Global Market Report - February 11

Markets in China bounced back after the five-day break, which helped European stocks make progress after a choppy February so far

James Gard 11 February, 2019 | 11:02AM

Global Market Report


Chinese markets roared back to life after a five-day break for Lunar New Year. The Shanghai Composite Index consolidated its position above 2,600 points with a gain of 1.3%. The CSI 300 was u nearly 2% on the previous close, ending at 3,306 points. With the US trade delegation arriving in China on Monday, investors are pinning their hopes on some sort of measurable progress – but any deviation from January’s high hopes is likely to send Asia and US markets back into volatile territory.

Chinese inflation is in view at the end of the week. On Thursday morning, Japan’s GDP data is published. The economy is expected to have expanded by 0.4% quarter on quarter, compared with a drop of 0.6% in the third quarter.


Weaker than expected UK growth figures for Q4 dragged down the pound on Monday. GDP grew by 1.4% in 2018, the weakest since 2012. Third quarter growth in the UK economy was 0.6%, but this expansion dropped to 0.2% in the final three months of the year. December’s 0.4% contraction has also been flagged up by economists as a worrying trend.

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