Looks like October month is going to be good

I am wrong. It appears that this October month is going to be better than I had expected.

In the span of two weeks, the stock indices rose. Nikkei 225 jumped 4.9%. The Straits Times Index (STI) rose 2.3%.

Stock Indices 11-Oct-19 28-Oct-19 YTD Change
Nikkei 225 (Japan) 21,798.87 22,867.27 4.9%
Nasdaq (USA) 8,057.04 8,325.99 3.3%
S&P 500 (USA) 2,970.27 3,039.42 2.3%
STI (Singapore) 3,113.97 3,185.53 2.3%
Hang Seng (HK) 26,308.44 26,891.26 2.2%
UK FTSE 100 7,247.08 7,331.28 1.2%
Dow Jones (USA) 26,816.59 27,090.72 1.0%
Shanghai Composite 2,973.66 2,980.05 0.2%

The year-to-date changes in the stock indices as at yesterday is shown below:

Stock Indices 31-Dec-18 28-Oct-19 YTD Change
Nasdaq (USA) 6,635.28 8,325.99 25.5%
S&P 500 (USA) 2,506.85 3,039.42 21.2%
Shanghai Composite 2,493.90 2,980.05 19.5%
Dow Jones (USA) 23,327.46 27,090.72 16.1%
Nikkei 225 (Japan) 20,014.77 22,867.27 14.3%
UK FTSE 100 6,728.13 7,331.28 9.0%
Hang Seng (HK) 25,845.70 26,891.26 4.0%
STI (Singapore) 3,068.76 3,185.53 3.8%

Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Shanghai Composite Index performed exceptionally well. The STI is now 3.8% above last year’s closing figure.

Also note that we started the year 2019 with a low base for most stock indices at end 2018. The figures now were a catch-up from the low bases.

So long as the US does not rock the boat on world trade, especially trade with China, we could see some stability in the stock markets.

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