Stocks were down on Monday after a volatile trading session to start the holiday-shortened week.
- Disney shares rose 6.3% on the news that Bob Iger will return to the company as CEO.
- Apple has delayed deliveries of the new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max phones.
- The current 10 Year U.S. Treasury yield is set at 3.81850%
Monthly rent in Canada increased by 12% on average from October 2021 to October 2022.
- House rent rose 2.2% from September despite declining house prices.
- Rental prices were the highest in Vancouver, with the average at $2,576, followed by Toronto at $2,478.
- Prices in Vancouver have declined slightly in the past two months, while those in Atlantic Canada are rising the most, gaining 32.2% in the last year.
European markets were down slightly on Monday due to continued inflationary pressures.
- The Stoxx 600 fell 0.01%. Oil and gas stocks led losses with a 2.6% drop.
- Food and beverage was one of the few sectors to gain on the day, rising 1.3%.
- Virgin Money was the top-performing company. It gained 15% after announcing higher-than-expected profits and a share buyback program.
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Shares in Asia were down on Monday due to concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 surge in China.
- Stocks in China were down across the board. The Hang Seng fell 2.02%, the Shanghai Composite lost 0.39%, and the Shenzhen dropped 0.4%.
- Malaysia had an election last weekend, which has led to a hung parliament and some political instability.
- Airlines and casino operators were the worst-performing stocks in China, while beer companies fell significantly in Malaysia.
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Oil prices were volatile on Monday amid fears that COVID-19 outbreaks will put downward pressure on China’s oil demand.
- Brent lost 0.39%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate dropped 0.42%.
- Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for oil prices due to the lack of clarity by G-7 nations on a Russian oil price cap.
- Early in the day, oil prices dropped by over 5% after it was reported that OPEC+ would be increasing production.
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The U.S. Dollar rose on Monday as it continues to recover from the losses it suffered two weeks ago, following the release of positive inflation data.
- A Federal Reserve Governor said that the U.S. central bank may push the overnight lending rate, which is now at between 3.75% and 4%, to over 5% to fight inflation.
- The U.S. Dollar Index has lost more than 4.7% so far this month but has gained over 12% in the past year.
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Bitcoin was down to a 1.5-year low on Monday as the industry as a whole fell significantly.
- FTX’s new CEO John Ray said that the company will either restructure its global entities or sell off business assets.
- Blockchain data shows that 180,000 ETH was moved after being stolen from FTX.
- According to a new estimate by blockchain analytics firm IntoTheBlock, 51% of all Bitcoin addresses are currently at a loss (in U.S. Dollars).