The Big Picture
The US stock markets delivered the fourth consecutive week of gains with all its indices being up more than 1% this week. The bullish sentiment continues to be driven by positive earnings, the impact of stimulus initiatives and positive vaccine/covid-19 data.
The Q1 2021 earnings season kicked off in earnest this week, with several large banks reporting solid numbers: there is however some concern over these earnings already being priced in the current market valuation which could lead to a short term consolidation phase.
On the vaccine front the freeze on the roll-out of the $JNJ vaccine did not seem to affect the estimate of 200 million doses over the first 100 days of vaccinations.
The stock market indices were all up this week: in the US the Dow had a 1.2% gain, while the S&P500 was the strongest index (+1.4%) followed by the Nasdaq which finished 1.1% higher. In Europe, the Stoxx gained 1.2% while the Italian finished 1.3% higher. The Danish OMX20 continued its bullish ride and gained 1.2% this week. The US Dollar retraced relative to the Euro (-0.6%) for the second week in a row. Crude $oil gained 5.7% and $Gold was 2% firmer. $BTC-USD gained 3.4%.
Our luxury company stock $MC.PA reported Q1 earnings on Wednesday which grossly exceeded analysts expectations: revenue was up 30% from the same period in 2019. While sales in Europe continue to lag due to partial lockdowns in French and Italy, revenue figures were boosted by the Asian region.
$BK announced better than expected Q1 earnings on Friday but traded 4.4% lower possibly due to many of the other banks stocks showing stronger recovery data. The New York bank’s revenue is still 5% down from last year and the EPS was reported at 0.97$ vs 1.05$ a year ago. Despite this week’s drop, we have gained 23.5% on $BK on the tailwind of a rising interest environment.
In corporate news $MSFT announced the acquisition of $NUAN, its greatest purchase since LinkedIn, which happens just a few weeks after having disclosed being in talks to acquire Discord. $COIN IPO turned out to be a great success.
$MC.PA and $STLA.MI go ex-dividend next week. Our Danish stocks paid their annual dividends earlier this year. Italian stocks traditionally pay an annual dividend in late May. US stocks distribute quarterly dividends.
Our portfolio gained 0.9% this week whereas the weighted average of the relevant market indices finished 1.3% higher.
This week’s portfolio winners were $MC.PA which was up 7.1% thanks to blow-out earnings and $NEM which gained 6.3% benefitting from the raise in the price of gold.
Our Responsible Investor portfolio is now up 33.1% (34.1% including dividends) in 46 weeks and is beating the market by 2.2% over the same period. We are about 63% in stocks & ETFs and 37% in cash.
The table below summarises the portfolio performance since inception.
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