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Wed, 20 May 2020

Week Ahead

Week Ahead: Covid-19 to hit sentiment, can discounters thrive?

A raft of sentiment data, US goods orders figures, and earnings from discounters well-positioned to thrive during the current economic downturn will be the focus this week. Here’s your full break-down of the top financial market events to watch. 

Written By:
Rewan Tremethick

Wed, 20 May 2020

Commodities

US crude oil inventories to increase again after last week’s draw?

Today’s incoming US crude oil inventories data is expected to show a build of 1.1 million barrels. However, last week’s report revealed a surprise draw of over 700,00 barrels, and yesterday’s data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a drop of 4.8 million barrels. Analysts had forecast a 7.6 million barrel build.

Written By:
Rewan Tremethick

Wed, 20 May 2020

Morning Note

UK inflation slips, M&S profits slide, indices hold trading ranges

It’s widely accepted that the pandemic is a profoundly deflationary shock to the global economy. No surprise then that UK consumer price inflation slowed to 0.8% in April from 1.5% in March. In fact, the bulk of the decline was due to lower oil prices.

Written By:
Neil Wilson

Tue, 19 May 2020

Equities

Warren Buffett slashes Goldman Sachs position

Warren Buffett dramatically cut his position in Goldman Sachs during the first quarter. Berkshire Hathaway’s latest regulatory filing revealed that the conglomerate sold 84% of its stake in GS, dropping the size of its position from 12 million shares to 1.9 million.

Written By:
Rewan Tremethick

Tue, 19 May 2020

Equities

Moderna vaccine: what do we know so far?

Moderna shares jumped another 20% and the S&P 500 rallied over 3% after the US drug maker reported positive results from its early stage trials of its potential Covid-19 vaccine. The news sent risk assets higher as a vaccine would help economies get back to a true normal far quicker than any other measure. But has Moderna really got the goods?

Written By:
Neil Wilson

Tue, 19 May 2020

Morning Note

European shares cautious after Wall Street soars

Risk on resumes? Wall Street enjoyed one of its best days this year as hopes grew for a Covid-19 vaccine The Dow rallied 900 points, up almost 4%, while the S&P 500 rose 90 points, or 3.15%, to 2953, closing at its highest since March 6th. The close was just a little shy of the 2954 peak on Apr 29th, the most recent swing high.

Written By:
Neil Wilson

Mon, 18 May 2020

Equities

Are high-yield corporate bond spreads suggesting continued caution for equity investors?

Over the last 8 weeks, the NASDAQ has rallied as much as 40%, from its lows on 23 March to a swing high at the beginning of last week. However, an analysis of the performance of high-yield corporate debt during the current equity market rally, as compared to how high-yield debt has performed in past bear markets, may indicate to traders that continued caution is warranted.

Written By:
Ryan Case, CFA

Mon, 18 May 2020

Morning Note

Gold breaks out, European equities rally

Equities and oil are higher as investors cautiously welcome signs lockdowns are ending but markets remain in this tug-of-war pattern where we simply don’t know whether the damage will be a lot worse than feared or the recovery will be much swifter. Indices remain in broad ranges are still seeking direction.

Written By:
Neil Wilson

Sun, 17 May 2020

Week Ahead

Week Ahead: Walmart and Home Depot Earnings, UK April Jobless Claims, May PMIs

We may be reaching the tail end of earnings season, but there are still some eagerly awaited releases lined up this week. Highlights will be reports from Walmart and Home Depot; stock in these companies has seen strong bid even as the wider market has tanked.  We also have the FOMC minutes, a host of PMIs, and jobless claims data from the UK for April. Here’s your full breakdown of the coming events you need to know about. 

Written By:
Rewan Tremethick

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