US tech giant Google joined the exclusive $1 Trillion valuation club as the stock price surged over $1,450 per share. There are now 5 companies in the world with over $1 Trillion in market capitalisation.
After more than 2 years of trade war talks, the much awaited about phase 1 trade deal between US and China was signed on January 15, as per schedule. Markets welcomed the trade tariff truce as US stocks hit new record highs.
UK retail sales fell sharply in December as the Christmas shopping spree failed to materialise. As economic slowdown worries grow, bond traders are expecting the Bank of England to cut rates by 25 bps in the upcoming BOE meeting on January 30.
China reported its GDP numbers last week showing a growth of 6%, consistent with market expectations and within the 6% – 6.5% official government target.
UK Manufacturing PMI will be reporting on Friday, January 24 and is expected to come in at 48.8 indicating a contraction of UK manufacturing.
On Friday, January 24, US Manufacturing PMI will also be reported and is expected to come in at 52.6 indicating an expansion of US manufacturing sector.
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