Key Data for the Week
- Tuesday – AUS – RBA Board Meeting Minutes – Policy settings were left unchanged.
- Tuesday – EUR – Consumer Confidence fell 1.5 points to -8.3 in December.
- Wednesday – US – Gross Domestic Product
- Wednesday – US – Existing Home Sales
- Wednesday – UK – Gross Domestic Product
The Australian sharemarket lifted 0.9% yesterday, in what was the domestic market’s best performance in two weeks. The RBA did not allude to any upcoming rate rises and claimed there was no hurry to raise rates next year.
The Health Care sector outperformed yesterday, as CSL increased 4.9%. Australian Clinical Labs soared 12.2%, after the company upgraded their first-half earnings guidance, as they are set to benefit from the increase in COVID testing. This is the company’s fourth earnings upgrade since it listed on the ASX in May of this year.
The big miners enjoyed a jump in the price of iron ore. Fortescue Metals added 1.7% and Rio Tinto lifted 3.2%, while BHP and Mineral Resources added 1.4% and 1.8% respectively. Gold miners also enjoyed gains; Northern Star Resources lifted 2.2% and Evolution Mining gained 2.5%.
The Financials sector added 0.4%, as all four big banks finished higher. NAB was the best performer, up 0.7%, while Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac all added between 0.2% and 0.4%.
The Australian futures market points to a 0.06% gain today, driven by stronger overseas markets.
European sharemarkets enjoyed gains on Tuesday, as many of the COVID sensitive sectors rebounded from the day prior. The Materials sector outperformed as a result of a gain in the price of iron ore. London-listed BHP and Rio Tinto added 2.3% and 3.4% respectively, while Glencore closed the session relatively flat.
The ‘buy the dip’ mentality continued as investors returned to the Energy sector. As a result, the oil majors rebounded; BP jumped 3.0% and Royal Dutch Shell added 3.1%. The Travel and Leisure sector also enjoyed gains, as Lufthansa added 6.6% and easyJet lifted 5.3%, while Ryanair closed the session 4.0% higher. By the close of trade, the German DAX, the UK’s FTSE 100 and the pan-European STOXX 600 all added 1.4%.
US sharemarkets were also higher overnight as the Information Technology gained. Chip manufacturer, NVIDIA Corporation, added 4.9%, while Microsoft lifted 2.3% and Amazon closed the session 2.0% higher. Payment system providers, Mastercard and Visa, also enjoyed gains, as they jumped 4.1% and 3.2% respectively. The Financials sector was also stronger, as Goldman Sachs added 2.3% and JP Morgan rose 1.4%. Bank of America lifted 2.4%, as the sector was boosted by an increase in treasury yields. By the close of trade, the NASDAQ soared 2.4% and the S&P 500 added 1.8%, while the Dow Jones closed 1.6% higher.
Today is the last Morning Market Update for 2021.
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