for a big majority in the UK's election. This pushed most global share markets higher, with the exception of Chinese shares which rose strongly the week before. Australian shares [...]

2019-12-17T05:02:02+00:00December 13th, 2019|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 6th December 2019

Investment markets and key developments over the past weekShare markets were mixed over the last week with initial falls on trade war fears and mixed economic data, but then a rebound on more positive US/China trade talk news and good US economic data. US and Eurozone shares were helped by stronger than expected US jobs data which left US shares up 0.2% for the week and reduced the decline in Eurozone shares to just 0.2%. Japanese shares gained 0.3% partly [...]

2019-12-10T01:01:23+00:00December 6th, 2019|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 22 November 2019

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets fell over the last week as uncertainty about whether the US and China will agree a Phase One trade deal ramped up amidst a range of conflicting reports. This comes at a time when markets are vulnerable to a consolidation or correction after strong gains since early October have left investor sentiment at elevated levels. Despite a small rally on Friday as President Trump said a deal was "very [...]

2019-11-26T05:51:49+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Weekly Market Update|

Weekly Market Update – 15th November 2019

Investment markets and key developments over the past weekThe past week initially saw some cautiousness creep back into share markets with uncertainty about a US/China trade deal, but this gave way to renewed optimism by the end of the week as US officials signalled that a deal may be close. This saw US shares rise 0.9% for the week to a new high and Eurozone shares gain 0.3%. However, Japanese shares fell 0.4% and Chinese shares fell 2.4%. Australian shares rose [...]

2019-11-20T23:47:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Weekly Market Update|