Week in Review: Central banks take centre stage

All three major U.S. indices moved higher this week, with the S&P 500 gaining 2.3%. The Dow was also up 1.97% for its best week since December. The Nasdaq was the outperformer of the three, gaining 2.85%. The main driver of positive investor sentiment for markets was the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) policy […]

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Week in Review: Markets Await Central Bank Decisions

Financial markets got off to a quiet start this week, as investors awaited the release of the U.S. consumer inflation data on Tuesday. While CPI for February met expectations at 0.4% (MoM), core prices exceeded forecasts, primarily due to rising shelter costs. On Thursday, producer inflation surprised on the upside, causing concerns about potential consumer […]

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Following a promising start to 2024, the global equity market continued to gain momentum throughout February, amidst economic resilience in the US. The MSCI All Country World Index closed the month at an all-time high (+4.3% MoM), with the large cap S&P 500 index also boasting a record close of +5.3%. This marks gains in […]

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Week in Review: Bitcoin surges to all-time highs, while SA narrowly avoids recession

U.S. stock markets experienced mixed performance as long-term interest rates fell amid concerns about a cooling labour market. While the S&P 500 Index reached record highs earlier in the week, they pulled back late Friday. Small-cap and value shares outperformed, while mega-cap tech shares lagged due to reports of slowing iPhone sales in China. Novo […]

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Week in Review: Hotter than expected US inflation

U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in January, amid stubbornly high shelter prices. The increase in prices reported by the Labor Department on Tuesday was the largest in four months, the report showed that inflation last month remained high with consumer prices rising by 3.1% in January from a year ago. Although that is […]

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Week in Review: Interest Rates Steady, while U.S. Growth Surprises

Global equity markets experienced positive momentum during the week, buoyed by steady interest rate decisions and better-than-expected U.S. GDP growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index both achieved new all-time highs, with the latter marking its 12th weekly advance out of the last 13 weeks. U.S. GDP growth for the fourth […]

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Week in Review: Expectations Shift on Interest Rate Cuts

Despite experiencing upward momentum last week, the markets in 2024 have been characterised as restrained and somewhat uneven. This subdued trend is not entirely unexpected, especially following a robust rally in the final weeks of 2023. During the holiday-shortened week, U.S. stocks concluded on a positive note. The broad-based S&P 500 recorded a gain of […]

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Week in Review: Middle East Tensions Escalate

Geopolitical tensions continued to escalate in the Middle East over the week with the US and the UK carrying out multiple airstrikes on more than a dozen Houthi rebel targets in Yemen. Since mid-November Iranian-backed Houthi militants have attacked and harassed several vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, significantly disrupting commercial […]

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The fears that have dragged on the stock market since August evaporated in November as global markets surged, reversing losses compounded over the three prior months. This comes as various economic indicators supported the view that major central banks had reached the peak of their tightening cycles. As of the end of November 2023, the […]

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Week in Review: Thanksgiving Week for Markets

As the United States celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, global markets experienced a more subdued week. Most stock markets have shown a decent recovery from this time last year. Artificial intelligence chipmaker NVIDIA, the sixth-largest global company by market capitalisation, reported its third-quarter earnings, exceeding expectations but provided cautious guidance amid export restrictions to China. U.S. […]

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