Source: Bloomberg. Price data as of market close on 3 June 2022.
US markets fell slightly for the week as many prominent business leaders voiced their concerns about a potential recession.
This was despite continued strength in the US labour market, as the economy added a greater than expected 390,000 jobs in May. This led to renewed concerns about further tightening by the Fed to bring down inflation.
China stocks were a bright spot after Shanghai and Beijing eased Covid restrictions. Share prices got a further boost from better than expected earnings reported by tech giants such as Alibaba.
The Singapore market was resilient on increased optimism towards Chinese and energy stocks. Gains were led by mid-cap oil and gas related stocks such as Dyna-Mac and stocks with significant China exposure such as Hongkong Land and Yangzijiang Financial.
What you need to know
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What to look out for in the week ahead
The highlight of the week will be the highly anticipated US consumer price index, which will give investors an indicator of whether inflation has peaked when it is realized on 10 June (Thursday).
Trading of Amazon stock on a split-adjusted basis is expected to begin on 6 June (Monday).
Earnings are expected from NIO (Thursday), Docusign (Thursday) and Futu (Monday), among others.