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Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - October 24, 2016

Last week did not bring significant changes in the major global stock indices. In the US, the NASDAQ rose by 0.8%, the S&P500 increased by 0.4%, while the DJI soared by 0.04%. In Europe, French CAC40 took off by 1.5%, German DAX went up by 1.2% and British FTSE250 fell by 0.3%. The meeting of the ECB Governing Council was the highlight of the week. In line with market consensus, the interest rates remained unchanged. However, investors expected that Mario Draghi would announce an expansion of the QE. Meanwhile, it turned out that the council did not consider the issue. Moreover, the president of the ECB emphasized that the program would not soon be concluded. Generally, the message was rather dovish, whereas not enough to meet market expectations.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - October 17, 2016

The second week of October brought an increase in probability of the American interest rates raise. The minutes from the last meeting of the FOMC turned out to be slightly less hawkish than expected. Nevertheless rising oil prices caused a growth in the inflationary expectations. Moreover, in October most of the economic data readings did not fail. Last week investors learnt the PPI - it stood at 0.7% y/y vs 0.4% expected. Furthermore, the dynamic of the retail sales amounted to 2.7% y/y. The result was in line with market consensus. Therefore, despite the fact that the latest data from the American labor market turned out to be quite disappointing, the FOMC seemed to be in favour of monetary tightening.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - October 10, 2016

Despite the significant volatility in the financial markets, the first week of October brought slight changes of the major global stock indices. During the whole week, British FTSE250 grew by 0.7%, French CAC40 increased by 0.04% and German DAX declined by 0.2%. In the US, the S&P500 fell by 0.7%, while the NASDAQ and the DJI went down by 0.4%. This time investors focused on macroeconomic data from the US. The readings of the manufacturing ISM (51.5 pts.), the non - manufacturing ISM (57.1 pts.) and the dynamic of the factory goods orders (0.2% m/m) exceeded projections.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - October 3, 2016

The economic calendar was very rich last week. Investors paid special attention to the data from the American economy. This was very important due to the investors’ expectations concerning the interest rate raise by Fed. This time readings did not fail. The publications of the Conference Board index (104.1 pts.), the Richmond Fed index (-8 pts.) and the Chicago PMI (54.2 pts.) turned out to be higher than projections. In addition, the final reading of the annualized GDP growth for the second quarter stood at 1.4% vs 1.3% expected. Meanwhile, there were releases of the confidence indices for the Eurozone. They surprised investors positively. It is worth paying attention to the unemployment rate in the Euroland as well.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - September 26, 2016

In the first part of the past week investors were looking forward to the Fed’s decision on the interest rates. Most of them did not expect any hawkish changes because plenty of economic data readings from the US had failed. However, the earlier appreciation of dollar against euro could have indicated that the market did not rule out a possible change of the cost of money. Nevertheless, the FOMC did not modify its monetary policy. As a result, global major stock indices started to grow dynamically, especially in the US.

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