Daniel Casali provides a round-up of key market activity during the week of 15th June.
- Queues formed as ‘non-essential’ shops reopened in the UK
- A rise in coronavirus cases in the US and China led to stock market declines. This included a daily decline for the S&P 500 of -2% and Nasdaq -1.5%.
- US retail sales rebounded nearly 18% in May
- It was reported that 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Himalayas
- Hints of a second wave of COVID-19 continued to emerge. In the state Florida, news cases rose by 3.6% over the past 7 days, whilst hospitalizations in Texas increased by 8.3%
- The number of people unemployed in the UK and claiming benefits rose to 2.8m in May, this is a 126% increase since lockdown began
- Sainsburys and other supermarkets should receive a substantial cash ‘injection’ after winning a legal battle against payment companies regarding swipe fees.
- In the US, new jobless claims in the latest week were 1.51m, suggesting an improvement.
- The Bank of England has increased its bond-buying programme by £100bn
- UK debt reached 100% of GDP for the first time since WW2 as the government as the government hit record monthly borrowing of £55.2bn.
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