Last week, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley released earnings reports for Q1. JPMorgan reported its revenue at $28.3 billion, 3% lower compared to the same period last year and the earnings per share plunged 71% YoY to $0.78. Compared to the Q1 2019, Goldman Sachs’ EPS dropped 45% to $3.11 and total revenue decreased by 1.1% to $8.7 billion. Morgan Stanley also reported a drop in revenue by 7.8% YoY to $9.49 billion and EPS was down by 27% YoY, standing at $1.01.
Following the OPEC+ deal last week to cut their combined oil production by 10 million barrels per day from May 1, on Thursday April 16, Russia agreed to join other OPEC+ nations to implement the cuts over the next two years and stated that OPEC+ will take further measures if the target cuts fail to stabilise the oil market. Even with the production cuts being announced, crude oil has continued to fall making a new 20 year low of $18/barrel for WTI.
On Thursday, Trump announced three-phase guidelines to reopen the US economy from the lockdown. In phase one, employees will be still advised to minimise the non-essential travel while this will be allowed in phase two. In the final phase, non-essential travel will be unrestricted and employees can resume working on site.
China GDP for Q1 2020 was published on Friday April 17, which slipped 6.8% YoY, missing the market estimates and marking the first contraction since 1992.
UK unemployment rate will be released on Tuesday April 21, expected at 3.8%.
UK CPI for March will be announced on Wednesday April 22, with an expectation of 1.7% YoY.
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*as at latest realignment 31/03/20
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