The Week That Was

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Investors were dealt a mixed hand last week as four of the seven indices closed higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped 1.37% to occupy the top spot last week. On a YTD basis France’s CAC 40 was the best performer with a gain of 14.63% followed by Germany’s DAX at +10.65%.

The Week That Was

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Last week was a good week for equity investors as each of the indices ended higher. Germany’s DAX was last week’s top performer with a gain of 6.8% followed by France’s CAC 40 at +4.7%. The French CAC 40 continues to lead on a YTD basis. China’s recent rate cut and musings about further European QE could see further gains next week.

Updated “Where Are They Now” Page

I just updated the “Where Are They Now Page”…4 of the 6 stocks I favorably mentioned are up (CHD is trailing CLX at the moment), with GBL climbing the most and GPC lagging. Despite my posting of weekly numbers I still take the long-view…its just nice to see how they are doing ­čÖé

What do you think?

The Week That Was

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Each of the indices recorded strong gains last week as bargain hunters swept the market and concerns over a FED rate rise this year seemed increasingly unlikely.

Glencore continued its recovery this week, closing up an astonishing 36% which would seem to indicate overly bearish sentiment fading away (no doubt the Company’s decision to cut zinc production also played a part in the rally).

The French CAC-40 is the year’s top performer with an amazing +10% return followed by Japan’s NIkkei 225 (+5.66%) and ┬áLondon’s FTSE 100 (+2.97%) .

The Week That Was

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London’s FTSE 100 was the only index to escape last week’s market sell-off. The negative impact from the Volkswagen emissions scandal spread to other automobile (and component) manufacturers which led to the DAX assuming the dubious title of this week’s worst performer. Last week’s large sell-off in the DAX also meant it is now in negative territory on a YTD basis and this leaves France’s CAC 40 and Japan’s Nikkei 225 as the only indices in the black for the year thus far.