Market Updates: What’s Impacting The Global Markets?

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The macro-economic indicators have been impacting the markets globally. The mixed sentiments as reflected in the global markets were witnessed because of the number of risk factors coupled with the fading optimism with regards to the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement).  The European markets were impacted by the fiscal sustainability of Italy as well as Brexit outcome. The US treasuries and USD have been witnessing an upward momentum and the treasury yields (10 year) stood at 3.05%.

The woes in the European region have been clearly benefiting the US dollar. Actually, the strong USD is supported by two primary factors. One, the Federal Reserve’s hawkish monetary stance has been bringing the participants which are risk averse and want higher yields which is supporting the USD. Second, the global risks have been pressurizing the traders to stay invested in safe asset class which, in turn, is positively impacting USD.

Upside Momentum in Australian Stocks Helped by Mining Companies

On October 3, 2018, the Australian markets witnessed an upward momentum because of the stocks of mining companies. For instance, Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) and St Barbara Limited (ASX: SBM) ended the day with 8.108% and 7.418%, respective upward movement in their stock price. The Australian economy is positively affected by the weaker Australian dollar. The fall in the Australian dollar is witnessed on the back of lower interest rates compared to the United States. The cash rate in Australia is 1.5% while in the US the rate is 2.25% which makes the gap of 75 bps (basis points). Moreover, the global economists as well as broad markets are in the anticipation that Australian central bank would be maintaining the same rate for a minimum of one year. 

Since January 2018, the Australian dollar witnessed the fall of 11% which places the economy in the better position. Falling dollar can help Australia in witnessing a rise in the wages, employment as well as economic growth. All this is coming to Australian economy without reducing the interest rates.

The central bank is trying to improve the growth prospects of the economy and has also witnessed some progress. In Q2, the economy saw an annual growth rate of 3.4% while the unemployment was reduced and stood at 5.3%. It can be said this is not robust growth but a gradual one and thus, a further push is required.

At the close of October 3, 2018, Bellamy’s Australia Limited (ASX: BAL) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) ended the day by declining 4.928% and 4.124%, respectively. Meanwhile, BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) ended 1.1% higher as Brazilian prosecutors reached a final compensation arrangement with BHP, Samarco and Vale on the 2015 Smarco dam tragedy. In another big news, Ardent Leisure Group is making changes to its stapled security structure and getting a simpler model in place.

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Hina Chowdhary
Hina Chowdhary is the Head of Equities Research at Kalkine and has extensive experience of about 10 years in the area of Research and 4 years in Equities Research particularly. She has earned a Master of Science degree from the renowned Indian Institute of Technology. Hina’s work profile entails in-depth analysis for stocks using a diverse set of financial data tools and models in order to provide appropriate investment opportunities and insights on which stocks to buy, sell or hold. She has hands-on experience in developing industry breaking equity news, company specific investment themes/ ideas, and other equity research related products. She is featured regularly in the Money section of Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald

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