The US presidential election dominated the news cycles this week and still does. The global stock markets have welcomed the results that have been made available thus far and delivered a massive rally which offset last week´s steep decline. As the US get closer to finding out who their 46th president will be, there will soon be one less uncertainty to factor in the risk for.
Another piece of news which provided further tailwind to the US stock markets is the unemployment report that was published on Thursday and exceeded expectations highlighting the unemployment rate drop below 7%. The continuous outpour of increasing Covid-19 cases has been completely obfuscated by the US presidential election this week but this may change in the coming days as attention returns to coping with the pandemic.
The Stoxx index was up 5.4%, the Danish stock market grew by 6.4% and the Italian FTSEMIB closed with a 7.4% weekly gain. In the US the Nasdaq was up 8.9%, the S&P500 gained 7.3% and the Dow finished 6.8% higher. Our Responsible Investor portfolio was up 6.9%, broadly in line with the global markets. Three of our positions gained more than 10%, one of them is our recent buy, Chinese e-commerce stock $JD which finished 13.5% higher this week. On the currency front, the USD weakened relative to the EUR. This also bumped up gold as well as our mining stock $NEM.
The earnings season continues as companies keep beating estimates and guiding higher, on average. $DANSKE.CO reported earnings this week and benefitted from an upgrade by Morgan Stanley who increased their TP to 101kr per share while the stock is currently priced at 90kr. $BRK´s earnings are due today. Next week two of our Italian stocks will report earnings, $TRN.MI and $RWAY.MI.
Quarterly dividends are due for payment this week for two of our financial stocks, namely $SYF and $BK. We report on both capital appreciation and dividend yield so as to track total return for our positions.
The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.
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