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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.

January 16, 2020

Market Comment | Muted markets amid U.S-China trade deal relief

Shy market reaction after China and the U.S signed phase one of the trade agreement. Meanwhile, U.S and European stocks hit new highs, driven by positive U.S retail sales data.

January 15, 2020

Market Comment | All eyes on the phase one trade deal signing

Investors remained cautious ahead of the signing and the unveiled details of the U.S.-China phase one deal. Against this background, bonds remained well demanded while equity markets showed mixed results, with the U.S. equity market hitting a fresh record high.

January 14, 2020

Market Comment | Quiet session ahead of trade developments

Financial markets were broadly steady, although some caution lingers as investors wait for U.S.-China trade agreement progress. Concerning the macroeconomic data, U.S. inflation increased less than expected, whereas China’s trade balance rose in December.

January 13, 2020

Market comment | Markets start the week on a slightly positive note

Financial markets began the week on a slightly positive tone. That said, markets traded in a narrow range ahead of this week's main events such as the signing of the U.S.-China phase I trade deal on Wednesday, and the 4Q19 earning season kick-off.

January 10, 2020

Market Comment | Soft US jobs data tempers risk-on revival

Markets extended the last year-end rally after US-Iran geopolitical tensions moderated. Investors’ risk appetite improved, underpinned by encouraging economic data, confirmation of the US-China Phase One trade deal next week, and the conviction that central banks stand ready to act if needed.

January 9, 2020

Market Comment | Geopolitical tensions fade boosting risk-on mood.

Financial markets veered back toward a risk-on mood, underpinned by fading US-Iran tensions and positive economic data. Equity markets increased across the board, while bond, oil and gold prices declined.