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Market Insights: April 17th, 2024

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Morgan Stanley's first-quarter net profits grew by 14% year-on-year; the Shanghai Futures Exchange announced policies to address the rising prices of precious metals.

Stock Market Dynamics

  • The A-share market performed well, with the Shanghai Composite, Shenzhen Component, and ChiNext indexes all showing an upward trend, with increases of 0.75%, 1.45%, and 1.60% respectively. Sectors such as pan-AI, storage chips, and the automotive industry chain led the gains, with nearly 5000 stocks rising across the market. Additionally, northbound funds also showed a net inflow.
  • The Hong Kong stock market, however, experienced fluctuations and a downturn, with both the Hang Seng Index and Hang Seng Technology Index seeing slight declines.

Commodity Market:

  • Crude oil prices failed to rebound, declining for two consecutive days.
  • Gold prices continued to rise, with future gold prices reaching all-time highs.
  • London Copper prices dropped more than 1%, while London Aluminum prices hit a 14-month high once again.
  • Bitcoin prices fell below $62,000 during the trading session.

International Markets:

  • Chinese stocks in the US market showed weak performance, falling by more than 1%, with NIO dropping by more than 2%.
  • The US dollar strengthened, impacting the bond market and causing yields on interest-sensitive US Treasuries to rise to a five-month high.
  • The IMF predicts that artificial intelligence will become a significant driving force for the UK economy, likely to change its long-term growth prospects and raise domestic wage levels.

Financial Institutions' Performance:

  • Morgan Stanley's net profit increased by 14% year-over-year in the first quarter, exceeding expectations, mainly driven by strong performance in wealth management and equity trading revenue.
  • Bank of America's net profits fell by 18% in the first quarter, mainly due to high interest rates, with unexpected increases in losses from the commercial real estate sector.

Futures Market:

  • The Shanghai Futures Exchange announced that from April 17, 2024, it will adjust the price limit ranges and the margin ratio for hedging transactions of gold and silver futures contracts in response to the rapid rise in prices of precious metals.

Bitcoin ETFs:

  • The United States has approved the listing of a Bitcoin spot ETF, and mutual funds in the Hong Kong region of China have also received preliminary approval from the Securities Regulatory Commission, planning to issue virtual asset spot ETF products.
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