Russian Federation

Talks with Russia not linked to Ukraine’s economic ties with EU, presidential candidate says

TASS Russian News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM
  • Talks with Russia are not related to Ukraine’s economic agreements with the European Union’s countries, Ukrainian presidential candidate from the Opposition Platform – For Life party Yuri Boyko said after his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday.
  • The politician noted that Ukraine and Russia need to lift mutual sanctions to ensure normal bilateral trade.
  • On Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in his Gorki residence near Moscow with Boyko and chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk.

United States

Global growth rebound hopes hit by weak factory data

Reuters | Mar 22, 2019 at 5:44 PM
  • Manufacturers in Europe, Japan and the United States suffered in March as surveys showed trade tensions had left their mark on factory output, a setback for hopes the global economy might be turning the corner on its slowdown.
  • In the U.S. series, Markit’s measure of manufacturing activity slipped to 52.5 in March from 53 in February, falling short of economists’ forecasts for a modest rebound.
  • The headline Flash Markit/Nikkei Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was a seasonally adjusted 48.9, the same as February’s final reading.

United States

European shares deepen losses on slew of dismal PMIs

Reuters | Mar 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM
  • European stock markets deepened losses on Friday, closing near session lows, as fears of a slowdown in global growth after weak manufacturing data from across Europe were exacerbated by dismal data from the United States.
  • After downbeat manufacturing activity from Germany reignited fears of a recession in the region’s biggest economy, the inversion of the U.S. yield curve after similar U.S. data stoked fears that the world’s largest economy may also be slipping into recession.
  • The bank sector posted its biggest daily drop sine early February.

Russian Federation

MICEX, RTS indexes falling as trading day ended

TASS Russian News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 4:12 PM
  • Russian market indexes ended the trading session on Friday with a downward trend.
  • The MOEX Russia Index declined 0.6% to 2,492.7 points by the close of business on the Moscow Exchange.
  • Brent oil futures prices with settlement in May 2019 declined by 2.15% to $66.4 a barrel on the London-based ICE today.


German 10-year bond slips below zero pct for first time since 2016

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 3:47 PM
  • Germany’s 10-year bond temporarily turned negative for the first time since October 2016 on Friday as the prices of securities rose significantly which in turn depressed the yield on government bonds to -0.001 percent.
  • The relative safety of German government bonds stems from the “black zero” policy of a balanced federal budget adopted in 2014.
  • The ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) made a formal commitment in their coalition agreement to abide by this “black zero” doctrine and to run a permanently-balanced official household.


Major stock market indices worldwide

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 3:21 PM
  • The following are the indices of major stock markets worldwide on Friday.
  • The Nasdaq Composite Index opened at 7,800.25 points, down 38.71 points, or 0.49 percent.
  • The Korea Composite Stock Price Index closed at 2,186.95 points, up 2.07 points, or 0.09 percent.

Russian Federation

Russian market demand for MC-21 airplane is about 860 jets – Deputy PM

TASS Russian News Agency | Mar 22, 2019 at 3:10 PM
  • The Russian market of long-range passenger jets needs 860 MC-21 airplanes, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday.
  • The MC-21 is a medium-haul passenger jet being developed by the United Aircraft Corporation.
  • It may come in two configurations – the MC-21-200 (seating 132 to 165 passengers) and the MC-21-300 (163 to 211).


Stock indexes slide lower as economic growth worries spread

Financial Post | Mar 22, 2019 at 2:37 PM
  • U.S. stocks slumped Friday afternoon and bond yields fell sharply as investors worried that global economic growth is slowing.
  • The push into bonds comes as investors worry about slowing economic growth elsewhere in the world, especially Europe.
  • GOOD SPORT: Regional sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports surged 24.1 per cent after blowing away Wall Street’s fourth-quarter profit forecasts.