In April, oil prices briefly went negative. May was a different story with WTI Crude, the U.S. oil benchmark, registering its best month ever after gaining 88.38%. Record supply cuts and an uptick in demand pushed prices higher.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March. New cases and fatalities are still growing exponentially. At the end of April there were 3.25 million cases (up from 860,000 at the end of March). The number of fatalities has grown exponentially too to 231,000 at the end of April (up from 42,000 at the end of March).
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11th of March. New cases and fatalities are growing exponentially. At the end of March there were about 857,000 cases globally (up from 85,000 at the end of February and 9,500 at the end of January).
The new Coronavirus (officially named COVID-19 now) infected 85,000 people at the end of February (up from 9,500 at the end of January). It is far more widespread now, not just in China but across other Asian countries. Far worse than SARS and MERS already – will this turn out to be a global pandemic?
Equities markets continued their rally in November, the S&P 500 gained 3.4%, the Dow 3.7% and Nasdaq Composite 4.5% during the month. Elsewhere, the Japan TOPIX gained 1.9% during the month and the UK FTSE was up 2.2% during November.
What happened in October: The S&P 500 hit an all-time high as trade tensions eased. The Fed cut interest rates again. Meanwhile, China GDP growth was slowest in three decades. The British Pound soared in October and signs are that the Eurozone economy is faltering more than expected.