Global equities ended mostly lower last week, amid ongoing uncertainty over the pace of global economic recovery.
UK Markets ended the week in negative territory, after the Bank of England warned that the outlook for Britain's recovery remained unclear.
In the UK, the GfK consumer confidence index improved in March.
Public sector net borrowing increased in February.
The Bank of England (BoE) kept its key interest rate steady at 0.1% and maintained its asset purchase facility at £895 billion, as widely expected. Further, the BoE upgraded its outlook for the British economy. The central bank indicated that it does not intend to tighten monetary policy at least until it is close to achieving the 2% inflation target. Moreover, members expect annual inflation to return to around 2% in the spring.
European Markets ended the week mostly higher.
In the Eurozone, the ZEW economic sentiment index unexpectedly rose in March.
Eurozone’s construction output grew in January.
In the Eurozone, consumer prices advanced for a second consecutive month in February.
Eurozone’s trade surplus narrowed in January.
In Germany, the ZEW economic sentiment index improved in March.
Germany’s ZEW current situation index climbed in March.
Germany’s producer price index rose less than expected in February.
US Markets ended the week in red, amid persistent worries over rising US Treasury yields and higher inflation.
In the US, the NY Empire State manufacturing index advanced to an 8-month high level in March.
Business inventories rose in line with expectations in January.
The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to a 50-year high level in March.
In the US, industrial production unexpectedly dropped in February.
The NAHB housing market index dropped in March.
Building permits sharply fell in February.
In the US, housing starts dropped to a 6-month low in February.
Advance retail sales fell more than market forecast in February.
The MBA mortgage applications dropped in the week ended 12 March 2021.
US leading indicator rose less than market expectations in February.
Initial jobless claims unexpectedly advanced in the week ended 12 March 2021.
Asian Markets ended mostly firmer last week.
In Australia, the house price index advanced more than market anticipations in 4Q20.
Australia’s Westpac leading index rebounded in February.
In Australia, the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in February.
Australia’s retail sales unexpectedly dropped in February.
Japan’s industrial production advanced in January.
Japan posted a merchandise (total) trade surplus in February.
In Japan, the national consumer price index (CPI) fell in February.
The Bank of Japan kept its key interest rate unchanged at -0.1%.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in its meeting minutes, indicated that there will be no rate increases for a considerable time, at least, not until wages reach 3%, and that is not expected until 2024.