Posts Tagged ‘global equities’

Week in Review: The Delicate Balance

On Thursday more than 150,000 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded, the highest single-day number so far. The new cases were mostly reported in the Americas, with significant numbers from South Asia and the Middle East. Countries globally are moving forward with the reopening of their economies, some more cautiously than others, as each…

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Week in Review: Covid-19 Resurgence Fears Dampen Sentiment

Global equities suffered their worst weekly decline in almost three months as fears of a second wave of infections along with the U.S. Federal Reserve’s economic outlook dampened investor sentiment. With economies slowly reopening and people making their way back to work, there have been growing fears of a resurgence of coronavirus infections. In the…

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Week in Review: U.S. Jobs Report Surprises

Week in Review: U.S. Jobs Report Surprises The encouraging employment data revived hopes that the US may well be on the road to recovery from the coronavirus shock. Leisure and hospitality (including restaurants) represented almost half of the jobs gained clawing back 1.2m jobs after losing more than 8m since the crisis began. Employment looks…

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Week in Review: Reopening Optimism Lifts Markets

Global markets ended the week higher, with the month of May marking the start of the gradual reopening of economies. A steady but slow decline in new infections in developed markets has allowed for the partial lifting of lockdown restrictions, boosting investor confidence. Markets were also encouraged by news of human trials of a possible…

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Week in Review: Sino-US Tensions Escalate

Global stocks rose for the week as investors were buoyed by progress in vaccine trials and optimism over the reopening of economies, however the week ended a little more subdued as the prospect of an escalation in tensions between the world’s two largest economies seems to be gaining traction. The Chinese government moved to assert…

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Week in Review: Virus Revives U.S.- China Trade Tensions

Global equities erased most of the prior week’s gains after a string of disappointing economic releases and escalating tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on markets. A speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in which he said that the U.S. economy is “subject to significant downside risks” in the months ahead and warned…

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Week in Review: US Jobless Rate Soars

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the jobs market in the U.S. and the world, with an April reading of labour conditions in the U.S. showing that a record 20.5 million people are out of work, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7%, its worst level since the Great Depression by some measures, as businesses closed in…

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Week in Review: Markets Rebound Strongly in April

Despite stocks finishing mixed this week, global markets posted some of their best returns in decades during the month of April. A slowdown in new coronavirus cases and synchronized stimulus initiatives globally, improved sentiment from the March stock-market bottom. Volatility has also subsided from its recent highs but remains elevated. Economic data continues to point…

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Week in Review: Crude Oil Plunges

U.S. crude futures dived into negative territory for the first time in history this week amid concerns that there is not enough global storage for a market decimated by collapsing demand amid widespread lockdowns and travel bans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brent Crude finished the week down more than 20% as demand destruction from…

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