As the market players are aware, equity markets are presently getting influenced by global macro-economic parameters as well as by geopolitical factors. If the tensions between the US and China escalate or if the economic uncertainties increase, stock markets can witness negative impacts. Settlement of the trade battle is of utmost importance, as an end to the trade war might result in the overall stability of the stock markets. Apart from the equity markets, bond markets also need to be tracked closely.
As the investors know, comments from the US Federal Reserve are also very critical when it comes to the movement of stock markets. Updates from the Federal Reserve meeting provide a broader idea regarding how the global economy is performing and what factors could affect its performance. On August 16, 2019, Dow Jones Industrial Average ended in green, as the index rose by 306.62 points or 1.20% to end the session at 25886.01 and, on the same day, S&P 500 Index encountered a rise of 41.08 points or 1.44%. In the event of global slowdown, investors can decide to sell their equity holdings which might negatively impact the stock markets.
Oil Prices Can Be Affected By Macro Parameters
There are anticipations that oil prices would be sensitive to macro-economic factors, overall health of the global economy as well as movement of stock markets. If the economic uncertainties increase or if the trade battle does not end on a permanent basis, the oil demand might come into question and, as a result, the oil prices can be affected.
Australian Markets Closed in Green: S&P/ASX200 Rises by 1%
If the global conditions are unstable and overall health of the global economy comes into danger, the impacts can also be felt on the Australian economy. A downturn in the Australian economy could negatively impact the performance of Australian equities. Also, the Australian stock markets are exposed to the risks related to the trade war between the US and China. On August 19, 2019, S&P/ASX200 ended the session in green, as there was an increase of 61.9 points or 1% on an intraday basis to close at 6467.4. Also, on the same day, All Ordinaries encountered an increase of 1% or 64.6 points to end at 6550.5.
Let us now have a quick look at the performance of individual stocks. Smartgroup Corporation Ltd (ASX: SIQ) witnessed a significant rise of 21.681% on an intraday basis to close the session at A$11.000 per share, while Lendlease Group (ASX: LLC) rose by 10.857% to end at A$15.010 per share. On the other hand, BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL) and oOh!media Limited (ASX: OML) fell on an intraday basis by 8.361% and 7.85%, respectively.
As we know, the companies are releasing their earnings reports and we have provided information on some of the companies. The information on the year-end results on three financial sector stocks have been covered. Click here to view the same.
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