Key Stories from the past week: Risk-off in Europe while tech supports US benchmarks Key Stories from the past week: Risk-off in Europe while tech supports US benchmarks Key Stories from the past week: Risk-off in Europe while tech supports US benchmarks

Key Stories from the past week: Risk-off in Europe while tech supports US benchmarks


European investors and Saxo clients alike were focused on France this week. Increased activity in the CAC40 could continue as the political backdrop unfolds. Meanwhile, the CPI numbers and FOMC meeting kept investors busy in the states. US tech is always an investor favorite with Apple reaching news highs, and we saw more clients add to Nvidia positions as the 10-for-1 stock split took effect.

Political upheaval pushes CAC40 down 6% on the week
This week we have seen increased client activity in France’s main index as it slumps more than 6% on the week. Investors turned risk-off as the political landscape looked fragmented following the call for a snap election. Clients are using ETFs and Contract futures to achieve their desired exposure.

France Election Turmoil

Soft CPI, but hawkish shift in dot-plot

S&P500 and Nasdaq 100 squeezed out new highs again this week and the macro action kept US indices among the top traded ETFs across the Saxo client base. It was double-whammy Wednesday with both US CPI and FOMC policy meeting. CPI was softer than expected while the median dot-plot reduced the number of 2024 cuts to just one. Investors liked the reduced inflation and seemed to agree with the dot plot projections, lifting sentiment on US equities.

Inflation: one is a change, two is a trend

Apple Inc boasts AI strategy

Apple Inc (AAPL:xnas) is a name held widely across the Saxo client base so many would have been pleased to see the share price rally as much as 12% this week. The move reshuffled the coveted “most valuable company” title, with Apple topping the chart as of close Thursday. The company unveiled a new AI platform called “Apple Intelligence” with features that will be added to the iOS operating system.

Apple reclaims "most valuable company" title

The coming week is jam-packed with economic data starting with US Retail Sales, ZEW Survey and EU CPI on Tuesday, UK CPI on Wednesday, BoE policy meeting on Thursday, and US and EU PMI on Friday. Key earnings are Lennar (LEN:xnys) on Monday which will build a picture of the US housing sector. And note Friday the 21st of June sees the FTSE quarterly index rebalance – increased volumes are expected on the close.

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