Markets Update: All eyes on the US

Finance | Tue 1 Nov | Author – Business & Finance
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Given that the next US rate hike isn’t until December and the battle between Clinton and Trump continues, it’s a case of wait and see what the effects on the investment market will be, writes Ian Slattery.

Global bonds saw a further sell off this week on the back of stronger economic data, particularly a solid Q3 GDP release from the UK. The market expectations of a US rate hike rose again and now stand at a roughly 75% chance of a move in December as Q3 GDP in the US grew 2.9%; beating the consensus expectation of 2.5%.

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Ian Slattery

The looming rate rise and mixed earnings, in what was the busiest week for Q3 results, weighed on equity sentiment where a positive first half of the week tailed off to turn performance negative for the period.

The US election race took another turn late on Friday as the FBI announced they were reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Initial polls suggest that the former First Lady’s lead has narrowed as a result, but the overall impact of the news, and that of the election result in general on markets, remains to be seen.

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snapshot-nov-1The global index slipped just over 1% last week, with most of the major markets down as a stronger euro also weighed on Irish investors.

Initial polls suggest that the former First Lady’s lead has narrowed as a result, but the overall impact of the news, and that of the election result in general on markets, remains to be seen

Oil fell back over 4% as expectations of OPEC’s ability to agree the finer details of a production agreement faltered. Copper was up 5% over the week and moved into positive territory for the calendar year. Gold was up 0.7% for the week, as silver rose 1.2%.

Bond prices fell as the 10-year US yield (which moves inversely to price) moved from 1.73% to 1.85%. The equivalent German bond yield rose to 0.17%, its highest level since May. Irish 10-year yields closed at 0.62%, maintaining the spread over the German offering at roughly 0.45%.

As mentioned, the euro strengthened against sterling, the dollar, and the yen.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wednesday November 2nd
As mentioned above, the market sees December as the date for the next US rate hike. Therefore, not much is expected from the November FOMC meeting. However, as always, the tone and sentiment of statements will be closely watched.

Thursday November 3rd
The Bank of England is also expected to leave monetary policy unchanged, with no movement in the interest rate or the ‘asset purchase facility’ envisaged on the back of stronger than expected economic data over the last few weeks.

Friday November 4th
US non-farm payrolls data for October is released where the consensus is for an increase of 173,000 (September: 156,000) and a small decline in the unemployment rate to 4.9%

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