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 rollercoaster: dow dances, nasdaq naps, and natural gas soars!
- U.S. Treasury set to amp up auctions amid deficit woes
- Britons feel less sizzle, more drizzle
- ECB puts brakes on interest rates: a pause for inflation reflection
- Middle East conflict sparks energy frenz
Markets were slightly down for the week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF faring best, with a -0.80% return. The FTSE 100 ETF was second best, returning -1.11%, followed by the S&P 500 ETF (-1.64%) and the Nasdaq 100 ETF (-1.97%).
At sector level, the market became defensive as the Utilities sector was the only one to gain, adding 1.21% for the week. Energy led the move down, falling by 6.24% at the prospect of continued conflict in the Middle East.
The U.S. Treasury is likely to boost the size of auctions for bonds when it announces its financing plans this week, to fund a worsening budget deficit. Investors are paying close attention to this week’s quarterly refunding announcement as a sharp jump in long-term Treasury yields has been partly attributed to concerns about the U.S. fiscal deficit. Since the end of July, the 10-year yield has climbed more than 100 basis points.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has called for an international peace summit to find a solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel — a proposal backed by the other EU member states. “We propose an international peace conference to be held within six months so the entire international community feels involved and we can definitively find a two-state solution to Israel and Palestine,” Sánchez said on Thursday.
The British public’s expectations for inflation continued to ease in September, according to a monthly survey by Citi/YouGov. Public expectations for inflation in 12 months’ time dropped to 4.2% from 4.4% in August, while expectations for inflation in five to 10 years’ time were stable at 3.3%. “We expect these data to continue to ease in the months ahead as headline inflation falls back” said Citi economist Benjamin Nabarro.
The European Central Bank is finished with interest-rate increases for the time being, Governing Council member Boris Vujcic said. “We have finished with the process of raising interest rates for now,” Vujcic told Croatian state broadcaster HRT1 in a TV interview on Sunday. “At this moment we see that inflation is falling, we have a disinflation process. And after we conducted a series of measures to dampen lending, it has fallen.”
The most notable move in commodities this week was Natural gas, which gained over 21% amid supply disruption, caused by conflict in the Middle East. The conflict has already caused the closure of the Tamar field in the Mediterranean Sea and there are also concerns about the security of Qatari LNG vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Overall, natural gas prices in Europe have soared by 40% since the conflict started.
Amazon has added 39 new renewable energy projects in Europe year-to-date, adding more than 1 GW of clean energy capacity. The new projects solidify the Amazon’s position as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe, with a portfolio of 160 wind and solar projects across 13 countries, expected to provide 5.8 GW of clean energy capacity, once operational.
On Tuesday, the EU announces its latest inflation reading with Core CPI forecast to reduce to 3.20% from 4.30% prior. The EU also publishes its GDP figures, with Year-on-year growth expected to be 0.20%, down from 0.50% prior.
On Wednesday the US will publish its Manufacturing PMI (49 forecast v 49 previous). On the same day, the US Federal reserve announces its interest rate decision (no change to rates expected). The Bank of England announces its decision on Thursday (no change expected) and Friday sees the announcement of Services PMIs, showing the health of the sector in major nations.