Stephen Lennon’s Market Review April 30th
30 April 2018
LAST WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
The yield on the 10 Year US Treasury note finally hit 3% last Tuesday before closing the week at 2.96%. The brief encounter with 3% was enough to wobble US stocks with all 3 of the major US benchmark indices finishing the week lower. Higher treasury yields have driven mortgage rates in the US to their highest level since 2013 (4.58%), one of many concerns for millennials about rising rates.
The FTSE 100 was the standout performer in Europe gaining 1.82%. The index has now posted 5 consecutive weeks of gains as the weaker pound is boosting sales in foreign currencies for its many multinational companies. News of Sainsbury’s merger with Asda (a Walmart subsidiary) has further boosted the index today with shares of the British Supermarket chain up over 20% this morning.
Finally, for the first time since 1953, a north Korean ruler stepped over the border into South Korea last week. The historic summit took place on Friday as Kim Jong Un & South Korean President Moon Jae-In met to begin discussions around the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Unsurprisingly, the meeting included several unusual moments, not least Kim Jong’s conspicuous getaway after the first round of talks
THIS WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
Earnings season rolls on this week as over 1/5th of S&P 500 companies publish their Q1 2018 results. Most of the focus will be on Apple as the tech giant tries to recover from a poor start to the year with sales of the new the iPhone X coming in below expectations. Elsewhere the US Federal Reserve are expected to take no action around interest rates at their latest policy meeting on Wednesday.
CHART OF THE WEEK
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in almost 50 years for the week ending April 21st . Initial jobless claims fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 209,000, a level last seen during the Nixon administration in 1969.
|Equities||Value||1 Wk Change||YTD|
|FTSE World €||€ 568.59||1.21%||-1.06%|
|Bonds 10 Yr||Value||1 Wk Change||YTD|
|Forex||Value||1 Wk Change||YTD|
|Commodities||Value||1 Wk Change||YTD|
|Brent Crude Oil||$74.64||1.45%||12.06%|
|Gold 100 oz||$1,322.49||-1.20%||1.46%|
|DJ UBS Index||$89.38||-0.52%||1.38%|
By Gerald Fitzgerald, Investment Consultant
Gerald Fitzgerald joined Invesco’s Investment Consulting team in 2015 and has 10 years industry experience assisting clients with their investment & actuarial requirements. Gerald is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a graduate of both University College Cork and University College Dublin.