Market Updates

May
20
“US Retail Sales…”

US retail sales increased strongly in April as consumers purchased more motor vehicles amid an improvement in supply and increased spending at restaurants…

May
13
“UK Economy…”

The UK economy shrank by 0.1% in March whilst it expanded by 0.8% for the first quarter of 2022, showed official figures on Thursday. The decline in GDP occurred by a drop in output by 0.2% mainly from Britain’s dominant services sector.

May
6
“FED Meeting…”

In a meeting on Wednesday, the FED raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by half a percentage point…

Apr
29
“Oil reaches 2008 highs as the US and Europe consider a ban on Russian oil imports…”

Brent crude rose to near $130 a barrel on Monday, the highest level since 2008, as the US and its European allies consider a Russian oil import embargo, while delays in the probable return of Iranian crude to global markets fuelled supply concerns.

Apr
22
“Euro zone March inflation revised slightly down…”

Inflation in the euro zone in March was slightly lower than previously reported but remains at record highs due to rising energy costs, according to EU statistics.

Apr
14
“Consumer prices in the US…”

Consumer prices in the US increased by the most in 16 ½ years in March amid Russia’s war against Ukraine that boosted the cost of gasoline to record high. The consumer price index edged higher by 1.2% last month, the biggest monthly gain since September, 2005, said the Labour Department on Tuesday.

Apr
8
“German Industrial Orders …”

German industrial orders dropped more than expected in February amid weaker demand from abroad according to data on Wednesday.

Apr
1
“Consumer Sentiment in Europe…”

France and Germany’s consumer confidence dropped more than expected this month amid inflationary pressures and the war between Russia and Ukraine, showed a survey on Tuesday.

Mar
25
“Inflation in the UK…”

Inflation in the UK climbed faster than expected last month hitting a new 30-year high. The Office for National Statistics said that consumer prices rose by 6.2% in February after a 5.5% increase in January, its highest rate since March 1992.

Mar
18
“Federal Reserve Meeting…”

On Wednesday the FED raised interest rates for the first time since 2018. It also laid down an aggressive plan to push the borrowing costs to restrictive levels next year to cover the economic risks….

Mar
11
“ECB Meeting…”

On Thursday the European central bank announced its plan to end asset purchases in the third quarter, accelerating its exit from the extraordinary stimulus amid soaring inflation.

Mar
4
“FED Chair Jerome Powell…”

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve will move forward with plans to raise interest rates this month to try to tame high inflation, however, the war in Ukraine has made the outlook “highly uncertain” for US central bank policymakers.

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