|Bid||242.65 x 800|
|Ask||242.69 x 1100|
|Day's Range||241.77 - 244.80|
|52 Week Range||233.20 - 269.28|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.02|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.15%|
Strong domestic Retail Sales have added importance today, when we see Retail numbers for China missing expectations, helping send Asian markets lower overnight.
On December 14, US steel stocks including U.S. Steel Corporation (X) and AK Steel (AKS) bounced back from the fresh 52-week lows that they hit in today’s session. Nucor (NUE) has also bounced back from its 52-week low. The bounce in steel stocks is coming amid the weak broader market (DIA).
China’s (FXI) National Bureau of Statistics reported industrial output and retail sales growth data for November on December 14, 2018. Both of these data points came in below the market’s expectations. The industrial output grew by 5.4% YoY, which is its slowest pace in almost three years.
China (FXI) is the world’s largest steel consumer. The real estate and automotive sectors are the two largest steel end consumers in China. China’s property market has been in a state of decline for the past few months.
This is a special edition of the ETFdb.com scorecard that delves into the annual performance of some of the key funds. The performance is measured from January 1 to November 30.
Mario Draghi mentioned that the central bank would still be ready to make needed adjustments to the Eurozone economy, but right now, the ending of the bank's Quantitative Easing (QE) program will go on as expected.
While experiencing some selling pressure in the last few hours of the trading session, investors are enjoying yet another rally in the stock market. The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) has been in a sharp rebound this week, a welcome sight for the bulls.
China’s steel prices entered a bear market in late November, with the most active rebar contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange falling 21% since hitting a seven-year high in August. At present, the most active May rebar contract is trading 18% down from its August peak.
One of the major factors spooking the markets worldwide has been the concern about China’s economic slowdown. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s survey for November, apart from trade war risk and concerns about quantitative tightening, China’s slowdown was fund managers’ biggest worry. As the trade war escalates, concerns about China’s slowdown are also picking up.
With the production cut agreement that’s set to be implemented in 2019, US crude oil’s downside could be limited. Traders think that the recent flow of funds from oil to the natural gas market might stop, which could be a negative development for natural gas prices.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) expects Brent crude oil to average ~$70 per barrel in 2019, according to a CNBC report. The OPEC and non-OPEC agreement to cut 1.2 MMbpd (million barrels per day) of oil from the October production level in 2019 would be the key driver for US crude oil prices going forward.
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The U.S. stock markets took a hit Tuesday along with Americans' hope for bipartisanship in Washington after a meeting about a potential holiday season government shutdown between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer devolved into a heated argument on live TV. If Congress can't pass a funding bill by Dec. 21, a partial government shutdown will be triggered the week before Christmas. Trump has said he will not support any funding bill that does not prioritize “border security,” specifically designating $5 billion in spending toward the construction of the wall.
In the week that ended on November 30, US crude oil inventories were 6% higher than their five-year average—one percentage point less than in the previous week. Oil prices and the inventories spread usually move inversely.
On December 10, US crude oil January futures fell 3.1% and settled at $51 per barrel. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 1.6% on the same day.
Despite stumbling out of the gates, U.S. markets and stock ETFs could still pick up steam in the seasonally strong December month. Over the past month, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) decreased 8.1%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) fell 6.5% and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) dropped 6.2%.
On November 30–December 7, US equity indexes ended in the red. Last week, the S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IVOO), the S&P 500 (SPY), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) fell 5.2%, 4.6%, and 4.5%, respectively. Energy stocks form ~5.1%, 5.9%, and 5.2%, respectively, of these equity indexes.
On December 7, the US 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Minus 3-Month Treasury Constant Maturity yield spread fell to ~45 basis points—a multiyear low. The contraction in the yield spread might be due to investors’ demand for a longer-dated maturity security than a shorter dated security. In the last three decades, when the yield spread turned negative, a recession started in the next year. Another contraction in the yield spread might be trouble for oil bulls. Oil is a growth-driven asset.