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Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - July 17, 2017

A publication of the Beige Book and a public appearance of Janet Yellen were the most important events of the past week. The speech put some uncertainty in the market. The president of the Fed confirmed plans to reduce the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve, albeit she seemed to be very cautious about further interest rates raises, as well as some other representatives of the Fed. Meanwhile, there were some rumors that Mario Draghi would announce a reduction of QE during an upcoming symposium in Jackson Hole or after a September’s ECB Governing Council meeting. Thus the market sentiment supported euro last week, especially since a hawkish attitude of the Fed had been already discounted.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - July 10, 2017

The first week of July brought slight increases of major global stock market indices. During the whole past week, German DAX and French CAC40 went up by 0.5%, while British FTSE250 soared by 0.3%. In the US, the DJI rose by 0.3%, the NASDAQ took off by 0.2% and the S&P500 grew by 0.1%. It should be reiterated that the first days of the new month were extremely interesting in the financial markets. Investors learnt a lot of robust macroeconomic figures from the Euroland and the US. Special attention should be paid to the readings from the US, because lately, they had run of bad luck. This time investors learnt the services PMI and ISM indices which exceeded projections. The manufacturing PMI was 0.1 percentage point lower than consensus.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - July 3. 2017

The last week of June was not successful for the stock markets. During the whole past week, German DAX deteriorated by 3.2%, French CAC40 fell by 2.8% and British FTSE250 went down by 1.8%. In the US, the NASDAQ declined by 2%, the S&P500 decreased by 0.6% and the DJI shrank by 0.2%. This time special attention should be paid to the latest macroeconomic data releases. The readings from the US economy ended run of bad luck and surprised investors positively. The revision of the annualized GDP growth rate stood at 1.4% vs 1.2% expected. In addition, the Chicago PMI significantly exceeded the market consensus – 65.7 pts. vs 58 pts..


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - June 26. 2017

The last week’s economic calendar was quite uneventful, so trading in the global financial markets was rather smooth. During the whole past week, British FTSE250 declined by 0.7%, German DAX fell by 0.2%, while French CAC40 increased by 0.2%. In the US, the S&P500 went up by 0.2% and the DJI rose by 0.1%. A slightly more remarkable movement was seen by the NASDAQ (1.8%), which earlier had been shrinking dynamically – a sell – off of the American technology companies’ shares. Moreover, the situation of Eurodollar did not change last week – EUR/USD was in a consolidation at 1.111 – 1.129. However, it is worth paying special attention to some statements of the Fed’s representatives. Unlike to the official FOMC’s statement, their commentaries were quite dovish.


Weekly comment MM Prime TFI - June 19. 2017

Last week, the market focused on the FOMC meeting. As expected, the council raised the interest rates by 25 basis points, so investors paid special attention to the Fed’s message and a conference with Janet Yellen. These turned out to be hawkish. The FOMC is going to make one more interest rates hike by the end of this year and next three in 2018. In addition, the Fed presented a very precise program to reduce its balance sheet. After all, the scale of the dollar’s appreciation was negligible – it was quite surprising, especially since the ECB maintained a dovish attitude. Furthermore, despite the Fed’s assurances that the US economic slowdown has been only temporary, a series of weak macroeconomic data readings from the US is going on.

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