Thai Tennis Coach and Stories of Increase in Stock Market

The story of the Thai tennis coach points out that the rise of the emerging stock market is due to non-essential consumer goods stocks and this trend continues to be promoted by investors.

Samark Srisarakham first came to Bangkok with his brother when he was 11 years old, sleeping in a public bed right next to a tennis court. He did not dare to imagine growing up with life with beautiful restaurants, new clothes and the most modern electric appliances.

But 30 years later, he became a tennis coach in the Thai capital. He is a perfect illustration of what former Goldman Sachs bank president Jim O’Neil called “the greatest story in the world” when it comes to investing:   consumer advancement in emerging markets.

Coming from a poor town in rural northern Thailand, Samak owns 3 properties and 2 cars. His two daughters attend international school, and his family has a collection of smartphones and tablets. Samak’s life-changing stories from poverty to wealth are the key to explaining the biggest gains in emerging-market stocks this year.

Shares of non-essential consumer companies rose 23% in 2017. These companies specialize in selling products that serve purposes beyond what is needed when consumers have more than enough money to spend. Rising technology stocks helped push MSCI emerging market index the best year since 2009.

Angelo Corbetta, Head of Asia Equity at Pioneer Investments Ltd in London, said: Consumer spending is a key driver of growth across emerging markets, especially in Europe. ASIAN.

While poorer countries suffer from a shortage of infrastructure, e-commerce is filling that gap. Thus, it helps to boost consumption through going to select stores according to buyers’ needs. Consumption trends have changed rapidly in the past few years with sales focused on online sales improved with an increasing number of users of digital technology.

Investors Bet on Stock Market

Despite worries of the economic downturn, Wall Street investors still bet on the stock market, helping Wall Street reverse its rebound in Wednesday session (August 28).

Following the decline of Tuesday session, US stocks continued to open in the red on Wednesday as worries about economic recession and mixed statements of US-China senior leaders on trade negotiations. trade. However, very soon after that, Wall Street reversed its recovery thanks to financial and energy stocks.

Financial stocks rebounded to regain all of what was lost in the previous session, and information of US oil inventories decreased, helping crude oil prices rose 1.5% to support the rise of energy stocks. Another point, on Wednesday, the yield of 30-year US government bonds fell to a record low, lower than the average dividend yield of the S&P 500, causing investors to abandon bonds and pour money. back to stocks, despite fears of recession and the US holding the decision to increase taxes by 5% to $ 300 billion of Chinese goods from September 1 and December 15.

Next week, investors will look at monthly employment reports and manufacturing data that could guide expectations about another possible rate cut from the Federal Reserve System – Fed at its mid-September meeting.

At the end of August 28, the Dow Jones increased by 258.20 points (+ 1.00%) to 26,036.10 points. The S&P 500 index increased by 18.78 points (+ 0.65%), to 2,887.94 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased by 29.94 points (+ 0.38%), to 7,856.88 points

Meanwhile, on the European stock market, the opposite movement continued to take place in the fourth session, but the position reversed. While German and French stocks dropped because investors were worried about the global recession, British stocks increased again when Brexit was chaotic, causing the pound to drop, thereby supporting the stock market.

London Stock Exchange Wants to Spend 27 Billion USD to Buy Refinitiv

LSE is negotiating to buy Refinitiv Holdings financial data analysis company for $ 27 billion including debt.

According to Reuters, the acquisition comes less than a year after US asset management company Blackstone Group acquired a majority stake in Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters information and media company. In the deal with Blackstone, Refinitiv is valued at $ 20 billion including debt. Thomson Reuters is the parent company of Reuters News, which currently owns a 45% stake in Refinitiv.

LSE said it plans to issue new shares to pay for the deal, which will make Refinitiv’s existing investors become shareholders of the LSE. In the company after the merger, Refinitiv’s current shareholders will hold about 37% and less than 30% of the voting rights. Refinitiv had a debt of $ 12.2 billion at the end of December last year, the result of the acquisition by Blackstone. LSE is expected to take over this debt if it can buy Refinitiv.

LSE said that the possibility of negotiating with Refinitiv is not certain. The source of information revealed if the two sides agreed to the transaction, the agreement will be finalized next week.

Thomson Reuters shares rose 4.5%, reaching a record high in Friday’s session in Toronto, after news of the deal was announced. This stock price has increased 62% since January 2017, when Blackstone and Thomson Reuters announced the Refinitiv deal.

Owning Refinitiv will help LSE expand its information services business – an area that this floor is aiming to become a more stable source of revenue compared to the main activities related to transactions.

LSE operates stock markets and derivative transactions including London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, MTS and Turquoise. The company has a market capitalization of around £ 19.3 billion ($ 23.9 billion) and a debt of about £ 1 billion.

Refinitiv purchases can help LSE reduce the shock from market fluctuations that may occur in the case of Britain leaving the European Union (EU), ie Brexit, without agreement.

Bitcoin Price Is Fluctuating More Than Ever

Over the past few weeks, the price of virtual currency Bitcoin has fluctuated greatly, soaring to nearly $ 14,000 on June 26 before returning to about $ 9,000 on July 2. Since the beginning of the year, this virtual currency has recovered nearly 70% of the value. Since the beginning of the year, this virtual currency has recovered nearly 70% of the value.

According to Naeem Aslam, head of market analysis of ThinkMarkets FX, an increase over the $ 10,000 mark of Bitcoin on June 21 has sent a strong signal to retail investors that Bitcoin has returned. This is the first time this virtual currency has surpassed the price of $ 10,000 since March 2018. Some other virtual money like Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin and EOS also increased, CNN said.

Lennon Sweeting, institutional investor manager for Coinsquare Capital Markets, said major investors are taking advantage of the short-term volatility of the virtual currency. Some big investors are still holding lots of Bitcoin and can have a big impact on the market.

Analysts say that the recent unexpected volatility of Bitcoin has some fundamental causes. According to Aslam, the social network Facebook plans to release virtual currency called Libra is a cause. He said it would not be surprising to see Amazon e-commerce company or other technology and retail giants want to enter the virtual money market.

However, Facebook’s Libra is also controversial, especially when the social network is still addressing the question of turning roles in global elections over the past few years and the spread. of fake news on its platform.

Sweeting said many investors were excited about the effects Libra brought to Bitcoin. However, he stressed that the difference between blockchain and Bitcoin is worth noting. The Libra push is likely to promote the widespread adoption of blockchain but does not mean the same thing for Bitcoin virtual currency.

London Stock Exchange Is Ready to Use Blockchain Technology

The stock exchange over 300 years old in the British capital is one of the oldest stock exchanges in the world. In the digital age, the floor is thinking of deploying new technologies like blockchain.

According to CNBC, Nikhil Rathi, CEO of London Stock Exchange, suggested that the blockchain, which is the technology to record data on a distributed computer network instead of focusing, could have applications in the stock exchange in England.

You can certainly visualize distributed ledger technology with applications during the release process. I can imagine the technology used to settle. Rathi said the London boss said that he found many different types of interesting ideas from rival exchanges and would follow up on which ideas the market was most interested in.

For example, the Swiss SIX platform is seeking to launch a platform based on the blockchain to speed up the transaction process, while the Gibraltar Stock Exchange launches a digital version of many securities, such as corporate bonds.

The London Stock Exchange recently bought a minority stake in Nivaura, which announced that they issued the world’s first automated cryptocurrency listed bonds. The floor said they tested the issuance, receipt, and transaction of shares with Nivaura in the managed “sandbox”. However, they did not say whether testing would be implemented in a real environment.

Many financial firms say they see great benefits for the industry from blockchain technology but are separating themselves from pre-coding. The first blockchain was created to make the public ledger for bitcoin transactions. For example, JPMorgan said it would roll its own cryptocurrency into USD and set aside for large payments. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon meanwhile is the critic of pre-coding, calling bitcoin a fraud.

Rathi said that despite his support for competition and innovation in the capital market, some extreme manifestations in pre-coding made him a bit cautious. Cryptocurrency prices plummeted after a dizzying price rise in late 2017, early 2018. Bitcoin once reached $ 20,000 in December 2017, currently priced at $ 5,300-5,400, according to Coinmarketcap.

Chinese Stocks Fell Sharply as The Government Reduced Demand Stimulus

China’s stock market on April 25 saw the biggest drop in the past 6 weeks due to the growing concern of investors about the government’s ability to cut economic stimulus measures.

According to Bloomberg, the Shanghai Composite Index closed with a fall of 2.4%, bringing the total decrease from the beginning of the week to 4.5%. With such a decline, this week could become the strongest week of the index since the beginning of the year.

Stocks of telecommunications, technology, and consumer goods were not essential to lead the fall of the whole market. For every 10 stocks that have declined, there will be 1 gainer. Along with that, the exchange rate of the RMB against the US dollar dropped to the lowest level since the beginning of the month.

The mood of Chinese securities investors worsened from last week. After a meeting of the Politburo, the market raised rumors that the Government will cut measures to support the economy.

Earlier, growth stimulus measures have become the factor that led Chinese stocks to increase the world’s strongest since the beginning of the year. In the past year, Chinese stocks plunged due to the slowing economy and the US-China trade war.

In recent days, there are many forecasts that the US and China are about to come to a trade agreement. However, this assessment is not enough to lift the psychology of Chinese securities investors.

Strategist Zhang Gang of Central China Securities said that concerns about the possibility of policy shift are negatively affecting the market. Investors can hardly find any industry stocks that help them earn money at this time, so they feel an urgent need to leave the market.

The decline of Chinese stocks took place despite PBoC claims there was no change in monetary policy stance and no intention of tightening or easing policies. Northeast Securities strategist Zhengyang Shen commented that it seems that investors are rushing to sell stocks to take profits, taking into account changes in expectations of government stimulus measures.

US Stock Market This Week Increased Sharply

The US stock market closed near a record high on Friday after the country’s biggest bank – JP Morgan Chase announced better business results than expected.

According to Reuters news agency, with this rally, the S&P 500 is now less than 1% of the record high set in September last year. After the sell-offs at the end of last year, all three major indexes of US stocks in the first quarter of 2019 had the strongest increase in nearly a decade. However, this April, the market moved to a sideways trend before entering the first quarter business reporting season.

As one of the opening companies for the reporting season, JPMorgan Chase offers revenue and profit margins far beyond analysts’ forecasts. These figures help ease investors ‘previous concerns about the potential decline of listed companies’ profits. At the close, JPMorgan Chase gained 4.7% leading the rise of banking stocks.

Analysts now forecast the Q1 earnings of S&P 500 firms to fall 2.3% over the same period last year and improved compared to last week’s forecast. This will be the first time to reduce quarterly profits of Wall Street listed companies since 2016. However, among the S&P 500 companies that have announced their business results so far, there are 79, 3% gave results beyond the forecast.

Walt Disney shares rose 11.5%, reaching the highest level of all time, becoming the biggest boost for the rise of Dow Jones and S&P 500 after the company offered the price for online video transmission service. soon to be deployed. Netflix, Walt Disney’s rival in online video streaming, slipped 4.5%.

Closing the session on Friday, S&P 500 increased by 0.66%, reaching 2,907.41 points; Dow Jones increased 1.03%, reaching 26,412.3 points; and Nasdaq rose 0.46% to 7,984.16 points. Both Nasdaq and Dow Jones are currently about 1.5% lower than the record close.

For the whole week, the S&P 500 increased by 0.5%, Nasdaq increased by 0.6%, and Dow Jones fell by 0.1%. This is the third consecutive week of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Financial stocks were the biggest gainers this session, with an increase of 1.9% thanks to the positive business results report of JPMorgan Chase.