US market review: US equities end 2020 strongly
Share prices rose strongly in the US during December, boosted by the news that President Donald Trump had – despite raising many objections – signed into law a coronavirus relief package worth US$900...
19th Jan 2021
US market review: US share prices reach new highs
Share prices surged in the US during November, driven up by significant progress in Covid-19 vaccine developments.
15th Dec 2020
US market review: US sentiment dips in October
US equity markets fell during October as cases of Covid-19 reached new daily records and news of rising infection rates and lockdowns in Europe affected sentiment amongst US investors.
11th Nov 2020
US market review: Counting down to the Presidential election
The Nasdaq Index has performed strongly in recent months, driven up by robust performance from technology shares; over September, however, the index fell by 5.2% as investors took profits.
14th Oct 2020
US market review: Fed updates its inflation policy
The number of Covid-19 cases in the US rose to over six million during August, with more than 182,000 deaths recorded. Schools and colleges have been slow to reopen, and this is likely to affect consu...
16th Sep 2020
US market review: US economy suffers record contraction
The US fell into recession during the second quarter as activity was curbed by a decline in spending and a surge in Covid-19 cases.
11th Aug 2020
US market review: “Persistent fragilities”
As US businesses reopened their doors, retail sales surged during May following steep falls in March and April, rising by 17.7%.
5th Aug 2020
US market review: US/China relationship sours again
Relations between the US and China deteriorated further during May as the US blamed China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the pandemic.
10th Jun 2020
US market review: US economy shrinks
Despite the news that the US economy had contracted for the first time since 2014 during the first quarter, US equity markets ended April in positive territory in April as investors began to focus on...
18th May 2020
US market review: US rates fall to near-zero
Share prices fell sharply in the US during March as the coronavirus pandemic continued its spread, and the yields on ten-year and 30-year Treasury bonds fell to all-time lows. President Donald Trump d...
17th Apr 2020
US market review: US and China sign their “Phase One” deal
2020 began with fresh geopolitical tensions amid signs of rising hostility between the US and Iran.
12th Feb 2020
US market review: Trade breakthrough?
Signs of progress in the long-running trade conflict between the US and China lifted investor sentiment in the US and around the world during December.
15th Jan 2020
US market review: No resolution to the trade conflict
US share prices were boosted during November by hopes that the US and China might find a resolution to their protracted trade conflict.
20th Dec 2019
US market review: Fed cuts rates for a third time this year
Policymakers at the US central bank opted to cut the key federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a range of 1.5% to 1.75% during October.
7th Nov 2019
US market review: Fed cuts rates in September
As expected, the US central bank implemented its second cut in interest rates since 2008 during September.
15th Oct 2019
US market review: Fresh salvoes in the US/China trade conflict
The trade war between the US and China continued to rage in August. President Trump revealed further tariff increases on Chinese imports to the US; in response, China announced that it would impose ad...
16th Sep 2019
US market review: Fed cuts rates for the first time since 2008
US equity markets reached new closing highs during July, and the S&P 500 Index breached 3,000 points for the first time ever.
19th Aug 2019
US market review: Rate cut on the horizon
Trade developments continued to absorb attention during June. Having imposed tariffs on Mexican imports in May President Donald Trump suspended them “indefinitely”.
10th Jul 2019
US market review: The “Tariff Man” strikes again
Having hit new highs during April, share prices plummeted in May as the trade war between the US and China took an unexpected turn.
12th Jun 2019
US market review: US share indices hit fresh highs
Economic growth picked up in the US during the first quarter of 2019. Having expanded by 2.2% year on year in the final quarter of 2018, the US economy grew.
14th May 2019
US market review: Bull market celebrates its tenth birthday
The US bull market became the longest bull market in the history of the S&P 500 Index during March, celebrating its ten-year anniversary on 9 March.
17th Apr 2019
US market review: Hopes of a trade deal
US equity markets rose during February as investor sentiment was buoyed by hopes that the US and China will finally manage to reach agreement on their long-running trade dispute.
6th Mar 2019
US market review: Partial shutdown for the US government
Although US equity markets hit record highs during 2018, they ended the year in negative territory, pulled down by concerns over trade tensions, rising interest rates, a partial shutdown of the federa...
10th Dec 2018
US market review: US equities plummet in October
Financial markets experienced a volatile October and the S&P 500 Index experienced one of its worst Octobers since 1928 as investors became increasingly concerned about the outlook for global economic...
9th Nov 2018
Tit-for-tat trade war continues
As the trade war between the US and China rumbled on, the US imposed tariffs of 10% on US$200 billion-worth of Chinese products, rising to 25% on 1 January next year, and China retal...
4th Oct 2018
S&P 500 achieves its longest-ever bull run
The S&P 500 Index achieved its longest bull market in history, superseding the previous record of 3,452 days that was set during the technology boom of the early noughties. The US r...
5th Sep 2018
US market review: Trade tariffs start to bite
Some US businesses have “scaled back or postponed” plans for capital spending amid mounting concern over the potential consequence of President Donald Trump’s controversial new trade tariffs. Accordin...
9th Aug 2018
US market review: “Losers on both sides”?
Trade dominated newsflow and sentiment in the US during June. Investors endured a lacklustre month as financial markets reacted to the latest moves from the US Government and its key trad...
16th Jul 2018
US market review: Trump threatens trade war
March was a controversial month for the US as President Donald Trump implemented a range of measures designed to protect America’s interests
5th Apr 2018
US market review: DJIA hits a new record in November
Despite hurricane-related disruption, the US economy posted strong third-quarter growth, expanding by 3.3% YoY.
8th Dec 2017
Technology provided a boost for US equity indices
Investor sentiment was impaired during August by concern over North Korea’s relationship with the international community and worries about the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey, which hammered the US G...
28th Sep 2017
US market review: The Fed is poised to pare back its balance sheet
Despite a raft of fresh problems for President Trump’s administration, US equity markets rose during July and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index reached a new closing high at the end of the month.
14th Aug 2017
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