Dec 06, 2017
Most major markets advanced last week as a risk-on tone returned. The S&P/ASX 200 ended the week up 0.5%, the S&P 500 gained 1.2%, the EURO STOXX 50 gained 0.2% and the Nikkei 225 added 1.6%. Asia and emerging markets returned to favour with four ETFs (IZZ, IBK, UBP and IAA) amongst the top performers for the week. The US dollar strengthened against most major currencies last week. The Australian dollar dropped below US 78c for the first time since July. The euro declined by 0.7%, while pound sterling fell by 2.5% as Brexit concerns and political uncertainty intensified. Precious metals were mixed last week, with gold declining 0.2% despite a rally towards the end of the week. WTI crude dropped back below US$50/bbl, while iron ore stabilised following sharp declines in September. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$52m and outflows of A$11m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and a range of international equity funds (NDQ, ESTX, BNKS and ROBO).
Dec 04, 2017
The S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% last week. VanEck Vectors Australian Resources ETF (MVR) and ETFS S&P/ASX High Yield Plus ETF (ZYAU) were the top performing domestic equity funds for the week. Following Friday's better than expected US employment figures, the S&P 500 gained 0.2%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2%, topping 22,000 for the first time. The EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.1% for the week on strong GDP and inflation readings. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX) returned 2.4% in local currency terms. The Australian dollar lost ground last week dropping 0.8% against the US dollar, 0.9% against the euro and 0.7% against the yen. Gold declined 0.6%, while platinum rallied 4.1%. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the top performing fund for the week. Iron ore jumped 7.8%, while WTI crude was down 0.3%, consolidating last week's big gain. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$433m and outflows of A$270m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were across a range of asset classes, while outflows were mainly from SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW).
Dec 03, 2017
Equity markets received positive news last week with tax reform moving ahead in the US and eurozone GDP surprising to the upside. The S&P/ASX 200 added 1.0%, the S&P 500 gained 0.3%, the EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.0% and the Nikkei 225 added 2.4%. iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (IKO) was the top performing ETF for the week, returning 4.5%, while Australian resource sector ETFs (MVE, QRE and OZR) all returned in excess of 3.8%. The US dollar continued to strengthen, with the Fed signalling 0.75% of rate hikes in 2018. The Australian dollar and the Japanese yen both declined by 0.4%. Pound sterling also declined 0.4% despite the BoE's first rate rise in a decade. WTI crude gained 3.2%, climbing above US$55/bbl for the first time since mid-2015. Gold pulled-back 0.3%, while Palladium continued to rally, gaining 3.0% for the week. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$156m and outflows of just A$4m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into cash/ fixed income funds (AAA and PLUS) and domestic equity funds (QOZ, IOZ, MVW).
Dec 01, 2017
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).
Dec 01, 2017
The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.3% last week, dragged down by the financials and real estate sectors. ETFs in those sectors (MVB, QFN and OZF) were amongst the poorest performers for the week. Offshore, the S&P 500 added 1.4%, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.2% and the EURO STOXX 50 also posted a modest gain. The Australian dollar continued to range trade, ending the week 0.5% higher at US 79.75c. It has now traded almost exclusively within a US78-80c range for the past 7 weeks. The euro lost 0.5% against the US dollar, only its second weekly decline since June, while the yen also lost 0.8%. Precious metals made strong gains last week, with gold up 2.6% and silver up 3.9%. Gold and gold mining ETFs (GDX, MNRS and QAU) were amongst the top performers for the week. WTI Crude declined for a fifth consecutive week. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$65m and outflows of A$21m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were into broad-based equity funds (IOZ and SFY) and cash/fixed-income products (PLUS, QPON and FLOT). Outflows were primarily from BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA).
Nov 24, 2017
Equity markets rebounded last week with the S&P/ASX 200 up 0.4% and the S&P 500 gaining 0.9% and hitting a new record high. Europe and Asia also posted strong gains, with the EURO STOXX 50 up 1.0% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng up 2.3%. ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) was the top performing equity ETF last week, returning 2.6% for the week and 9.0% for the month as investor interest in the robotics, automation and AI theme continues to grow both in Australia and offshore. Australian resource sector ETFs also performed strongly with QRE, OZR and MVR all returning over 2%. The Australian dollar gained 0.7% last week, rising back above US 76c, while the euro gained 1.2% and the Japanese yen gained 0.5% against the US dollar. Precious metals mostly declined as risk-on sentiment returned; gold dropped 0.3% and silver fell 1.5%. WTI crude added 4.2%, ending the week above US$58/bbl for the first time in over 2 years. Iron Ore posted its third consecutive weekly gain, adding 8.5%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$106m and outflows of A$107m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were into a range of domestic equity ETFs (QRE, QOZ and EX20), QPON and ROBO. ROBO has seen cumulative inflows of over A$26m since inception in mid-September.