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U.S. Stock Indices in the Green on the Past Week

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In a remarkable turnaround, U.S. stock indexes witnessed their most substantial weekly gains of 2023, effectively reversing a recent downturn. Just a week after the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ entered correction territory, both indices experienced significant recoveries. The NASDAQ saw a remarkable surge of 6.6%, while the S&P 500 and the Dow recorded gains of 5.9% and 5.1%, respectively.

The preceding month, however, had marked a challenging period for U.S. stock markets, as they registered declines for the third consecutive month in October. The Dow slipped by 1.4%, the S&P 500 by 2.2%, and the NASDAQ by 2.8%. These results represented the first three-month losing streak for stocks since early 2020. Notably, the S&P 500’s closing level on October 31 was 8.6% below its year-to-date peak attained on July 31, reflecting the turbulence and uncertainties present in the market during that timeframe.

Reviewing the US Stock Markets, the Nasdaq Composite, recorded a decent gain of 320 points, reaching a closing value of 13,798 points by the end of the week. Similarly, the S&P 500 index showed a positive trend, gaining 57 points to settle at 4,415 points. Meanwhile, DJIA Index experienced a notable hike, rising by 222 points during the week and concluding at 34,283 points after a week of gain.

In contrast, Russell 3000 Index saw a gain  in week performance, with a slight gain of 22 points to reach 2,515 points by the end of the week.

Moving to Russell 2000 Index, demonstrated a notable hike of 55 points, ending the week at 1,705 points.

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Eastland Insurance releases Q2 Financials

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One of the listed companies, Eastland Insurance Company Limited discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s earnings per share (EPS) Tk 0.27 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). EPS was Tk. 0.41 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. NAV per share was Tk. 20.85  as of June 30, 2024.

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Shahjalal Islami Bank reveals unchanged Q2 Financials

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One of the listed companies, Shahjalal Islami Bank PLC discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) Tk 1.50 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). Consolidated EPS was Tk. 1.50 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 20.85 as of June 30, 2024.

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Asian markets track tech-led plunge on Wall St, yen extends gains

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Asian markets tumbled Thursday after a tech-fuelled sell-off saw Wall Street tank, as disappointing earnings caused traders to panic that a months-long rally in the sector may have been overdone.

Tokyo’s Nikkei led the retreat in equities, with a stronger yen adding to the downward pressure on exporters, while technology giants across the region were deep in the red.

Global stocks have pushed ever higher this year — with New York’s three main indexes hitting multiple records — with tech titans such as Alphabet and chip makers such as Nvidia and TSMC boosted by an explosion of interest in all things linked to artificial intelligence.

The rallies have been helped by blockbuster profits and upbeat outlooks, causing investors to pile more cash in owing to a fear of missing out.

However, with valuations pushing to dizzying heights, analysts have been warning about retreat, and Tuesday’s earnings from Tesla and Google-parent Alphabet provided a selling opportunity.

Tesla said profits fell 45 percent in the second quarter owing to price cuts and aggressive AI investment and while Alphabet beat forecasts, results from YouTube were less upbeat.

The two firms are part of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” tech kings who have been key to the driving gains in markets this year. Tesla shed 12.3 percent and Alphabet gave up five percent.

All three main indexes on Wall Street tumbled, with the Nasdaq shedding more than three percent and the S&P 500 down more than two percent in its worst day since December 2022.

“Investors are now facing the pressing question: How long will it take for these massive investments by hyperscalers to start delivering over-the-top results?” asked analyst Stephen Innes.

“Patience is becoming the new flag-bearer for recent tech stockholders as they wait for these tech bets to pay off,” he added in his Dark Side Of The Boom newsletter.

Asia followed suit, with tech firms among the big losers — Seoul’s SK Hynix dived more than eight percent at one point despite strong earnings, while in Tokyo Sony was off more than four percent and SoftBank more than seven percent.

Hong Kong and Shanghai fell even after a surprise cut in a key rate by the Chinese central bank.

Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Manila and Jakarta were also well in the red.

The Nikkei in Tokyo tumbled more than three percent at one point.

Hideyuki Suzuki, senior analyst at SBI Securities, told AFP that “falls in the US tech sector — especially a plunge in Tesla shares, and disappointing Alphabet earnings — as well as a stronger yen weighed on the market.”

The boom in electric vehicle sales is slowing, and “excessive expectations for AI and other technologies are being corrected,” he said.

However, he added that “it’s not that economic fundamentals are worsening, so shares may rebound after” Japanese and US central bank meetings.

“The yen is higher on speculation that the Bank of Japan may hike interest rates” at its meeting next week, but views are divided, Suzuki said.

The yen extended a rally against the dollar that has been underway in recent weeks, having hit a nearly four-decade low near 162 at the start of this month.

The Japanese unit strengthened to as much as 152.65 per dollar at one point, with Innes saying “traders seem to have shifted from squaring short yen positions to taking long yen bets” ahead of the meeting.

Market watchers are divided on whether Japan’s central bank will raise interest rates again as officials look to normalise their longstanding ultra-loose monetary policy.

– Key figures around 0230 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 2.5 percent at 38,165.19 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 1.5 percent at 17,058.26

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.9 percent at 2,875.61

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0839 from $1.0842 on Wednesday

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2890 from $1.2905

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 152.89 yen from 153.99 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 84.09 pence at 84.08 pence

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.4 percent at $77.30 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: DOWN 0.4 percent at $81.40 per barrel

New York – Dow: DOWN 1.3 percent at 39,853.87 (close)

London – FTSE 100: DOWN 0.2 percent at 8,153.69 (close)

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