Key Data for the Week
- Tuesday – EUR – Markit Manufacturing PMI
- Tuesday – UK – Markit Manufacturing PMI
- Tuesday – US – New Home Sales
- Tuesday – US – Markit Manufacturing PMI
- Wednesday – US – FOMC Meeting
- Thursday – US – Gross Domestic Product
- Friday – AUS – Retail Sales
- Friday – CHINA – Industrial Profits
- Friday – UK – Nationwide House Prices
The Australian sharemarket enjoyed a positive end to the week, as it rose 1.2% on Friday, and 1.0% over the course of the week. This comes as China announced they would take measures to aid its economy as the country eases its strict COVID measures.
The Information Technology sector soared 4.6% to lead the gains on Friday. Afterpay’s parent company, Block, jumped 9.9%, while other buy-now-pay-later providers also enjoyed gains. Software company Altium added 6.2%, while accounting software provider Xero, was up 3.4%.
The major miners advanced as the Materials sector added 2.2%. Fortescue Metals was the best performer, up 3.9%, while BHP and Rio Tinto lifted 2.1% and 1.5% respectively. Goldminers also gained; Northern Star Resources rose 4.1%, while Evolution Mining closed the session 6.3% higher.
In company news, online marketplace, MyDeal, soared 55.8% after it was announced that Woolworths had agreed to acquire the company for $1.05 per share. Woolworths shares were up 0.5%.
The Australian futures market points to a 0.21% fall today.
European sharemarkets closed higher on Friday, as it followed strength from the Asian markets as the People’s Bank of China cut its 5-year lending rate. Automakers outperformed during trading; Porsche added 1.0%, while Volkswagen Group lifted 0.3%.
The Travel & Leisure sector was the next best performer on the markets, as easyJet added 3.2% after the company announced strong half-yearly results. Among the other airlines, Lufthansa followed suit to add 0.7%, while Air France gained 1.1%.
By the close of trade, the STOXX Europe 600 and German DAX both lifted 0.7%, while the UK FTSE 100 added 1.2%.
US sharemarkets were mixed on Friday, as the indices continued their recent run of weakness. The Financials sector declined, as the major banks all lost ground. JP Morgan and Wells Fargo both dropped 0.8%, while Citigroup was relatively flat.
The Information Technology sector was mixed, as Microsoft and Alphabet shed 0.2% and 1.3% respectively, while Apple bucked the downward trend to close up 0.2%. Cybersecurity providers enjoyed gains; CrowdStrike Holdings lifted 4.3% and Fortinet rose 3.7%.
By the close of trade, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 were both relatively flat, while the NASDAQ dropped 0.3%. However, over the week, the NASDAQ gave up 0.3% and the S&P 500 fell 2.8%, while the Dow Jones was relatively flat.
The Australian Labor Party (ALP), along with a number of independents, rose to power on the weekend following a sweeping election result.
They enter government in an economic backdrop of fiscal repair, facing a cost-of-living crisis driven by steep inflation and with a program of rising interest rates already underway.
Both parties were looking to grow their way out of the pandemic debt, with the ALP focused on wages growth, aged care, childcare and the NBN.
With injections coming in the form of higher government spending in the near term and an ALP commitment to a 5.1% (in line with CPI rises) increase in the minimum wage, will the Reserve Bank of Australia need to raise rates further than their current guidance.
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