April in Figures

April in Figures

April 29, 2017

In April, ten-year sovereign debt yields fell a little more sharply in the United States than other economies, but the dollar was mixed, falling against the euro, sterling, and Swiss franc but not the yen. The dollar advanced solidly against commodity-sensitive currencies, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel threshold.

Comex gold, which had appreciated 8.5% during the first quarter of 2017, climbed by a further 1.5% on balance during April. 1Q17 had been a very good period for equities with the notable exception of Japan’s market. Most stock markets continued to rise in April, and this time the Nikkei participated. An exception in April was a 1.6% drop in the Toronto Stock Exchange, which was hit after U.S. President Trump imposed tariffs of up to 24% on a slew of Canadian imports.

10-Yr Yield 03/31/17 04/28/17 Chg vs End-1Q
U.S. 2.39% 2.28% -11 Basis Points
Germany 0.32% 0.31% -1
Japan 0.06% 0.00% -6
U.K. 1.14% 1.08% -6
Canada 1.62% 1.54% -8
Switzerland -0.15% -0.17% -2
3-month rates 03/31/17 04/28/17 Chg v End-Mar
U.S. 1.15% 1.17% +2 Basis Points
Euroland -0.36% -0.36% 0
Japan +0.01% +0.01% 0
U.K. 0.34% 0.32% -2
Swiss -0.73% -0.73% 0
FX 03/31/17 04/28/17 Pct Chg in $
EUR/USD 1.0666 1.0895 -2.1%
USD/JPY 111.32 111.49 +0.2%
USD/CHF 1.0019 0.9946 -0.7%
GBP/USD 1.2532 1.2951 -3.2%
AUD/USD 0.7641 0.7488 +2.0%
NZD/USD 0.7014 0.6866 +2.2%
USD/CAD 1.3300 1.3653 +2.7%
USD/CNY 6.8872 6.8835 +0.1%
Equities 03/31/17 04/28/17 Chg vs End-1Q
S&P 500 2365 2384 +0.8%
Nasdaq 5912 6048 +2.3%
Djia 20663 20941 +1.3%
Dax  12313 12438 +1.0%
Nikkei 18909 19197 +1.5%
Ftse 7323 7204% -1.6%
Canada TSE 15581 15586 0.0%
Swiss SMI 8659 8813 +1.8%
Commodities 03/31/17 04/28/17 Chg v End-Mar
Oil, $ per barrel 50.60 49.33 -2.6%
Gold, $ per ounce 1247.30 1266.1 +1.5%

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Tags: commodities, foreign exchange, sovereign debt yields, stocks




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