Weekly market review
Week ending 25th December 2015
The US stock market rose this week, despite some weaker macroeconomic data being reported, thanks mainly to energy and raw material producers, which enjoyed a 2.8% gain. In Europe, stock markets also trended higher with Germany’s ‘DAX’ closing up 1.1% and the STOXX Europe 600 index (which represents 600 companies of different sizes across 18 countries of the European region) rising 1.5%.
Government bond yields increased in most major economies. For example, interest rates on Spanish government bonds increased, following an indecisive election outcome. 2015 is shaping up to be the first year on record during which notably negative US High Yield returns were not met with a concurrent economic recession.
Following a week in which the US Dollar Index strengthened as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade, the index ultimately finished the week down 0.8%. Additionally, despite some weaker economic data out of Europe, the Euro preserved its early-week rally, closing at $1.09.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil built on its recent strength and closed the week at $38.10, after the release of a report showing a decline in US crude stockpiles. However, warm winter weather continues to potentially create more acute risks in energy prices.
Source: Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Adapted by FundCalibre. This material is for information purposes only and does not in any way constitute financial advice.
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