Market Insights & Analysis

Read our analysts' daily briefings, together with our Market Snapshot reports.

22 Jan 2014 17:16
It has been another quiet day for the European equity markets, which consolidated within the recent range, struggling for some direction. Due to the absence of major macroeconomic data and significant currency movements, the equity markets continue to trade range-bound.
17 Jan 2014 17:31
The European equity markets managed to end on positive territory showing their best weekly gain this year so far. UK retail sales surprised the London equity market after surging by 2.6% in December.
16 Jan 2014 09:06
UK house prices expectations hit a 14-year high in December, supported by low interest rates. European equity markets have been trading sideways in early trading ahead of the releases of key economic data from the US and Eurozone. Crude oil prices finished at a two-week high on Wednesday after following a bullish EIA oil inventories report.
15 Jan 2014 17:28
European equity markets rebounded strongly in late trading on Wednesday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street, as robust US economic data spread optimism and increased risk appetite. In the US, the NY Fed manufacturing index jumped by 12.5% in January.
13 Jan 2014 17:37
European equity markets have posted modest gains on Monday. Precious metals continue their strong rally with Gold prices surging further to retest $1250 area. The main focus will turn to the release of the US Federal budget this evening, which could provide a better outlook regarding the US economic conditions and prospects.
10 Jan 2014 17:19
European equity markets surged on Friday with CAC, DAX, IBEX and the London benchmark gaining more than 0.5%, while the euro rebounded against the US dollar, rising above the 1.365 area. The US employment report was fairly modest showing 74,000 people were added to payrolls in December 2013, missing analysts’ expectations.
03 Jan 2014 16:48
European equity markets rebounded from yesterday’s losses, correcting higher, supported by retail stocks which improved risk appetite. Next surged by 10.04% after reporting a strong Christmas sales report, which helped to raise its profit forecast and announce a special dividend.
02 Jan 2014 16:57
European equity markets slid lower on the first trading session of 2014, as tepid PMI data from China and the UK weighed on market sentiment, while the stronger US dollar added pressure to most mining and energy stocks.
31 Dec 2013 14:55
The London equity index surged higher to show its best yearly gain since 2009. We expect the recent uptrend in the global equity markets to continue in 2014, as strong economic data from the US and Eurozone have already spread optimism across the markets, showing potential for an increase in risk appetite in the New Year.
30 Dec 2013 16:36
European equity markets gave back earlier gains and slid lower on Monday, as investors were prompted to profit take, locking in recent gains following the Santa equity rally last week. The sterling has also continued its strong rally, trading above 1.65 against the US dollar, reaching nearly 2 ½ year intraday high against the US dollar.
27 Dec 2013 15:05
Global equities extended their rally on Friday as risk appetite was encouraged by lower than expected jobless claims in the US. Weekly jobless claims dropped 42,000 w/w. The positive sentiment carried over into the European session where major indices started the day on a strong footing as London’s blue chip index climbed above 6,730 on opening. Over on Wall Street, the S&P 500 and DJIA built on previous gains, opening 0.1% and 0.15% higher respectively.
23 Dec 2013 15:43
Equity markets have built on the previous week’s gains with a stable Asian session paving the way for a strong European open. The positive sentiment seen in European markets was carried over to the US session where Wall Street equity indices built on previous gains to extend to fresh intraday highs.
20 Dec 2013 16:01
European equity markets managed to build on yesterday’s bullish session, pushing higher as investors reacted to economic data releases. Wider European indices also managed to post steady gains, with the DAX gaining 0.63% and the CAC closing 0.38% higher. After Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed would initiate tapering in January sent US markets to record highs, momentum continues to build as investors welcomed the better than expected third quarter annualised GDP growth.
18 Dec 2013 17:28
European equity markets rallied on Wednesday ahead of the FOMC policy meeting decisions, the US dollar has remained strong as the USD index is currently trading above the 80.0 area. Retail stocks continue to remain under pressure in today’s trading session amid concerns for a slowdown of Christmas shopping this year.
17 Dec 2013 16:34
European equity markets gave back yesterday’s gains and slid lower on Tuesday, as investors were prompted to some profit taking ahead of the US Federal Reserve Bank decision.It seems that the robust economic data from the US and Eurozone failed to provide any support to the equity markets.
16 Dec 2013 17:13
European equity markets rebounded strongly on Monday, starting the week on a positive note, as strong economic data from the US and Eurozone boosted market sentiment and increased risk appetite. Banks, mining and energy stocks led the London equity market higher in today’s trading session.
13 Dec 2013 17:37
European equity markets finished lower on Friday, ending a fairly volatile week amid mixed economic data from the US and Eurozone, while renewed concerns about QE tapering dominated the markets.
12 Dec 2013 17:26
European equity markets retreated on Thursday, as weaker than expected economic data from the US and Eurozone hurt market sentiment and prompted investors to lock in recent profits.
12 Dec 2013 08:32
US equity markets dropped for a second day amid tapering concerns. The CBOE volatility index closed above 15 points for the first time since mid-October as investors largely ignored the progress made regarding the budget in the US. Most major European equity indices have struggled to hold near the recent record highs as the DAX and CAC drifted lower for the third consecutive session yesterday.
11 Dec 2013 17:42
European equity markets ended lower on Wednesday, tracking losses in Wall Street as investors remain concerned about a possible end of the US stimulus programme at the upcoming FOMC committee meeting next week.
10 Dec 2013 16:02
Figures published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) estimated 0.8% growth in UK GDP during the three months to November, a slight increase from the three months to October figure of 0.7%. Wider European markets also struggled with the lack of economic catalysts, with both the DAX and CAC trading down 0.6% and 0.8% respectively at the time of writing. The euro climbed to a six week high against the dollar, rallying for a sixth consecutive session towards 1.3800 after last week’s interest rate decision from the ECB and subsequent comments by Mario Draghi failed to reassure investors.
09 Dec 2013 16:14
European equity markets hold firm on encouraging Chinese trade balance as a lack of fresh data from the US left investors mulling over the positive employment numbers released last week. Market participants continue to contemplate the imminent withdrawal of Fed support in the coming months, helping developed market currencies push higher, with the euro and sterling adding 0.1% and 0.2% at the time of writing.
06 Dec 2013 17:28
The strong US employment data led to rallies across the equity and commodity markets today. European equities found upside momentum and climbed higher on Friday, while the euro held strong, eyeing the 1.37 level against the USD.
03 Dec 2013 17:12
Wall Street equities retreated sharply on Tuesday, spreading a negative tone across European markets. The robust economic data is currently being viewed as bullish for QE tapering and consequently bearish for equities and commodities prices.
29 Nov 2013 17:15
Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit a fresh record high on Friday, posting strong gains for a third straight month in a row, while DAX also surged higher above 9,400 points. Despite the fairly disappointing European economic data, the strong upside rally in the equity markets seems not to be running out of steam anytime soon.
28 Nov 2013 16:38
London’s blue chip index extended gains, closing 0.1% higher despite a surprise announcement from the Bank of England stating that funding for lending for households will end in 2014. Shares in British homebuilders dropped sharply on the news; Barratt Development, Persimmon Plc. and Bellway Plc. were among the worst performers, closing down 5.5%, 6.5% and 5.86% respectively.
27 Nov 2013 17:19
Wall Street equities extended gains and European equity markets climbed higher following the robust US economic data on Wednesday. The US dollar rebounded with the USD index trading higher toward 81.0 area. In addition, the agreement about the German coalition government also boosted market confidence.
22 Nov 2013 17:36
The euro remains strong above 1.35 against the US dollar, following the strong German IFO economic data. European equity markets have extended gains on Friday, but London equities missed the trend after falling lower to report losses for a third consecutive week.