Beyond Bulls & Bears

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

The European economy is recovering fast from the COVID-19 recession. The relaxation in COVID-related restrictions has resulted in sharp growth in both services and manufacturing. The reflation trade appeared to be re-emerging.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Improving macro data and continuously dovish central banks have kept equity markets well supported. Given the push and pull, the market continues to react to specific headlines and announcements, rather than the reopening trade as a general theme.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

The debate around rising inflation and the potential impact on central bank policy has been the key driver for financial markets of late, and last week was no exception.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Global equities traded marginally lower last week, with much of the focus at a company level as first quarter (Q1) earnings season progresses. Despite strong earnings and record beats, there was lacklustre price action, with significant divergence in each region.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Equities globally were lackluster last week, with Europe underperforming amid a position-driven selloff. Outside of the obvious continuing focus on the pandemic and vaccine rollouts, there was little in the way of broad market themes, which in turn saw focus shifting to technical factors and company specifics amidst the first-quarter earnings season.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

The spread of COVID-19 infections in continental Europe and how governments are managing it continues to contribute heavily to the market push and pull we’ve seen in recent weeks and months.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Equities in the United States and Europe continued their grind higher in a holiday-shortened week, which led to lighter volumes and newflow last week. Concerns over rising COVID-19 cases were a concern in a number of countries.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Last week saw stabilisation in European government bond yields, which in turn, led to rotation back into some of the more recent losers, and defensive stocks. Alongside this, the reopening trade was firmly in play.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Last week, volatility in bond yields remained a key driver for equity market sentiment. In particular, mid-week commentary from US Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell was a key talking point.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

There is a clear ‘push and pull’ in markets at the moment between better-than-expected macro reports, unprecedented levels of stimulus, and a potential end to COVID-19 lockdowns vs. stretched valuations and concerns of the impact of interest-rate increases.

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk—Europe

Governments across Europe are trying to keep a lid on reopening optimism for now. The extent of the second wave of COVID-19, especially in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Austria and most of Eastern Europe, serves as a reminder of how this virus can spread if governments fail to strike the correct balance between managing social interaction and enabling economies to function. However, the difference between now and pre-second wave is the effective vaccination programme in motion across Europe.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

Global equities were stronger across the board last week. Improving sentiment around vaccination programmes, as well positive developments in Italian politics, were the focus in Europe, while in the United States, stimulus hopes boosted markets.