No wonder the S&P 500 index fell to a 14-month low on Monday. The market’s fears of a slowdown in economic growth are coming true.The December Flash Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the US, a gauge of private sector activity, has come in at a 19-month low.The pace of expansion is still solid, but it’s slowing.Close Are you happy with your current monthly income? Do you know you can double it without working extra hours or asking for a raise? Rahul Shah, one of the India's leading expert on wealth building, has created a strategy which makes it possible... in just a short few years. You can know his secrets in his FREE video series airing between 12th to 17th December. You can reserve your free seat here. … [Read more...] about 100-Word Take | The reason for the plunge in the US market
Wall Street ended solidly higher on Friday as a strong jobs report and optimism about US-China trade negotiations ahead of an upcoming deadline helped stoke investor risk appetite.All three major US stock indexes gained ground, hovering within 1 percent of record highs set last week.But as a tumultuous week of contradictory trade news and mixed economic data drew to a close, only the S&P 500 posted a weekly gain. The Dow and the Nasdaq ended the session down from last Friday's close.Close The US economy added 2,66,000 jobs in November, the largest increase in 10 months, according to the Labor Department, blowing past analyst estimates. The unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent. related news Wall Street opens higher after strong jobs data, calmer tone on trade Wall Street inches higher as December 15 tariff deadline looms "This type of report shows underlying economic strength, and it gives corporate management confidence in the strength of the economy," said … [Read more...] about Wall Street climbs on solid jobs data, trade hopes; Dow Jones rallies over 300 pts
Hareesh VDespite positive Chinese manufacturing numbers and improved trade deal optimism, Zinc prices in the international and domestic markets tumbled to multi-month lows.Prices gained considerably in the first half of the year but nosedived to a three year low by September on feeble demand expectation from China.Close China is the world’s largest zinc producer. Additionally, the country is the top consumer, accounting for about half of the global consumption. However, the 16 months old trade dispute with the US has roiled the Chinese manufacturing sector and demand for zinc. related news How to evaluate your risk appetite? December is usually volatile, pause is not negative trigger as articulated Jute could be among priority industries to bet on in next rally Zinc is largely used for galvanising steel, hence, about 50 percent of global demand is from the construction sector. Transportation, infra, industrial machinery and consumer products are the other … [Read more...] about Trade deal optimism, positive China manufacturing data may limit further downside in Zinc
Manas ChakravartyMarkets across the world have suddenly been spooked by fears of a growth slowdown. Here’s what the Reserve Bank of India said in its monetary policy statement a few days ago: "…global economic activity has shown increasing signs of weakness on rising trade tensions. Among advanced economies, economic activity appears to be slowing in the US in Q42018, after a buoyant Q3. The Euro area growth lost pace in Q3, impacted by weaker trade growth and new vehicle emission standards. The Japanese economy contracted in Q3 on subdued external and domestic demand."The RBI said growth was also slowing in some emerging markets, most importantly China. For India too, there have been warnings of lower growth after the September quarter gross domestic product growth came in lower than anticipated. Fitch Ratings has been the latest to jump aboard the bandwagon, reducing its estimate of India's GDP growth this fiscal from 7.8 percent earlier to 7.2 percent.Close … [Read more...] about Quick Take | Does the market really have a reason to worry about lower global growth?
Shaktikanta Das, the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is taking charge of the central bank in less than propitious circumstances. His predecessor’s resignation was clearly a protest against the government trying to impose its will on the institution. In that context, Das’ most important task is a simple one --he will have to prove that he is his own man.Admittedly, the new incumbent at Mint Street starts off with a handicap. While his vast experience in managing economic affairs is not in question, he has an unfortunate reputation as the man under whom the government launched its controversial demonetisation programme. The speed with which he has been appointed has also raised questions whether this was the government’s game plan all along.While several bureaucrats from the Finance Ministry have gone on to become excellent RBI governors and have asserted their independence, they did not assume office in similar circumstances. Simply put, Das will have … [Read more...] about Opinion | Shaktikanta Das will have to prove he is his own man