Posts Tagged ‘U.S.’

Optimism Outweighs Geopolitical Tensions

Despite escalating tensions between the U.S. and China – with this week focusing on President Trump placing restrictions on Chinese social-media apps including TikTok and WeChat – global markets recorded solid gains. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index recorded fresh new highs and the S&P 500 Index is within 1.2% of its all-time high, recorded in…

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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: Coronavirus Sparks Market Correction

Coronavirus panic has sent world equity markets into correction (a correction is a 10 percent drop in stocks from their most recent peak) territory. While the rate of reported cases in China slowed and Chinese companies that were shuttered in February started to reopen, the headlines that the virus is spreading at an increased rate…

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Week in Review: President Ramaphosa delivers SONA 2020

Global attention remained on the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases rose and China’s factories try to reopen. Equities were mostly stronger for a second straight week while bond yields stayed unchanged, a sign that investors are cautiously optimistic. In the U.S., Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair, Jerome Powell’s commentary took centre stage, where…

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