Monday, February 13, 2017
Asian shares eke out 19-month highs on Tuesday as the potential for economic stimulus in the United States underpinned the dollar, bond yields and Wall Street stocks.
However, markets are still shaky since experts says that it his highly likely that the Federal Reserve, will have two or more U.S. interest rate hikes this year. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will have an upcoming congressional testimony later in the global trading day.
Japanese shares also ran into trouble after Toshiba Corp (6502.T) delayed an anxiously-awaited earnings release, including details of a multibillion dollar charge related to cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear arm.
Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average NIK, -1.13% was down 0.1%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.06% was off 0.3% and Korea’s Kospi SEU, -0.22% slipped 0.1%.
Singapore’s Strait Times Index STI, -1.19% was down 0.9% after three days of gains, as concerns about bank earnings cut into sentiment. Oversea-Chinese O39, -3.28% dropped 2.7% following weak fourth-quarter earnings. DBS D05, -2.96% and United Overseas Bank U11, -1.52% which report later this week, fell 2.1% and 0.7%, respectively. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.10% was up 0.4% and New Zealand’s NZX-50 NZ50GR, +0.22% was 0.4% higher.
In the U.S. overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, the Nasdaq Composite and the Russell 2000 all reached record highs which is a clear sign that Donald Trump is good for the economy!
Friday, January 27, 2017
Apple's iPhone has been toppled as the number one selling smartphone in China for the first time since 2012, this has made them "vulnerable" in the world's second-largest economy, according to a report released Friday.
The iPhone 6s sold 12 million units in 2016 which is about 2% of all phones sold in China, behind the "Oppo R9" which is the flagship smartphone of the Chinese brand Oppo Electronics. Oppo sold about 17 million units or 4% market share for all phones, according to Counterpoint Research. Oppo is one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands in China which has made its name through high-spec low-priced devices, being sold through bricks and mortar stores. This is the first time that Apple iPhone has been toppled on the top in China in five years.
The Cupertino, CA-based company has been having difficulty in sales for the last few quarters. From July up to September 24, 2016, Greater China revenue fell 30% year-on-year. Apple has been on a charm offensive, visiting China last year, and announced a $45 million research and development center in Beijing. Its market share has fallen from 14.3% in 2015, to 10.4% last year in China, Counterpoint said.
Apple has been squeezed by other players like Huawei and Oppo. Oppo and Vivo have released high-quality but lower priced devices and are aggressively taking market share. Oppo's shipments were up by 109% year-on-year in China, while Vivo saw a 78% increase. Huawei was up by 21%, but Apple was down 21%.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announces that she welcomes the hiking of U.S. interest rates gradually which has pressured gold prices. Spot gold was down by 0.1% to $1,202 per ounce by 0335 GMT, after dropping to as much as $1,197.31. Last Tuesday it has hit eight-week high of $1,218.64. U.S. gold futures had fallen as much as over 1% to $1,197.10.
The U.S. dollar index which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, were up by 0.3% to 101.200.
Since the U.S. economy is close to full employment and inflation headed toward the Federal Reserve's 2% goal, it "makes sense" for the U.S. central bank to gradually lift interest rates, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.
Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan on Wednesday joined the chorus of central bank officials making a case for a gradual hike in U.S. interest rates.
U.S. consumer prices increased in December as households paid more for gasoline and rental accommodation, leading to the largest year-on-year increase in 2-1/2 years and signaling that inflation pressures could be building.
Silver fell by 0.3% to $16.97 an ounce while Platinum fell 0.5% to $956.50, and palladium was down 0.1% to $747.70.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Friday, December 9, 2016
Gold prices slumped on Friday and it is on its way to a 5th straight weekly decline. As it get hit from all directions. The gold prices are being pulled down by a stronger U.S. dollar and expectations of a Federal Reserve rate hike next week. U.S. equities are also at record levels luring money out of the safe haven and fund holdings wither. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are at all-time highs amid speculation President-elect Donald Trump’s policies will spur growth. Investors are also assessing the European Central Bank’s decision on Thursday to tweak its bond buying.
Spot gold was down 0.3% at $1,167.11 an ounce by 0245 GMT, and was set for a weekly decline of about 0.8%. U.S. gold futures lost 0.2% to $1,169.60 per ounce. The dollar held large gains against the yen and euro early on Friday.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell from a five-month high last week, pointing to labour strength that underscores the economy's sustained momentum and reinforcing the case for a Federal Reserve rate increase.
Rising bond yields and a flight to stock markets have also dampened the appeal of gold.
Meanwhile, Asian shares edged down on Friday but were on track for robust weekly gains, while the euro became more settled after the volatility seen in the wake of the European Central Bank's decision to trim the size of its asset purchase program while also extending it for longer than many analysts had expected.
Holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.34% to 860.71 tonnes on Thursday. SPDR holdings have fallen nearly 9% since November and are on track for a 5th straight week of losses.
Elsewhere, silver was down 0.4% at $16.94 an ounce and platinum fell 0.9% at $930.10.
Palladium was down by 0.2% to $734, after reaching its lowest since November 18 in the previous session.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Onlines sales on Black Friday was the country's biggest yet though it didn't last very long just three days. However, retailers are expected to keep hearing the Ka-Ching of the cash registers as Cyber Monday is expected to garner $3.39 billion in online sales, this according to the latest statistics from Adobe, edging out Black Friday by roughly $50 million.
According to Becky Tasker, analyst for the Adobe Digital Insights, online retailers began giving away discounts later this year, on Thanksgiving morning instead of a few days earlier which have resulted to big demands on Black Friday. That fact shows that both retailers and consumers are getting more comfortable having holiday shopping take place later in the season, Tasker said, as online shipping improves and "buy online, pickup in-store" options grow.
"Everything is growing, but there's more growth toward the end of the season as people take advantage of better shipping to get their products on time," she said.
This data keeps is in line with the trend of online sales spreading out to more days during the holidays, as consumers spend more money online and are able to shop using a wide range of products that includes TV sets, toys, appliances, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Overall, Adobe expects 53 consecutive days of $1 billion-plus online sales days this holiday season, up from just 31 consecutive days last year.
She said that top toys that will be on demand this Cyber Monday includes Lego sets, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets, and the 5 best-selling electronics were Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPads and Amazon Fire.
On Amazon, their Echo Dot smart speaker was the best-selling product on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.