Asian equity markets continued to build on last week’s gains, after U.S. stocks capped their best week since 2013. Investor sentiment has gradually improved after fears of rising inflation sent most global indices into correction territory.
When markets are priced for perfection, a slight shift in sentiment causes much damage. This is what we saw last week, after U.S. jobs report showed wage growth accelerated at its quickest pace since mid-2009.
After enjoying the best kickoff in more than three decades, the S&P 500 posted its biggest decline since 17 August 2017. All ten sectors traded in red territory suggesting that we didn’t see any rotation, but the selloff was broad-based led by energy, utilities, and telecom sectors.
The U.S. dollar’s worst start in 21 years has reminded many investors of trade wars, particularly after U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin commented about the benefits of a weaker dollar and the decision by President Trump to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.