Last week, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley released earnings reports for Q2. JPMorgan reported its revenue at $33.82 billion, 14% higher compared to the same period last year while its earnings per share (EPS) fell 47% YoY to $1.38 but still topped the market estimates. Compared to Q2 2019, Goldman Sachs’ EPS unexpectedly rose 7.7% YoY to $6.26 and total revenue jumped 41% to $13.3 billion. Morgan Stanley also reported a strong growth in revenue by 31% YoY to $13.4 billion and EPS was up by 66% YoY, standing at $2.04.
Trump administration revealed on Monday that the US health officials and drugmakers plan to put a still-unknown coronavirus vaccine into mass production in four to six weeks and aims to deliver 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021. On Friday July 17, Boris Johnson confirmed that the UK government will allocate an additional £3 billion to NHS in preparation for the potential second wave of coronavirus pandemic in Winter.
On Thursday July 16 ECB decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate at 0%, the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility rates at 0.25% and -0.5% respectively. The bank will continue its asset purchases under the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme worth €1.35 trillion.
US-China tensions escalated further last week over the Hong Kong and South China Sea disputes. The US passed the bill of sanctions against Chinese officials over the Hong Kong national security law. Meanwhile, the US Department of State issued a statement denouncing China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, calling it completely unlawful and the US may impose further sanctions against China.
Japan CPI will be announced on Tuesday July 21, with an expectation of 0.00% YoY.
On Friday July 24, Eurozone Composite PMI will be released and is expected to come in at 59.
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*as at latest realignment 30/06/20
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