The U.K. Stockmarket
- The UK stock market was lower and risk aversion was evident this week as the U.S./China trade dispute took a turn for the worse.
- The Pound came under pressure for the same reason and renewed Brexit uncertainty with the government and the labour party at an impasse.
- Data from the ONS showed that the UK economy grew in the first quarter by 0.5% but this may be due to buying forward by businesses in preparation for leaving the EU.
- Our Breadth indicator stayed positive but our Momentum indicator, although still positive, was lower again.
The U.S. Stock market
- The U.S. stock market was lower this week.
- President Trump set the week up with a shock Twitter post on Sunday 5th, announcing that tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports would rise from 10% to 25% at midnight Thursday. Many saw this as a negotiating tactic but in fact the threat was carried out. China has promised to retaliate but has given no specific details.
- The increased tensions saw volatility as measured by the VIX at its highest level since late January. However, there was a rally back on Friday after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that negotiations were continuing and progress was being made.
- Our Breadth indicator turned neutral this week and our Momentum indicator, although still positive, turned down.
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