Market Talk – Friday, April 16

China:

House Prices (YoY) (Mar) increased from 4.3% to 4.6%

China Thomson Reuters IPSOS PCSI (Apr) increased from 72.69 to 73.73

Fixed Asset Investment (YoY) (Mar) decreased from 35.0% to 25.6%

GDP (YoY) (Q1) increased from 6.5% to 18.3%

GDP (QoQ) (Q1) decreased from 3.2% to 0.6%

Chinese GDP YTD (YoY) (Q1) increased from 2.3% to 18.3%

Industrial Production (YoY) (Mar) decreased from 35.1% to 14.1%

Chinese Industrial Production YTD (YoY) (Mar) decreased from 35.1% to 24.5%

Retail Sales (YoY) (Mar) increased from 33.8% to 34.2%

Chinese Retail Sales YTD (YoY) (Mar) increased from 33.78% to 33.90%

Chinese Unemployment Rate decreased from 5.5% to 5.3%

Japan:

Thomson Reuters IPSOS PCSI (Apr) increased from 40.29 to 41.07

Reuters Tankan Index (Apr) increased from 6 to 13

New Zealand:

Business NZ PMI (Mar) increased from 53.4 to 63.6

Singapore

Non-Oil Exports (MoM) (Mar) decreased from 8.30% to 1.20%

Non-Oil Exports (YoY) (Mar) increased from 4.20% to 12.10%

Trade Balance decreased from 6.210B to 5.610B

Some economic news from today:

India:

FX Reserves, USD increased from 576.87B to 581.21B

EUROPE/EMEA:

The UK fintech sector has started 2021 with a bang after raising a record total of $2.9bn (£2.1bn) in the first quarter of the year. According to new figures from Innovate Finance, the industry body representing UK fintech, a total of 117 deals were struck across the industry, with investment levels up 153% compared the previous quarter. The investments this year include Checkout.com ($450m), Starling Bank ($376m), Blockchain.com ($120m initially and then $300m), Rapyd ($300m), and PPRO Financial ($180m initially and then $90m).

The major Europe stock markets had a green day:

  • CAC 40 increased 52.93 points or 0.85% to 6,287.07
  • FTSE 100 increased 36.03 points or 0.52% to 7,019.53
  • DAX 30 increased 204.42 points or 1.34% to 15,459.75

The major Europe currency markets had a mixed day today:

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