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02 agost 2021
Markets ended the week in a mixed mood (stocks declined, safe-haven currencies rose) as investors closed positions ahead of low trading in August. The publication of the Financial Markets Daily Report will stop for a few weeks, but we will be keeping an eye on markets and be back by the end of August. We wish our readers a great summer break.
Investors turned more cautious as the rout in Chinese equities dragged global stock markets in yesterday's session. Volatility jumped and stocks declined across advanced and emerging economies, with U.S. tech equities posting their biggest drop in more than two months.
Investors ended the week on a positive mood, supported by upbeat corporate earnings and favourable economic data. Markit's composite PMIs showed that July economic activity remained solid in the U.S. (59.7 points) and accelerated in Europe (EA: 60.6 points, a 21-year high; Germany: 62.5; France: 56.8).
Yesterday investors paused their concerns on the evolution of the pandemic and traded with an optimistic mood amid better-than-expected corporate results. Since the start of the earnings season, more than 85% of the S&P 500 companies that have released results have beaten analysts’ expectations.
In the first session of the week, investors traded with a risk-off mood amid rising COVID-19 cases and concerns that the Delta variant might delay the economic recovery. Demand for safe haven assets (such as US Treasuries, the Swiss Franc or the Japanese Yen) increased.
Treasury yields fell as Federal Reserve Chairman Powell testified before Congress that rising inflation is likely to be transitory and that the central bank would continue to support the economy. The Bank of Japan left its 10-year bond yield target unchanged at about 0% after concluding its meeting and also kept the policy-balance rate at -0.1%.