Opinion – Friday 19 October – 2018

Equity market sentiment has turned sour again in the past 24 hours. The Shanghai stock market fell 2.94% yesterday (it is now down a cool 11.9% so far this month and 24.8% year to date), spilling over into softer European markets. The Eurostoxx Index was down 0.51%,...

Opinion – Thursday 18 October 2018

Late last night, UK PM May has been addressing EU27 leaders at a pre-dinner event on the latest Brexit developments/her proposals. Despite no clear air yet, including on the important Irish border question, the Pound has been remarkably stable. Not even comments from...

Opinion – Wednesday 17 October 2018

US stocks are back on the up, a 2.2% gain for the S&P 500 (led by the IT sector) which reduces the month-to date loss to 3.5% from 6.7% as of last Thursday and has pushed the VIX index back firmly below 20. This has done nothing for either US bond yields or the...

Opinion – Tuesday 16 October 2018

European equities did open weaker on the back of sizeable losses in Asia-Pacific equities, but managed to rally as the morning session progressed to close up for the day, the E600 European index up 0.1%, the FTSE by 0.48% and the DAX by 0.78%. It has been a choppier...

Opinion – Monday 15 October 2018

US equities rallied at the New York open on Friday, aided by JP Morgan’s pre-open earnings beat, but never really managed to build on opening gains. It turned out to be an up, down, up session with the S&P 500 ending 1.4% higher, so recovering a little of...

Opinion – Friday 12 October 2018

US equities have another very volatile session, from square to deeper negative and partially back again. After getting hit hard into the New York close the Dow is trading 400 points higher this morning in the grey market. Meanwhile, Bond yields and currencies showing...