Key Data for the Week
Key economic data released this week:
The Australian sharemarket rose 0.8% yesterday, to close higher for a third straight day. Gains were across all sectors except Consumer Discretionary. The Health Care sector saw the largest gains, with CSL up 2.3%, to close at a new all-time high of $279.73.
Westpac announced the departure of CEO Brian Hartzer, following the fallout from AUSTRAC’s civil suit. The bank rose 1.7%, to close higher for the first time in five sessions. The other big banks also gained; Commonwealth Bank added 1.1%, while ANZ and NAB added 0.4% and 0.3% respectively.
Caltex jumped 13.4%, after the company confirmed it received a takeover proposal from Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard for $34.50 per share.
Seek added 3.0%, after the company reaffirmed its FY20 guidance for both revenue and earnings growth.
Mining heavyweights BHP and Rio Tinto both added 0.1% to help lift the Materials sector. The Telecommunications sector eked out a 0.1% gain, despite Telstra falling 0.6%.
The Australian futures market points to a 0.13% fall today.
European sharemarkets were mixed on Tuesday, with the broad based STOXX Europe 600 up 0.1%. Financials weighed on the market; ING Groep fell 1.3% and Deutsche Bank lost 1.1%, while Lloyds Banking Group bucked the trend to close 0.6% higher.
US sharemarkets hit all-time highs overnight. US President Donald Trump said the US was in the "final throes" in its attempt to reach a trade deal with China. Walt Disney rose 1.3% after a report showed its streaming service was averaging nearly a million new subscribers a day. REITs and Consumer Discretionary sectors were the standout performers, while Energy and Financials weighed on the market.
By the close of trade, the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all added 0.2%.
The concept of supply and demand is an economic fundamental that drives many investment decisions.
The graph below illustrates countries by population size and goes a long way to explaining the demand side of the global economic equation.
The massive populations of China and India are obvious from a demand perspective, but what isn’t obvious is the average age within these countries.
China’s average age is 37, while India’s and Indonesia’s are only 29, meaning not only will these massive populations be significant consumers, but they will be for quite a long time.
From an investment perspective, you need to fish where the fish are, and this graph helps us know where to drop our line.
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