Market Summary 4/12/18
4th December 2018
Trump eases on China
China’s currency the renminbi has seen its biggest two day rise in more than 10 years as US President Donald Trump has signalled his intentions to reduce the pace of tariff increases on certain key materials and products coming in from China.
Boost for sterling from the ECJ
Sterling rose to session highs after the advisor general to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) expressed his opinion that the UK could theoretically reverse Brexit without asking the other 27 member states of the EU.
Qatar to exit OPEC
After worsening relations with numerous Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Qatar has announced that it is to leave OPEC in January 2019, slightly weakening the cartel’s grip over global oil prices. The exit has more of a symbolic than material impact.
Shell to set target on carbon footprint
In a boost in the fight against climate change, Royal Dutch Shell has announced that next year it will set targets for carbon emissions, and link them to the pay of their senior executives.
Amazon, Apple and Microsoft vie for world’s most valuable company
Amazon briefly became the most valuable company in the world on Monday when its market capitalisation exceeded that of Apple, who itself had surpassed Microsoft the previous week in the rankings. At the end of the day Apple retained its number 1 spot.
Turkish lira drops after traders fear loose policy
After Turkish inflation came out below expectations in November the Turkish lira has dropped on fears that the Turkish central bank will see it as an opportunity to lower domestic interest rates. Rates currently stand at 24%.
Google CEO to testify before Congress
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is to testify before the US Congress over many criticisms of the company, including the fact that it allegedly suppresses certain search results for political motives. It will be Pichai’s first testimonial before Congress.
US 10 year yield falls to near 3 month low
The yield on 10-year US treasuries has been pushed to a near 3 month low after investors suspect that Jerome Powell (the chairman of the US Federal Reserve) will reduce the pace of further interest rate rises.
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