Weekly Market Recap – September 21st, 2018
In the Markets
The months of promised tariffs against China materialized into reality on Tuesday, as the United States put in place a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, with a raise to 25% in four months if China does not sit down at the negotiating table. Beijing has announced plans to retaliate with 5-10% tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, to which President Trump has threatened an additional $267 billion worth of tariffs.
Despite the trade news, equity markets responded positively on Tuesday, continuing through the week as the Dow Jones closed up 2.3%, and the S&P 500 rose 0.8%. Chinese large-cap stocks posted gains on the week as well. The NASDAQ, however, fell 0.3% on the week.
U.S. Dollar Index December futures fell 0.75%, as platinum and silver reacted inversely, climbing 3.88% and 1.53% respectively. Palladium gained for the week, rising 7.67%, while gold futures performed sluggishly, rising only 0.02%.
WTI Crude and Brent Crude both rose this week, with WTI futures rising 2.95% to break $70/bbl, while Brent futures climbed 0.82%. Gasoline rose 2.05% and heating oil rose 0.83%, but natural gas was the top performer in energy, gaining 7.59% on the week.
Soybeans and grains all rose, with corn rising 1.56%, wheat climbing 2%, and soybeans increasing 2.02%.
Copper was another top performer on the week, gaining 7.99% on the week, driven by its largest one-day gain since 2013 on Friday.
World Cup Trading Championships
Jan Smolen remained in first place for the 86th straight trading day, breaking the 200% net return mark as he finished at 200.2%, up over 22% on the week. Paul Skarp held onto second place finishing the week at 107.5%, but hot on his heels was Petra Ilona Zacek, who gained 50% on the week to finish in 3rd place with a net return of 107.3%, bumping Kurt Sakaeda down to 4th.
Sakaeda posted a strong week, finishing at 90.6%. 5th place was retaken by Graeme Adams midweek, who ended with a net return of 56.9%.
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