The Year Ahead: We look at the key issues likely to impact global markets in 2020

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Evening Report

21 Jan 20, 16.15pm (AEDT). The ASX200  eased from record highs on Tuesday ending its recent run of gains which saw the Index post record highs on five consecutive sessions. PREVIOUS REPORT

Record exports to US and China

9 Jan 20. In the twelve months to November, exports were up $49.4 billion compared with a year earlier. 

Chinese economy in 2019

17 Jan 20.  Over 2019 the Chinese economy grew by 6.1 per cent – the slowest growth in 29 years.

Retail spending rise

10 Jan 20. Retail trade data in November suggests that Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales events were strong. Retail trade rose by 0.9 per cent in November the biggest monthly lift in two years. The annual growth rate rose from a 21-month low to a 8-month high.

ASX 200 share index above 7,000 points

16 Jan 20. The US and China signed a “Phase 1” trade deal. Global sharemarkets rallied and the ASX200 share index rose above 7,000 points for the first time.

Petrol prices lift

20 Jan 20. The weekly national average price of unleaded petrol rose by 6.4 cents to 154.4 cents a litre. After the rise of 5.9 cents in the prior week, petrol has recorded the biggest back-to-back gain in 10 months. Sydney and Melbourne petrol prices hit 15-month highs.          

Record building work to be done

15 Jan 20. Total building and construction work yet to be done stood at $144 billion at the end of September, just off 4½-year highs but up 3.9 per cent on the year.

Consumer spirits lift

21 Jan 20. The weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence rating rose by 1.0 point to 108.3 – the highest reading since early December. Helping matters has been new highs with the ASX 200 index above 7,000 points for the first time.

The Week Ahead

17 Jan 20. The fourth week of the year looks to be a quiet one for economic data both in Australia and the US. In Australia consumer sentiment and employment data dominate the list of scheduled releases. 

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