Market Commentary - January
Glenmore Asset Management
Equity markets were stronger in January, as investor sentiment shifted toward a potential soft landing (ie. inflation moving back to acceptable target levels without a severe economic downturn). In the US, the S&P 500 rose +6.2%, the Nasdaq was up +10.7%, whilst in the UK, the FTSE 100 increased +4.3%. On the ASX, the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index rose +6.4%, with consumer discretionary and technology sectors outperforming, whilst utilities underperformed, as investors chased cyclical and higher risk exposure.
In bond markets, the US 10 year bond rate fell -31 basis points to close at 3.52%, whilst in Australia, the 10 year yield was broadly flat at 3.55%
Commodity markets were broadly stronger in January. Iron ore rose +10%, gold +6%, and copper +11%. After a very strong rise since mid 2020, thermal coal fell sharply (-35%) and has continued to fall in February month to date. Crude oil declined -2% in the month. The A$/US$ appreciated +4% to close at US$0.70.
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