The S&P/ASX 200 had a mixed week, ending 0.1% higher with Utilities and Energy sectors performing strongly, while Industrials and Materials lagged. The S&P 500 gained 1.5% as the US Senate passed the tax reform bill. Technology stocks sold off as investors rotated into defensive sectors in the US. US-focused ETFs with more defensive sector exposures performed strongly; QUS, MOAT and ZYUS were amongst the top performers for the week. Asia and emerging markets sold off, with UBP, IBK, IAA and IZZ all declining by more than 3.7%.
The Australian dollar was relatively flat for the week. The euro and yen declined against the US dollar, while the pound sterling jumped over 1%, reaching a 2 month high.
Precious metals mostly declined; gold dropped 0.6% and silver fell 3.6%, while WTI crude dipped 1% and iron ore gained 3.2%.
The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$587m and outflows of A$36m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were largely into S&P/ASX 200 trackers (IZO and STW).