WM Market Update – July 2017

Global: Economic growth positive

In the US, all three major equity indices reached all-time highs with the S&P 500 gaining 1.93%, the Dow Jones 2.54% and the tech heavy NASDAQ 3.38%. The NASDAQ gain was largely driven by spectacular results from Facebook which saw the counter return a whopping 12.10%. The market was generally spurred on by significant improvements in economic data as well as further Dollar weakness.

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Domestic: Political uncertainty remains

In spite of a deteriorating political situation, the local equity market shrugged off the negativity and experienced its best month for some considerable time.

The re-emergence of a risk-on attitude particularly on the part of global investors saw the JSE/FTSE All Share return a significant 7.03% in total return terms.

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