Thungen Financial 2nd July 2014 - Global Market Update
Global Indexes continue their Bull Run as Asian markets break 3 year highs and US indexes continue to see record breaking closes.
Asian indexes benefited of a record close in the US and affirmation that the global economy is still breaking ground. China's PMI index grew its fastest in 6 months with data suggesting that the 2nd largest economy has turned a corner. May's 50.8 was succeeded by a score of 51 for June. Any figure over 50 shows expansion and the data coming from China lately appears to uphold the fact that the small stimulus measure they have implemented so far have managed to make a significant difference. Also in the region, Japanese business sentiment dropped for the first time in 6 quarters. This could be largely placed on the effects of the rise in sales tax earlier in the year and that consumer spending has decreased. Analysts predict that as the year progresses sentiment will increase.
It has now been almost a full month since the ECB announced its landmark rate decision. Later this week we can expect a follow-up on how and what has been happening since the meeting last month. The majority of European indexes have performed well so far this year, with only a few member states showing real cause for concern. Tomorrow we will see GDP Growth estimates and PPI data follows later in the week. With manufacturing picking up in the UK and Germany and unemployment slightly better for June an optimistic Europe should see out the week.
It was another record close for the Dow and S&P 500 yesterday as the Bulls drove on off the back of positive data out of the Institute for Supply Management. Although factory activity dipped slightly in June, a 55.3 figure for June was welcomed after May's 55.4. Later this afternoon Janet Yellen speaks at an IMF meeting and we can expect the same rhetoric we have heard since she took her post. Her so called "Dovish' comments have managed to buoy investors and the markets alike and little else is expected to be mentioned above the improving economy and the fact that unemployment is starting to turn the corner too.
Asian Markets as of 2nd July 2014:
Nikkei 15,369.97 +0.29% SSE Comp. 2,056.39 +0.29%
Hang Seng 23,470.21 +1.21%
European Markets as of 2nd July 2014
FTSE 6,810.86 +0.12% Dax 9,919.04 +0.17%
CAC40 4,454.35 -0.15%
BEL20 3,154.75 -0.18% Zurich SMI 8,622.82 +0.17%
MICEX 1,476.38 -0.34%
US Markets as of 2nd July 2014
S&P500 1,973.32 +0.67% Dow Jones 16,956.07 +0.77%
NASDAQ 4,458.65 +1.14%
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