World Markets Review
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | Thu Jun 07 22:38:00 PDT 2018
Global stocks were essentially flat as modest gains in U.S. equities were offset by declines in Europe, Japan and some developing countries. Markets came under pressure late in the month amid political turmoil in Italy and Spain, signs of slowing economic growth in Europe and Japan, and deteriorating global trade relations.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | Mon May 07 22:38:25 PDT 2018
Global stocks rose modestly amid solid corporate earnings reports and ongoing central bank stimulus measures. Gains were tempered by signs of slowing economic growth in the U.S., Europe and Japan, as well as worries about rising U.S.-China trade tensions. A resurgent U.S. dollar and higher interest rates weighed on emerging markets.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | April 2018
Global stocks declined amid investor worries about rising interest rates, mounting inflation pressures and escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Talk of a potential trade war sent developed-market stocks reeling at various times throughout the quarter, while emerging markets stocks powered through the turmoil.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | March 2018
Global stocks fell sharply amid investor worries that a strengthening U.S. economy may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at a faster-than-expected pace. Signs of inflationary pressures sparked a rapid sell-off in late January and early February, resulting in the first correction, or 10% loss, for U.S. stocks since early 2016.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | February 2018
Global stocks entered the new year on a high note, lifted by signs of an improving outlook for the world economy and strong corporate earnings growth. Economic data in the U.S., Europe and Japan showed a clear global acceleration trend, while many emerging markets also experienced surging business activity and rallying equity markets.
Economically sensitive stocks outpaced defensive sectors across the board. The consumer discretionary and information technology sectors posted the largest gains, supported by solid holiday retail sales and impressive earnings at tech industry giants. Utilities, real estate and telecommunication services stocks lagged the overall market.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | Mon Jan 01 21:49:29 PST 2018
Global stocks rallied amid a synchronized world economic recovery, strong corporate earnings growth and aggressive central bank stimulus measures. Elections in France, Germany and Japan helped restore stability to previously struggling economies, while political infighting in the U.S. and elsewhere was essentially ignored by resilient financial markets.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | Tue Jan 09 22:03:00 PST 2018
Global stocks rose amid strong corporate earnings growth, improving world economic data and a fourth-quarter surge in merger-and-acquisition activity. Political events also helped propel markets higher as investors cheered a $1.5 trillion tax cut in the U.S. and the re-election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan.
Information technology stocks provided the largest gains, supported by investor enthusiasm for Apple’s new iPhone and other popular consumer tech products. Basic materials stocks also rallied on a brighter outlook for global economic growth. Heath care, utilities and telecommunication services stocks lagged the overall market.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | December 2017
Global stocks rose modestly, supported by improving world economic growth and renewed mergers-and-acquisitions activity. U.S. and Japanese stocks led global markets higher for the month while European and emerging markets stocks — among the best gainers for the year — stalled amid signs of year-end profit-taking by some investors.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | Thu Nov 02 23:03:40 PDT 2017
Global stocks advanced amid signs of an improving world economy, strong corporate earnings growth and central bank stimulus measures. Repeating a common theme, several key market indexes reached historic highs. Japanese stocks led developed markets higher as investors welcomed the snap election victory orchestrated by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
Information technology stocks rallied, supported by better-than-expected corporate earnings in the sector. Basic materials stocks also enjoyed significant gains amid accelerating activity in the manufacturing sector and higher demand from China. Telecommunications stocks fell on concerns about declining cable TV subscriptions and waning demand for mobile phone upgrades.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | October 2017
Stocks rose amid a brighter outlook for the global economy and better-than-expected corporate earnings. Several key market indexes reached record highs during the quarter, despite increasing tensions with North Korea and the start of a particularly destructive hurricane season. European stocks and emerging markets outpaced U.S. equities.
Economically sensitive stocks generally provided stronger returns than defensive sectors. Information technology, energy and materials stocks led markets higher. Financial stocks also advanced on expectations for rising global interest rates. The consumer staples sector fell, weighed down by a sharp decline in the shares of tobacco companies.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | September 2017
Global stocks finished August roughly where they started as investor optimism over improving world economic growth was tempered by rising geopolitical risk. Developed markets in the U.S., Europe and Japan moved sideways as tensions rose over international disputes with Russia and North Korea. In contrast, emerging markets stocks rose on stronger metals prices and a weaker dollar.
Information technology and utilities stocks enjoyed the best gains, supported by strong corporate earnings growth. Energy stocks declined the most, weighed down by falling oil prices amid over-supply concerns. Financial stocks also fell as many investors appeared to take profits from what had been the highest returning sector in developed markets since the November U.S. elections.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | August 2017
Global stocks posted modest gains amid healthy corporate earnings reports and an improving outlook for global economic growth. U.S. stocks hit a series of new record highs and European equities enjoyed significant inflows. A weakening dollar and rising commodities prices supported a strong rally in emerging markets.
Telecommunication services and basic materials stocks led markets higher, supported by signs of a broad-based recovery in the global economy. Information technology stocks also rallied on solid earnings growth from tech giants Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Health care and consumer staples stocks lagged the overall market.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | July 2017
Global stocks advanced amid accelerating economic growth in the U.S. and Europe, coupled with signs of diminishing political risk in the euro zone. Investor sentiment improved markedly as political newcomer Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, largely erasing concerns that France may attempt to leave the European Union.
Health care stocks experienced strong returns as the U.S. Senate proposed a new industry-friendly plan to reform the nation’s health care system. Emerging markets also rallied amid improving global economic data and a weaker dollar. Energy stocks declined sharply, hurt by persistent oversupply concerns that continued to drive oil prices lower.
WORLD MARKETS REVIEW | June 2017
Global stocks rose amid signs of improving economic growth and healthy corporate earnings. Several key indexes hit record highs as pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election. However, persistent questions about political stability in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere tempered those gains.
Information technology stocks led markets higher, supported by surging share prices for U.S. tech giants Apple and Google parent, Alphabet. The utilities sector rallied amid rising demand for dividend-paying stocks. Emerging markets stocks also advanced, despite a brewing political scandal that sent Brazilian markets tumbling.
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