Week in Review: Nvidia Closes Out U.S. Earnings Season with a Beat

U.S. stock markets ended the week mixed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recording its biggest weekly loss since early April, down 2,33%, while the NASDAQ Composite continued to march higher into record territory. The yield on the benchmark US 10-year Treasury Note rose 5 basis point to 4,47%. The latest minutes from the Federal Open […]

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Weekly Note – Resurging Inflation Concerns Subside

This week, investors remained closely attuned to Wednesday's U.S. inflation report for April, which revealed figures largely in line with or slightly below expectations. This tempered concerns regarding a resurgence in inflationary pressures, following three consecutive months of higher-than-anticipated readings. Notably, the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.3% month-on-month, slightly below the projected […]

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After five consecutive months of gains, most major global markets, except for a few outliers, ended April in the red. Much of this was down to the ongoing presence of inflation in the US, fuelling discussions about the Fed's potential reluctance to reduce rates in the near future. Tensions in the Middle East also persisted, dampening […]

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UK Economy Bounces Back

In the US, initial filings for unemployment benefits have surged to their highest level since late August 2023, suggesting a potential shift in what has otherwise been a robust labour market. According to the Labor Department's report on Thursday, jobless claims totalled a seasonally adjusted 231,000 for the week ending on May 4, marking a […]

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Week in Review: Fed Rate Hike Fears Fade

Ahead of Wednesday’s press conference following the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, markets anticipated a hawkish response due to recent higher-than-expected inflation figures. However, Fed Chair Jerome Powell surprised by stating that a rate hike is "unlikely" and that rate cuts remain the Fed’s primary scenario, albeit delayed. Amidst a plethora of data […]

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