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Weekly Market Report

04 Jan 2021

04 January 2021

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The Market Last Week

Global equities ended mostly firmer last week, amid optimism surrounding US stimulus package and rollout of potential coronavirus vaccine.


UK Markets ended the week in negative territory, after Britain widened restrictions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus strain.

In the UK, seasonally adjusted house prices rose more-than-expected on a monthly basis in December.




European Markets ended the week on a positive footing, amid UK’s Covid-19 vaccine approval and the Brexit deal.




US Markets ended the week in green, amid rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and after the US President, Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion pandemic relief bill.

US number of initial jobless claims unexpectedly dropped on a weekly basis in the week ended 26 December 2020.

Pending home sales rose on an annual basis in November.

The Chicago Fed Purchasing Managers’ Index unexpectedly advanced in December.

In the US, seasonally adjusted wholesale inventories fell on a monthly basis in November.

Advance goods trade deficit widened in November.

The Dallas Fed manufacturing business index dropped in December.




Asian Markets ended firmer last week, tracking gains in their US counterparts.

China’s Caixin manufacturing PMI dropped in December.

In China, the NBS non-manufacturing PMI fell in December.

NBS manufacturing PMI in China dropped more than market anticipations in December.

Japan’s Jibun Bank manufacturing PMI fell in December.




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Currency Update

The EUR ended firmer against the USD last week, following the launch of a massive coronavirus vaccination drive across Europe.
The British Pound ended stronger against the greenback last week, after the European Union and Britain reached a post-Brexit trade deal.
The US Dollar ended weaker against its major counterparts last week, after the US President Donald Trump signed the long-awaited pandemic aid bill.


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The Week Ahead

Going ahead this week, investors will keep a tab on the US Markit manufacturing PMIthe ISM manufacturing PMI, factory orders, the Markit services PMI, trade balance, nonfarm payrolls, average hourly earnings and the unemployment rate for further direction. Additionally, Eurozone’s Markit manufacturing PMI, the Sentix investor confidence index, the Markit services PMI, the producer price index (PPI), retail sales, the consumer confidence index, the consumer price index (CPI) and the unemployment rate along with Germany’s Markit manufacturing PMI, retail sales, the unemployment rate, the Markit services PMI, CPI, trade balance, current account balance and industrial production will keep investors on their toes. Also, UK’s Markit manufacturing PMI, consumer credit, mortgage approvals, the Markit services PMI and the Markit construction PMI would garner significant amount of investor attention.


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