Global Market Report - April 19, 2018

Global markets maintained their positive momentum on Thursday

James Gard 19 April, 2018 | 10:52AM
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Asia

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was the best performing stock market in the Asia-Pacific region on Thursday, making up for a few weaker trading sessions. China’s Shanghai Composite Index also managed a near-1% gain on the day, but at 3,117 is still down from over 3,500 points at the start of the year.

Japan’s Nikkei was slightly higher as the dollar maintained its strong recent run against the yen. The country’s consumer price index for March is in view on Friday morning. The rise in the cost of living in Japan is expected to have dropped from 1.5% in February to 1.1% in March.

Europe

Ahead of a busy UK corporate calendar this week, Thursday saw a handful of FTSE 100 names update the market on their progress, including Unilever (ULVR), Rentokil Initial (RTO) and Sky (SKY).

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Amazon.com Inc3,444.15 USD-0.08Rating
Bank of New York Mellon Corp57.65 USD0.42Rating
Facebook Inc A339.99 USD1.39Rating
Rentokil Initial PLC601.82 GBX0.50
Unilever PLC3,827.50 GBX1.07Rating

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James Gard  is content editor for Morningstar.co.uk