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Weekly market review

Week ending 8th April 2016


Stocks

Globally, stocks edged lower on the week as Federal Reserve (Fed) commentary reinforced investor concern over global economic growth. The Chinese Shanghai Index fell 0.8% to its longest losing streak in two months. The UK stock market bucked the trend with a slight gain of 0.6%.

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Fixed Income

The UK 10-year bond yield fell to its lowest level this year last week, before closing the week at 1.363. The US 10-Year Treasury yield fell to 1.72%, with the Fed’s latest policy meeting minutes suggesting that an April interest rate increase is highly unlikely. Furthermore, the federal funds futures market shows both minimal likelihood of an interest rate hike in April or in June, amid concerns over the UK’s potential exit from the European Union. The German 10-Year yield fell to 0.1% as the European Central Bank pledged to fight low inflation and boost growth in the Eurozone.

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Currencies

The Japanese Yen grabbed headlines last week, as it rallied to ¥108.34 against the US dollar, pushing below ¥110 for the first time since October 2014. The surge took at least a brief respite on Friday, as Japan’s finance minister warned of potential further intervention.The US Dollar index briefly neared a 6-month low, stabilizing above $94, to end the week about flat and the pound neared February’s multi-year low, just about managing to hold above $1.40.



Commodities

Despite steady declines in recent weeks, West Texas Intermediate crude oil rallied to $39.72, after US crude oil inventories unexpectedly dropped from their highest level in more than eight decades. A meeting between the OPEC members (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and Russia to discuss the possibility of halting oil production has been set for April 17.

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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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