Morning Briefing: Markets react to G20

Morning Briefing: Markets react to G20

Morning Briefing: Markets react to G20 Markets react to G20 
World stock markets have started the week with the G20 meeting in focus, specifically the failure of finance ministers to agree on free trade, as fears of growing protectionism persist.

Monday also sees the start of the China Development Forum and Shanghai and Hong Kong indexes were the notable achievers of the session while a weakened US dollar hit Japanese exporters, weakening the Nikkei; Australian retailers weighed an announcement from Amazon that it is to launch there this year. Most Asian indexes closed lower.

European markets are also trending lower following the G20. Weak German data has added to the weakened sentiment.
Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open lower. 



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North America (previous session)

US Dow Jones

20,914.62 (-0.10 per cent)

+1.41 per cent

+18.82 per cent

TSX Composite

15,490.49 (-0.46 per cent)

-2.20 per cent

+14.77 per cent


Europe (at 5.00am ET)


7,412.96 (-0.16 per cent)

+1.55 per cent

+19.76 per cent

German DAX

12,063.15 (-0.27 per cent)

+1.99 per cent

+21.17 per cent


Asia (at close)

China CSI 300

3,449.61 (+0.11 per cent)

+0.63 per cent

+8.75 per cent

Japan Nikkei

19,521.59 (-0.35 per cent)

+1.41 per cent

+16.72 per cent


Other Data (at 5.00am ET)

Oil (Brent)

Oil (WTI)


Can. Dollar


(-0.58 per cent)


(-0.98 per cent)


(+0.20 per cent)



Aus. Dollar


Former Morgan Stanley executive calls G20 stance “disturbing”
A former executive of Morgan Stanley has given his assessment of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting and called its lack of commitment to global free trade “disturbing.”

Stephen Roach, now a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, told CNBC that he was disappointed that the ministers could not agree to keep trade open, instead seemingly opting for more protectionist measures.

He said that Donald Trump sees free trade as hurting US jobs but pointed out that the world is linked through global supply chains and that protectionism will “turn back the clock” on globally-trading companies such as Apple. 

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