Financial Markets…U.S. stocks rallied on Monday, with the S&P 500 index rising to a record high, as investors speculated the world biggest economy can withstand the normalization of Fed’s monetary policy. The U.S. stock rally shrugged off worries over a cooling property market in China. The S&P 500 gained as much as 0.9% to an all-time high of 1,852, surpassing a previous high of 1,848.38 reached on January 15, and the Dow Jones industrial average was also up 0.9% in morning trade. The S&P index has bounced back 5.4% from its low on February 3.
Financial Markets…Global equities moved lower on Wednesday as downbeat economic data from China and Eurozone and escalating turmoil in Ukraine dampened market sentiment. The benchmark MSCI world stock index dropped 0.5% to a 6-day low, with the MSCI developing-country stock index sliding 1.1%. Meanwhile, U.S. equities opened higher in morning trade with the S&P 500 and the Dow gaining 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively.
Financial Markets… Kazakhstan’s central bank devalued its tenge currency by 19% to 185 per dollar in an effort to hinder foreign speculators and adjust to the currency weakening of its main trading partner Russia. The Russian ruble, which is a reserve currency of Kazakhstan along with dollars and euros, has weakened 5.4% thus far this year. This has put additional pressure on the Kazakhstan currency as Russia accounted for nearly 18 % of Kazakhstan’s total trade, second after the European Union at about 41%.