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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). ...
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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). ...