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March 20 2015, 11.26am GMT


Japan’s Nikkei recovers alongside UK FTSE, U.S and European indices after the effects of FED and UK budget announcements.

Friday is another day and the losses incurred on equities this week are starting to return to the upward curves seen over the last months.

In Tokyo, the Japan225 [Nikkei] reached a fresh 15-year high up by 0.4% due to expectations on good shareholder returns, taking the index to the highest closing level since April 2000.

Meantime, the UK100 [FTSE], after the increase incurred on Tuesday from pre-UK budget expectations, and Thursday’s leveling off, saw upward movement on Friday to 6932. The British exchange is now targeting a best weekly rise in two months of 3.5%.

After most U.S indices falling on the back of the FED announcement, it was the USA2000 [Russell] that recovered well, with ETF products being able to turn around quicker. With the FED taking out the word ‘patience’ from its latest economic statement, the central bank is seen to be saying that an interest rate hike is closer than previously expected. This would weaken the U.S dollar and strengthen stocks on higher export profits.

European stocks followed U.S equities on the same path this week but on Friday as the markets digested the nuances of the FED statement, European indices also returned to their upward trend. Germany30 [DAX] is the index that many see as the benchmark for European stocks, and on Friday it opened with a positive gap of 45 points. Most analysts are predicting gains on the index for a tenth consecutive week with a target above 12,000.

Economic data from Germany saw the producer price index record losses of 0.1% below expectations of 0.2% but above February’s figure of -0.6%. Though a bearish scenario for the euro, markets were willing to invest in equities and the Germany30 moved up to 12058 by mid-morning GMT.

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