Global Markets Set for Longest Weekly Run of Gains Since December Amid Speculation of Central Bank Hiking Cycle End

On Friday, European stocks saw a slight increase and are on track for their lengthiest consecutive weekly gains since the beginning of December. This is due to conjecture that the Federal Reserve and other central banks are approaching the conclusion of their cycles of raising interest rates.[0] The Stoxx 600 increased by 0.4%, on track to achieve its longest consecutive weekly growth since December 2nd with four weeks of gains.[0] The company known as MSCI Inc.[1]The World Index has increased for a second consecutive day and is on track to reach its highest level in 10 weeks.[1] The latest U.S. data revealed that inflation in the producer price index decreased even more in March, with the changes happening overnight.[2] Following a decline in the consumer price index, the recent data has raised expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon halt its rate hike cycle.[2] The current prices of Fed Fund futures indicate that the market anticipates an additional rate hike by the Fed in May, to be followed by a break in June.[2]

In Asia, Chinese shares were lower in the morning trade, tracking Wall Street losses overnight as a pullback in U.S. inflation failed to boost hopes for a Fed rate-hike pause.[3] The market was being impacted by the presence of telecom and insurance companies.[3] Energy stocks and a few consumer companies were among the companies that experienced gains.[3] There was a 0.2% drop in the Shanghai Composite Index, which fell to 3321.27. There was a decrease of 0.3% in the Shenzhen Composite Index and the ChiNext Price Index experienced a decline of 0.5%. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng Index eased 0.2% to settle at 20,344.48.[4]

In the commodity markets, Brent crude fell 0.5% to $85.69 a barrel. At 0029 GMT, Brent crude declined by 5 cents to $85.57 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate decreased by 6 cents to $81.48 per barrel. Brent crude fell 19 cents, or 0.2%, at $87.14 a barrel by 0116 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate slid 16 cents, or 0.2%, to $83.10. As of 0400 GMT, spot gold had risen by 0.7% to reach $2,016.92 per ounce. The price of U.S. gold futures increased by 0.7% and reached $2,032.40.[5] Spot gold fell 0.3% to $2,034.39 an ounce.

Cryptocurrencies were also in focus, with Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies experiencing a slight dip in value.[6] However, the overall trend for cryptocurrencies has been upward over the past few months, with many experts predicting that they will continue to rise in value in the coming years.

Overall, while there were some losses in certain markets, such as Chinese shares and the cryptocurrency market, the outlook for global markets remains positive, with many investors taking a bullish approach. As always, however, there are risks and uncertainties that could impact market performance, including geopolitical tensions, economic instability, and unexpected events. Investors will need to stay vigilant and closely monitor market trends and news to make informed decisions about their portfolios.

0. “Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P Live Updates for April 14” Bloomberg, 13 Apr. 2023,

1. “Asia Stocks Rise, Set for Highest Since February: Markets Wrap” Yahoo Finance, 14 Apr. 2023,

2. “Asian stocks rise as markets look to end of rate hikes By”, 14 Apr. 2023,

3. “Indian Morning Briefing: Asian Markets Lower as Fed Rate Hike Fears Linger – Update” Morningstar, 13 Apr. 2023,

4. “Asian Shares End Mixed Amid U.S. Recession Worries” RTTNews, 13 Apr. 2023,

5. “Asian markets mostly higher ahead of U.S. CPI data, Fed minutes” Seeking Alpha, 12 Apr. 2023,

6. “Forexlive Asia-pacific FX news wrap: Yen slumps as we await Ueda’s debut” ForexLive, 10 Apr. 2023,