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Market Wrap – May 2018

Market Wrap – May 2018

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A Brighter Month For Shares

  • Global shares advanced 2% in hedged terms in April as US quarterly company earnings, rising commodity prices and robust Chinese economic growth data more than offset investor concerns about geo-political risks and trade war fears.
  • US shares were up marginally in April, its first positive month since January. European shares outperformed, the UK FTSE 100 rose 6.4% and the French CAC 40 was up 6.8%.
  • US GDP rose at an annualised 2.3%, supported by gross private investment, inventories, government spending and less drag from net exports. This contrasted with GDP releases from the UK and France which, while likely weather affected, confirmed the loss of momentum in the first quarter.
  • While historic peacemaking efforts between North and South Korea made headlines, continuing troubles in Syria and the instability in the region saw oil prices rise. The higher oil prices boosted inflation expectations and saw the yield on the US 10-year treasury break through 3% for the first time in four years.
  • Despite a slowing in Australian annual employment growth from record highs, Australian shares rallied in the month and the AUD was weaker.

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Please note: Past performance is not indicative of future performance.


Please note: Past performance is not indicative of future performance.

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