Up, Up and Away for the ASX 200

ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) at seven-month high On Monday the ASX 200 gained 30 points (+0.5%) Taking heart from Asian markets after an uninspiring start Banks driving the market higher. AGM season and quarterly earnings in the US colouring the corporate diary. Tuesday saw the market reach a seven-month high, up 64 points to 6196,…

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ASX200 end of September

ASX 200 Ends the Month in Uninspiring Fashion

WEDNESDAY MID WEEK CATCH UP, 30th September 2020 The ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) has ended the month in uninspiring fashion as it oscillated between small gains and losses on Monday to close down 13 points. The banks slid back on some profit-taking after big moves last week on news lending restrictions would be eased.    Tuesday saw a similar pattern evolve; the market closed flat after early optimism evaporated. Another quiet day of indecision…  Wednesday saw the market down 64…

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It’s Technology Stupid

The top 5 stocks in the S&P 500 account for 27% of the index. Year to date, which includes the coronavirus they are up: Apple +30.5% Microsoft +35.7% Amazon +66.7% Google +11.9% Facebook +18.7% Other top performers in the S&P 500 top 20 include: Tesla +226% NVIDIA +73.8% Netflix +55.3% Adobe +38.7% Paypal +67.8% Other…

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Hotspots and Cold Spots

Rising case numbers in the US don’t seem to be upsetting the markets. No-one seems to care in the US. One colleague got a text from a cousin in Washington DC yesterday saying that “everyone is just getting back to normal and they’ll handle the virus if they get it”. Here we are in Victoria…

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Australia back in business by July

“Australia back in business by July” is the message from the cabinet meeting yesterday. The government clearly don’t want to be seen to be slow getting the economy going again and have developed a few catch phrases like “A sustainable COVID-19 Safe Economy” which means continuing with social distancing and safe hygiene. They expect the…

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