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Let’s briefly review the week’s market action on the basis of a few performance charts.

Global stock markets were generally higher, with the top performance coming from emerging markets – again spearheaded by China,Hong Kong,and Japan. American equities were mildly disappointing compared with global markets, with only the Nasdaq Composite Index registering a positive return.

GLOBAL STOCK MARKETS

Source: StockCharts.com

Interest rates were lower across the yield curve during the week, whereas exchange rates were mostly flat.

FIXED-INTEREST AND CURRENCY MARKETS

Source: StockCharts.com

There was action aplenty in the commodities markets, with solid increases all around, but with the energy complex stealing the limelight. The only bad apple was livestock which registered a loss for the week.

COMMODITIES

Source: StockCharts.com

Source: An Overview of Global Market Performance