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Notes from the Trading Desk
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Notes from the Trading Desk

This week it will be the familiar themes of continuing Brexit negotiations and COVID-19 cases and restrictions that should give European markets direction. In addition, third-quarter earnings season heats up. It’s a similar story in  in the United States, with politics, stimulus and earnings likely to drive markets.  

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Equities were volatile last week as political drama took centre stage, with the noise around the US presidential debate and President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis dominating investor focus.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Increases in COVID-19 infections, as well as the uncertainty of the US presidential race and Brexit negotiations, are all providing significant overhangs for markets right now.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

In Europe, rising COVID-19 cases are weighing on sentiment, whilst the upcoming presidential election, delays over fiscal support, and some disappointment over the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) commentary at its latest policy meeting have all added to a “risk-off” tone in the United States.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

The United Kingdom is firmly back in focus for investors in Europe. Brexit risk is on the increase as we edge closer to the deadline of the European Union (EU) Council Summit on 15 October with no real positive movement towards an agreement.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

 Last week saw equity markets continue their grind higher, with the familiar theme of US technology stocks leading the way higher. Volumes and news flow were once again fairly light due to the summer holiday season.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week was quiet for equity markets with the second-quarter 2020 earnings season now behind us and many market participants on holiday. The fate of technology stocks will likely be a key driver for equity markets globally into year-end.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

As summer started and lockdowns eased across Europe, a “‘feel-good”’ factor helped consumer activity start to rebound nicely in a number of countries. However, concerns seem to now be rising again over an increase in new COVID-19 cases across the continent.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

In parts of the United States and in Europe, (namely France, Germany and Spain) COVID-19 cases have surged. So, the shape of global economic recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain. but markets appear to have shrugged this off for now.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Key themes our European Trading Desk team has an eye on include the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, earnings season in the United States and Europe, monetary policy meetings and ugly gross domestic product (GDP) data.

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe

Concerns over trade and UK politics have bubbled away throughout the past year and with progress in both of these areas last week, as well as benign central bank developments, markets received a welcome boost. European and US markets both hit record highs last week.

Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe
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Notes From the Trading Desk – Europe

Last week saw equity markets tread water ahead of a number of upcoming notable events and catalysts expected this week. Still, the narrative around US trade relations with the rest of the world was a prime focus, as US President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on the US relationship with a number of different countries.