Global market report - March 13

World markets were mixed on Wednesday as investors focused on global growth concerns, Boeing and Brexit

James Gard 13 March, 2019 | 7:00PM

North America


The Dow’s divergence from the S&P 500 is expected to continue on Wednesday with Boeing weighing on the former. But S&P 500 futures are currently lacking a strong direction ahead of the open.

Boeing (BA) shares remained under pressure on Tuesday, losing 6%, and they are down 2% in pre-market trading.

In terms of US economics, provisional January data for durable goods orders are due on Wednesday. The data release is before the market opens. Looking ahead to Friday, the University of Michigan Sentiment index is due for March.


The non-reaction from the stock and currency markets to yet another bruising Brexit defeat by the UK Prime Minister was notable. The FTSE 100 was barely changed on Wednesday morning and analysts pondered whether the next vote – to take no deal off the table – would actually be positive for the UK currency, which is higher than at the start of the week

The Eurozone saw modest moves, with France’s CAC just positive approaching midday, while Germany’s DAX was under water.


China’s Shanghai Composite Index reversed its recent positive trend on Wednesday, losing 1%, but still clinging on to the key technical level of 3,000 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost less than 0.5%, while Japan’s Nikkei was off just below 1%.

Chinese industrial production and retail sales data is due towards the end of the week, as is the Bank of Japan’s policy announcement.


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