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Week in Review: U.S. Tech Pullback

The technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index is off nearly 11% from its recent high, the index closed under its 50-day moving average for the first time in 105 days as technology stocks experienced their worst pullback since March. Facebook and Amazon each lost more than 5% over the week while Apple and Netflix slid 7.4% and…

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Week in Review: Technology Stocks Take a Breather

After an exceptionally strong August month that saw major stock market indices including the S&P 500 and Nasdaq achieve new highs, some volatility returned to markets this week, largely driven by some profit taking in technology companies. As discussed in last week’s newsletter,  much of the performance in U.S. stock markets year-to-date has been driven…

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Week in Review: The K-Shaped Recovery

Economists are pointing towards a K-shaped recovery as opposed to the initial hoped for V-shaped recovery (a sharp bounce back) or a feared W-shaped recovery (a short recovery followed by another downturn). In this scenario there is an uneven economic recovery increasing the divide between the haves and the have-nots, with the winners being the…

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Week in Review: Biden vs. Trump

Despite a quieter week for global markets, the S&P 500 edged passed its February pre-pandemic record high this week. This marks a milestone as being the fastest bear-market plunge (a market move of twenty percent or greater) followed by the second-fastest bear-market recovery in U.S. history. We also saw Apple become the first company ever…

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Week in Review: SA moves to Level 2 Lockdown

As infections in the most populous provinces continued to decline over the week (just below 5,000 a day), as expected President Cyril Ramaphosa removed most of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on Saturday night. Level 2 takes effect from midnight tomorrow, when restrictions on alcohol, cigarettes, interprovincial travel and personal and family visits will largely fall…

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Week in Review: Tech Giants Dominate

U.S. equities ended mostly higher for the week as big tech held the earnings spotlight. On Wednesday, a congressional antitrust panel questioned the chief executives of the biggest tech companies around their size, power and business practices. The industry leaders (Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai…

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Week in Review: U.S.-China Trade Tensions Escalate

Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on global equity markets this week, with the S&P 500 Index briefly turning positive for 2020 before retreating. Tensions arose after the U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of targeting American companies working on virus research and stealing information. It also ordered the shutdown of China’s Houston consulate,…

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Week in Review: Chinese Second Quarter GDP Rebounds

China’s GDP grew a better-than-expected 3.2% in the second quarter of this year, reversing a historic 6.8% contraction in the first quarter. Economists polled by Reuters expected China’s gross domestic product to have grown at 2.5% in the April to June quarter. With many firms still operating below capacity some analysts questioned the official growth…

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Week in Review: Second-Half Outlook

Having crossed the halfway mark of 2020, the “rear-view mirror” will record the first six months of 2020 as one of the most fascinating and volatile periods for financial markets on record. With global equities having bottomed on the 23rd of March, the rebound witnessed in the 2nd quarter has been one of the sharpest…

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