Category Archives: Market Updates

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2015

Resource stocks performed better across April as commodity prices began to rebound, particularly oil and iron ore.

Emerging market equities performed strongly, particularly China, again partly due to rising commodity prices.

The S&P 500 Accumulation Index hit a new record high in April although it finished down 2.2% at the end of the month. The DAX and CAC finished down, while the FTSE gained 4.63%.

For a round up of the domestic and international economic news for April you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2015

The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index was largely flat over March, while the Small Ordinaries Accumulation Index fell.

There were mixed results across major international indices with the DAX, CAC, Nikkei, Hang Seng and Shanghai Composites all up, while the FTSE and the S&P 500 were down.

The Australian unemployment rate fell, although economists predict this may rise again soon.

Top performers on the ASX 200 for March were IINET Ltd, Panaust Ltd and TPG Telecom Ltd.

For more domestic and international economic news for March 2015 you can read the full Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – March 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – February 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary February 2015

A cut in interest rates prompted a sharp rise in the Australian equity market in February. Equity markets in Europe (the DAX, CAC and FTSE) also continued to gain ground again, as did the S&P 500 and the Japanese, Chinese and Hong Kong indices.

Retail sales and economic growth grew slightly while the current account deficit fell 21%, mainly due to the fall in the Australian Dollar.

For a full summary of how we fared domestically and internationally in February you can read the Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – February 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – January 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary January 2015

In January 2015 we saw increases across the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index, the S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Accumulation Index, as well as the major European and Asian indices, while the US S&P 500 which declined 3.1%.

Retail sales growth increased slightly, along with consumer sentiment in Australia. We also saw the RBA cut interest rates for the first time in over 18 months, to a new record low of 2.25%.

For further details and figures you can read the in depth Lonsec Market Commentary for January 2015 here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – January 2015

Lonsec Market Commentary – December 2014

In December 2014 we saw the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index rebound, up 2.1% with meant a 5.6% return overall over the past 12 months. Along with Australia, the US also saw overall gains for 2014, with a 13% return on the S&P 500. Over the course of 2014 the DAX, CAC and FTSE all fell with declines of -4%, -5.5% and -3% respectively.

For further updates on how Australian and global markets performed in December 2014, you can read the Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – December 2014

Lonsec Market Commentary – November 2014

In November 2014 we have seen building approvals and retail sales increase across the country. The S & P 200 Accumulation Index declined 3.3% while the Ausbond Composite Index for Fixed Interest grew 1.3%.

November also saw the Australian Dollar continue to fall against the US Dollar and the RBA kept interest rates on hold.

Lonsec Market Commentary – November 2014

Lonsec Market Commentary – October 2014

See how Australian and Global Markets performed in October 2014, including the best and worst stock performers for October and 2014 so far.

This month’s review also discusses the state of dwelling approvals, the Australian Retail Report and current consumer sentiment, as well as key economic conditions and indicators for October.

Lonsec Market Commentary – October 2014