American stock markets fell today, as European stock indices witnessed a significant decline due to fears of a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. This potential return to crisis levels of infection could delay the global economic recovery that has been anticipated – or hoped for – in second half of the year.
With the release of the US jobs numbers, three central bank meetings, and the resumption of critical Brexit talks, it’s a busy week for the markets.
As we come to the tail end of first-quarter earnings season, approximately 92% of the S&P 500’s market cap has reported first-quarter earnings, but 22 of 45 brick-and-mortar retailers have yet to release results.
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Investors will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy as there can be no hiding from the dreadful economic data that is now pouring in from all angles as we move further into the second quarter. The week ahead sees the release of key statistics: US retail sales, industrial output and inflation data; China’s trade statistics; UK and Germany’s first-quarter GDP figures; Europe’s industrial output numbers and Australia’s employment figures. New Zealand’s central bank will be deciding on monetary policy. Markets anticipate gloomy news.
Markets are in a state of calm in the absence of important economic data and events, but attention remains on oil prices, the recent volatility in light of the closure of global economies,
When America’s nonfarm payrolls data reveal how much destruction the pandemic has left in its wake, calmness that has encompassed global markets lately will be put to the test next week.
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