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January 28, 2020

Market Comment | The strong U.S. consumer confidence led a market relief rally

Global equity markets stabilized, and rebounded slightly after yesterday’s dramatic correction. The strong U.S. consumer confidence and regional manufacturing report boosted equity markets and sovereign yields today.

January 27, 2020

Market comment | Risk-off mood extends, fueling bond demand. FOMC preview

Increasing contagion fears boosted sovereign bond demand and significantly dragged commodities and equity markets, especially companies with exposure to China

January 24, 2020

Market Comment | Virus contagion concerns breaks ‘risk on’ mood.

In a negative knee jerk reaction, investors sought shelter in bond markets and sold commodities and transportation sector stocks

January 23, 2020

Market Comment | Virus contagion fears spook markets, amid absence of relevant drivers

Financial markets slid back as coronavirus contagion fears increased, ahead of the Chinese New Year. Equity and sovereign bond yields fell sharply, while investors increased the appeal for safe-haven currencies (JPY and USD).

January 22, 2020

Market Comment | Tentative bounce post virus jitters

Markets bounce back after yesterday’s sharp pullback as concerns about virus outbreak in China eased, although caution prevailed among investors. Meanwhile, robust US housing data boosted the USD, while safe-haven currencies lost steam.

January 21, 2020

Market Comment | Risk-off mood weighed on sovereign bond yields

Market traded in a risk-off fashion on the back of rising worries about a deadly virus in China, amid the lack of relevant economic news. Consequently, equity markets slipped, especially Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index.

January 20, 2020

Market Comment | Quiet markets ahead of an eventful week

Markets were generally steady because of a U.S holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Day. Therefore, sovereign bond yields and FX markets remained largely unchanged ahead of key economic events that will take place during the week.

January 17, 2020

Market Comment | Equity markets to record highs although bond yields see limited gains

Equity markets slightly extended the increases across the board during the week, underpinned by the final agreement on the U.S.-China phase one agreement, the improvement in the U.S. activity data (retail sales and regional PMI) and mixed company earnings.