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STOCK MARKETS
Currency Markets
per US$
Short Term
Interest Rates (%)
U.S. MARKETS
Dec 18
Change
% CHG
YTD
%CHG
Dec 18
Change
YTD
%CHG
Dec 18
Jan 2 2013
Dow Jones/U.S.
17778.15
421.28
2.43
7.25
0.25
0.24
Nasdaq
4748.40
104.08
2.24
13.69
S&P 500
2061.23
48.34
2.40
11.52
PLDT ADR (US$)
63.29
1.03
1.65
5.34
EUROPE
DAX/Euro
9811.06
266.63
2.79
2.71
1.23
-0.01
-10.75
0.08
0.28
DJ Euro Stoxx 50
3153.77
101.78
3.33
1.44
ASIAN MARKETS
Philippines
7029.28
63.07
0.91
19.35
44.74
0.02
-0.77
2.40
0.57
Hong Kong
22832.21
246.37
1.09
-2.03
7.76
0.00
-0.03
0.39
0.38
Singapore
3243.65
16.42
0.51
2.41
1.31
0.00
-3.91
0.77
0.77
Malaysia     
1699.95
18.05
1.07
-8.95
3.46
-0.02
-5.34
3.86
3.31
Thailand  
1516.79
36.59
2.47
16.79
32.87
-0.05
-0.40
2.40
2.40
Indonesia
5113.35
77.70
1.54
19.63
12563.00
-104.00
-3.12
7.17
7.86
Japan 
17210.05
390.32
2.32
5.64
118.84
0.19
-11.32
0.11
0.15
South Korea  
1897.50
-2.66
-0.14
-5.66
1102.25
7.45
-4.21
2.13
2.66
China
3057.52
-3.50
-0.11
44.50
6.22
0.02
-2.58
2.35
2.60
U.S. Equity Market
U.S. equity markets finally felt the holiday cheer, soaring on Thursday in the wake of the FOMC’s upbeat assessment for the U.S. recovery. Bargain hunters were quick to jump on the Santa bandwagon even as oil remained subdued. On average, U.S. equities tumbled by 2.36 percent.
Asian Stock Market
Asian equity markets traded mostly higher on Thursday, tracking the rally in U.S. stocks overnight as the FOMC painted a rosy picture of the U.S. recovery. The FOMC seemed to focus on the overall strength of the U.S. economy, discounting slower inflation and global growth concerns. The Nikkei posted the strongest gain in more than two months on expectations of increased demand for Japanese export products. Other markets also traded higher, recovering some lost ground after successive sessions of losses. Bucking the regional rebound were the Shanghai index and the Kospi as foreign players booked gains while Chinese financial companies dragged the Shanghai index lower on falling home prices. On average, equity indices in Asia jumped by 1.01 percent.
Currency Markets
Select Asian currencies retreated as the USD strengthened as U.S. Treasury yields moved higher. Slightly more hawkish undertones in the FOMC statement alarmed dealers of the possibility of an earlier rate hike. The CHF depreciated as the central bank slashed interest rates to negative territory to deter safe haven buying. The Korean Won weakened as foreign players dumped stocks in the Kospi. Meanwhile, the IDR and the INR both appreciated on bargain hunting with risk sentiment returning. On average, the USD depreciated by 0.05 percent.
Bond Market
U.S. Treasury yields continued their ascent with risk sentiment back in vogue. The FOMC’s assessment bolstered risk appetite as traders rotated out of bonds and back into riskier assets. The yield for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bounced by 7 basis points while on average, yields moved higher by 5 basis points.
US Treasury Bonds as of 12/18/2014
Tenor
Yield (%)
Change
3-month
0.04
0.02
 2-year
0.63
0.01
5-year
1.66
0.05
10-year
2.21
0.07
30-year
2.82
0.09
 
(News sources: Reuters, AFX, Dow Jones, Bloomberg)
 
 
 
 
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