May 26, 2017
A slump in crude weighed on energy shares and clouded sentiment on Asian stock markets. Oil extended losses after falling the most in three weeks even after OPEC agreed to limit production.
May 24, 2017
Rating agency Moody’s Investor Service cut its rating on China amid concerns over rising debt and slowing economic growth.
May 24, 2017
Speculation about the possibility of an eventual impeachment of the US president finally triggered a market correction last week, albeit only for one day. Using political controversies for clues on the market’s direction is likely to remain a losers’ game, because the key parameters for the economy and the markets are still being set by Janet Yellen rather than Donald Trump.
May 23, 2017
At the start of the week, investors on Wall Street cheered U.S. President Donald Trump’s billion-dollar defense-, energy-, and infrastructure deals with Saudi Arabia. Hence, defense stocks saw solid demand, but also shares from oil explorers and oil industry services companies on the backdrop of higher oil prices, and contracts with state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco. The total value of concluded agreements on Trump’s first foreign trip sum up to about USD 350bn.
May 19, 2017
Thanks to some positive U.S. economic data, major stock indices could recover from Mid-week losses triggered by political insecurities in Washington and Brazil. However, political trench warfare will probably continue after a special counsel was appointed to investigate possible entanglements with Russia.