Hong Kong stocks in red

The biggest monthly drop in over a year can now be seen when looking at Hong Kong stocks. This is mostly due to major losses of the biggest tech firms in the country. For instance, Tencent, internet gaming and social media giant, has posted losses of over 4.3 %. Hang Seng Tech Index, tracking major tech firms in Hong Kong, lost almost 5 %.

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FTSE continues to drop

FTSE 100 stock index fell nearly 2% below 6,900, putting significant selling pressure on London’s stocks. Concerns about the interest rate hikes to control inflation continue to hurt markets. Moreover, the effect of the UK’s questionable fiscal strategy on global economic growth continued to dominate sentiment.

DAX hit 12,000 mark

European equities markets declined sharply, with the German stock index DAX hitting a two-year low of 12,000. The stock index is pressured by the hawkish monetary policy of central banks, which could draw DAX even lower.

MOEX continues to tumble

The ruble-based MOEX Russia dropped by 7% to about 1,925 on Tuesday, the lowest level in more than five years. MOEX is down 55% from its all-time high at 4,271.  Concerns about the worsening Russian-Ukrainian conflict and nuclear threats persist.

Nikkei falls by 2.66%

The Nikkei 225 Index dropped 2.66% to 26,430, finishing at its lowest point in more than two months and following the lead of a downbeat Wall Street market. Increased inflationary pressures, increasing interest rates, and concerns of a global recession continue to put pressure on risk assets.

European stock indices tumble

The sell-off on major European markets continues on Friday as investors fear the tightening wave of monetary policy would harm global growth. After dropping below 400 points on Thursday for the first time since January 2021, the STOXX 600 is down approximately 0.7%. DAX 40 is down 0.8%, setting a new two-month low.

MOEX tumbles after Putin’s news

The MOEX Russia Index fell as much as 10% before reducing its losses to 3% at 2,150. The index continued its 9% decline from the previous session as President Putin proclaimed the nation’s first mobilization since World War II.

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GBP rises after last week’s turmoil

On the first trading day of Q4, the British pound climbed up near $1.12, returning to levels not seen in nearly two weeks. GBP rose right after the finance minister Kwarteng said he would not cut the top 45% income tax rate for the largest earners.

UK natural gas jumps sky-high

UK natural gas reached their highest level in two weeks on Friday, rising by almost 50% to 380. The surge was fueled by increased demand from gas-fired power facilities as a result of slower wind speeds.  As of September 28th, gas storage facilities in the UK were 94.65% full.

EU inflation at record high

Inflation in Euro Area reaches a record high of 10%. Inflation increased to 17.2% in Poland, the highest level in 26 years and far more than the 16.5% market expectation. Portugal’s annual inflation rate grew to 9.3%, the highest level since October 1992. Italian inflation rose to 8.9%, the highest in nearly 37 years.

Warner Music Group & OpenSea

The American record company, Warner Music Group, has partnered with the NFT marketplace OpenSea. In an effort to increase fan participation and foster community, artists signed to Warner Music Group will have their own drop sites on OpenSea. This could increase the adoption of NFTs despite their massive drop in popularity in 2022.

US GDP shrank by 0.6% in Q2

Following a quarterly decline of 1.6% in Q1, the US economy shrank by an annualized 0.6% in Q2 2022. This matches the second estimate and proves the US had, in fact, entered a recession. US stock indices continue to dive lower.

German inflation is sky-high

The rate of consumer price inflation in Germany increased to 10.0% year-over-year in September 2022. Inflation surpassed market predictions of 9.4% and marked the highest level since 1951 when it peaked at roughly 11.0%.


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