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May 4, 2016

LGT Navigator: Market sentiment remains clouded

Sentiment on equity markets remains tarnished and investors are focusing on the upcoming U.S. labor market statistics. Today, the private American labor services group ADP will publish its monthly employment statistics for the U.S. private economy, followed by the official labor market report from Washington on Friday.

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May 3, 2016

LGT Navigator: Australia lowers interest rates to record low

Australia’s central bank cut its key rate by 25bp to a record low of 1.75%, to counter the emergence of disinflation. Meanwhile, European and U.S. stock markets held their heads above the waterline despite a negative lead from Tokyo and weaker-than-anticipated U.S. economic data yesterday. Tokyo exchange remains closed until Friday due to holidays.

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May 2, 2016

LGT Navigator: Tokyo stocks sell-off on stronger yen

Stocks in Tokyo fell as the yen soared nearly +5% almost reaching an 18-month high. This after a holiday and the Bank of Japan refrained from adding monetary stimulus last week. At the same time, Chinese manufacturing purchasing manager indices (PMI) dropped slightly to 50.1 in April from 50.2 a month earlier pointing to weaker conditions. However, stock bourses in China and Hong Kong remained closed at the start of the week due to a holiday.

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Apr 29, 2016

LGT Investorama: Short trial for the bull market?

The initial suspicions and indicators date well back into the previous year. The first formal charges were brought against the established bull market at the beginning of 2016. The markets passed a first instance judgement during the month of January already. But as usual this hasty judgement will be contested within a reasonable deadline from a chart-technical point of view...

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Apr 20, 2016

LGT Beacon: Despite headwinds, Japan remains on a reflationary path

The enthusiasm for Abenomics - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival policy that began in 2013 - has long sub-sided. Foreign investors have been exiting Japanese equities over the past year, and international risk aversion has additionally strengthened the yen. But Japan’s longer-term economic data actually continue to improve steadily.

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