Global Stocks Rallied Propelled By Robust Earnings Of A Major Tech Company

Slowdown in China's property sector continued, with new home prices falling by another 0.3% (MoM) in Jan'24

Aditi Gupta, 


Bank of Baroda

Mumbai, February 23, 2024: Macro data painted a mixed picture of the US economy. Jobless claims fell unexpectedly to 201,000 (est. 218,000), attesting to the continued strength in the labour market. Existing home sales rose by 3.1% to a 5-month high. On the other hand, flash PMI indicated moderation in economic momentum, led by services activity. In contrast, flash composite PMIs of both UK and Eurozone edged up. Slowdown in China’s property sector continued, with new home prices falling by another 0.3% (MoM) in Jan’24. However, the pace of decline has moderated. In India, flash PMI signalled that economic activity remains on track, amidst an expansion in both manufacturing and services PMI. Minutes of the RBI’s policy meeting indicated that the MPC remained confident on the growth outlook. MPC members also agreed that much of the moderation in headline inflation is led by softening core and food inflation poses risks to the inflation trajectory. 

  • Global stocks rallied propelled by robust earnings of a major tech company. US stocks rose the most, followed by Japan. Signs of improvement in the property sector in Hong Kong, supported Hang Seng. Sensex inched up, led by auto and capital goods stocks. It is trading further higher today, while Asian stocks are trading mixed, tracking house price data in China.
  • Global currencies closed mixed. DXY fell marginally as investors assessed macro data from the US. GBP appreciated by 0.2% supported by improvement in flash PMI. JPY depreciated further leading to speculation of BoJ’s intervention. INR appreciated a tad, but is trading weaker today.
  • Global yields traded in a narrow range. Investors tracked mixed PMI readings, moderation in US jobless claims as well as commentaries of Fed officials. Philadelphia Fed President spoke of risks of early easing, while Fed Governor Lisa Cook said that if disinflation is sustained then it warrants a change in rate outlook. India’s 10Y yield rose a tad. It is trading at the same level today.

(The views expressed in this research note are personal views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bank of Baroda. Nothing contained in this publication shall constitute or be deemed to constitute an offer to sell/ purchase or as an invitation or solicitation to do so for any securities of any entity.)


Cookie Consent

Our website uses cookies to provide your browsing experience and relavent informations.Before continuing to use our website, you agree & accept of our Cookie Policy & Privacy