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Markets in third quarter: The charge before the storm

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09/28/2020 | 01:08pm EDT
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Financial markets roared into the second half of the year in full-throttle comeback mode. The only problem was that the coronavirus came back too.

The pandemic never really went away of course, but as the charts below show, up until a few weeks ago investors seemed happy to ride the rebound without too much worry about second waves of infection.

Fuelled by over $20 trillion of global stimulus and super-charged tech stocks, MSCI's world stocks index piled on 14% over July and August to reclaim the record highs it surrendered in February when COVID first spiralled.

Oil gained a further 10%, August saw sustained moves out of government bond and gold bolt holes, video app Zoom kept zooming and even the world's poorest countries were on a tear in debt markets.

Then September came!

Renewed lockdowns from Melbourne to Madrid compounded concerns that the marauding rally had overshot as rallies often do. World stocks shuddered, giving back over 8% in three weeks, and led down for once by the big tech titans.

"People just got a bit complacent in August watching all the tech stocks march higher without too much of a thought," said IG's chief market analyst, Chris Beauchamp. "It just needed a decent correction, and that is exactly what we got."

Apple and Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix and Tesla all took double-digit dunkings that wobbled the rest of the "risk" complex from corporate debt to EM currencies.

Europe's bank stocks slumped back to an all time low, while Argentina's freshly-restructured government bonds lost a quarter of their value to score the worst relaunch into markets since Greece in 2012.

Graphic: Global financial markets in 2020 -


The quarter as a whole still looks broadly positive though. World stocks are up roughly 6%, the FANGS 28%, oil 2%, Italy's bonds nearly 8% despite 160% debt-to-GDP, and stocks in the least developed 'frontier' countries have jumped 9%.

A seesawing of major currencies has also happened. The safe-haven dollar was down 10% from March up until the September wobble. It is still down over 3% for Q3, which will be its worst since mid 2017, but this month it is up 3%.

"You had such a big fall in the dollar, 5% (in July) in just a few weeks..So this rebound is people stepping back a bit," said Francois Savary, Chief Investment Officer of Prime Partners. "But I think it is purely a short-term phenomenon."

For now though it has meant more pain in emerging markets.

Brazil's real is down nearly 30% for the year. Russia's rouble - one of last year's top performers - is down 16% and 9% in Q3 despite a near bullet-proof balance sheet. Turkey's record low lira has fallen a further 12% this quarter while Mexico's peso and South Africa's rand are down 14% and 20% for the year despite calmer Q3s.

With global central banks hoovering up bonds at a rate of $1.5 billion per hour according to BofA analysts, life has remained good in debt markets.

Italy's 10% bond returns have been helped by a super-sized COVID rescue plan, Suriname's bonds have made 33.5% as its fears of default have eased, while even hyperinflation-hit Venezuela has jumped 19%, albeit still only to 12 cents on the dollar.

Graphic: Currencies versus the dollar in 2020 -


A breakdown of the best- and worst-performing stocks also tells the story of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed nearly a million lives and sent unemployment soaring.

Malaysian rubber glove maker Supermax and Korean pharmaceutical firm Shin Poong have both rocketed more than 1,000%.

The boom in video chat has lifted Zoom 630%, Moderna, one of the drug firms in the race for a vaccine, is up over 250%, while sit-on-your-sofa stocks like Netflix and Amazon have jumped 49% and 67% respectively.

At the other end, cruise ship company Carnival has sunk 70%, scores of airlines, travel firms and retailers have been battered while aero engine maker Rolls Royce has been pummelled 45% this quarter and nearly 80% for the year.

And there is still the fourth quarter to navigate with its race for a COVID-19 vaccine, the race for the White House, and the race to avoid a no-deal Brexit that would end a 3-1/2 year long Britain-Brussels standoff with an explosive bang.

Ashmore's Jan Dehn is bracing for another wild few months.

"Data are not getting any stronger and are beginning to roll over and you have all the political noise ahead of the U.S. elections which is starting to get a little frayed.

"On top of that we have markets which are very expensive because they have rallied like mad since March," he said.

Graphic: World's main stock indexes in 2020 -

Graphic: Stocks - biggest winners and losers of 2020 -

By Marc Jones

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ChangeLast1st jan.
ALPHABET INC. 1.30% 1606.66 Delayed Quote.19.95%
APPLE INC. -0.96% 115.75 Delayed Quote.57.67%
CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC 4.90% 15.19 Delayed Quote.-70.12%
EURO / BRITISH POUND (EUR/GBP) 0.00% 0.9034 Delayed Quote.6.76%
FACEBOOK INC -0.22% 278.12 Delayed Quote.35.50%
LONDON BRENT OIL 0.28% 42.48 Delayed Quote.-35.20%
MODERNA, INC. 3.61% 70.84 Delayed Quote.262.17%
NETFLIX, INC. -0.78% 485.23 Delayed Quote.49.96%
SUPERMAX CORPORATION -0.32% 9.47 End-of-day quote.1,262.59%
TESLA, INC. 0.75% 425.79 Delayed Quote.408.92%
US DOLLAR / RUSSIAN ROUBLE (USD/RUB) -0.45% 76.1559 Delayed Quote.23.84%
WTI 0.17% 40.611 Delayed Quote.-35.02%
ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 1.43% 520.54 Delayed Quote.665.05%
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