Global Market Update: Global financial markets continue to exhibit a range of movements, presenting investors with a mix of trends from different corners of the world. While Asia shows signs of a slight uptick, US markets closed the week with modest gains, and attention is directed towards key factors shaping the market landscape.
Asia’s Varied Trends:
In the Asian markets, a diverse pattern unfolds. The GIFT Nifty registers a notable increase of 9 points, while Dow futures display stability. The Nikkei index is buoyed by approximately 0.94%, reaching around 31,748.88. Meanwhile, the Strait Times reflects a slight weakness of 0.49%. Taiwan’s market presents a rise of 0.25%, positioned at 16,421.06. In contrast, Hangseng records a decline of 0.87% at a level of 17,794.64. Kospi exhibits a positive movement of 0.61%, and the Shanghai Composite portrays a marginal decline of 0.36% at 3,120.55.
US Markets and the Path Forward:
In the US, markets concluded the week with marginal gains, while revealing some degree of volatility. Both the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq experienced a downward trajectory for the third consecutive week. This movement was in line with the decline seen in the MSCI World Equity Index, which dropped by 0.24%. Of note, the rally in US bond yields persists, with the 10-year US bond yield reaching its highest level since 2007 last Thursday, only to decrease by around 5 basis points to 4.25% on Friday. As inflation continues to be a factor, bond yield changes may impact foreign investors in India.
Crude Oil Fluctuations and Economic Indicators:
Crude oil prices, after a robust 7-week rally driven by supply concerns following OPEC+ countries’ production cut announcements, witnessed a 2% decline last week. This shift can be attributed to China’s economic slowdown and the ongoing property market crisis. Despite this, crude oil prices recorded a slight uptick of about 1% on the last Friday. The coming week also holds significance as Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, is set to deliver a speech in Jackson Hole.