Global Market Report - November 26

European and Asian markets were higher on Monday and Dow futures turned positive after the Thanksgiving break

James Gard 26 November, 2018 | 10:55AM

Global Market Report

Asia

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was the standout market in Asia-Pacific on Monday with a daily gain of nearly 2%, despite another fall in the Nasdaq on Friday

China manufacturing PMI figures are due on Friday and these will be subject to more than the usual scrutiny with the G20 Summit starting on the same day.

Chinese markets continued to weaken, although losses were modest. The Shanghai Composite Index is now below 2,600 points after a brief move above 2,700 last week.

Europe

Currency markets did not overreact to news over the weekend that EU leaders had approved Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The pound moved higher in morning trading but the exchange rate remained at $1.28. Likewise, sterling is trading at €1.13. There are plenty of hurdles in the way before a deal can be sealed, not least the UK Parliament, where a vote looms early next month.

The FTSE 100 managed a move above 7,000 points after recent weakness. The top riser and the top faller both moved in the region of 6%: Mediclinic (MDC) was the biggest gainer and manufacturing turnaround specialist Melrose Industries (MRO) was the largest faller.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is in conversation tonight with former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, famous for his comment on the “irrational exuberance” of stock markets during the dotcom boom.

Markets in the Eurozone were up by over 1% approaching midday after a possible breakthrough in Italian budget talks.

North America

Dow futures are suggesting a 200-point rise at the open on Monday as the stock market returns to a normal timetable. The rebound is in part due to a recovery in crude oil prices after the recent rout.

Traders returning from the Thanksgiving break will have to digest a range of new economic releases this week, including November consumer confidence on Tuesday, the second reading of GDP on Wednesday, and PCE data and Federal Reserve minutes on Thursday. In Canada, GDP data will be in view on Friday.

Then the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kicks off at the end of the week, with the trade dispute between the US and China likely to dominate proceedings.

 

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Mediclinic International PLC326.50 GBX-0.21-
Melrose Industries PLC159.40 GBX0.73-

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James Gard  is subeditor for Morningstar.co.uk