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Research Perspective Vol. 78

Equities globally exhibited low trading volume amid a turbulent environment with investors being cautious of trade and military war threats. The second week of April was profitable for equities, recovering their early month losses. Equity gains were mainly led by energy and technology companies, boosted by positive investors’ reaction to Facebook’s CEO testimony before Congress. U.S. further imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and companies caused the aluminium price to reach its highest level since 2011. ECB stressed the risks posed to the Eurozone’s economic recovery from a potential global trade war. The Japanese government’s decision to nominate the BoJ governor...