Weekly Market View through 2nd April 2021

Weekly Market View through 2nd April 2021 150 150 Realm

UK Stock-Market

  • The UK stock-market was slightly higher last week. Sentiment received a lift as lockdown restrictions were eased although the situation in Europe, especially France, appears to be getting worse.
  • UK Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) rose to 58.9 in March, the highest level in more than 10 years. Euro zone manufacturing PMI came in at 62.5 for March, up from 57.9 in February, meaning manufacturing grew at its fastest pace on record.
  • Swiss bank Credit Suisse has announced major staff departures after taking a $4.7 billion hit related to the implosion of hedge fund Archegos Capital Management.
  • Our Breadth indicator stayed positive but our Momentum Indicator, although still positive, ticked down again.

UK Market 2nd April 2021

US Stock-Market

  • The US stock-market was higher this week with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index out-performing.
  • Stocks were lower at the start of the week triggered by the implosion of hedge fund Archegos Capital Management which was forced to sell $20bn of equites to meet margin calls. The sales included huge positions in US media companies ViacomCBS and Discovery which both saw heavy losses. Some major banks, including Credit Suisse warned of “significant” hits.
  • In the US, Joe Biden revealed the first part of his new recovery package on Wednesday, a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The President, speaking in Pittsburgh, said it will create “the strongest, most resilient, innovative economy in the world”.
  • Investors will continue closely watching the US 10-year Treasury yield which spiked last week to a new 14-month high, although it has settled back below 1.7. Inflation concerns will quickly come back into focus if the up-trend continues.
  • Our Breadth indicator stayed positive but our Momentum Indicator, although still positive, ticked down again.

US Market 2nd April 2021

The Big Picture 2nd April 2021

Market Sentiment 2nd April 2021

U.S. Risk Barometer 2nd April 2021

Europe Risk Barometer 2nd April 2021

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