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Article | 24 May 2021 | Investments
US equities were mixed, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones falling slightly, while the Nasdaq gained 0.1%. In Europe, most regional stock markets ended the week higher, while the UK’s FTSE 100 fell 0.4%. Asian and emerging markets fared slightly better, with the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan and MSCI Emerging Markets indices rising 1.6% and 1.7% respectively.
Government bond prices ended the week slightly higher, with the 10-year US Treasury yield finishing at 1.62%. In corporate bond markets, investment grade bonds were higher in the US but lower in Europe, while high yield bonds were relatively flat in both regions.
The US dollar was weaker against the pound, euro and Japanese yen last week. The euro fell against sterling and the yen, but rose slightly against the dollar. The yen was flat against sterling and the euro, and higher versus the dollar.
The price of gold crept up on the back of inflationary concerns, to finish at $1,881 per ounce. Brent Crude oil fell 3.3% over the week, and the price of copper followed other industrial metals to finish the week lower.
The UK was the latest country to launch a market for trading carbon credits. Early prices suggest that UK polluters may face higher costs than their EU counterparts.
The latest US Federal Reserve meeting minutes were released. Central bank members acknowledged that the US economy still requires stimulus, but that conversations over tapering this support may need to happen soon.
US and European flash PMI data for May came in ahead of expectations, while US jobless claims fell to a post-pandemic low.
There will be a wide range of data releases from the US, including personal spending, durable goods orders and the much-anticipated PCE inflation figure.
New GDP data for Germany, France and the US will give new insights into global economic growth.