Mar 06, 2018
Global stocks retreated last week as president Trump announced that the U.S. will impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. The S&P 500 dipped 2.0%, the S&P/ASX 200 was down 1.2% for the week, while the Nikkei 225 fell 3.3%. The EURO STOXX 50 fell 3.4% in the lead up to the Italian election on Sunday. Bearish exposures (BBUS and BBOZ) were the top performing equity funds for the week, while hedged exposure to Japan (HJPN) was amongst the poorest returning funds. U.S. yields continued to pick up last week as rate-hike expectations firmed. The Japanese yen strengthened against the dollar, while the pound sterling declined 1.2% as Brexit uncertainty returned to focus. The Australian dollar weakened by 1.2% against the U.S. dollar, 1.0% against the euro and 2.2% against the yen. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was amongst the top performing funds for the week, returning 2.3%. WTI crude oil dropped 3.6% to end the week at US$62.25/bbl. Precious metals retreated, with gold down 0.5% and palladium dropping 5.2% as Trump's tariff plans hit expectations of auto demand. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $52m into and outflows of $22m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ), while outflows were from a range of domestic and international equity funds.
Feb 16, 2018
Global stocks rebounded last week, with the S&P 500 gaining 4.3% heading into the Presidents' Day holiday. The EURO STOXX 50 added 3.0% and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 5.0%. The VIX pulled back to 19.5, having nudged above 50 early last week. The S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.1% for the week. BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (MNRS) was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, returning 5.8%, while Information Technology was the top performing sector globally. In the U.S., CPI inflation surprised to the upside pushing 10 year Treasury yields to new four year highs. FOMC meeting minutes due out on Thursday should provide the market with further guidance on the Fed's reaction to this. The US dollar declined against most majors. The Australian dollar rose 1.2% to end the week back above US79c. Commodities performed strongly across the board last week aided by the lower US dollar. WTI Crude added 4.2% to end the week above US$61.6/bbl, while gold gained 2.3% and palladium jumped 7.2%. The broad Bloomberg Commodity Index gained 3.0%. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was the top performing commodity fund for the week, returning 5.4%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $101m into and outflows of $25m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) and BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE), while the largest outflows were seen in BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF (NDQ) and SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund (WDIV).
Feb 13, 2018
Global stocks again suffered heavily in a volatile week, with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 both recording losses over 5% despite a late recovery in Friday's session. The S&P 500 stumble, which at one point fell 12% from the latest highs, recorded its steepest slide since January 2016. No sector was spared in the rout but financials and I.T. detracted most. The S&P/ASX 200 fell 4.6% while, in Europe, the EURO STOXX 50 fell 5.6%, hitting 12-month lows. Emerging Markets did not fare much better, down 7.2%. In the U.S., lawmakers agreed to a budget deal and an increase in the debt ceiling. The USD was mixed against the G10 in volatile trading. GBP underperformed with negative Brexit headlines and the AUD ended the week at US78c. With heightened inflation fears being cited as one of the catalysts for the recent market selloff, this week’s U.S. CPI data (released Wednesday) is likely to be a focus for markets. Commodities including oil, gold and industrial metals moved lower Friday. Oil was down over 9% for the week ending at US$59/bbl its lowest level in six weeks as concerns mounted about increasing production levels. Gold fell 1.3% to 1,317 (US$/troy ounce). BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear (BBOZ) was the top performing fund for the week, posting a 13.4% gain, while the BetaShares Geared US Equity Fund - Ccy Hedged (GGUS) lost 13.3%. The domestic Australian ETF market again saw positive net inflows last week of $39.1m. The largest inflows were into SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) and into the VanEck Vectors Australian equal Weight ETF (MVW) while the largest outflow was seen in BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA).
Feb 06, 2018
Stocks recorded their first weekly loss of 2018, with the S&P 500 Index suffering its worst weekly drop in two years. All global sectors were in the red as market volatility crept higher. The S&P/ASX 200 managed to end the week up 1.2% aided by positive gains in the financial sector. In Europe, the EURO STOXX 50 fell 3.4% while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index dropped 3.3% for the week. In his first State of the Union address, President Trump called for greater investment in US infrastructure and reiterated his protectionist stance, although the net effect on US rates and the USD was negligible. The AUD lost 2%, ending just below US80c on Friday. Commodities broadly declined for the week with oil prices down 1%, ending at US$65/bbl and gold falling to 1,333 (US$/troy ounce) . BetaShares US Equities Strong Bear Hedged (BBUS) was the top performing fund for the week, posting a 7.12% gain, while the BetaShares Geared US Equity Fund - Ccy Hedged (GGUS) fell 6.29%. The domestic Australian ETF market saw strong net inflows last week of $85.9m. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and into the BetaShares U.S. Dollar ETF (USD) while the largest outflow was seen in BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA).
Jan 26, 2018
The S&P/ASX 200 increased 0.74% last week with healthcare and materials sectors driving the performance. The S&P 500 continued its positive start to 2018 gaining 2.23%; the EURO STOXX 50 was flat and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index showed no sign of abating, returning over 3% for the week. The Australian dollar took advantage of the weakening USD and closed above US81c on Friday. The weaker USD helped commodities in general, up 2.55% as measured by the Bloomberg Commodities Index and gold ended the week at USD1,349/oz. Oil prices rose 4.37%, ending at US$66/bbl and bringing the YtD return to 9.47%. BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF (OOO) was the top performing fund for the week, posting a 4.46% gain, while the ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was dragged down 3.37%. The domestic Australian ETF market saw strong net inflows last week of $76m. The largest inflows were into iShares Core Composite Bond ETF (IAF) and also into the Platinum International Fund ETF (PIXX) while the largest outflow was seen in iShares Core Global Corporate Bond AUD Hedged ETF (IHCB).
Jan 19, 2018
The S&P/ASX 200 declined 1.1% last week, dragged down by underperformance in the energy and telecoms sectors. The S&P 500 rose 0.86% to record highs, the EURO STOXX 50 reached 10 year highs gaining 1.01%, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index continued its positive start to the year, returning 2.02% for the week. The Australian dollar was relatively flat, hovering just below US80c. The prospect of a government shutdown in the US diminished the appeal of US assets, pushing the USD lower and yields higher. Oil prices fell for the first time in five weeks, down 1.45% ending at US$63/bbl. BetaShares Strong Australian Dollar Hedge Fund (AUDS) was the top performing fund for the week. Platinum posted another strong week, up nearly 2%, bringing its ytd performance to over 9%. The Australian ETF market saw net inflows of A$10.45m last week. The largest single inflow was into ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO), while the largest outflows were from the materials sector, BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE).