Markets update: Optimism abounds as equities rally further

Markets | Mon 11 Nov | Author – Business & Finance

Equities increased as a result of investor confidence and talk of a potential phase one trade deal is music to the markets’ ears, writes Ian Slattery.

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Ian Slattery

Investor optimism and risk appetite grew last week as equity markets hit all-time highs on the back of hopes for a trade deal and a stabilisation of economic data.

There is talk in the market regarding a ‘phase one’ trade deal but this has been devoid of any concrete details, or official announcements. However, bond yields–which move inversely to price – have risen nearly 0.5% in the last month on the stabilising economic outlook.

Economic data is far from stellar, but consumer sentiment in the US has risen for the last two months and overall data came in above expectations last week. Elsewhere the Bank of England kept its bank rate unchanged at 0.75%, although the board members did unexpectedly vote to cut rates.

In Asia, Hong Kong saw strong returns, although they were somewhat muted by the ongoing violence.


Equities increased last week, by 0.3% in local terms, and by 1.6% in euro terms. Japan was the best performer over the week delivering 2.2%.

Fixed Income & FX

The US 10-year yield finished at 1.94% last week. The German equivalent finished at -0.27%. The Irish 10 year bond yield finished at 0.13%. The Euro/US Dollar exchange rate finished at 1.10, while Euro/GBP was at 0.86.


Oil finished the week at $56 per barrel. Gold finished the week at $1,464 per troy ounce. Copper increased to $5,911 per tonne.

The week ahead:

Wednesday 13th November: 

US and UK inflation data for October is released.

Thursday 14th November:

Eurozone Q3 GDP Data goes to print

Friday 14th November:

Eurozone inflation figures for October issued.

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