US equity markets made a new record high last week driven by a broad market rally in Industrial and Technology shares. Market Capitalisation of US Equities now stands at $35.18 Trillion. The US 10 year bond yields rose above 1.8% signalling investors are moving back from safe haven assets into risk assets in the US.
Police aggression in Hong Kong has escalated protests making the violence worse. The Hong Kong economy is set to enter its first recession since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Private consumption, business investment and tourism have all nose-dived suggesting a contraction in fourth quarter GDP growth.
The UK prepares for an election on the 12th of December which could potentially decide the fate and shape of Brexit. Hedge Fund Managers, Bankers and Private Equity managers are all flocking to support Boris Johnson as they believe the Labour Government and its policies would severely harm the financial sector in London.
Tesla Inc., the electric car maker, announced that it would build its European Giga-factory in Germany instead of the UK due to Brexit uncertainty. Tesla Giga-factories currently in operation in US and China are typically 4.9 million square feet in size and employ over 2,500 workers.
The US University of Michigan Sentiment indicator will be reported on Friday, November 22 with an expectation of 95.8.
UK Manufacturing PMI will be reporting on Friday, November 22 and is expected to come in at 48.5 indicating a contraction of UK manufacturing.
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