March and First Quarter 2018 in Figures

March 31, 2018

March was a difficult month for equities, largely because of Fed tightening, U.S.-inspired geopolitical uncertainty, and trade war fears. Nevertheless, U.S. share price losses in the first quarter of 2018 were generally smaller than declines recorded in other countries. Despite higher short-term interest rates during March especially in the United States and Great Britain, year-to-date increases in 10-year sovereign debt yields were trimmed. Commodity prices rose, and the dollar was mixed over March, posting additional losses against sterling, the euro, yen, kiwi and yuan but rising relative to the Swiss franc, Australian dollar and loonie.

10-Yr Yield 03/30/18 Chg vs End-Feb Chg vs End-2017
U.S. 2.74% -13 Basis Points +34 Basis Points
Germany 0.49% -16 +7
Japan 0.04% 0 0
U.K. 1.35% -15 +17
Canada 2.09% -14 +5
Switzerland -0.03% -7 +18
3-month rates 03/30/18 Chg v End-Feb Chg vs End-’17
U.S. 2.31% +30 Basis Points +62 Basis Points
Euroland -0.37% +1 +7
Japan -0.03% +3 0
U.K. 0.71% +13 +13
Swiss -0.74% 0 +1
FX 03/30/18 % Chg in USD Pct Chg in $
EUR/USD 1.2320 -1.0% -2.6%
USD/JPY 106.26 -041% -5.7%
USD/CHF 0.9532 +1.0% -2.2%
GBP/USD 1.4032 -1.9% -3.7%
AUD/USD 0.7682 +1.1% +1.6%
NZD/USD 0.7234 -0.3% -2.0%
USD/CAD 1.2897 +0.5% +2.8%
USD/CNY 6.2755 -0.9% -3.6%
Equities 03/30/18 Chg v End-Feb Chg vs End-’17
S&P 500 2641 -2.9% -1.2%
Nasdaq 7063 -2.9% -2.3%
Djia 24103 -3.7% -2.5%
Dax  12097 -2.7% -6.4%
Nikkei 21454 -2.8% -5.8%
Ftse 7057 -2.4% -8.2%
Canada TSE 15367 -0.9% -5.2%
Swiss SMI 8741 -1.9% -6.8%
Commodities 12/30/18 Chg v End-Feb Chg v End-’17
Oil, $ per barrel 64.91 +5.3% +7.4%
Gold, $ per ounce 1329.60 +1.1% +1.6%

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