Written by Anthony Walters – Clever‘s Head of ESG the Market Review is packed with the most interesting and impactful events of the past week from the global financial markets.
Market Magic: Rebounding Bulls and a Real Estate Revival
Investors Ante Up on Bank of England’s Hold
Bulls on Parade: Wall Street’s Optimistic Jam as Fed Takes Center Stage
Toyota Sparks a $8 Billion Boost for U.S. Battery Plant
Wall Street’s Happy Dance: Will the Fed Keep the Beat?
Markets were positive again, with the FTSE 100 ETF leading the charge, adding 1.21%. The S&P 500 ETF, Nasdaq 100 ETF and Dow Jones ETF gained 0.60%, 0.46% and 0.27% respectively.
The Real Estate sector led again for the second week, adding 4.59% on the prospect of peaking interest rates and the potential for cuts in 2024. Materials added 3.76% whilst Consumer Discretionary gained 3.56%, which gives hope for a broad-scale rally.
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as Americans paid less for gasoline, and the annual rise in underlying inflation was the smallest in two years, bolstering the view that the Federal Reserve was probably done raising interest rates. Though rents continued to rise last month, the pace of the increase slowed considerably from September. The softer-than-expected inflation readings reported by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Tuesday pushed U.S. Treasury yields lower and sparked a stock market rally.
President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to restore some military-to-military communications between their armed forces as the two leaders met for hours on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco. Both sides pledged cooperation that would bring the U.S and China closer to resuming regular talks under what’s known as the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement, which until 2020 had been used to improve safety in the air and on the sea.
UK inflation fell sharply in October to its lowest rate in two years, largely due to lower energy prices. Inflation, which measures the rate at which consumer prices rise, dropped to 4.60% in the year to October, down from 6.70% the month before. Economists have said the main reason inflation has fallen from its peak of 11.1% in October 2022 is due to a fall this month in the energy price cap.
Firms in the UK and the EU have not been using the cover of inflation to gouge their customers, new research from the Bank of England suggests. Using a sample of more than 1,000 large companies, researchers at the Bank concluded that the corporate sector has not seen “an abnormally large increase in profits during the period of high inflation. Although profits increased “significantly” in nominal terms, particularly in the UK, firms also faced rocketing input costs.
It was a shiny week for Silver, which rallied by 5.82%, followed by Copper, which gained 4.13%. In a strong week for metals, Gold added 2.05% whilst Commodity softs fell, with Wheat declining by 4.60%.
Scania and Sweden-based global steel company SSAB announced today a new agreement for fossil-free steel, including a target to decarbonize all steel deliveries from SSAB to Scania’s heavy-duty vehicles in 2030. SSAB is the main steel supplier for Scania’s vehicles. Steelmaking is one of the biggest emitters of CO2 globally, with total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the sector accounting for 7% – 9% of direct emissions from the global use of fossil fuels.
On Monday, Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, speaks to guide markets on the economy and direction of travel for the central bank. Tuesday sees the release of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes, which will leave further clues around interest rate policy. The British Government present their mini-budget on Wednesday. The US market will pause trading on Thursday, in celebration of Thanksgiving. And Friday finishes with ECB president Legarde speaking on policy in the EU Bloc.