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).