Market Report, 22 October - The Share Centre Blog

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Helal Miah

Market Report, 22 October

Written by: Helal Miah on October 22nd 2012

Category: Investments, News, Shares

Helal MiahInvestment Research analyst at The Share Centre, takes a brief look at market indices and companies reporting this week.


Market Indices

Overall equity and commodity markets had a positive week as global economic data releases helped investor confidence. US housing data pointed towards a recovery, Chinese data surprised to the upside while the ECB received approval introduce a bank supervision program over 2013. The ECB also made supportive statements on Greece’s progress on austerity. The positive sentiment helped bond yields of troubled eurozone nations fall, with Spanish yields touching six month lows. However towards the end of the week, some disappointing earnings results, particularly Google, reversed sentiment and induced some profit taking.


The week’s performance:

The FTSE All Share closed 3079.65, up 1.8%.

The S[AND]P 500 closed at 1433.19, up 0.3%.

The EuroStoxx 600 closed at 274.08, down 1.7%.

Nikkei closed at 9002.68, up 5.5%.

WTI Crude Oil closed at $90.05, down 2.0%.

Gold closed to $1724.00, down 2.0%.

Sterling closed at 1.6004, down 0.4% against the US.


The week ahead

Important economic data releases this week:



US Federal Reserve Open Market Committee Rate Decision



UK3rd Quarter GDP, US Durable Goods Orders



US 3rd QuarterGDP,USUniversity ofMichigan Confidence Index


Companies reporting this week are:



Whitbread, Arm


BAT, Reckitt Benkiser



ASOS, Unilever, AstraZeneca. Shire Pharmaceuticals, Pearson, WPP


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Tags: ASOS, ECB, FTSE, Google, Unilever

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