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.